How Model Alexandra Cristin Turned Her Brand Into an 8-Figure Empire

The Glam Seamless founder and CEO breaks down how she broke through as an entrepreneur. October 11, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Seven years ago, plus-size model Alexandra Cristin was watching her favorite YouTuber at her apartment when she decided to start selling hair extensions online. Today, she owns and operates one of the leading seamless hair extension brands in the beauty industry, Glam Seamless. She had been wearing hair extensions since she was 14 and originally got the idea to start the company as a side hustle. However, her passion quickly set her apart from the competition and positioned her to dominate her industry. “My initial strategy was to be different,” she recalls in an interview. “I decided to sell a type of hair extension that I knew wasn’t available to buy online at the time. It put me at the forefront […]

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4 Tips for Aspiring Women Business Owners

Reaping deserved financial rewards requires shaking off corporate gender bias. October 11, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The recent publication of Forbes’ “America’s Most Innovative Leaders” list, in which there was just one female executive featured, sparked backlash online and off. Yet, many women weren’t the least bit surprised. Despite decades of corporate diversity efforts, change has come slowly. Women still hold just 25 percent of five critical C-suite positions in the nation’s 1,000 largest corporations, and the problem persists far beyond that. The drop-off of women in leadership starts with the first promotion to management, where a woman is 18 percent less likely to be promoted to manager than a man. By the time you reach the senior vice president level, only 22 percent are women. Of those, just 21 percent hold positions responsible for driving revenue — the kind of roles that […]

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What Women Really Want From Their Employers

Insights from four successful female leaders. October 11, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Last year, I received the iconic Turquoise Pantone 1837 Blue box as a bonus gift from a Fortune 500 company. Inside was a handwritten, congratulatory note and a gift certificate for $1,500 to Tiffany & Co. It provided a woman’s name and phone number to call for personal concierge service, along with an option to take the gift certificate directly into a store to select a piece of my liking. It was the most memorable bonus gift I had ever received. I emphasize memorable because I have earned a performance bonus of $1,500 or more several times throughout my professional career, and while it’s incredible to receive “unexpected” cash, or achieve a bonus that you have been chasing, it was the creativity and personalization of this gift that made me feel appreciated and empowered.  Related: 100 […]

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Karlie Kloss Looks to These Female Founders for Inspiration

Our October/November cover star discusses the women (and businesses) that keep her motivated. October 8, 2019 3 min read This story appears in the October 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » When supermodel Karlie Kloss launched her girls’ coding boot camp, Kode With Klossy, she wanted the next generation of women to have easier access to the world of computer science. Now, as Kode With Klossy has grown to have a national presence, girls across the country are learning to code — and looking to Kloss as a role model who’s not afraid to blaze her own trail. But Kloss has some role models of her own. Here, she talks about the women she looks to for inspiration.  Check out more stories from our October/November issue’s list of 100 Powerful Women.   Cindy Mi Founder and CEO, education platform VIPKid “I deeply admire Cindy’s dedication to democratizing access to education through […]

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Never Be Afraid to Ask Questions!

The Project Runway host built a coding school, Kode With Klossy, to inspire a generation of tech-savvy women. But her real mission, she says, is much broader. October 8, 2019 13 min read This story appears in the October 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » ­The view is stunning up here, from the 34th floor of this downtown Manhattan office building. Outside the floor-to-­ceiling windows, the day is bright and clear. But the 24 teenage girls occupying the space are over it. Their noses are buried in MacBooks, while a soundtrack of Disney hits plays in the background. There’s work to be done, after all: They’re students at a nonprofit coding camp called Kode With Klossy, and today’s assignment is to design and code an online photo gallery. They’re so focused on the task, in fact, that they don’t notice when the camp’s creator and very famous namesake walks in. […]

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Here’s How Big Tech Companies Can End the Gender Pay Gap

Recognizing the myth of the meritocracy is the first step toward ending the gender pay gap for women in tech. October 7, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Silicon Valley is known for its innovation, high-skilled talent and its meritocratic ethos — that is, the focus on evaluating and rewarding employees based not on who they are, but on what they achieve. Big tech companies like Google and Uber famously promote company values that emphasize those ideas as a way of creating equality in the workplace. When taken at face value, that all seems fair and good. However, reality captures a far different picture. Despite the tech sector’s good intentions, companies with meritocratic principles still face a deep gender gap in their industry and continue to be criticized for their bias. For example, look no further than Google’s memo fiasco or Susan Fowler’s criticism of […]

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3 Ways to Empower and Inspire the Next Generation of Women Leaders

Steps businesses should take to recruit, develop and retain top female talent. September 19, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It seems like a highly complex and potentially insurmountable problem. Even after decades of hard work and progress toward gender parity in the workforce, we still see reports of disappointingly low numbers of U.S. women in senior leadership roles. Despite the fact that women represent more than half the country’s population, earn more than 57 percent of undergraduate degrees and an even higher percentage of master’s degrees, women represent a mere five percent of Fortune 500 CEOs. We are only seven percent of top executives in Fortune 100 companies, and just 26.5 percent of executives, senior officials and managers overall. These statistics come from a 2018 fact sheet published by the Center for American Progress, and demonstrate the severity of the problem that faces […]

