The GC4W News Weekend Reads Edition 24 is a collection of top stories and trending topics. 

With so much news content being published each day on gc4women.org, we have decided to start a new tradition to keep you informed and connected to the resources to improve your life and business. 

The following are top picks and trending topics on gc4women.org news:

1. 5 New Ways Leaders Can Support Women During COVID-19

COVID-19 is a once-in-a-lifetime type of crisis, and there’s virtually no element of life that it hasn’t disrupted in some way. On the positive side of the pandemic, the virus can challenge us to abandon systems that were toxic or inefficient and to develop entirely new, sustainable, socially beneficial ways of living.

But experts now understand based on COVID-19 data that the virus affects certain groups disproportionately, such as African Americans. And across a wide range of demographics, it’s also clear that there is a gender gap in terms of socioeconomic consequences of the pandemic. Here’s what you can specifically do as a business leader to give the women in your organization a hand. Read more here.

2. GC4W Board Chair Francesca Vuillemin On The New York Cares Campaign

Francesca Vuillemin has dedicated her career of integrating public relations, sales and marketing strategies across social and experiential platforms. She began her career as an international fashion model, representing lifestyle and luxury brands through fashion media platforms. As her popularity grew in social media, she parlayed her social platform expertise into consultancies evolving into management roles for product launches and retail partnerships. Francesca brings her expertise in experiential activations driving sales and funding for philanthropic organizations and companies that support social impact by empowering women and respecting nature.

At the onset of Covid-19,  Francesca worked on the New York Cares “Helping Hearts” campaign to support their initiative to support those most in need.  In this GC4W exclusive, Francesca shares information on the New York Cares Campaign and her experience working on this project. Read more here.

3. Women Use Tech To Solve Women’s Health Problems

Emerging technologies have the possibility of improving health outcomes and reducing medical costs. Yet, a massive market is ignored—women—who make up more than 50% of the population. Stanford Biodesign’s mission is to advance health technology innovation to improve lives everywhere. In 2016-2017, as a fellow at Stanford Biodesign, Amanda French and others focused on looking for and understanding unmet needs in the healthcare space. Read more here.

4. How $500 Launched a Network of Entrepreneurial Women of Color

Aisha Taylor Issah had the idea to create a space to help women of color showcase their businesses while also providing them with resources and tools to help them grow. Issah says she avoided the idea for a while — she wasn’t too keen on starting another business, since she’d co-owned a career consulting and recruiting firm for more than 15 years. But it wouldn’t leave her alone. Everywhere Issah went, she says she met more women of color working on great ideas, brands and projects, and many of them shared a similar struggle: They wanted to participate in business events and expos to grow their businesses, but they found them to be cost-prohibitive. 

Starting with the expo’s first event series in 2018, Sistahs in Business has operated in four cities: Newark, N.J.; Columbia, S.C.; Philadelphia and Atlanta.

Entrepreneur chatted with Issah about her experience as a founder, what it’s like creating programming for a demographic she’s passionate about and the top piece of advice she’d give to soon-to-be entrepreneurs. Read more here.

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