‘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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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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