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‘Speak Up! You Have a Seat at the Table Because You Earned It’: Bacardi’s Laila Mignoni

The brand builder, digital native expert and Bacardi’s Director of Creative Excellence has delivered award-winning campaigns for some of the world’s most iconic brands. August 18, 2019 10 min read This story originally appeared on Authority Magazine Laila Mignoni, the Director of Creative Excellence at BACARDI, is based in Bermuda and New York City. Throughout her career, she has delivered award-winning campaigns for some of the most iconic global brands across Retail, Automotive and Luxury. She graduated with Honors from La Sorbonne University in Paris with a Masters in Arts — she’s a brand builder and digital native expert. Laila moved from agency side to BACARDI Global Brands in 2014 where she ran MARTINI global communications from London. Recently she has shifted to manage BACARDI rums, launching the brand’s new platform ‘Do What Moves You’ across channels. Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us a story […]

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What It’s Like to Be Mentored by Gwyneth Paltrow

The actress and CEO chats with her mentee, the cofounder of Maisonette, about finding support as an entrepreneur. July 10, 2019 9 min read This story appears in the July 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Gwyneth Paltrow has played many public roles — most notably, of course, first as an actress and now as the creator of Goop. Her lifestyle business and content platform launched in 2008 and has grown to a $250 million company by selling Paltrow-endorsed health-and-wellness products that shoppers swear by (even when the medical community cries foul). But here’s a role she’s less well-known for: Behind the scenes, she mentors female entrepreneurs. Sylvana Ward Durrett is one of them. She’s a former Vogue staffer who for years produced the annual Costume Institute benefit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and then went on to cofound the children’s e-commerce site Maisonette in 2017. Today, Maisonette is […]

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She’s a Successful NFL Sports Agent. And, Yes, She’s Ready to Show You the Money.

Kelli Masters used to be a shy, insecure young woman. Then she took on the NFL and that male agent who told her, “Women will never make it in this industry.” June 28, 2019 8 min read When Kelli Masters walked into a Washington, D.C., ballroom in 2005 to take the National Football League’s agent certification exam — becoming one of the first women to do so —  she was clearly a, well, minority (“Three hundred men and me,” she remembers of that day). Recognizing that fact, she recognized that she could let fear rule her emotions; she could focus on those ugly comments from naysayers, like “Why would you think you could be a football sports agent? You’re a girl! You’ve never played football!” But she had another option: She could steer her emotions in much more positive direction. As Masters related in a recent, powerful TEDx talk in Oklahoma City, “I closed my […]

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At the Height of the Recession, This Entrepreneur Struck Out on Her Own. 10 Years Later? She’s Still Going Strong, With Clients Like Google and Coca-Cola.

Kelly Bayett is the creative director and co-founder of music and sound company Barking Owl. June 25, 2019 5 min read In 2009, music producer Kelly Bayett was in the midst of a divorce, raising two young kids and overdue for a raise after three years. She was also starting to wonder if she could do a better job leading than the people she was working under. So she paused to think things through. And, her thinking was that if she got the raise, that would be a sign that she should stay. But if she didn’t, it was time to reconsider what she really wanted out of her career. She made the ask, and her bosses, citing the recession, said sorry, no. That’s how Bayett left that job and co-founded her Los Angeles-based music and sound company Barking Owl. “I really had nothing to lose. I had no money. I had a divorce. I had two little […]

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5 Ways to Make the Modern Tech Workplace More Welcoming to Women

While it’s great to see so many companies supporting diversity and inclusion, we haven’t done enough to increase the pipeline for potential women leaders. June 21, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Madeleine Albright famously said that there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women. I would add to that: There’s a special corner table in hell for women in tech who don’t help other women. There’s no shortage of awareness in Silicon Valley about the need for diversity and inclusion (a phrase that has unsurprisingly turned into an acronym — D&I). Speaking as a woman who has succeeded in the Valley through the support of mentors like Marc Benioff, I would say that we need to do better. Others have opened doors for us to grow and pivot within our careers. Now, it’s our turn to open those […]

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‘Always Be My Maybe’ Director and ‘Fresh off the Boat’ Creator Nahnatchka Khan On Creativity and Getting the Details Right

The writer and producer shares why collaboration, not rejection, is always her focus. June 20, 2019 6 min read It can be scary to put an idea — that one that you poured your heart and soul into — out into the world. But the feeling is hardly unique; it’s one creative, innovative people have to deal with all the time. Nahnatchka Khan is one of those innovators. She’s the director of the new Netflix hit Always Be My Maybe, about two ex-childhood sweethearts who reconnect as adults even though they come from very different worlds. The film is an independent project written by its co-stars Randall Park and Ali Wong; and it features a nearly all Asian-American cast. Upon its release in late May, the movie resonated widely, especially for the community it wanted to reflect and celebrate.  “When I saw Always Be My Maybe, I recognized parts of myself in the strong and ambitious Sasha, played by Ali Wong, who sought […]

