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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To Shatter Glass Ceilings, Spread These Four Messages to Young Women

To move the gender equity ball forward, here’s what to communicate to our future female workforce. September 3, 2018 5 min read This story originally appeared on Ellevate When I see young women making their way through school and starting their careers, I feel a variety of emotions. I’m excited for them. I’m hopeful for them. I’m angry for them. I’m angry because most young women have not been adequately prepared for the challenges they are about to face. Colleges prepare men and women in a one-size-fits-all fashion to transition from school to work, but this approach is ineffective because the professional world is a different place for women than it is for men. Related: Female-Founded Brands: How to Put Your Best Foot Forward By the time young women start college, they have already formed beliefs about the work that is available to them. According to the Women’s Bureau at the Department of Labor, the […]

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How to Put Your Best Foot Forward

Here’s how you can grow a successful business and help other women entrepreneurs too. August 20, 2018 6 min read This story originally appeared on Ellevate One refreshing thing I’ve found in my work with female-led startups — through Berlin Cameron’s Girl Brands Do It Better initiative — is that women truly want to support other women in the purchasing decisions they make. Related: Happiness Hacks to Reinvigorate Your Workday There’s data to back it up, too: Berlin Cameron recently led a proprietary study with Ripple Street Research, and found that 53 percent of women are more likely to buy a product from a company that is female-founded because of a “desire to support other women.” According to research from Ellevate Network, that number jumps to 83 percent for senior and executive female professionals. This speaks to the fact that consumers are more aware than ever, and expect companies to be transparent about who is behind the brand and […]

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The Woman CEO Who Changed My Life — and the Lessons She Taught Me About Business Success

I was lucky enough to meet one of the women founders who most inspired me. June 29, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Have you ever crossed paths with a person at just the right moment, after which your life would never be the same? I have. The year was 1992. I was in the darkest period of my life. Three years before, I was at the height of my financial and business success when everything came crashing down. Battling a life-threatening illness, unable to work for over five years, forced to liquidate all my assets, I went into serious debt to keep a roof over my head and pay medical expenses. Related: 6 Globally Successful Female Entrepreneurs Who Started Out Late in Life The deepest pain of all was realizing that I had sold my soul for the trappings of external success. Success left me […]

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11 Strategies to Lead and Succeed as a Minority Woman

Compared to most women, minority women face far greater challenges in their careers. June 11, 2018 5 min read This story originally appeared on Ellevate Compared to most women, minority women face far greater challenges in their careers, including isolation, discrimination and low self-esteem. However, despite the overwhelming odds, there are strategies that minority women can undertake to not only survive, but also succeed. Related: The Growing Influence of Women Entrepreneurs 1. Know that not everyone will open up to you. Some people who have what is called “tunnel vision” see what’s directly in front of them and will only be comfortable with the familiar. They may not fancy the idea of mingling with people who seem “different.” These people may not overcome their reservations despite your best efforts, and that’s okay. Nurture your relationships with those who do. 2. Communicate. Co-workers may initially judge you on stereotypes and biases regarding your […]

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For Women Looking to Start a Company, Here Are 3 Ways to Propel Yourself to Success

From overcoming the emotional labor stigma to having a supportive partner, here are a few pointers to help you succeed. June 8, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I’ve started four or five companies in my life: I was a florist, owned a bath product company, ran two agencies and am now launching a skincare company, I’ve not only had to handle a series of issues that are unique to women but also watched and learned from other female entrepreneurs. It is unequivocally hard for anyone to start a company, but I think it can be a special challenge for women and not just because it’s hard to getting funding from VCs. For women looking to start a company, here are three things you need to do right now. 1. Overcome the unpaid emotional labor stigma. As a female founder, the hardest thing for me has […]

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3 Powerful Lessons From Women With Ambition

While the world is still dismissive of women with ambition, plenty of female power players are hoping to change that. June 8, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. While the world is still dismissive of women with ambition (the word is seen as a positive in men and a negative in women), plenty of female power players are hoping to change that. The key issue: likability. Women with ambition are seen as “unlikable,” according to a Columbia Business School study. It’s not exactly a revelation, but the gender bias needs to be addressed. Powerful women are doing exactly that. Cindi Leive, Glamour’s former editor-in-chief, says “Let’s resolve to redefine likability to include women who want things, badly, for themselves and for others.” In other words, women who are ambitious. Related: What You Can Learn From These 3 Celebrity Women on Using Social Media for Social […]

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This Former Wall Streeter Turned Down $2M and Pays Herself Less Than Her Interns So She Can Build Her Company on Her Terms

Kimberley Ho is a former Wall Street investor who launched her own direct-to-consumer family skincare company, Evereden. May 22, 2018 3 min read Brought to you by Business Insider By Zoë Bernard Kimberley Ho is building a skincare company that she hopes will someday be just as ubiquitous as Johnson & Johnson. To do so, she’s thinking longterm. Ask the CEO what her primary goal for her organic, family-focused skincare line is, and she’ll answer without skipping a beat, “To be here in 100 years.”  Ho’s company, Evereden, is a skincare line that’s almost entirely self-funded by Ho and her husband, who both worked in Wall Street’s investing scene. Ho says that their knowledge of investing led them to turn down $2 million in unsolicited offers from venture capitalists.  Related: How I Rebooted My Career After Getting Fired — Twice “There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” said Ho. “With VC funding, […]

