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Martha Matilda Harper

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43. Martha Matilda Harper and the beauty of social entrepreneurship

Seekers and Scholars

See how spirituality influenced innovations changed the face of modern business—through the work of a pioneering woman entrepreneur.

29mins

3 Aug 2020

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91: Martha Matilda Harper— The Woman Who Launched Modern Retail Franchising, with author Jane Plitt

The Franchise Story Podcast

Stories from Franchisees & Founders This week, we take a step back in time to discuss the lifework of Martha Matilda Harper— one of the greatest businesswomen you may not have heard about. In this special episode, Erik is joined by Jane Plitt, the author of the book Martha Matilda Harper and the American Dream: How One Woman Changed the Face of Modern Business.  Martha Matilda Harper is an American businesswoman, entrepreneur, and inventor who launched modern retail franchising and then built an international network of 500 franchised hair salons that emphasized healthy hair care in the late 1800s.  After conducting in depth research, Jane Plitt shares with us how she was able to unearth Martha’s incredibly rags to riches story, and how a former servant girl from Canada created the American hair salon industry, empowering thousands of young women along the way. By dictating that poor women would open the first 100 salons, in one fell swoop Harper became a pioneer of social entrepreneurship and modern franchising. Jane endeavors to bring Martha’s story alive and showcase just how her life experiences remain relevant to us today. She has a fascinating story for those who believe in entrepreneurship and the role women have played to shape innovative successful business and humane models.  Tune in to hear more about Martha’s franchise story and how her spirit and wisdom live on in modern times.  What we talk about: Jane’s story on researching about and ultimately writing a book about Martha Matilda Harper What was extraordinary about Martha Harper’s desire to “Delight the customer” Her story became the motivation for both her customers as well as for her franchisees Listening to your employees The idea of social entrepreneurship Having flexibility and strong leadership Martha’s background that made her the way she was as an entrepreneur Having positive discontent and believing in the future The essence of the principles that guide us What we mention: Martha Matilda Harper And The American Dream Martha The Hairpreneur Martha’s Magical Hair

30mins

28 Jul 2020

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Martha Matilda Harper, The Mother of Modern Day, Retail Franchising!

Franchise Today

Jane Plitt is a fascinating biographer, who has made it her life’s work, to uncover and share the lessons we can all learn, from the life of yet another fascinating woman: Martha Matilda Harper.  Harper was a very early stage entrepreneur and is credited with being the mother of retail franchising in America.  Plitt will reveal how this immigrant entrepreneur dared to succeed, using business for social change and also share the business lessons learned from Martha Matilda Harper.  Plitt’s writings have appeared in many publications including the Chicago Sun Times, Wall Street Journal, and one was even a featured cover story of Franchising World.

42mins

15 Jul 2020

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52 MARTHA MATILDA HARPER FOR ALL AGES - JANE PLITT

CURMUDGEONLY YOURS -- Richard Bonte

Jane Plitt is a passionate, inspiring speaker/author. She ran a thriving business consulting practice until she became enthralled with the Martha Matilda Harper story. In 1996, she was appointed a Visiting Scholar to the University of Rochester to pursue her research; the result was a book entitled Martha Matilda Harper and the American Dream: How One Woman Changed the Face of Modern Business. Syracuse University Press released it May 2000. As a result of Plitt’s efforts, Harper was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame along with the American Business Hall of Fame. In 2017, Plitt released a young children’s book entitled, Martha’s Magical Hair published by Jade Publishing. In 2018, Plitt co-wrote a young adult version of the Harper story, Martha the Hairpreneur, with Sally Valentine. In 2019, a paperback version of the Harper biography was released. Jane Plitt is a 1969 graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial & Labor Relations and is recognized in Who’s Who in the United States and the World. In 2018, she was recognized with her husband for the Spirit of Manatee Leadership award given by the Manatee Community Foundation and was recognized for being a Women of Achievement by the AAUW - Bradenton Chapter. In 2017, she received the Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and has received many other accolades throughout her life.

27mins

20 Oct 2019

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52 MARTHA MATILDA HARPER FOR ALL AGES - JANE PLITT

Society Bytes Radio

Jane Plitt is a passionate, inspiring speaker/author. She ran a thriving business consulting practice until she became enthralled with the Martha Matilda Harper story. In 1996, she was appointed a Visiting Scholar to the University of Rochester to pursue her research; the result was a book entitled Martha Matilda Harper and the American Dream: How One Woman Changed the Face of Modern Business. Syracuse University Press released it May 2000. As a result of Plitt’s efforts, Harper was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame along with the American Business Hall of Fame. In 2017, Plitt released a young children’s book entitled, Martha’s Magical Hair published by Jade Publishing. In 2018, Plitt co-wrote a young adult version of the Harper story, Martha the Hairpreneur, with Sally Valentine. In 2019, a paperback version of the Harper biography was released.Jane Plitt is a 1969 graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial & Labor Relations and is recognized in Who’s Who in the United States and the World. In 2018, she was recognized with her husband for the Spirit of Manatee Leadership award given by the Manatee Community Foundation and was recognized for being a Women of Achievement by the AAUW - Bradenton Chapter. In 2017, she received the Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and has received many other accolades throughout her life.

27mins

20 Oct 2019

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Celebrating Martha Matilda Harper, the Inventor of the Franchise System, with Jane Plitt

The Gonzo Experience

Jane Plitt ran a thriving business consulting practice until she became enthralled with the Martha Matilda Harper story. Learn how Martha, an unsung hero, began the first franchising system in the world.

36mins

9 Oct 2019