For the ladies who made the leap and recently changed your LinkedIn profile to CEO and entrepreneur, well done! For a long time being the big boss was a man’s game, but not anymore. Today we are seeing more female business owners than ever before. These role-models not only exemplify professional success but also how to combat outdated gender stereotypes. At Wix we take pride in making it one (or two) steps easier to start your business and make it to the top by creating a beautiful free websites that represents your vision. It takes a lot of work to break the mold and venture off on your own. At least building your website should be easy.
Here is a list of female entrepreneurs that motivate all of us to keep striving for greatness! From the famous (or well on their way), DIYers like us and even some Wix partners behind the screen. Get inspired by what they’re up to and start your own unique project.
Can you really have a female entrepreneur list, or any lady centric list, without Beyonce? No. That was rhetorical. A well mannered southern bell and child music star she quickly grew to the powerhouse woman we see on stage. But off stage is where the real savvy comes into play. The honors are endless but one we’d like to point out is that she is the highest paid black musician in history, male or female. This didn’t happen overnight of course. She learned best and worst business practices and had many teams managing her over the years. Now, she’s her own manager and has hit her stride as the executive of her own brand.
You may be familiar with her last name but she is much more than her family legacy. Lauren is the Co-Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of FEED Projects. Oh, also she is a signed model and actress. NBD. In 2007, she launched her organization to fight world hunger on behalf of the UN World Food Programme with tremendous success. Feed Projects sells bags whose profit is donated to help fight hunger.
Alexa Von Tobel
A financial guru, Alexa is the Founder and CEO of LearnVest, a wildly successful financial planning company. In addition to bringing vital education to the 99%, they focus on teaching young women how to invest. If her thriving business wasn’t enough, in a male dominated industry we may add, she is a New York Times bestselling author of Financially Fearless.
She is the CEO & Founder of not one but two organizations. The first is FindSpark which is now the largest meet up for young adults in the US providing training and job placement with top tier companies. The second is MCG social which focuses on branding and social for millennials. If that wasn’t enough she is an adjunct professor to boot. Basically if you just stepped out of college you want to find a way to get in the same room as this dynamo for a career boost.
The Fairy Godsisters
Co-Founders Daniella Asantewaa and Luisa Gonzalez developed a mentorship program for young women in the NYC area. The organization provides girls with an “older sister” and focuses on both personal and academic growth. The NGO strives to support underserved girls in fulfilling their goals as they grow out of adolescence. Round of applause for these hard working women empowering the next generation.
Custom kicks by a sick artist? Yes please! Shme remembers clearly a day where she saw a pair of sneakers drawn on with a sharpie and thought, hey, good idea! From then on she began perfecting her designs until now launching her own Shmeakers. Her style is one of a kind and shoe collection is a work of art. Above all, she took a hobby, broke into an industry and made her own footprint (pun intended). Don’t take our word for it, check out her gallery.
Red Hong Yi
A powerful artist and architect, Hong Yi’s (or “Red” as she is called in the creative world) work can be found in top publications and in massive media campaigns internationally. She runs her own design studio and has built such a successful brand that she is being fought over for new works. Wix was lucky enough to collaborate with Red for our Super Bowl 2015 campaign. Taking ordinary objects to make magical moments, Red is one of a kind.
Video: Wix/Red video
Girls Who Code
We are proud that our San Francisco Wix Lounge is partnered with these ultra cool gals. Girls Who Code equips adolescents with tech skills in order to reach gender equality is such an exponentially growing and male dominated industry. The intention is to expose girls to computer science from an early age in order to empower growth in tech and engineering. Providing education in web-design, mobile, robotics and entrepreneurship we can only imagine the way in which they can change the landscape for females in the years to come.
Leyla Acaroglu is a self described designer, social scientist, sustainability provocateur and entrepreneur. She launched the firm Eco Innovators and lectures all over the world including as a regular on Ted Talks. Her work and publications include innovation in the areas of social change and sustainability. We are beyond thrilled to include her as one of our fabulous partners in the Wix Lounge.
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