When the 2nd Annual International Women’s Entrepreneurship Day [WED] convenes at the United Nations in New York City today, November 19, 2015, serious discussions about critical issues affecting women and men worldwide will take the lead. To celebrate this, we’ve put together a summary of some of the best inspirational advice from female entrepreneurs we have spoken to this year.
“Women-owned businesses are set to increase by 90% in the next five years. We need to change the status quo because lifting women creates economic opportunity and vitality locally and globally.”
Women's Entrepreneurship Day is a worldwide movement with the defining goal to empower women and their businesses.
There are some really juicy, motivational insights here so enjoy! Happy #WEDO2015
Emma Isaacs, Global CEO Business Chicks, on being a women entrepreneurs:
“When I started out in business, I don’t think I’d even heard the word entrepreneur though – it was certainly never presented to me as a career option. “I’m excited for anyone who chooses entrepreneurship now though – there’s no shortage of education, mentors or role models to draw upon. “It didn’t feel like that back when I started – I just rolled up my sleeves and got on with it. I’m not a big overthinker.”
Amber Hawken, Motivational Speaker, on networking:
Get to know people, use your connections and be kind in all you do and goodness will come back to you in that space.
Naomi Simson, Founding Director of RedBalloon, on coworking:
To be truly happy people need a clear sense of purpose, and a clear connection with the community. Coworking spaces can create a great sense of community.
Skye Anderton, Founder of Ruby Olive, on working for someone else:
Never ever ever ever! Ever! I absolutely loved working in the fashion industry in London but I LOVE working for myself.
I wouldn’t change a thing. There were certainly times when I doubted myself, but now I know that is part of the process of owning your own business.
Mariana Fataccioli, Founder of Skinny Kitchen, on creating content:
If you have great content, you’ll find that your audience want to share it with their friends, organically growing the community for you. I really work hard on posting things that will resonate with my audience and inspire them to try new things, and teach them that healthy isn’t boring. Fervently injecting my message in everything Skinny Kitchen does. Sometimes I don’t get it right, which is ok. It’s all a learning process so mistakes will be made.
Rachel Zoe, Mother, Designer, Stylist, Editor, on looking forward, not back:
“I think as humans, I also think as women, we’re very critical of ourselves, but I think when we don’t do that we’re much more at peace and much happier with our decisions. “Earlier on in my career I’d get so tangled in what went wrong that it would be harder for me to move on. So you need to just let it go.”
Alicia Vaughn, Founder of The Business Lab, on doubts and fears:
What truly matters is how much you believe in yourself. If you get up every morning knowing you are doing the one true thing that makes you happy, then you are doing the right thing.
Andrea Culligan, Creative Director Hart effect, on mistakes:
There are plenty of others who have made mistakes before you, forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn’t know before you learned it.
Everyone has a unique purpose, they just need to find it!
You can check out the full interviews with these amazing women on our blog here.
Tell us what advice you’ve been given over the years that’s stuck with you, we’d love to know.