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17 Podcasts Worth Taking the ‘Longer Way to Get There’ Just So You Can Listen

Podcasting as a medium allows someone to dive in deep on a specific theme or topic. What’s your favorite topic? June 13, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Okay, I’ll admit it. I sometimes look forward to sitting in traffic or taking a longer commute when I’m into a really good podcast. I once drove five hours and then slowly rolled into my destination because I still had ten more minutes on a podcast I wanted to finish (you can’t continue your life when you’re just about to find out who did it in a crime podcast!). Related: How to Start a Podcast With Almost No Money The beautiful thing about podcasts is the variety of content out there. Whether you’re in the mood to laugh, be inspired, learn new business techniques or solve a crime, there’s a podcast out there for you. I love […]

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Shannan Monson on Why There’s Never Been a Better Time to be a Woman With a Vision

With the right plan, virtually anyone can earn financial freedom with just their smartphone, she says. June 12, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Shannan Monson, a business strategist for female entrepreneurs. It was condensed by The Oracles. Who are you?Shannan Monson: I help service-based female entrepreneurs create scalable revenue. I started as a personal trainer and wellness coach before transitioning to helping women build their own businesses. I made the shift because I saw so many passionate experts stuck in the one-to-one business model. I am obsessed with my work because I think women have really low expectations for their earning potential as a general rule. We’re not as bold about asking for more, so I help women shift their mindsets from solopreneur to CEO. […]

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This Introverted Entrepreneur Started a Platform to Help Millions of Women Reach Their Potential

Mogul founder and CEO Tiffany Pham shares the strategies that helped her build strong relationships. June 11, 2019 8 min read If there is someone you admire, someone whom you want to learn from, especially in an industry that you are new to, Tiffany Pham’s advice is: Don’t wait. You never know what opportunity could be waiting for you. Pham, 32, is the founder and CEO of Mogul, an online platform and app dedicated to helping women expand their community, take ownership of their goals and find meaningful work. Over the last five years, the business has grown from a rudimentary site Pham built herself, after teaching herself to code, to a multi-faceted company whose user base spans more than 30 million women in 196 countries. It might be surprising that this is the job that a self-professed introvert chose for herself. But Pham says that starting from that point made all […]

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This Filmmaker and Entrepreneur Wants to Transform Hollywood

Multi-hyphenate Miranda Bailey acts, directs, produces and wants to create space for more women to tell their stories. June 6, 2019 7 min read Producer-actor-director Miranda Bailey wants to be a force for good in the independent film community, helping stories that otherwise might not get told find their way on to the big screen. Toward that goal, Bailey over the last 15 years has produced 20 films, including The Squid and the Whale, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Swiss Army Man and Don’t Think Twice. She is also the founder of three businesses. In 2012, she launched her film-distribution company The Film Arcade and two years later,started her production and financing company Cold Iron Pictures. In 2018, Bailey and Rebecca Odes co-founded the site CherryPicks, an aggregate movie review and rating site for and about female critics. This year, 2019, has been a big one for Bailey. CherryPicks officially […]

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Want to Rise in the Workplace? Focus on Where You’re the Most Uncomfortable.

If you can’t find your own blind spot, ask your colleagues and friends. They’ll let you know. May 9, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. A misguided assumption women sometimes have about mentors is that they should support you at every turn. I get it: We all want to “dwell where we excel, “and many of us are nurturing by nature. But as a result, we may end up with that great potential we have being held back by the societal distinctions made between men and women. Related: 3 Common Blind Spots That Will Delay Your Success In response, I say, figure out where you’re weakest and then find a safe way to work through your weaknesses. Some questions to ask yourself here are: How comfortable are you presenting to a team of male counterparts? Can you be persuasive? An you effective negotiator? To improve yourself, put […]

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5 Badass Women Who Persevered and Built a Business

The entrepreneurial world has been a boys club for a long time. Recently that trend has been changing. The number of woman-owned businesses increased by 45% from 2007 to 2016. They represent over $1.6 trillion dollars in revenue. Are you looking to start your own business? These women will inspire you to push forward and kick ass. Let’s get inspired. 1. Riawna Capri and Nikki Lee In So Cal, high end salons are plentiful. Competition is fierce. But that didn’t stop Riawna and Nikki in 2010. As coworkers and friends at two other salons, they wanted to take their impressive skills and start off on their own. But this meant being competitive in an already saturated market. They took stock of what other high-end salons were doing and decided to be different. “…it felt like people were more about the shoes we were wearing or the bags we were carrying. […]

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6 Inspiring Women Changing Tech and Business This New Year

Until the industry offers all women in tech equal opportunity and representation, these six up-and-coming women can be great role models. January 11, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The tech industry has proven time and time again that there’s nowhere to go but up, and proof of this lies with the fact that some of the deserving heroes behind this growth are actually heroines. Women may not populate the industry as much as their male counterparts, but just stop a moment and take a look at all the awards and conferences out there now dedicated to women in tech and business: We’re talking the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the Women in Silicon Valley annual conference. Related: Why Gender Diversity In Tech Matters If these symbols of prestige tell us anything, it’s that the world is pushing for more women to take the […]

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