We might be living in the 21st century but all too often women – and especially female entrepreneurs – are still underrepresented as they have been for far too long. Having had the pleasure to interview many remarkable female entrepreneurs here on ideamensch we felt obliged to dedicate some extra time to these successful business founders and owners.
It might be a fortunate flash of inspiration or a lifelong dream finally fulfilled – the business idea our female entrepreneurs thought of and bravely put on the market. And they all prevailed. The following interviews are testimony to their success stories. But how did they turn an idea into a viable and sustainable business?
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They are breaking new ground by introducing new products and services to existing markets. They open up new markets for established products. And often enough they tailor their innovations not just to the market in general but bear in mind female customers´ needs better than anyone before them. This ingenuity though is not the single reason for our featured female entrepreneurs´ success. Something more is vital:
Be they young and brave pioneers exploring new markets or experienced veterans in their fields inspiring younger generations – they all have something in common: determination and devotion to follow their dreams. Through these, the female entrepreneurs listed below gathered the strength to fulfill their visions – strength from within.
And what they have built is remarkable; their businesses span the whole scope of the market. Longtime professionals founding their own consulting firms, female entrepreneurs specializing in technology and marketing, owners of innovative beauty and fashion lines – not to forget authors, bloggers and life coaches employing the internet to share their inspiration and insights with their customers all around the world.
We hope to inspire some of this in you as well by providing the following (and definitely not all-encompassing) list of 50 female entrepreneurs we are rooting for:
Feel free to skip ahead to the section most interesting to you. We have organized this list alphabetically by first name.
Female Entrepreneurs from A-F
1. Abbie Mirata
Abbie is a trainer, speaker, corporate executive and business owner. Founder of the non-profit Kyndly and owner of a retail franchise that focuses on hiring and mentoring young people, she is focused on impacting people, creating community and building a kinder world. She believes people are looking for a human connection in the companies they do business with. Abbie has held a variety of roles in the corporate world. Her most rewarding “role” however is when she can set aside the bottom line and help mentor and develop a fellow person into the best version of themselves. As former head of sales operations and training for a multi-billion-dollar public company and VP of People and Culture for a successful startup tech company, Abbie draws from her experiences to help others focus on cultivating joy and finding the light they give from within themselves, each and every day.
2. Akinda Johnson
Each journey, trip, or vacation you take is as unique as you, and Akinda Johnson believes that your outfit should be too. Akinda Co. transforms your outfit into an experience to compliment your travel. They design timeless, modern luxury to reimagine the travel wardrobe and inspire spontaneity. The design house started with the bodysuit, thoughtfully created to be worn from the beach to brunch with versatility at its forefront. Using traditional manufacturing and high-end craftsmanship in Los Angeles Akinda Co. creates premium suits from top-quality materials. Each detail has been thoughtfully designed to bring comfort and elegance to the customer, so they can travel with no extra baggage (literally, pack less with this multi-purpose bodysuit). The core mission of this premium lifestyle brand is to outfit women for the world ahead so that they can focus on experiencing the moment.
3. Alyssa McGarry
A graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, with a Master’s Degree in Economic Development of Latin America, Alyssa McGarry moved to rural Guatemala in 2011. At the age of 25, she followed her dream to get more involved in bottom-up community development focused on indigenous cultural preservation. And for the past 8 years, that’s what she’s been focusing on. In August of 2012, after months of living in the Guatemalan Highlands, Alyssa launched Hiptipico, an ethical fashion brand based in Panajachel, Guatemala showcasing Maya artisans and their handmade creations. Every Hiptipico item is thoughtfully handcrafted by indigenous communities, using high-quality sustainable materials.
4. Amber Christian
Amber Christian is the founder of wonderly software solutions. Prior to wonderly, Amber spent 18+ years implementing SAP solutions for Fortune 500 companies. Based on her experience as a small company working with a variety of Fortune 500 companies, she uses human-centered design processes to build solutions that address the unique productivity and collaboration challenges faced by freelancers and small companies as they grow their businesses.
5. Bex Band
Bex Band is an adventurer and founder of the women’s adventure community Love Her Wild. Her expeditions have included hiking 1000 km across Israel, kick-scooting the length of the USA and crossing the Jordan desert. She believes that everyone should be able to access adventure as it builds confidence and connects people to the natural world. Seeing a lack of women in the outdoors, Bex launched Love Her Wild in 2017 to provide support and opportunities for women in adventure.
