Posts tagged Women in Business

Emily McDowell, the woman behind this viral Valentine’s Day card shares the huge loss that pushed her out of the corporate world and into her 

After I graduated, I moved back to San Francisco to take my first agency job. By 2011, I had worked my way up to the creative-director level and was living in Los Angeles. But part of me always knew this wasn’t quite what I wanted. I was good at it, but it felt like I was always chasing the next promotion or campaign or award to make it feel better. Over time, I became less wide-eyed and excited about it.

Was there something that pushed you to think differently about what you could do instead?

In 2011, one of my best friends, my college roommate, was diagnosed with cancer and passed away a few months later. I then had a wake-up call that I hadn’t experienced 10 years earlier with my own illness. My friend had been so vibrant and lived according to her own values and beliefs. And I knew that to honor her and myself, I needed to live a more authentic life.

Read more about how McDowell became her own boss on OPEN Forum.

Women entrepreneurs like Alexis Maybank of Gilt explain how they found the mentors who helped shape their career paths.

Women Launch 1,200 New Businesses a Day

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You guys. 1,200 new businesses a day? That’s up from an average of 740 a day in 2013! This is just one of the many statistics that have us excited about the state of women entrepreneurs:

  • There are now 9.1 million women-owned businesses in the United States.
  • These women-run firms generate more than $1.4 trillion in revenue.
  • Women employ more than 7.8 million people.

For more insights into the State of Women-Owned Businesses, read our report.

Sarika Doshi, a co-founder of the fashion and beauty website Rank & Style, shared some insight into how she launched her company while still working a full-time job:

It was a lot of work. I was working at a legal startup that was doing really interesting things, and I was learning so much, so it really wasn’t a drag. Basically I would work during the day, and then Pooja and Sonal would come over at night. We would order food and then start our second shift, building Rank & Style. It was like being in full-on final exam mode all the time. I would usually take Saturday off, but that was it.
How did you know when it was the right time to quit your job and dive in?
I was dedicated to getting my savings account to a certain place before quitting. That, and I wanted to get funded before launching. I know that isn’t traditional for a lot of risk-taking entrepreneurs, but I think everyone needs to do their own math. We ended up raising $500,000 right before we launched.

Learn more about Doshi and her company, Rank & Style, on OPEN Forum.

Sarika Doshi, a co-founder of the fashion and beauty website Rank & Style, shared some insight into how she launched her company while still working a full-time job:

It was a lot of work. I was working at a legal startup that was doing really interesting things, and I was learning so much, so it really wasn’t a drag. Basically I would work during the day, and then Pooja and Sonal would come over at night. We would order food and then start our second shift, building Rank & Style. It was like being in full-on final exam mode all the time. I would usually take Saturday off, but that was it.

How did you know when it was the right time to quit your job and dive in?

I was dedicated to getting my savings account to a certain place before quitting. That, and I wanted to get funded before launching. I know that isn’t traditional for a lot of risk-taking entrepreneurs, but I think everyone needs to do their own math. We ended up raising $500,000 right before we launched.

Learn more about Doshi and her company, Rank & Style, on OPEN Forum.

Women entrepreneurs are on the rise: “The number of women-owned companies increased by 59 percent, while revenues from those companies grew by 63 percent,” according to a recent American Express study.

Kara Goldin of Hint Water, Tory Burch’s eponymous fashion line and Sara Blakely of SPANX are just a few of the women who are leading this new wave of entrepreneurship.

Via OPENForum.com: “The Next Chapter: Women Entrepreneurs Making History Today

forbes:

No. 35 on FORBES’ Power Women list in 2013, Mary Barra named GM’s first female CEO. She will become GM’s CEO on January 15, 2014.

forbes:

No. 35 on FORBES’ Power Women list in 2013, Mary Barra named GM’s first female CEO. She will become GM’s CEO on January 15, 2014.

theatlantic:

There Is, Apparently, a Shoe Ceiling

Today in shoesplaining: Until your career is at its height, ladies, maybe you should keep your heels low. 
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How does wearing heels affect a woman’s career? This article investigates the age old question of what women should or should not wear to work.

theatlantic:

There Is, Apparently, a Shoe Ceiling

Today in shoesplaining: Until your career is at its height, ladies, maybe you should keep your heels low. 

Read more.

How does wearing heels affect a woman’s career? This article investigates the age old question of what women should or should not wear to work.

I dropped out of many colleges. I just didn’t like school. I’m a poster child for not doing things in a careful way, which is actually my biggest suggestion for burgeoning entrepreneurs. You can’t sit down and predict. When you do that too literally, you will lose out on the kind of intuitive journey that allows you to reach a passionate livelihood.

Sandy Chilewich, founder of Chilewich and co-founder of HUE, a company valued at $40 million dollars

Read more on how Sandy Chilewich’s novel approaches to fashion and fabrication have earned her an enviable design empire.

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The discussion continues: can women “have it all?” Should women want to “have it all?” What does that really mean?
Today President of Barnard College Debora Spar tackles this question in her book “Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection.”
Spar said that this quest for perfection, “drains the energy out of the broader social goals [of feminism] and it makes women nuts. “
photo via The Atlantic 

An eye-opening report from July shows that women are falling behind men when it comes to entrepreneurship. We look at the numbers and possible reasons to what is stopping women from “having it all.”

nprfreshair:

The discussion continues: can women “have it all?” Should women want to “have it all?” What does that really mean?

Today President of Barnard College Debora Spar tackles this question in her book “Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection.”


Spar said that this quest for perfection, “drains the energy out of the broader social goals [of feminism] and it makes women nuts. “

photo via The Atlantic

An eye-opening report from July shows that women are falling behind men when it comes to entrepreneurship. We look at the numbers and possible reasons to what is stopping women from “having it all.”

Sheryl Sandberg is a good example of balancing strength and warmth—she is hard-charging and gets things done, but in public, she’s almost always smiling and happy too. She’s also done a tremendous service by reinvigorating the conversation about women in the workplace. She undercuts her own argument in one key spot: In Lean In, she writes, “If a woman is competent, she does not seem nice enough. If a woman seems really nice, she is considered more nice than competent.”