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The Growing Influence of Women Entrepreneurs

Women entrepreneurs face special challenges in the business world. May 18, 2018 4 min read This story originally appeared on Ellevate There are many challenges that women face in the modern workplace — and that goes double for the boardroom or when trying to break through the ever-present ‘glass ceiling.’ These issues are never more of a challenge than when a woman decides she is going to go ‘off on her own’ as an entrepreneur. With locating reasonable financing, confronting gender bias and the paucity of appropriate mentors and the diminutive learning curve, a business owned and run by a woman can be a real struggle for survival. Related: 4 Powerful Ways to Prevent Burnout Because of these special challenges, some backward-looking people still insist that women aren’t cut out to become business owners in their own right. This kind of negative mindset increases, sadly, when the woman is a person of color […]

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How Drybar Founder Alli Webb Turned a Simple Concept into a $100 Million Empire

Hint: Focus on one thing and be the best at it. April 26, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Ten years ago, stay-at-home mom Alli Webb noticed something missing in the beauty biz: there was nowhere that just focused on blow-drying hair.  “It was in the middle of a recession when I had this idea,” says Webb. “So, I went to my brother who’s bald and knew nothing about hair, and he was a little like, huh…you don’t want to do any cuts and color, just blowouts? And I was like, yeah, that’s all I want to do!” After just a little convincing, Webb enlisted her brother Michael and his wife, Sarah, as well as her husband Cameron in bringing her idea to life. Together, they set out to open their very first store in Brentwood, an affluent district in Los Angeles. “The first […]

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Randi Zuckerberg Discovered When She Was a Kid the Importance of Asking for What You Want

When you want something, sometimes you just have to ask. March 13, 2018 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Randi Zuckerberg is an entrepreneur with an extremely impressive career track. She is the former director of market development at Facebook, founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, editor-in-chief of Dot Complicated and creator of the animated children’s show Dot. She is an outspoken advocate for diversity in tech and created Sue’s Pop-Up Tech Kitchen to get kids, and particularly young girls, excited about tech. Related: Why Everyone Can Use Randi Zuckerberg’s Number One Focus Tip Kara Goldin, founder and CEO of hint, can relate to many of the challenges Zuckerberg faced as a fellow female entrepreneur. In this video, Goldin sits down with Zuckerberg to talk about the lessons she learned along the way, and the value of simply asking for what you want — a lesson […]

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I Used to Work 14-Hour Days for ‘Call of Duty.’ Now, I Only Do What I Want.

Jennifer Puno tells her story. March 12, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video with Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars, user experience and visual designer Jennifer Puno explains how she used to work for Activision and video game franchise Call of Duty, and how 12- to 14-hour days sapped her physical and emotional energy until she no longer wanted to have conversations with many of her colleagues. Now, as an entrepreneur, Puno is able to work for herself and experiment with the things she is passionate about. She’s also able to meet people who are more like her and who can help her through difficult times. Click play to hear more about Puno’s story and what it’s like to be a female entrepreneur. Related: Want to Open Your Own Store? Make Absolutely Sure You Nail This Crucial Aspect. Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network […]

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What Happened When This Angel Investor Committed to Investing Only in Companies With a Female Founder

Upon making the announcement, he was immediately deluged with responses ranging from relief to gratefulness to unbelievable outrage. March 8, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Women make up one half of the earth’s population. And yet, if you survey the landscape of founders of the most notable tech companies in recent years — Mark Zuckerberg, Brian Chesky, Jack Dorsey, Travis Kalanick — they are all white males. These leaders of Facebook, Twitter, Airbnb and Snapchat give the appearance that founding massively valuable companies is primarily the sport of men. Is it just a coincidence that none of them are women? Are we to believe that women simply don’t create great things? Or, should we instead address the reality that we live in an unbalanced world where the path for female entrepreneurs is much much harder?” Related: This Tech Founder Was Often the Only Woman in […]

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6 Disadvantages Confronting Female Entrepreneurs Seeking Venture Capital

Women found their voice in the #MeToo movement. So why can’t they get their startups funded? March 5, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The role of women in the workplace has assumed enormous proportions. The Economist named the economic empowerment of women as one of the most remarkable revolutions of the past 50 years. Women contribute more than $3 trillion to the economy and own over 36 percent of all businesses. Companies with women founders have performed 63 percent better than all-man teams and have also received higher valuations. Despite these remarkable statistics, startups with women founders received only 2 percent of the entire venture capital funding last year. While no startup has it easy with funding, women seem to have it particularly hard. Here are a few reasons why. 1. Women are asked different questions. The unconscious bias between men and women has been […]

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