6. Bhawana Singh
Bhawana Singh a Food Blogger and a homemaker. She has 2 lovely kids and a beloved husband. The female entrepreneur has worked as a senior software engineer for 6 years with IBM and Oracle. She is now residing in Phoenix, Arizona, continuing to expand her collection of vegan and vegetarian recipes. Code2Cook is a vegetarian & vegan food blog of recipes that can be enjoyed with family and friends on festive occasions. Food styling, food photography and content writing is part of blogging any of the recipes. Code2Cook is also her humble attempt to make traditional food of different places and cultures popular. Such recipes are healthy and loaded with nutrients.
7. Brianne McGuire
8. Brooke Hart
Brooke Hart is an entrepreneur, strategist and digital marketer. She has owned and worked with a digital agency for the past 12 years, assisting businesses from launch to growth phases. She is also founder of Angel Guard Fashion, a company designed to empower and protect the global community.
9. Carly Brasseux
Carly Brasseux is a determined and passionate sales and marketing consultant, published author, hunting influencer and business owner based in Dallas, Texas. She’s been successful in establishing an exceptional rapport with individuals on all levels and comfortable handling high profile executives, celebrities and politicos through her work at Allies in Service, Dallas Moms, Tony Fay PR, Sutherland Partnership, North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee and many more. In a world where women are the fastest growing segment of the hunting population, she is also a major proponent of those women wanting to learn more about the outdoors and hunting. Her handle, Miss Pursuit, is an expression of her enthusiasm for all things outdoors, from educating women through her experiences learning to hunt over the last decade, to getting out with her kids to explore the wild.
10. Caroline Mcdonald
After turning around a wine bar from loss to profit in less than a year at the age of twenty-five, Caroline knew she wanted to make a difference through her entrepreneurial skills. After being a partner in a comms firm, Caroline recognized that she wanted to do comms differently. OggaDoon was born: an ethical guerrilla comms business, dedicated to working with brands with passion and purpose. Caroline has built the business internationally to a team of full time, part-time, remote and flexi workers, all doing what they love.
11. Cassandra Freeman
Cassandra Freeman is known as the “#1 Dream Builder”–is a wife, mother of four boys, and founder of Thoughtful Inspirations. She drives women leaders to achieve their dream lives and become their best selves. Her goal-oriented tools such as ‘The White Lie’ book that was endorsed by Brian Tracy and motivational e-courses within Never Give Up Academy are just a few of the resources Cassandra offers to get you on the fast track towards maximizing your potential. As an award-winning speaker, she has empowered hundreds of women to make it happen.
12. Chelsea Rivera
Chelsea Rivera co-founded Honest Paws and currently serves as Head of Content for the brand. Chelsea graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Radio-Television-Film & Advertising. Her role at Honest Paws stems from a love of digital content and the adoration she has for her CBD-loving pup, Baby Rose.
13. Chhavi Agarwal
Chhavi & Amit are location independent entrepreneurs and owners of Mrs Daaku Studio – a place to find to legitimate work from home jobs and creative ways to make money online. This blog tells you exactly how to start working from home and what are your best options. They aim to encourage others who are not happy with their current 9-5 jobs to take a chance on themselves and follow their heart. Chhavi and Amit have been featured on leading publications like Readers Digest, Go Banking Rates, Yahoo Finance, MSN, Fit Small Business and other known platforms for their expertise on this front.
14. Dana Donofree
Diagnosed with breast cancer at 27, Dana Donofree founded AnaOno out of her own desire for pretty, sexy, beautiful lingerie. After a bilateral mastectomy with implant reconstruction, her own bras no longer fit and she was certain there must be more than just sports bras and camisoles (as nothing in the traditional lingerie market fit her surgically-altered body). With a degree in fashion design from Savannah College of Art and Design, and a successful fashion industry career, she took her 10+ years of experience and put it toward designing, launching and growing AnaOno.
