Women-Owned Businesses Continue to Grow in Number

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The Women Presidents’ Organization 2016 Annual Conference
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Co-leading the boutique recruiting firm HirePerfect, J. Melissa Cooper is a graduate of New York University. J. Melissa Cooper serves in a consulting role for the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), joining roundtables to advise women executives on search and hiring issues from an HR standpoint.

A nonprofit membership organization, WPO consists of women presidents of multimillion-dollar companies. The purpose of the organization is to advance women entrepreneurs and improve conditions and opportunities for female executives.

The number of women in executive leadership positions has grown in the last few years, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Between 2007 and 2012, women-owned businesses grew by more than a quarter to 27.5 percent, or 9.9 million businesses. Together, women-led businesses generated more than $1.5 trillion in receipts, as of 2012.

The majority of women-owned firms are sole proprietorships; only about 10 percent employ additional people. Still, women-owned firms with employees added 1.5 million jobs between 2007 and 2012.


Enterprising Women Magazine Honors Female Business Leaders

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Enterprising Women Magazine
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J. Melissa Cooper serves as the managing partner of HirePerfect, an executive search firm that she cofounded. Earlier, she bootstrapped an Internet startup called RezBiz, which she built into a company with 400 employees and several million dollars in annual revenue, before selling it to Talent Inc. The 2014 winner of the Enterprising Woman of the Year Award, J. Melissa Cooper now sits on the Enterprising Women Advisory Board.

Founded in 1997 as a voice and forum exclusively for women business owners, Enterprising Women magazine publishes stories of the challenges, concerns, solutions, and successes of entrepreneurial women and of their increasing influence politically, economically, and socially. In addition, the magazine encourages women to think big and follow their dreams, providing role models and mentors to guide them.

Every spring, Enterprising Women recognizes outstanding businesswomen at its annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards celebration. Winners are selected for having fast-growing businesses, for mentoring or supporting other women entrepreneurs, and for serving their communities.

Women Presidents’ Organization 2016 International Conference

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Women Presidents’ Organization
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J. Melissa Cooper is co-founder and managing partner of HirePerfect, which offers human resource connections and recruiting methodologies for biotech companies. Dedicated to helping women achieve success in life, J. Melissa Cooper is active with the Women Presidents’ Organization


(WPO) chapter in Miami, Florida.

A nonprofit membership organization for women presidents of multimillion-dollar companies, WPO seeks to improve business conditions for women entrepreneurs. Many of its members participate in peer advisory groups designed to help members accelerate the growth of their businesses. WPO also cultivates professional connections, offers continuing education opportunities, and promotes the accomplishments of its members.

One of the ways members can network with others is through the WPO annual conference. The 2016 international conference will be held April 7-9 in Baltimore, Maryland, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. During this three-day conference, attendees can participate in interactive seminars, listen to keynote speakers, and hone industry tactics. In addition, potential members have an opportunity to experience firsthand the professional and personal impact of the organization on the lives of women business owners.

The Women Presidents’ Organization 2016 Annual Conference

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The Women Presidents’ Organization 2016 Annual Conference
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J. Melissa Cooper is a dual-certified human resources professional and the cofounder and managing partner of HirePerfect. An active member of the professional community, J. Melissa Cooper is involved with the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) and participates in the organization’s roundtables of executive women.

Dedicated to improving business conditions for women entrepreneurs in all industries, the WPO maintains 120 chapters in over a dozen parts of the world. Each chapter consists of around 20 accomplished women presidents and entrepreneurs and functions as a sort of peer advisory group.

In addition to its chapter meetings, the WPO holds an international annual conference. The conference is designed to promote the sharing of business experiences and strategies among successful members from around the world, while also providing an opportunity for members to learn from speakers and seminars. Beyond that, the annual conference allows potential WPO members to experience firsthand the personal and professional impact that the organization has on women executives.

The WPO 19th Annual Conference is scheduled to take place from April 7, 2016, through April 9, 2016, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Maryland.