In the guest chair:

Kim Eaton & Dana Barrett

Kim Eaton & Dana Barrett

Aptean CEO, Kim Eaton joined Dana live in studio to discuss how mentoring and corporate culture can draw more women to STEM leadership roles.

John Burns, CIO at Breakaway also called into the show from Boston to talk women entrepreneurs and their upcoming Babson Breakaway Challenge.

Aptean helps businesses profit, innovate and grow where the work gets done: in the call center, on the floor of the factory, at the end of the assembly line. Aptean’s CRM, ERP and Supply Chain software applications enable nearly 5,000 customers to satisfy their customers, operate more efficiently and stay at the forefront of their industry.

Breakaway is a brand capital firm in Boston that specializes in building and growing the brands of notable consumer companies like Velcro and Zildjian.

In the headlines:

  • Yesterday, Verizon announced that they are buying AOL for $4.4 billion. It’s part of their new focus on digital and video platforms, as well as their interest in focusing on the “Internet of Things”. AOL, best known in the 90s for its dial-up internet service, now has several media brands, including The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Engadget, MAKERS and It boasts nearly $600 million in advertising revenue.
  • The Technology Association of Georgia, Venture Atlanta, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber announced the winner of their 10th annual Business Launch Competition this week. The winner is Atlanta-based Gimme, the developers of a device and software solution that enables vending machines to communicate sales, cash and inventory data to handheld devices.
  • Our Atlanta MLS team could have a team name as early as this summer. Team owner, Arthur Blank intends to reveal the club’s name before the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Gold Cup semifinals this July according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
  • A female beluga whale was born on Mother’s Day at the Georgia Aquarium.
  • Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey announced that employees in her office will now be offered up to six weeks of paid parental leave. Paid paternal leave is becoming a hot issue in the U.S. as we are the only industrialized nation that does not require employers to offer paid time off for new parents.
  • Ellen Pao responded to a request by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers that she pay nearly $1 million in legal expenses, calling them “grossly excessive and unreasonable.” The firm offered to eat the cost if she agreed to not appeal her loss in her sexism case against the firm.

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