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Happy Birthday to a Leader

August 24, 2009

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And I’m not just talking about any leader. I’m talking about a woman who leads every day by example in both her personal and professional life. A woman who leads and inspires. A woman who has always been wise beyond her years. A woman who is getting “leadership” right. Happy birthday to MarketWave’s founder, owner and president Tina Young.

Our entire team came here because of her leadership. And our entire team has stayed here because of her leadership.

Today is a very special day for Tina and she should be celebrated for her courage, strength and eternal optimism – all attributes that make her so special to so many. Being a leader can sometimes be a thankless job. Some people assume, well you’re leading, so why should the leader be thanked and lifted up every once in a while? Not here. We salute Tina. Her team – and we’re sure we can speak for her industry peers, family and friends – feels a sense of purpose working with her, being her friend, being her confidantes, being her sounding boards.

Tina is a true example of not only leadership, but also of being an outstanding woman who leads with her head and her heart, who remembers where she came from and those women who came before her to blaze a trail in this not-so-easy, it’s-all-about-me-and-the-mighty-dollar world.

Speaking of those women who have come before her and where we are today with women entrepreneurs, Tina is a part of something much bigger, a force to be reckoned with that is only going to continue to progress:

  • 10.1 million firms are owned by women (75% or more), employing more than 13 million people, and generating $1.9 trillion in sales as of 2008.
  • Three quarters of all women-owned businesses are majority owned by women (51% or more), for a total of 7.2 million firms, employing 7.3 million people, and generating $1.1 trillion in sales.
  • Women-owned firms (50% or more) account for 40% of all privately held firms.
    Source: The Center for Women’s Business Research, 2008-2009

So, as we celebrate our leader today, we encourage you to think about leaders in your life. Who inspires you and why? We hope you’ll share your thoughts on our blog, but more importantly, take a few minutes to thank the leaders in your life.  We all need inspiration and we all need leaders…leaders who are getting it right.  

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Jon Bennett permalink
    August 26, 2009 7:24 am

    Happy Birthday dearest Tina. I wish you the very best in business and in life. You have a great team and a nice blog. Hello to your whole team. May MarketWave create and conquer the world!

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