For years, women have been ruling our world in every aspect: education, family, relationships, country and now, even business and career. Today, join us as we celebrate the culmination of women’s month by looking at these powerful ladies who served as inspirations for aspiring female entrepreneurs all over the world – because women can!
#1: Melinda Gates
There is no doubt that we definitely love this woman both in her generation and ours. Gates has been the epitome of women empowerment for years.Much of her attention is now focused on championing investments in women and girls around the world. This includes a 2016 initiative, announced at the Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen in May, that will funnel $80 million into collecting key data on women in developing countries over the next three years.
#2: Oprah Winfrey
Talking about rags to riches? The first thing that comes to our mind is Oprah Winfrey. The media mogul overcame a tough childhood: raised on a farm without indoor plumbing, she survived serial abuse and rape, and became a mother as a teen. Her son died in infancy. Her way out came in the form of a federal program that gained her access to a rich suburban school. Recently, the one-time queen of the small screen Oprah Winfrey opted to focus more on journalism and filmmaking.
One thing that has remained dominant with the two abovementioned businesswomen is determination. Whether in business or life in general, Gates and Winfrey were brave enough to break the stereotypes of “just women”.
This book talks about how women can be just as powerful as men when it comes to business. In fact, it emphasizes that women can and will definitely win at the game of business.
#3: Lucy Peng
In spite of cultural differences, this former econ teacher successfully achieved two high-profile roles with China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba. She is Chief People Officer—overseeing the 35,000 people working for the company. Peng has been the CEO of Ant Financial, Alibaba’s financial arm, which was reportedly valued at $50 billion in June and is expected to go public in China within the next two years.
#4: Laurene Powell Jobs
When it comes to utmost generosity and charitable works, Laurene Powell Jobs will always be remarkable. Laurene, the widow of Steve Jobs, is founder and chair of the Emerson Collective, an organization that uses entrepreneurship to advance social reform and to assist under-resourced students. She also cofounded College Track, a nonprofit program that helps disadvantaged students prepare for and graduate from college. In Sept. 2015, Powell Jobs made a $50 million commitment to “XQ: The Super School Project,” a nationwide competition that encourages participants to redevelop high school curriculum.
Perhaps, the secret of these two successors boils down to resiliency. Unwanted circumstances may have hindered their success that brought them to a tough journey, but never did it withstand their passion for helping other people.
Ready Or Not teaches women entrepreneurs that if we wait until we are ready, we will remain at the same unprogressive place.
#5: Sofia Vergara
While the Colombian actress may be best known for her Emmy-nominated performance as Gloria on “Modern Family”, a role that earns her millions each year, most of her income comes from lucrative endorsement and licensing deals, including a line of Rooms To Go furniture, a coffee maker and even cheetah-printed nurse uniforms.
And of course, who doesn’t know Beyonce? This entertainer-entrepreneur is the highest ranked entertainer on this year’s Power Women List of Forbes magazine. Beyonce’s On The Run tour with husband Jay Z grossed over 100 million for 19 North American shows, giving music’s first couple a nightly average on par.
Living in the best of both worlds for these two women is no piece of cake. It requires years of experience and a lifetime learning. But what really made them hit two birds in one stone is finding their inner strength and enhancing it.
Strengths Finder 2.0 is the ultimate guide in boosting your confidence in business by converting your weaknesses into enormous strengths.
#7: Arianna Huffington
As cofounder and editor-in-chief of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Huffington Post, nationally syndicated columnist, radio host, and author of 15 books, what is Arianna Huffington’s advice on productivity? Get more sleep. Inspiration came from her recovery after collapsing from exhaustion in 2007, two years after founding HuffPo. Arianna has been busy promoting her latest book on the topic, “The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time,” which follows close on the heels of her bestseller “Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder.”
#8: Cher Wang
As an avid philanthropist and high ranking businesswoman at the same time, Cher Wang still managed to be the chairwoman of HTC Corporation which manufactured one out of every six smartphones sold in the United States. As per Forbes magazine, she is considered one of the most powerful role model for women technologists.
Huffington and Wang’s success did not come into their doorstep overnight. It is through by constant practice of the art of discipline; especially when it comes to balancing your business and your career.
This book shows how to get the job done and deliver results whether you’re running an entire company or in your first management job. Bossidy and Charan show the importance of being deeply engaged in an organization and why robust dialogues about people, strategy, and operations result in a business based on intellectual honesty and realism.
#9: Folorunsho Alakija
Folorunsho Alakija is actually the richest female entrepreneur in Nigeria. Her first company was a tailoring company called Supreme Stitches. After Supreme Stitches started to become very successful a few years later down the line, Alakija looked into various industries for investments such as oil and painting industry.
#10: Sara Blakely
Who would have known that a numerous rejections would lead to a huge comeback? Sara Blakely definitely is best at it. Blakely is the founder of Spanx, a multi-million dollar undergarment company. She did not have that much money to invest when founding Spanx, and it really is a true example of why she’s one of the most popular female entrepreneurs. Sara’s idea was rejected countless times from potential investors and it took a great deal of hard work to get the company off the ground.
Any business or company highly thrives within the leadership capacity of the founder or CEO. That said, the success of it lies in the competency of a leader. In this book, Kotter explains how traditional organizational hierarchies evolved to meet the daily demands of running an enterprise. For most companies, the hierarchy is the singular operating system at the heart of the firm. But the reality is, this system simply is not built for an environment where change has become the norm.
If you’re a pioneer, a leader who knows that bold change is necessary to survive and thrive in an ever-changing world, this book will help you accelerate into a better, more profitable future.
#11: Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg got what it takes to go beyond what is ordinary. She is an American technology executive, author and activist. At the same time, Sandberg is also a board member for The Walt Disney Company, Women for Women International, Center for Global Development and V-day. No wonder why she is listed in the top 100 most influential people in the world back in 2012.
#12: Susan Wojcicki
Susan Wojcicki was born in California and studied history and literature at Harvard University. As innovative as she could be, Susan went on to become Google’s first marketing manager. Since handling Google’s takeover of Youtube, Susan Wojcicki has become the CEO of Youtube.
If you are a woman of wit and an aspiring entrepreneur, then this book is perfect for you. The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs laid out a simple step-by-step program of powerful tools and proven techniques inspired by Steve Jobs’s legendary presentations. Now, he shares the Apple CEO’s most famous, most original, and most effective strategies for sparking true creativity—and real innovation—in any workplace.
Being a modern woman entrepreneur is not always glamorous. People see the shiny picture of success in these women leaders. What they don’t see is the tough material: hard work, dedication, passion, and vision for the future. Visionary leaders with the positive attitude despite undesirable circumstances make the best women entrepreneurs.
We hope our feature today inspired a lot of young girls and startup female business owners to dream, push, and serve with your heart in this exciting modern age.
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