15. Dawn Jones
Dawn Jones is the founder of Pressed PR – a boutique PR agency that focuses on PR for independent creatives. Deeply rooted in the music industry, Pressed PR was originally founded as a Music PR agency for independent musicians as Dawn is an independent musician herself. Partnering with various independent record labels, such as Los Angeles based Sun & Sky Records, Pressed PR has had the opportunity to work with celebrity artists on various release campaigns. In an effort to expand their services to support all independent creatives, Pressed PR announced the addition of a Film PR division to the company in February 2020 with the intention to serve independent filmmakers in the basic promotional and publicity strategies needed to successfully launch their film.
16. Dawn LaFontaine
Dawn LaFontaine is the founder of Cat in the Box, which makes whimsical cardboard box toys for cats who think inside the box. LaFontaine is a former stay-at-home mom turned women entrepreneur. She turned her lifelong love of animals into a business by finding an unfilled niche in the cat toy field. LaFontaine’s home has always contained all manner of furred, finned, and feathered creatures. She enjoys giving back to the animals who have brought her so much joy by volunteering in animal shelters and fostering homeless pets – a true animal lover among our featured female entrepreneurs.
17. Deanna Rose Morgado
Deanna Rose Morgado is a Portuguese-American spiritual guide, artist, meditation teacher, Reiki Master and energy healer. Born in San Francisco’s Bay Area, her work with energetic forces first began as an interest in subjects like philosophy, the supernatural, and our role as humans in the Universe. These interests evolved and blossomed over the years into a passion and expertise. Continuing her understanding in aligning mind, body, and spirit, Deanna Rose felt called to share what she had mastered through her years of studying and practice. She followed her instincts and created an outlet for people who wish to align their minds, bodies, and spirits to discover their sustaining joy and the true reasons they are on this earth. She lives and operates Deanna Rose’s House of Well-Being in the Bay Area just outside of San Francisco.
18. Elizabeth London
Liz London is the founder of The Ladyboss Nation, a network of female business owners in creative and alternative industries who learn and work together to grow their badass businesses. Through The Ladyboss Nation, Liz offers affordable business coaching, training and digital marketing tools for women who seek to level up their small businesses. She’s a serial female entrepreneur, certified dog trainer, belly dancer, reptile-raiser, and a bit of a bohemian punk. She is also author of The Business Bible for the Unconventional Entrepreneur.
Female Entrepreneurs from G-K
19. Gracie Miller
Gracie Miller is a Certified Career and Life Purpose Coach who helps you stop settling, get unstuck, and love your life. Through a structured process of self-exploration, determining options, identifying blocks, and pursuing dreams her goal is to help realign you with your most authentic self and communicate who that is in ways that support you. Since 2012 Gracie has provided career clarity for clients as diverse as young professionals to senior executives; those returning to work after a break; business owners; aspiring entrepreneurs; and people in transition. Gracie’s mission is to help you embody the life you were born to live- personally, professionally, or both- and ignite a spark in you that inspires others to pursue their path as well.
20. Hannah & Ariel Redmond
Meet two sisters and successful female entrepreneurs — Hannah and Ariel Redmond — on a mission to send gifts that are affordable, convenient, and most importantly, don’t suck. In college, Ariel got dumped, & Hannah wanted to send her something to make her feel better. A few trips to some generic stores and a 20-minute wait at the post office left her with an idea…to shake up the gift-giving space by creating a build-your-own care package platform that is personal & convenient: with handwritten notes and free shipping. She partnered up with Ariel, and together they started Happy Box! They are all about women supporting women and are proud to feature product options that are from female-founded companies. Hannah and Ariel believe in making it easy (and cute!) to be thoughtful, supportive friends, sisters, cousins, coworkers, and humans.
21. Heather Cox
Heather Cox is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker, and consultant. She brings her tireless energy to the cause of making the business world more closely resemble the real world. Heather champions diversity and inclusion through her work as an entrepreneur, giving business leaders the tools to improve their numbers and advance their companies. As president of Certify My Company, Heather assists all businesses, large and small, in increasing their visibility in markets and making creative connections that accelerate growth. Her clients range from household names including Johnson & Johnson, Kaiser Permanente, California Baby and Zappos to small mom and pop shops.
22. Heather Vickery
Heather Vickery is an award-winning business owner, and coach with over 20 years as an entrepreneur. She leverages her entrepreneurial skills and expertise to coach individuals towards greater personal and professional fulfillment. A celebrated public speaker, Heather inspires audiences and empowers attendees with the tools they need to live bold and successful lives through creating balance, time management, as well as countless systems, strategies and boundaries. Heather is a single mom of four (all girls!) who left a decade long marriage and came out personally and professionally (yes, of the closet). Her specialty is in helping people push through fear and embrace bravery. She’s written a book and journal on the life-changing powers of Gratitude and she’s a fierce social justice warrior. Heather is also the host and executive producer of The Brave Files Podcast.
