Is your business stuck in a rut in the ideation stage?
Or do you simply need a bit of inspiration as you take a breath on the road to scalability?
The startup world has been a traditionally male-dominated environment, keynoted by the likes of Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Warren Buffet—but that hasn’t put off these savvy women from grabbing the reins and running with them into the public spotlight and startup success.
Here are 3 fascinating businesswomen you’ll want to remember who are making tidal waves in social circles, media and business.
#1. Arianna Huffington Founder of The Huffington Post; Founder/CEO of Thrive Global
Arianna Huffington launched The Huffington Post in May 2005.
The publication quickly meteored in to one of the most widely-read and cited news/blog sites.
In 2012, the Huffington Post received a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.
Now she’s launching Thrive Global, a corporate and consumer platform that offers training, seminars, e-courses, coaching and ongoing support for companies and their employees.
Thrive Global draws on the latest scientific findings to improve people’s health and increase productivity globally in business and daily life.
Huffington has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list.
She devotes her knowledge and influence to serving on numerous boards, including Uber and The Center for Public Integrity.
#2. J.K. Rowling Author
J.K. Rowling had always known she would be a writer.
But shortly after developing her wizardly hero, she underwent several years of crushing personal losses. Eventually she found herself on welfare, caring for her young daughter.
Even so, she took every chance to put pen to paper. It took her five years to complete the first Harry Potter book, only to be met by 12 subsequent rejections.
During that time, she held on to the three qualities that eventually led to her success: maintaining a vision, accepting setbacks and above all, never giving up.
Bloomsbury Publishing finally agreed to buy the rights to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Sorcerer’s Stone in the U.S.) for $4,000.
Good call, Bloomsbury.
The rest is history… and future.
3. Sara Blakely Founder of Spanx
Sara Blakely envisioned and created the famous undergarments that no woman wants to admit to using, but many will swear by just the same.
The popularity of Spanx in all its self-containing glory made her the youngest self-made female billionaire in America.
She says one of the best ways she’s been able to face her fears and move through them is gratitude—being very connected to gratitude and a higher purpose.
She credits those two things with helping her push through things that scare her.
Sara has always brimmed with ideas, but one in particular continued to stand out and resonate. Knowing how vulnerable new ideas can be to good-intentioned suggestions, she silently worked out the details before launching her global brand on the market.
She attributes the success of her brand to having developed the idea more fully before opening the door to input.
These women stand as beacons for entrepreneurs everywhere who wonder if they have what it takes to go public.
They demonstrate what a little (okay, a lot!) of doggedness can accomplish.
They are successful, irrepressible and, just like their male counterparts, completely memorable.