Top Women Entrepreneurs of 2019

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Top Women Entrepreneurs of 2019

Women entrepreneurs succeed by overcoming regular startup challenges along with hurdles not often faced by their male counterparts. Despite their increasing number and level of success they continue to encounter biases even today, so the top women entrepreneurs have to be tough, capable, and resilient while bringing their own unique worldview to the development of their businesses.

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Top Women Entrepreneurs of 2019:

Entrepreneur

Company

Rashmi Sinha

SlideShare

Tory Burch

Tory Burch

Sara Blakely

SPANX

Yang Lan

Sun Media

Sophia Amoruso

Nasty Gal & Girlboss Media

Huda Kattan

Huda Beauty

Vera Wang

Vera Wang

Miko Branch

Miss Jessie's

Jenny Eu

Three Trees

Angie Hicks

ANGI Homeservices

Chanté Griffin

You Go Girl Productions

Cher Wang

HTC Corporation

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Biocon

Zenobia Dewely

Zenobia’s Sweet Tooth

Oprah Winfrey

Harpo Productions, Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)

Women Entrepreneurs FAQs:

What are some common traits of successful women entrepreneurs?

Many of the traits that make women entrepreneurs successful are traits that make anyone successful: resilience, vision, negotiation skills, leadership ability. Thankfully, with the emergence of more and more leading women entrepreneurs, the perception of business being primarily a man's enterprise seems to be on the wane.

Talent, invention, innovation, and ability isn't limited by gender, and any discrimination limits business and society as a whole. Although in the past entrepreneurship has been male-centric, the numbers of successful women entrepreneurs has risen to encompass roughly a third of all entrepreneurs worldwide. And we've all benefited from it.

What are some inspirational women entrepreneur quotes?

  • “We need to get women to the point where they aren’t apologizing. It is time to take ownership in our success.” - Tory Burch, CEO and Designer of Tory Burch.
  • “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” - Maya Angelou, Author and Poet.
  • “Follow your passion — and if you don’t know what it is, realize that one reason for your existence on earth is to find it.” - Oprah Winfrey, CEO of Harpo Productions, CEO & CCO of the Oprah Winfrey Network.
  • “I want every little girl who’s been told she’s bossy to be told again she has leadership skills.” - Sheryl Sandberg, COO at Facebook.
  • "Invite people into your life that don't look or think like you." - Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments.

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Leading Women Entrepreneurs Conferences of 2019:

Conference

Dates

Location

Lesbians Who Tech

February 28, 2019

San Francisco, California

Run The World Female Entrepreneur Conference

March 1, 2019

Melbourne, Australia

The Scientista Symposium

March 29, 2019

New York, New York

Women Empower X (WEX)

June 15, 2019

Washington D.C.

WBENC National Conference & Business Fair

June 25 - 27, 2019

Baltimore, Maryland

eWomenNetwork Entrepreneur Conference & Expo

August 1 - 3, 2019

Dallas, Texas

National Women's Business Conference

October 13 - 15, 2019

Jacksonville, Florida.

Emerging Women

October, 2019 (date TBD)

Denver, Colorado

Tech Up for Women

November 12, 2019

New York, New York

Is there a women entrepreneurs' fund?

Funds are important in getting fledgling businesses off the ground, and a women entrepreneurs' fund needs to take into account the specific challenges faced by women in business. Even though research shows that women-led businesses succeed at a higher rate than their male counterparts, it still can be difficult for women to get funding.

That said, there are a number of forward-thinking funds that support women entrepreneurs' ventures. Here are just a few:

What about grants for women entrepreneurs?

Yes, there are a number of grants that support women entrepreneurs as well (grants being seed money you don't have to pay back, vs. funds which typically involve repayment):

Top Women Entrepreneur Blogs
Top Women Entrepreneur Blogs:
  • She Owns It.
  • The Way Women Work.
  • The Female Entrepreneur Association Blog.
  • Punched Clocks.
  • Making Moxie.
  • Women on Business.
  • Women 2.0.
  • Black Businesswomen Rock.

What is the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative?

The Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, or We-Fi, is a collaboration between 14 governments, multilateral development banks, other stakeholders, and the World Bank to address the financial disparity faced by women entrepreneurs in developing countries: only 30 percent of small to medium enterprises are owned by women, and 70 percent of those can't get the capital they need to get up and running.

We-Fi, with funding of over $350 million, will support women entrepreneurs in developing countries by opening financial channels, providing mentors, helping governments create enabling environments for women in business, and much more.

What are some good resources for black women entrepreneurs?

In a 2018 study it was shown that the number of businesses owned and operated by black women grew 164 percent between 2007 and 2018. African-American women still, however, face challenges with financing and other critical business services. There are a number of organizations that intend to address this disparity and level the playing field, including the following:

How do I find or become a women's business mentor?

Women who've succeeded in business make powerful mentors for girls and fledgling women entrepreneurs as they navigate the economic landscape. The benefits of having a mentor are well known, but for young women who are beginning the journey into their careers and entrepreneurship a female business mentor can provide deep insight and direction specific to women in business. There are a number of organizations that support women's business mentorship:

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