23. Jessica Maslin
Jessica Maslin is the president and co-founder of Mieron VR, a virtual reality company based in Long Beach, California that has created a unique NeuroTherapy device that doctors and medical practitioners are using to help rehabilitate victims of spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, as well as those who suffer from cognitive diseases, like Parkinson’s. Maslin’s background is a unique blend of science, technology and creative arts. Prior to joining Mieron, the New York native and Binghamton University graduate spent more than a decade working in medical research and technologies, including extensive research in bone growth mechanisms and pain management.
24. Joanna Riley
Joanna (Jo) Riley is an entrepreneur in technology for the Future of Work. Jo is on a mission to eradicate human bias and enable companies to measure people by merit and capability. As CEO and Founder of Censia, she has led her team to build an artificial intelligence and machine learning-based predictive recruiting solution powered by one of the largest talent data platforms in the world—automating the process of identifying talent for opportunities in the most efficient and fairest way possible. Currently, she is the Chapter Chair for Young Presidents Organization, (SF Bay), is part of the Harvard Business School Presidents Program and is an active angel investor. Jo has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Women in Tech, Diversity’s Council of the Most Influential Women, and as CEO has led her previous company to a successful IPO.
25. Joanna Vaiou
Joanna Vaiou is a self made Search Engine Optimization Solopreneur from Greece. She always had a dream that she would be free to work remotely and experience financial independence so she could also see the world through traveling. Her interests spread between personal development, entrepreneurship, leadership, motivation, psychology, mental health, location independent work lifestyle and more. One of our few female entrepreneurs who has been featured in Digital Journal, Thrive Global, Authority Magazine, Blogging Cage and other media outlets. When she is not working on her own and her clients’ SEO projects, she writes for other blogs about her life’s experiences and lessons.
26. Katarzyna Iwanich
Katarzyna Iwanich, Co-Founder of Insightland.org, an SEO agency. Expert in business relations with over 10 years of experience. She worked for and with JWT, Tesco, Allegro (Naspers Group), Liberty Direct. She started her professional career both by representing a marketing agency, but she was also on the client’s side, to whom the agencies addressed offers. Experience gained over the years of cooperation on both sides taught her what business she wants to run and how to offer her services, how to work with clients, but also what are the clients’ needs in terms of marketing and how to satisfy them – so she decided to found Insightland.org with her business partner.
27. Katia Vlachos
Katia Vlachos is a writer, coach, and experienced expat. She writes on cross-cultural adaptation and the rewards and challenges of expatriate life. A global nomad by choice, Katia was born in Cameroon, raised in Greece, and spent two decades living and working in the US and various European countries. In total, she’s lived in eight cities, seven countries, and three continents. She’s moved as a single person, as part of a couple, and as part of a family with children and has experienced both extremely successful and utterly disastrous moves. As an expat coach, Katia provides transition coaching services to expats and globally mobile professionals at various stages of their great moves. Her services include coaching, training, custom workshops, guest writing/blogging, and public speaking.
28. Kimberly Maska
Kimberly Maska is the CEO of Spiritual Biz Publishing, creator of Spiritual Biz Bootcamp, and publisher of Spiritual Biz Magazine. She uses her business and marketing expertise to show spiritual coaches how to create financial success while shifting consciousness on this planet. She brings nearly 20 years of business development experience to the table, including 8 years on Wall Street. Five of those Wall Street years were as a managing partner at a broker dealer, valued at $165 million, that she founded with 8 colleagues. With recognized efforts in changing people’s lives, Kimberly Maska is gifted with the ability to intuitively see a client’s business and craft a strategy for success.
29. Kirsten Baumberger
Kirsten is the co-founder and director of partnerships at minisocial.io, a UGC (User Generated Content) agency disrupting the way brands view (and get value from) influencer campaigns. Growing up in a family of entrepreneurs she was encouraged from a very young age to take the road less traveled and build something for herself. MGMT Creative Inc. was born in the fall of 2017 as a social media and content marketing agency, it’s flagship offering quickly became their hand-picked micro influencer activations which would launch as a standalone service, minisocial.io, on January 1st, 2019. minisocial.io offers fully-managed micro influencer campaigns that its clients use as a way to both reap the traditional benefits of influencer activations in terms of engagement and reach while also populating a library of fully-licensed custom content featuring their product.
