‘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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The ‘Millennial Betty Crocker’ Founder of a Baking Empire Shares Her Recipe for Staying Resilient

Miss Jones Baking Co. founder Sarah Jones spent years trying to convince a manufacturer to help her create a flagship product. Now it’s sold nationwide. January 10, 2019 6 min read Editor’s Note: Inspire Me is a series in which entrepreneurs and leaders share what motivates them through good times and bad, while also sharing stories of how they overcame challenges in hopes of inspiring others. Five years elapsed between when Sarah Jones came up for the idea for her organic baking line and when she finally left her job to run her Miss Jones Baking Co. full time. Multiple media immediately dubbed her “the Millennial Betty Crocker,” not just for her relative youth (she’s about to turn 34) but for the fact that her millennial peers tend to flock to pre-prepared, pre-diced food. What Jones wanted to add to that trend was baking products that are actually healthy. Her specific […]

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3 Ways Women Can Close the Confidence Gap

To erase the gender pay gap, we first need to address the gender confidence gap. Here’s how women can create space for themselves and others to advance. January 4, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. One of the most confounding disparities in corporate America isn’t the gender pay gap but the gender confidence gap. Certainly the pay gap matters, but it won’t be resolved until women own their credentials and abilities. A recent study from Northern Illinois University found that women often fail to self-promote themselves because they fear negative backlash. The researchers asked two groups of female students to write essays about their skills and achievements. Some wrote anonymously, while others were asked to put their names on the essay. Those in the anonymous group gave themselves higher praise than those who knew they would be identified. These results provide important insights into why strategies, such […]

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How One Founder Breaks Free From Statistics and Labels

Many descriptors can apply to Trumbull Unmanned Founder Dyan Gibbens: veteran, mom, entrepreneur, Latina, pilot, role breaker; she says none of that completely defines her. December 6, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If entrepreneurship and skydiving have anything in common, it’s that both require a leap of faith in yourself, a team, training, tools and the unknowns. Dyan Gibbens has taken both of those leaps as the founder and CEO of Trumbull Unmanned and as a veteran of the U.S. Air Force Parachute Team. Gibbens has led Trumbull, a company that uses drones to capture environmental and safety data, to Entrepreneur‘s 2018 100 Brilliant Companies list and many more awards and accolades.  Often invited to the table as a representative of women, Latinas, veterans and engineers, Gibbens also maintains that she’s a role breaker because “statistics define the past, and I want to define the future.”  […]

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Spanx Founder Sara Blakely Has 99 Pages of Business Ideas

She’s CEO of a billion-dollar brand, but she’s always looking to invent the next big thing. November 28, 2018 8 min read This story appears in the December 2018 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Ladies’ underwear has long been revolutionary territory — bras burned, girdles sacked. But when Sara Blakely, a 27-year-old fax machine saleswoman, discovered she was making less than her male colleague at the same job, she was inspired to take scissors to tights to invent what would give power to the pantie (and anyone who wore it), and launch her own business. Twelve years later, she landed in Forbes as the youngest self-made female billionaire in the world. You know the story: Blakely’s company, Spanx, started with $5,000, is now to shapewear what Kleenex is to tissue, baptized by Oprah as a “favorite thing” and worn unapologetically by the famous, from JLo to Reese Witherspoon. It’s even […]

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The Gender Wage Gap Inspires More Women to Create Their Own Paycheck

November 23, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As proud Americans, we like to believe we have come a long way since man’s first step on the moon. But, how far have we truly progressed? In terms of closing the wage gap, the answer is not very far. As a result, women everywhere are creatively closing the gap on their own terms. Related: Powerful Women Don’t Need the Limelight to Be Influential. Here’s Why. In 1963, when the Equal Pay Act passed, women were earning 59 percent less than men. During the 1970s, the average median wage for a man was approximately $36,207 annually while a woman might hope to earn $21,297 for the same job, amounting to an astounding 40 percent wage gap. Progress toward equal rights progressed at a snail’s pace. That 40 percent gap in the 70s closed to a 38 percent […]

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New Podcast Showcases Successful Female Founders

Socialfly’s Stephanie Cartin shares her top business advice and why she and co-founder Courtney Spritzer are launching a podcast to help women boost their businesses. November 16, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Seven years ago, Stephanie Cartin and Courtney Spritzer quit their jobs to start Socialfly, a full-service social media agency specializing in influencer marketing, paid media and creative services. While they help their clients grow and scale every day, they will be the first to tell you a lot goes on behind the scenes that you don’t see on social media.  To help you understand all of the moving parts that go into running a business, Cartin and Spritzer have launched The Entreprenista Podcast. In each episode, listeners will hear what successful businesswomen have to say. The initial lineup includes Sami Fishbein, co-founder of Betches Media, Samantha Wasser, co-founder of By Chloe, Dana Loia, founder of Dana’s Bakery, and Hayley Paige, head […]

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Isn’t It Time to Be Your Own Boss? These Women-Founded Companies Want You to Join the Movement.

