Today is Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, and it’s time to celebrate some truly incredible women entrepreneurs who have been fearless trailblazers in their respective industries. Entrepreneurship is difficult and daunting, and most who try it don’t make it. For women entrepreneurs, it’s even harder with extra hurdles along the way, yet these women made it all the way to the top. Grab a coffee, sit back, and get ready to be inspired.


Sara Blakely

Sara Blakely -  Founder and Owner of Spanx

Sara Blakely - Founder and Owner of Spanx

Why she’s an icon:

Sara Blakely is self-made and wore every hat imaginable to run her business. Her confidence is inspiring--in order to secure Neiman Marcus as a client, she changed into her Spanx during a meeting with the Neiman Marcus buyer and sealed the deal. She celebrates and even rewards failures in her culture.

Her greatest success:

Sara Blakely is fearless and is completely and unapologetically herself.

If we could ask her one question…:

What were the first few years like when Spanx was just starting?

Our favourite quote(s):

“It’s important to be willing to make mistakes. The worst thing that can happen is you become memorable.”


“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.”


"My dad encouraged us to fail growing up. He would ask us what we failed at that week. If we didn't have something, he would be disappointed. It changed my mindset at an early age that failure is not the outcome--failure is not trying. Don't be afraid to fail."


Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey -  Media Executive, Actress, Talk Show Host, Television Producer and Philanthropist

Oprah Winfrey - Media Executive, Actress, Talk Show Host, Television Producer and Philanthropist

Why she’s an icon:

Where to start? In 1993, the National Child Protection Act was passed. This bill that became formally known as the "Oprah Bill" due to her high-level of involvement and getting this legislation on record. The purpose of the NCPA was to establish a nationwide database of “all indictments, and convictions on child abuse and sex offense charges, violent crimes, arson, and felony drug charges.

Later, Oprah launched an organization/initiative called the "Angel Network" -- an organization that is dedicated to creating opportunities for undeserving women and children across the globe. Last but not least, aside from being a savvy entrepreneur and philanthropist, Oprah is a 3-time nominee and Oscar/Academy Award winner for her on-screen performances. She's also a New York Times Best-Selling Author.

Her greatest success:
Oprah Winfrey is successful because she has a bigger vision that doesn't revolve around her, but the world, and the people in it. Oprah is a self-made leader, she has used her adolescent traumas of sexual assault, abuse, and neglect to fuel her to become someone that is not a product of their hardships. She's successful because she does the work.

If we could ask her one question…:
How do you push through periods of self-doubt?



Our favourite quote(s):

"Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down."


Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg -  Technology executive, activist, author, and billionaire

Sheryl Sandberg - Technology executive, activist, author, and billionaire


Why she’s an icon:

Sheryl Sandberg was a key player in shifting the conversation at Facebook and used the social media platform to foster important conversations. She is also always open and vulnerable about her personal challenges.

Her greatest success:

Sheryl Sandberg is smart, open, and willing to engage.

If we could ask her one question…:

How do you build team focus around understanding the unintended consequences of fast growth?

Our favourite quote(s):

"Taking initiative pays off. It is hard to visualize someone as a leader if she is always waiting to be told what to do."

"If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat! Just get on."

"What would you do if you weren't afraid?"







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