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Half Our Potential: Failing Forward, Women and Entrepreneurship

The term failure is often treated like a 4-letter word — one that would make your grandparent’s blush. No one wants their children to be failures when they grow up any more than a mentor wants their charge to crash and burn. The world over there is a clear predetermined pathway for what success looks like that has informed cultural norms, societal goals and individual aspirations. In some countries, this means acing state exams and taking a preordained path to becoming an engineer, doctor or lawyer. In others, it means taking the mantle of a family business and perpetuating a legacy. Sadly, in far too many countries, it means confining women to non-economic traditional roles, leaving a world economy that can only fulfill half its potential.

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