In the guest chair:

Gillian O'Nan & Dana Barrett

Gillian O’Nan & Dana Barrett

This morning on The Dana Barrett Show, Dana had the pleasure of hosting two very successful businesswomen. Gillian O’Nan, Family Law Attorney for Elovitz/O’Nan LLC discussed divorce and child custodyl. Gillian represents clients in all areas of family law, including but not limited to, divorce, custody, child support, alimony, legitimation and paternity actions, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, contempt actions, step parent adoptions, grandparent visitation, adoptions. Also registered as a mediator and trained as a Guardian ad Litem. Elovitz/O’Nan, LLC is a family law firm, with a combined 30 years of experience.

Myra McElhaney & Dana Barrett

Myra McElhaney & Dana Barrett

Author and speaker, Myra McElhaney shared her mission to Enjoy Life and Do Good and talked about the inspiration behind her books. Myra specializes in speaking for women’s groups, associations and conferences. Her mission is to Enjoy Life and Do Good/ Work with Purpose- Life with Passion.

In the national headlines:

  • Google is working on a new, smarter messaging app with more stuff in it you don’t want or need.
  • And while we’re on the topic of Google – rumor has it they are about to announce a partnership with Ford for self-driving cars. A partnership with Google would also kickstart Ford’s driverless vehicle ambitions with the company revealing this month that it plans to test fully autonomous Fusion sedans in California next year.  As for Google, Bloomberg reported last week that the company is planning to spin-off its autonomous vehicles unit as a stand-alone business. The firm would sit under Google’s parent company Alphabet and be a service to rival ride-sharing businesses Uber and Lyft.
  • Net neutrality is back in the headlines today. YouTube now saying that T-Mobile is essentially throttling its content, downgrading the quality of the videos without user consent.  This appears to be a side effect of the Binge On program, that allows users to stream some content without it affecting their data limits.
  • And in other carrier news – Sprint allegedly spent $25 million on some consulting advice they didn’t use.

In the local headlines:

  • Atlanta-based FinTech company Payscape has acquired Vendevor, an Austin-based e-Commerce shopping platform. They plan to add 200 jobs to the combined workforce – 60 of those hear in Atlanta.
  • And in the ‘this is just weird and awkward news’ part of the show – Kenny Rogers is planning a theme park in Georgia that he says will be more high tech than Dollywood – and in fact be more like SXSW. He says “40 miles north of Atlanta on an island will be Kennyland or KennyWorld”.  Not sure how one creates an island where there is no large body of water – but live your dream Kenny.
  • Moving on… Georgia’s first professional lacrosse team, the Georgia Swarm has finalized its 20-man roster — with just two weeks to go before the start of its inaugural season, which kicks off Jan. 1 against the Colorado Mammoth at Pepsi Center in Denver. The first home game will be on Jan. 9 against the Toronto Rock at Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, Ga.

In the Women on Wednesday headlines:

  • Guess what – startups aren’t as cool as they should be. A survey of 2,300 small startups in the New York City area reveals women working at early-stage companies aren’t making as much as their male counterparts, mirroring the national average for the gender gap in full-time work.
  • But cheer up – here’s some fake good news for you….A study of pay between male and female chief financial officers by compensation firm Equilar and the Associated Press shows that women outpaced men in salary gains last year. But here’s why it’s fake good news…the median pay for female CFOs in 2014 rose 11% to $3.2 million, while for men, the gain was only 7 percent but yeah the dollar amount is still higher at $3.3 million.  And of course, part of the reason for the gain is a smaller sample size of CFOs. At the S&P 500 companies, there were only 60 female CFOs; 437 were men.
  • And last but not least haters gonna hate. Which is why this story happened.  In an interview Monday with CNN, Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer, an African-American woman with Detroit roots, said she leans on suppliers to include more women and minorities in top positions.  She then went on to say that she had a supplier meeting where the entire other side of the table was white males, adding that she was going to “place a call to him,” to encourage more diversity.  Now imagine the backlash.  People saying she’s anti-white and calling her comments reverse racism.  Seriously people?  Review the stats.  And stop the nonsense.  In order to make change, we have to be able to have these conversations without all this nonsense.
  • Buzzfeed recently released an article about the ‘Gender Tax Study’ which was conducted by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. The study shows that women are charged around 7 percent more for items than men. I mean c’mon….are you serious? Just because it’s pink, doesn’t mean it should cost more.

Other stuff:

Join us Monday, January 11th for the next meeting of The Dana Barrett Show Business Book Club! This month’s selection is THE ROAD TO CHARACTER by David Brooks. We’ll talk leadership and the line between the “Big Me” and our own inner, personal values. We will meet at American Food and Beverage in Buckhead. Get all the details and sign up to attend here:

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