Alice, Bumble and Brit + Co announced an empowering partnership. November 15, 2018 5 min read There is no better time to be your own boss, say the leaders of three female-founded companies, Alice, Bumble and Brit + Co. And that is why they’ve announced that they are joining forces in 2019 to encourage other women entrepreneurs to join the TheBYOBTour.com. Read on as Elizabeth Gore, President and Chairwoman of Alice, Brit Morin, Founder and CEO, Brit+Co, and Sarah Jones Simmer, COO of Bumble, discuss why it is important for women business leaders to support one another and pay their success forward, and sign up at TheBYOBTour.com for more information about the program. What is BYOB all about? Elizabeth Gore: The “Be Your Own Boss” movement is about two words: money and impact. When given the same amount of capital, women outperform their male counterparts; it’s time to be capitalists and give women entrepreneurs the resources they need to succeed […]

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Why Working Women Need to Mentor Other Women

Don’t forget to help the women behind you on your way to the top. October 10, 2018 5 min read This story originally appeared on Career Contessa Don’t forget to help the women behind you on your way to the top. The other day I had to schedule time to shave my legs. That’s not a joke. And then, while shaving, all I could think about was the other stuff I could be doing with that precious time. Perhaps that’s a bit TMI, but it’s a pretty accurate depiction of many of today’s working, career-driven women. We are so busy; and if you’re anything like me, you like it that way. Related: Fried? 9 Hyper-Motivating TED Talks from Women on the Top. So yes, today’s working women are juggling a lot. But let’s not glorify it or complain about it. We fought for the right to have this life, so let’s revel in it. We’re climbing […]

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How Women Entrepreneurs in This Rural Peru Community Work Together to Build a Stronger Business

To provide support for their entire community, these female founders must collaborate, rather than compete. October 10, 2018 2 min read We often hear about the mentality some American entrepreneurs feel they must possess to survive. It can be cutthroat, with many feeling they need to compete with one another in what is often a zero-sum game — where there can only be one winner.  But that approach isn’t always practical for growing industries and communities in the U.S. and beyond. Consider Peru, for example. The country as a whole is considered one of the fastest growing economies in the world, but in rural areas, the same can’t be said. Many people don’t have the resources, money or time to stay current on the latest technologies, trends and business models. Their focus is more on survival than getting rich. Which is why these local entrepreneurs must work together for the greater good rather than compete with each other. Related: How to Build […]

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Powerful Professional Women Don’t Get Paralyzed by Guilt

Powerful professional women know how to unlock their natural talents, set boundaries and ask for what they want. October 1, 2018 3 min read This story originally appeared on Ellevate Powerful professional women know how to unlock their natural talents, set boundaries and ask for what they want. It sounds straightforward enough, but it isn’t easy. What makes it so hard? Guilt. I don’t know any woman that isn’t plagued by it, including me. Most women have been conditioned from a young age to be nice and accommodating. And that’s okay…to an extent. Related: 3 Things to Do Today to Achieve Better Work-Life Balance as a Mom Entrepreneur But if too many of our decisions and choices are guided by other people’s feelings and perceptions, where do our own needs and desires fit in? Therein lies the crux of the issue: We want to help others, often to the detriment of our own well-being. So, how do you […]

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These 100 Female Founders Have Formed ‘The F Project’ to Support and Promote One Another’s Products

The consumer-facing initiative aims to rally consumers who want to support women-founded businesses. September 24, 2018 4 min read Erika Szychowski spent three years bootstrapping her high-protein animal cracker startup, Good Zebra, before she decided to start raising capital to grow the enterprise and keep up with demand. She mapped out her ask, pulled together a pitch deck and reached out to every entrepreneur she knew. “Regardless of sector, gender or whether they had raised before, I just wanted to hear about their experience,” she says. “And I got significantly different answers from female founders than male founders.” Szychowski anticipated some discrepancy — she was well aware that fundraising is harder for female founders. “But there were all these other raw stories I didn’t expect,” she says. “People that faked a male co-founder to get money, or who had to take their husband to a pitch meeting. Or women who […]

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How Women Entrepreneurs Can Help Their Daughters Follow in Their Footsteps

Whether it’s startup skills or leadership skills you’re helping your little girl to acquire, here are the resources to turn to. September 24, 2018 8 min read Given the mega-hours that women entrepreneurs devote each day to building their businesses and developing their skills, chances are that many of them have occasionally paused along their journey and asked themselves: How do I apply all of these entrepreneurial skills to developing my own daughter’s skills? How do I boost her confidence and set her on a path to entrepreneurship or leadership in the profession she’s chosen? Recent politics support this query: The #MeToo movement has galvanized women, including moms, to take action to break the negative cycles of the past — girls being discouraged from excelling at science and math or following their “nonfeminine” passion or displaying leadership — and the outlook for the next generation likely looms large in their efforts.  Science […]

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