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Female Entrepreneurs & Change Makers to Follow in 2019

Female Entrepreneurs & Change Makers to Follow in 2019

In honor of Women's Month, I wanted to highlight female entrepreneurs and change-makers that are paving the way and building their own businesses while empowering women. These women are leaders in their industry and are making history with their career journeys. As someone who is building her own brand, I am so inspired by these ladies - I know how harder it is to build your brand, and it's amazing to see these women breaking the glass ceiling. So take a look at some of these boss entrepreneurs & their business. Feel free to get your shop on to help support these women-owned businesses!

 

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC)  made history as the youngest women elected to Congress. She currently sits on the Financial Services Committee and the Oversight and Reform committee. She has been making waves in politics with her Green Deal proposal and the way she uses social media to give a more transparent look into politics and what is going on behind the scenes.

 

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A year ago I was waitressing in a restaurant while organizing my community. In a time and place where we had been burned by so many politicians, and had grown deservedly cynical of the sad, familiar cycle of campaign promises and governance excuses, I was asking them, just once, to believe. . It was really hard, because how do you make that case? How to ask someone whose trust has been violated over and over to believe you? To believe in the movement for justice and economic dignity? . You show up. You give unconditionally. You show up when no one is looking and the cameras are off. You offer support when it’s risky, but necessary. You do it over and over again, without a need for recognition or expectation that you are “owed” something for doing the right thing. You just... engage in the act of loving your community. . Never in my wildest dreams did I think that those late nights on the 6 & 7 trains would lead to this. All this attention gives me a lot of anxiety (my staff fought to get me to agree to this cover, as I was arguing against it), and still doesn’t feel quite real, which maybe is why I remain comfortable taking risks, which maybe is a good thing. . I believe in an America where all things are possible. Where a basic, dignified life isn’t a dream, but a norm. . That’s why I got up then, and it’s why I get up now. Because my story shouldn’t be a rare one. Because our collective potential as a nation can be unlocked when we’re not so consumed with worry about how we’re going to secure our most basic needs, like a doctor’s visit or an affordable place to live.

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Katrina Lake - Stitch Fix

Katrina Lake, 36 years old, is the founder and CEO of Stitch Fix, a subscription-based fashion service. She is also the youngest female founder ever to take a company public and CEO of the only female-led tech IPO. She rang the bell on the Nasdaq floor with her son and is a great role model for any female founders. Her company is currently valued at over a billion dollars.

Cashmere Nicole - Beauty Bakerie

Cashmere Nicole is a single mom & breast cancer survivor, who launched Beauty Bakerie in 2011. She used crowdfunding & social media to get her business off the ground. Her makeup line features a wide range of shades for women of all colors. Beauty Bakerie has even been featured by Beyonce. Her beauty line is now worth over $5MM and growing.

Arlan Hamilton - Backstage Capital

Amber Venz Box - RewardStyle & LiketoKnow.It

Amber Venz was a personal shopper, jewelry maker, and style blogger, who created Reward Style and the LiketoKnow.It app. Her affiliate marketing system, Reward Style, which connects digital content creators with brands and retailers, allowing bloggers and digital publishers to monetize their sites, has generated more than $1 billion in sales worldwide.

 

Emily Weiss - Glossier

Emily Weiss was the blogger behind Into the Gloss which she parlayed into a fully-fledged business, raising $10.4 million in funding. in 2014 she launched her own beauty line, Glossier with 4 products. She used social media to build a cult-like following for the brand. Glossier has a very active community of 1.6 million Instagram followers, Glossier is currently valued at over a billion dollars.

Jaclyn Johnson - Create & Cultivate

Jaclyn Johnson, 31, is the founder and chief executive of Create & Cultivate, an online platform, and conference series geared toward women entrepreneurs in the digital world. I attended Create & Cultivate in Seattle and it was such a great community of women coming together. She recently released her career manifesto, aptly titled Work Party, where she shares how she built her career after losing her job. She is helping create a space for millennial women to create & cultivate the career of their dreams.

Lauren Goes & Marianna Hewitt - Summer Friday

Summer Friday is a fabulous skincare brand launched by Beauty influencer Marianna Hewitt and business partner Lauren Gores. They launched with the Summer Friday Jet Leg Mask, which I use all the time. They have since added two more products to their brands. Its been exciting to see how they have been very thoughtful with their brand expansion.

Lauren Kassan & Audrey Gelman- The Wing

Lauren Kassan & Audrey Gelman founded The Wing in 2016, a women-only social club and co-working space. They have locations in New York, DC and San Francisco. They are set to open new locations in 2019 and 2020 - Seattle location is coming in 2020! The Wing 's mission is to bring to together an extraordinary community of women who help each other achieve new heights, professionally and personally.


 

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