30. Kirsten Helgeson
Kirsten Helgeson is a social change visionary, strategist and advocate, using technology to drive mental health and women’s empowerment efforts globally. After 12 years leading D&I, philanthropy, sustainability and branding efforts with Fortune 500 companies, she left corporate life behind, jumping into global relief and empowerment. This work has taken her to all corners of the world – from refugee camps in Greece to orphanages in Haiti. Hurricane zones to public health crises. Along the way, she’s learned a lot about people, community and what it takes to build a better world for everyone. Armed with expertise and experience, Kirsten founded Just A Girl – the digital hub of mental health and women’s empowerment globally.
Female Entrepreneurs from L-P
31. Lauralee Sheehan
Lauralee is a design thinker, a digital addict, but above all an artist. With years of experience working in the creative and digital product development sector, Lauralee is a trailblazer in the digital space, pushing forward how creative and tech intersect. She has led dynamic creative and dev teams on various award-winning digital, interactive and research-based projects. Her unique background, having her own product line (with a product design shoutout on Buzzfeed) and as a former owner of an indie record label, Lauralee brings a fresh, authentic and innovative approach to the design and learning space.
32. LeWann Moses
LaWann Moses is the Founder & CEO of WannMo, LLC. She is a Success Strategist and Business Executive with a consulting firm that provides coaching services to clients. LaWann is the Creator and Host of the More Than A Mother podcast, where she helps moms find freedom to pursue their dreams and be great moms at the same time. LaWann, one the many remarkable women entrepreneurs interviewed by IdeaMensch, is an advocate and visionary leader who has a passion for empowering others to rise up, reclaim their power, and live a life of boldness, purpose, and authenticity. She helps moms ditch the guilt, master their time, and maximize their energy so they can do more of the things they love and enjoy.
33. Leslie Bradford-Scott
Leslie Bradford-Scott launched Walton Wood Farm, an award-winning bath and beauty gift company, in her laundry room and built it to 2m in sales in 4 years. She started her business the old-fashioned way, filling her pick up truck with products and cold-calling on gift shops. Walton Wood Farm products are sold in over 2500 stores throughout North America. A classic success story embodied by this female entrepreneur.
34. Lexie Smith
From winning Shark Tank brands, to some of Inc. Magazine’s Fastest Growing Companies in America, Lexie Smith, Founder of THEPRBAR inc., has helped countless companies and entrepreneurs gain accelerated success through the world of Public Relations. Featured in “Brilliant PR Experts Under 30”, and “Top 20 in their 20s”, Lexie Smith’s career in Public Relations began concurrently to obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Oregon in PR and Journalism. Before the age of 20, Lexie was representing brands such as Angry Birds, Family Guy, and Cabela’s, to name a few.
35. Lila Volkas
Lila Volkas is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and founder of Kombucha to the People, which provides corporate team building workshops, public classes and kombucha products. She has taught more than 1000 people how to make kombucha in hundreds of workshops all over the world. She works with companies such as Google, AirBnB, and Atlassian to bring wellness into the workplace with her corporate workshops. Lila has a passion for helping people feel good in their bodies and empowering them to make educated decisions about their health – a truly inspiring female entrepreneur.
36. Lindsey Dinneen
Lindsey Dinneen creates and shares beauty, joy, and light through positive expression as a female entrepreneur, writer, leader, teacher, and mentor. She is a success and lifestyle coach at Life, But Better, is the owner of VidaDance Studio, and the Artistic Director of the non-profit VidaDance Company. She is the founder/producer of a major annual arts event (National Dance Week Kansas City) and is an Adjunct Professor at Johnson County Community College’s Continuing Education department. In her spare time, Lindsey enjoys spending time with her husband, snuggling with her dogs, exploring her beloved Kansas City, and meeting friends for coffee or happy hour.
