While the number of women entrepreneurs globally is on the rise, there is still a long way to go before the playing field is leveled as there are numerous challenges on the path to success, from access to funding to the lack of a support system.
If you’re thinking about starting your own business but afraid to take the next step, be inspired by these seven entrepreneurial women members of YPO:
Heidi Zak, Co-Founder of ThirdLove
“Speed is something that should be at the forefront of every CEOs mind because none of us are doing things quickly enough,” says Heidi Zak. Here’s how Zak’s online bra and underwear line, ThirdLove, is disrupting a retail sector way overdue for change.
Katrina Lake, CEO of Stitch Fix
“We’re not trying to guess what people want based on clicks or what they put in their cart, we’re actually listening to what people tell us,” says Katrina Lake. Here’s how Lake’s shopping platform, Stitch Fix, is more personal than a personal shopper.
Marla Blow, CEO of FS Card
“Our customers appreciate our willingness to take a chance on them,” says Marla Blow. By launching her own credit card, Blow, the CEO of FS Card, brought much-needed liquidity to a huge and overlooked swathe of consumers.
Carmen Sample, Founder and CEO of Sample Supports
“I wake up every day looking forward to solving problems,” says Carmen Sample. As Founder and CEO of Sample Supports, she talks about building success, managing diverse businesses, learning from failure and the inadvisability of slowing down.
Roberta Annan, Founder and CEO of Roberta Annan Consulting
“My focus as an ambassador and business owner is to create clear pathways for people,” says Roberta Annan. Voted one of the top 50 Most Influential Young Ghanaians, at 35-years-old Annan has already created an unparalleled legacy of change.
Saskia Bruysten, CEO and Founder of Yunus Social Business
“I believe in the power of business to solve the greatest problems facing humanity,” says Saskia Bruysten. As CEO and Founder of Yunus Social Business, she offers leaders guidance on how to consider social problems as part of their next business plan.
Harjit Gill, Co-Founder and CEO of X-Halo
“Constantly innovating will drive your growth and profitability and keep you ahead of the competition,” says Harjit Gill. Here’s how Gill’s lifesaving technology is disrupting the health care industry and earned her the 2018 YPO Global Innovation Award.