I was just discussing our distinct lack of female CEOS when it comes to Beagle in Motion clients. Women where are you? When it comes to Marketing Mangers and Project Managers, HR and of course Customer Service, it’s practically a no-man’s land lol. What’s with this stigma?
In light of recent presidential events in the States, many claim that old-school male-chauvinist mentality is at play. I am not sure if that is distinctly the case, but I do think that women are slowly rising to power in the business world, but they aren’t doing it in a loud, male kind of way.
Then I came across this article that shines some light onto these quiet stars who are making galactic impact. Check out these 10 Female Entrepreneurs from all over the world, from Ecuador to Australia and beyond. I just can’t pick a favourite how about you?
Top 10 Inspiring Female Entrepreneurs
1. Rosario Dawson & Abrima Erwiah, Co-Founders of Studio 189
Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah are the founders of Studio One Eighty Nine, a social enterprise headquartered in Ghana, West Africa, and the United States. Dawson and Erwiah were inspired by many African men and women who expressed a desire to establish independence through an education and dignified job. With the goal of creating jobs and supporting education through the power of fashion, the brand provides a platform to promote African content and brands.
Favorite Quote: Let’s turn challenges on the ground into opportunities!
2. Natasha Case, CEO of Coolhaus
Natasha Case founded Coolhaus in 2009 with Freya Estreller after years spent working in architecture at Walt Disney Imagineering. They launched their architecturally-inspired, unique ice cream sandwich company from their barely drive-able postal van at the Coachella Music Festival to an audience of 100,000.
Favorite Quote: “You can walk through a wall when you don’t know it’s there.” – Unknown
3. Kimberly Steward, Producer
Kimberly Steward founded her first company when she was 19 and today is a highly successful entrepreneur, philanthropist and producer.
In 2013 she created K Period Media, which develops, finances and produces story-driven and thought-provoking content and it is Steward’s mission to discover diverse new voices and launch the careers of next-generation talent, on both sides of the camera.
Favorite Quote: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams
4. Sarah Brokaw, Author
Sarah is a licensed psychotherapist and philanthropist who authored the New York Times bestseller, “Fortytude: Making the Next Decades the Best Years of Your Life—through the 40s, 50s and Beyond.” Sarah believes that education is a lifelong pursuit both within and outside the classroom and has specialized training in working with families and couples. She’s even conducted group therapy for individuals who either worked in the World Trade Center or were nearby during the 9/11 attacks.
Favorite Quote: “Change is inevitable. Growth is optional. Choose Wisely.” – Unknown
5. Cynthia Johnson, CEO & Co-Founder at Ipseity
As a marketing professional, author and keynote speaker, Cynthia Johnson is considered one of the top female entrepreneurs in tech. She was Managing Partner & Director of Marketing for RankLab, a digital marketing agency listed in Inc. Magazine’s “Fastest Growing Private Companies in 2015.” In July of 2015 RankLab was acquired by American Addiction Centers and Cynthia worked as their Director of Brand Development. She is the CEO & Co-Founder at Ipseity Media and is on the advisory board for two startups, nGage.social and NAIAD.
Favorite Quote: “Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life — is the source from which self-respect springs.” – Joan Didion
6. Heather Hasson & Trina Spear, Co-Founders of FIGS
Heather Hasson and Trina Spear are the co-founders of FIGS – a brand revolutionizing the antiquated $10 billion medical apparel industry through its use of beautifully soft and technical fabrics that are tailored to perfection. FIGS medical apparel is anti-microbial, wrinkle resistant, stain repellent, lint free and utilizes four way stretch.
Favorite Quote: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming…” – Theodore Roosevelt
7. Aviva Romm, MD, Author and Wellness Expert
Referred to as “the face of natural medicine in the 21st century” by Prevention Magazine and named one of the “100 Women to Watch in Wellness” by Mind Body Green, Aviva Romm, MD has bridged the best of traditional medicine with good science for over three decades. A midwife, herbalist and Yale-trained MD, with a focus is on the impact of stress on health, willpower, food cravings, weight, chronic disease and hormone imbalance in women — as well as the prevention of chronic disease in children’s health, with an emphasis on reducing unnecessary antibiotic use.
.Favorite Quote: “When sleeping women wake, mountains move.” – Chinese Proverb
8. Darrah Brustein, Founder of Network Under 40
In 2011, Darrah’s venture was born when she was approached by friends and colleagues who lamented the challenges of making friends after college. She began to host events for them to meet other young professionals in environments where they could be themselves and kickstart new friendships and business contacts. It wasn’t long before Network Under 40 was born. Darrah also identified a pressing need to teach children sound financial habits. So, she authored Finance Whiz Kids, a series of kids books that teach elementary-aged children the basics of financial literacy through fun illustrated stories.
Favorite Quote: “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, either way you are right.” -Henry Ford
9. Sophie Lovejoy, Founder of Sant and Abel
Australian pajama designer Sophie Lovejoy has always been a risk taker. Whether it was running a booming lemonade stand at seven or breaking into the cutthroat TV producer game in New York, the ambitious South Australian never backed down from a challenge. After spending 10 years in the TV industry, Sophie launched a luxury sleepwear company, Sant and Abel. What began as an online store on the side whilst working in TV, soon became her full time job and a household name in Australia. Within two years of launching, Sophie moved her HQ to LA to take on the much bigger American market.
Favorite Quote: My mom has always said “perseverance is the key to success”, and she’s right!
10. Denise Paredes, Social Entrepreneur
Ecuadorean American Denise Paredes has a passion for social issues and her ideal world is one where everyone has a fair chance at living a healthy and fulfilling life. This view is what led her to start Equal Uprise a year ago, a socially conscious accessories and home decor brand. Denise immigrated from Ecuador to the United States at age 13 and it was a defining moment in her life that led her to establish Equal Uprise, a company that produces ethically made goods for the modern dweller produced by artisans in Ecuador and Tunisia.
Favorite Quote: “Pain, pleasure and death are no more than a process for existence. The revolutionary struggle in this process is a doorway open to intelligence.” – Frida Khalo
Original article can be found here.