37. Lori Steenhoek
Lori Steenhoek is an artist, designer, and mother living in Northeast Washington, D.C. She runs two small businesses and has a passion for projects that are both artistic and technical at the same time. As Owner and Creative Director of Capital Pixel, Lori creates architectural renderings and animations for real estate marketing. Her work and background in the architecture and design realm inspired her to start making 3D-printed jewelry using similar design software. Love, Lori Michelle Jewelry was soon born. In her free time, Lori can be found on foot running or walking around DC, shopping for pens and paper products, and collecting rocks, plants, artwork, and vintage treasures.
38. Lyda Djarar Fischer
Lyda Djarar Fischer is the founder and creative director at Lyda Beauty. She is on a mission to challenge society’s inside the box approach to beauty. Her aim to inspire you through high quality, forward-thinking make-up and innovative cosmetic tools. Lyda’s goal is to create a beauty culture that defies rules and expectations…her hope is to challenge you to reach beyond your comfort zone and allow your most authentic self to shine through – one of the female entrepreneurs who has chosen to focus on products for women by women.
39. Maggie Sprenger
Maggie Sprenger is co-founder and managing director of Green Cow Venture Capital, a $50 million early-stage venture fund that backs companies seeking to change the landscape by addressing issues such as world inefficiency and scarcity. With more than 15 years of experience in venture and real estate investment, Maggie leverages her expertise to drive meaningful innovation today to build a recession-resilient portfolio in Green Cow Venture Capital. She has a particularly strong interest in emerging markets (with a focus on Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East), and she speaks on this topic regularly in seminars and summits.
40. Margaret Geiger
Margaret H. Geiger is a public relations, social media and marketing professional in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She started a full-service marketing business in 2018 called Twelve31 Media, LLC. The firm’s mission is to create big ideas for small businesses through strategic messaging and full-circle marketing campaigns. Margaret is a firm believer in the importance of building relationships, community involvement and always putting her clients’ needs first. As one of our more renowned women entrepreneurs she’s earned client features in The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, MSN, Southern Living, Coastal Living, Country Living, Shopify, Travel Channel, Restaurant Insider, Sport Fishing Magazine and many more renown publications. Notable clients include Dave & Buster’s, Sonesta Hotels & Resorts, Dunkin’ Brands, and RE/MAX.
41. Marisa Elizundia
Marisa is the creator of the Emotional Salary Barometer, which is an online tool that measures all the non-financial benefits that each individual gets from working. Through her tool each person working as an employee or as a freelancer has the opportunity to be aware of all these benefits and gets a personal and individual action plan with specific steps and real-life examples that everyone can implement straight away. She believes that the awareness of all these benefits can change the perception of work, be a source of intrinsic motivation, and allow the transformation of attitudes to strengthen personal and professional development.
42. Melody Godfred
Melody Godfred, the Self Love Philosopher, is a female entrepreneur, writer, and speaker who leverages the power of self to inspire transformative growth in people around the world. She started her career as a litigation attorney, and soon after founded Write In Color, a full-service resume and career development company that specializes in developing compelling personal brands. Through her work coaching hundreds of women, and upon undergoing several life transitions herself, Melody discovered a common trend: in their quest to fuel their careers and relationships, women were increasingly sacrificing their authentic selves, happiness and well-being. So Melody created the Self Love Pinky Ring and launched her self love movement Fred and Far to empower women to choose themselves by practicing self-love and self-care daily.
43. Natalie Trice
Natalie Trice is an author and PR Director based in the UK. From the CEOs of international TV channels and Finance Directors at IT companies to entrepreneurs at the forefront of their industry and ambitious start-ups, Natalie has worked with them all, and many more. Today, as well as retained clients, Natalie mentors people around the world and gives them the PR skills and confidence to go out and talk to the press. With her ideas, contacts and cheerleading approach, her clients secure the column inches and airwaves that will help them to stand out from the crowd, and shine – thanks to one of our remarkable female entrepreneurs.
44. Nicole Authier
Nicole Authier launched MYTAGALONGS in 2006 in Montreal, Canada with the objective of streamlining women’s lives in the smartest way. Authier’s path to launching the global women’s accessories brand now known for product that simplifies and organizes women’s lives began with disposable underwear, her very first effort to create a solution for busy women that would help make their everyday lives easier. The MYTAGALONGS product offering has evolved into over 50 products and is available at over 150 retailers including Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, Anthropologie and more. The brand offers lifestyle accessories where fashion meets function. What started in a small home office has grown into an in-house team of 10 with offices and warehouses in two countries.
