There’s Something About Her

From Sylvia Parsons:

Since childhood, I have been surrounded by the entrepreneurial spirit.

As the eldest of three girls and daughter of an in-home daycare provider, I enjoyed the creative curriculum and activities designed by my mother, or the methods I invented on my own to amuse (or torture) my sisters. As I grew older, I was more and more inspired by my mother’s entrepreneurial spirit as I learned how she paved her own path, graduated college, came to the United States from Puerto Rico, built a family, and developed her own small business to support us as we grew older. While her endeavors did not result in millions of dollars, I admired her determination, and recognize the potential power of that entrepreneurial drive in innovative markets.

Sylvia Parsons and her mother, an inspiring woman and entrepreneur Now, with my own entrepreneurial drive and armed with a B.S. in Business and a pending Master’s in Human Development from Virginia Tech, I am preparing to embark on a journey into the “real world.”

As a woman and hopeful entrepreneur I, like others of all ages, question where I am going and how I am going to use these tools to get there. I have found many theories on the "keys to success" and have read about successful woman entrepreneurs who have reached high profitability, while balancing family life and keeping fit.  I can’t help but think, “What if I’m not superwoman?”
In entrepreneurship, “failure” is more common than success, especially for women, so how do women, in the face of such risk, get up each morning and pursue their dreams?

For a true image of women entrepreneurs, I will research current literature and media on entrepreneurship and speak with diverse women, across industries, at all stages of organizational development. I want to know:  What is it about her that makes people engage as customers and clients? That mobilizes new markets and consumers? And, what are the secrets of successful woman entrepreneurship? And how do women make entrepreneurial ventures a personal success, regardless of the financial outcomes?

If you’re like I am, when you see entrepreneurial women (like my mother), you think:  “There’s just something about her…"

I’m on a quest to find out what that is.


Sylvia Parsons will complete her Master's Degree from Virginia Tech in Human Development in the fall of 2009.  She is an intern with Handshake Media, Incorporated.

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  1. Thank you all for the opportunity to share my passion for woman entrepreneurship! I hope that you will continue to follow the series and enjoy the feature as it progresses each week! I welcome any comments or suggestions that you may have. If you are a woman entrepreneur and would like to share your story, please let me know and I would love to feature you!

  2. Welcome to Bob_Giles on Twitter
    Great post.
    We need to discuss with Mrs. Handshake2.0 a rural social network and the many women enterprises potentially available within the proposed “Rural System” (

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