Successful Women of Israel

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InspHERation: Yahel Atsmon – Chemistry Teacher, Davidson Institute of Science Education

 Davidson Institute

Meet the Weizmann Institute’s scientist who’s helping girls excel in chemistry. 

The Davidson Institute, the arm of the Weizmann Institute that promotes and nurtures scientific education in Israel, is where Yahel Atsmon works today and two doors down from where she slept as a high school student learning science during summer vacation at the Weizmann Institute. Yahel Atsmon is the scientist turned high school chemistry teacher who passionately molds young minds, helping students, especially female ones, to teach themselves and believe in their capabilities.

I met up with Yahel at the Weizmann Institute of Science to learn about how she’s passionately helping making chemistry accessible to more girls.

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Should You Do It With All Your Heart or Not At All?

As a kid, there were lots of things I enjoyed – reading, riding my bike, playing “500” and “running bases” with the kids on my block. There were also lots of things I didn’t enjoy – school, homework, cleaning up.

Unsurprisingly, my mother had a really hard time getting me to do the things I didn’t like doing. And when I finally did do dishes, or my homework,  I always did a crappy job.

The code words that made me feel that I was off the hook

My mother would very easily become frustrated and yell at me, “either do it with all your heart or don’t do it at all.”

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Expanding HERizons – SWOI’s Monthly Roundup: May 2017

Learning is necessary for growth and development. There’s lots of great content out there, but it’s not always easy to find and we don’t always have the time to look for it.

So every month, I curate the great content that I find and share it with you here in monthly roundups.

During May, Casey Brown’s talk on pricing has prompted me to look into my own pricing strategies. Something which I continue to do into June. I have revisited The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People by Stephen Covey, which has reaffirmed my strong belief in helping other women, being helpful always, and being an attentive service provider. The Growth Show – especially the episode with Stefania Mallet provides more evidence that building strong and effective companies stems from strong leadership.

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7 Successful Israeli Women Share Their Best Productivity Tips

Time is one of the most precious commodities we have. It can’t be bought. It can’t be recycled. And it’s constantly being used up.

That’s why learning to make the most of our time is one of the most useful things we can learn.

The most successful people on this planet are so successful, precisely because one of the things they mastered is productivity. Being effective and efficient.

But learning productivity is also tricky. Because productivity tips that we may learn from others don’t automatically apply to us. We were all blessed with a different mind, a different way of thinking and a different way of doing things. And that’s why we should certainly try out productivity tips that sound like good ideas.

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InspHERation: Heli Jacobs Virt – CEO of Bina Yetera & Director at Yoda’at College for Business Sustainability

Success Heli Jacobs

How does a girl who grows up without a father and is sexually abused as a teen, go on to become a successful business women teaching confidence and business sustainability?

Heli Jacobs Virt, lost her father in the Yom Kippur War, when she was just a year old. Since then she’s grown to become a successful businesswoman. She is the CEO of Bina Yetera and Director at Yoda’at College for Business Sustainability, helping women and businesses meet their strategic goals. I met with Heli to discuss her thoughts on confidence, failure and success and feminism.

If you lack confidence – create it

As a girl and as a teen, Heli lacked confidence. It might have something to do with losing her father in war, it might have something to do with being sexually abused as a teenager. What’s for sure, is that even though Heli’s mother, and her father’s parents and siblings, and even her stepfather, did their best to imbue Heli with confidence, internally she still felt unconfident.

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