45. Olivia Whipple
Olivia Whipple is the owner and co-founder at The Audit Library. Olivia, one of our most experienced female entrepreneurs, has over fifteen years of financial institution and audit industry experience. Unable to find a solution for templates and the other required documents she needed as an audit leader, resulting in lost productivity when these were developed in-house, Olivia decided to create a service to fill this void in the market. In 2018, Olivia launched The Audit Library, an online document subscription service for Internal Auditors. A lifelong writer, Olivia authors The Audit Library Blog, an online publication about auditing theory, practice, and the unique challenges and opportunities auditors experience. In 2019, The Audit Library expanded into assurance consulting for the credit union industry. Olivia has volunteered and performed speaking engagements for various professional and industry organizations. Olivia holds a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Oregon and a Post-Baccalaureate Accounting Certificate from Portland State University. She is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and lives in the Charlotte, NC area.
Female Entrepreneurs from Q-U
46. Rebecca Miano
Rebecca Miano is a Kenyan businesswoman and a passionate advocate for gender equality in male-dominated industries. Committed to female empowerment, sustainable energy, and elevating vulnerable communities, Rebecca works tirelessly to positively impact Africa, one village at a time. In her role as the first female managing director and CEO of KenGen, a leading African energy company, Rebecca is living proof that it is possible to close the gender gap in corporate Africa. Besides her role at KenGen, Rebecca is also a member of the World Bank Group’s Advisory Council on Gender and Development and serves as a board member of UN Global Compact Kenya, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. In recognition of her work, she was recently presented with the prestigious African Inspirational Business Leadership Award by African Leadership Magazine.
47. Rivky Itzkowitz
Rivky Itzkowitz is a 24-year-old fashion designer living in NYC. As a practicing Orthodox Jew, she was frustrated at not being able to find modest special occasion wear that actually fit, so she set out to create her own. Impact Fashion, the brand she founded two years ago, is the only size-inclusive modest fashion brand on the market. Every style is fitted to perfection and is available in sizes 2-24 because there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be. Rivky grew her wholesale business to over 25 boutiques nationwide and has also launched a retail website.
48. Royce Gomez-King
As a business owner of over two decades, the coaching is relevant, on point, and current, not theory. Clients see results and work with RoyceTalks repeatedly. Royce has worked with over 200 startups to help them develop solid foundations and grow revenue. She is an SBDC Certified Coach and has her education in Nonprofit Management, working with the executive team on strategic plans and fundraising. Royce’s business extends internationally through speaking and consulting.
49. Tephra Miriam
Tephra Miriam, eponymous founder of Tephra Miriam Publishing and Productions, is an avid thought leader, author of middle-grade novel ‘Escape to Clown Town’, graphic artist, photographer, musician, producer and entrepreneur with a passion for change. She grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and moved to Chicago, Illinois when she was 18 years old. Her search for adventure took her far and wide at a young age and she continues to mentor, learn, work and speak all over the US. Tephra is a firm believer of redefining the way we think and live. She is a wellness advocate and often blogs on organizational development, challenging the status quo and creating a holistic work environment – one of our truly inspiring female entrepreneurs.
Female Entrepreneurs from V-Z
50. Wendy Margolin
Wendy Margolin has worked in marketing and communications for 18 years. As owner and founder of Sparkr Marketing, the goal is to help small businesses tell their story so that they can reach their business goals. As a nonprofit’s communications director during the explosion of digital marketing, she had to figure out every strategy and tactic to tell a brand story. Knowing firsthand the rapid pace of change in digital marketing, Wendy helps organizations filter through the countless marketing tactics to find the right ones to reach their target market. Most importantly, she helps organizations stay true to their story. Being one of our veteran female entrepreneurs she has deep experience in writing, social media content and ads, branding and graphic design.
51. Zoe Share
Zoe Share started Schmooz Media, a social marketing and communications agency in 2014 after completing her Masters in Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology program at the University of Waterloo. Formerly a classroom teacher, Zoe is passionate about the power of starting a conversation to positively impact business outcomes. Zoe and the Schmooz team start their work with a CORE (values, clients and goals) workshop and create content for digital and print use that is in line with a company’s values. Their mission is to help clients attract and retain ideal customers who will align with a company’s core.
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