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Penina Rybak
Penina Rybak MA/CCC-SLP, TSHH, is the founder/CEO of Socially Speaking LLC, a boutique consulting firm. She is an educational technology consultant, pediatric speech-language pathologist specializing in Autism, and an Apple™ Technology expert and iPad Evangelist. Penina is the creator of the Socially Speaking™ App and a national/international speaker on the topics of social communication development and strategies, technology best practices re: iOS App integration into workflows and educational curricula for busy professionals, and psychological and practical tips for female entrepreneurs. She is the founder of The NICE Initiative for Female Entrepreneurship, based on her book about psychological and practical aspects for today's professional woman. The NICE Reboot: How to Become a Better Female Entrepreneur- How to Balance Your Craving for Humanity & Technology in Today's Startup Culture is published by Maven House Press. Penina can be contacted on LinkedIn and Twitter: @PopGoesPenina. To learn more, click here and /or click here.

Entries by Penina Rybak

Can Women Entrepreneurs Flip the Script re: Work/Life Balance?

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 9:48 AM

"You gotta stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be." -- Elizabeth Gilbert

"Kid, you'll move mountains." -- Dr. Seuss

Entrepreneurs are reportedly often told as children and young adults that they have to "color inside the lines" and "go with the flow," only to disobey. They are...

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The Gamification of the MBA: Implications for an Entrepreneur's Education

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 2:20 PM

"Science is everyone's game... it's about where we are and where we're going."

-- Nichelle Nichols, Former NASA Ambassador and Actress, Star Trek

"The focus has shifted from the teacher to the learner. Anything that can help the learner retain knowledge better is welcome. Why should learning be...

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A Letter on the Power of Positivity by a Woman Entrepreneur

(2) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 10:04 AM

"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow."

-- Helen Keller

"Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will."

-- Zig Ziglar

Dear Valued Member of the Human Race,

Welcome to the 2014 holiday season! It is a time of constructive...

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What's the Forecast for Women Entrepreneurs in 2015?

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 6:20 AM

"So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard."

-- Caterina Fake

"Starting and growing a business is as much about the innovation, drive and determination of the people who do it as it is about the...

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The Disruption of Leadership: Implications for Female Entrepreneurship

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 4:41 PM

"Information helps you see that you are not alone."

-- Maya Angelou

"Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement."

-- Peter Drucker

In previous years, the business landscape was often a petri dish for promoting innovation and leadership. We have now approached a new frontier where...

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Long Live the Live Event! An Entrepreneur's Playground

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 9:39 PM

"Social Media enables different people from different lifestyles to share in one voice....Social Media has been a platform to connect with encouraging & supportive women."

-- KL Taylor, co-author, Empowered Women of Social Media

"I bridge the gap between the non-technical and technical, living at the intersection of strategy, solution...

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United We Stand: A Message for Today's Female Entrepreneur

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 10:58 AM

"People are communicating more, but not a lot of people are connecting." -- Lisa Marie Platske

"Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers."
-- Paulo Coelho

Today I attended...

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Feeding the Beast: How to Be a More Creative Entrepreneur

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 10:36 AM

"This is the perfect moment in history to live with imperfection, to embrace variety and leave conformity on the assembly lines."

-- Anna Quindlen, Being Perfect

"Ideas come from people. Therefore, people are more important than ideas."

-- Ed Catmull, Creativity Inc.

There is a...

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Which Soft Skills Does An Entrepreneur Need?

(1) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 12:36 PM

"Doors opened. Opportunities evolved. Law, institutions, and corporations moved forward. Many minds did not."

-- Anna Quindlen

"I really believe that everyone has a talent, ability, or skill that he can mine to support himself and to succeed in life."

-- Dean Koontz

We are living in the post social...

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Creating a Digital Avatar with Heart: Rules of Engagement

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 12:25 PM

"Many woman entrepreneurs today occupy different spaces and need to adjust behavior and language accordingly; online and offline. Everyone has a good story. What's yours?"

-- Genevieve Castelino, Producer/Writer, Chakra Media Group

"Social media doesn't replace the personal touch needed in today's business environment where an authentic human...

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What's Your Memorable Contribution?

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 2:47 PM

"I've tried to give back to this country that has given me so much."

-- Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States

"When diverse people contribute to the design, dissemination, and promotion of service and products, they help create and contribute a more meaningful society."

-- Richard Zreik, Entrepreneur;...

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More Women Leaders and Entrepreneurs? What a Wonderful World It Would Be!

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 11:45 AM

"Women in business supporting other women, who support men, who support their fellow women... what a wonderful world it will be!" -- Betsy Myers, Speaker, Public Servant, Advocate, Mentor, Author: Take the Lead

"I do this because I think about my daughter, and what it will be like...

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Old Journey, New Frontier: An Entrepreneur's Integrity

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 5:06 PM

"If what I said or did ended up on the front cover of The Wall Street Journal, would I be comfortable with that? Happy it's out there?"

-- Talia Mashiach, CEO of Eved

"What matters is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a...

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The Pitfalls of Perfectionism in Entrepreneurship

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 5:28 AM

"Perfection is not a quest for the best. It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves, the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough -- that we should try again."
-- Julia Cameron

"The closest to perfection a person ever comes is...

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The Three E's of the Technology Revolution: Ecommerce, Entrepreneurship, and Education

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 4:04 PM

I spent a year on the ground in Ghana to better understand how entrepreneurship is a pathway out of poverty. We can help strengthen women business owners, especially in Africa, by providing them with opportunities and resources." -- Heather Cochran, co-founder of Hub Accra and Next...
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Lessons from Divergent Using Divergent Thinking in Entrepreneurship

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 3:35 PM

"What's so powerful about Divergent, and the reason I chose to do this, is that it's about being brave. What's the one thing that makes you diverge from the mainstream, from mediocrity? It's great for [young] people to think about their own lives-who they are and where they belong."

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Success and Failure in Entrepreneurship, Part 2: The 'Glass Half Full' Outlook

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 12:06 PM

In the Exponential Age smart, established companies will find ways to work with innovators vs. looking only internally for new products and services. Smart investors will make bets on women entrepreneurs. And of course, passionate women entrepreneurs will dream big, work smart, and move fast."

-- Carol Realini, Serial Entrepreneur,...

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Success & Failure for Entrepreneurs, Part 1: The "Glass Half Empty" Fear

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 2:05 PM

"Failure is a necessary part of life and if you read the statistics, an often essential part of your eventual path to business success." -- Michelle Glover, Entrepreneur, CEO @TeaTreeReview, Blogger: GirlEnTREEPreneur

"Failure provides an opportunity, an opportunity to learn - if from the past, learn what not...

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Entrepreneurship Through the Western Looking Glass

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 2:53 PM

"The more there is of mine, the less there is of yours."
-- Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

"I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then."
-- Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

One of my favorite childhood stories is the one...

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The NICE Initiative Ten Takeaways for Female Entrepreneurs, Part 2

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 12:36 PM

"I believe your worst weakness can become your greatest single strength."
-- Barbara Corcoran

"Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things."
-- Peter Drucker

Entrepreneurship in the Digital Age is often misunderstood, and compared to its earlier incarnation from past eras. The truth...

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