Inspiring stories of successful female entrepreneurs and women business leaders who dominate their industries in 2021.
Empower in 2021
By, Esther Spina
Business Mindset Coach for Ambitious Women & Female Entrepreneurs
Inspired by Chapter 5 of my Amazon Best-Selling Book,
Empowered Ambitious women
LIVE AN EMPOWERED LIFE!
What do Bumble, YouTube, and In N Out all have in common?
You may be surprised to learn, they are all run by female CEOs! And we’re talking about successful businesswomen who are managing multi-billion dollar companies that were once thought to be male-dominated industries. More on the women at the top of these mega-successful ventures below, but the point is . . .
Female founders and CEOs are on the rise.
In 2019, 42% of businesses were owned by women, which is a 37% increase since the ‘70s. But, in Network Marketing, 77% of distributors in the United States are women. Globally that number is 76%. This is a great sign that women are empowering themselves to level up in all industries, smashing the glass ceiling, and taking on business leadership roles that were once thought to be impossible for women.
Finding ways to stay empowered as female entrepreneurs and businesswomen, prevents you from getting discouraged and giving up before you’ve even had a chance to experience success.
In this blog, I’ll discuss some of the ways you can empower yourself as a woman in business and/or direct sales companies to take charge of your life and make your vision a reality.
Get Inspired By Successful Women Business Leaders At the Top of Their Game
Looking to those that have paved the way before you for inspiration makes it feel less daunting to go for those passion projects you dream of. When you see other women in business achieving similar dreams to yours, it suddenly feels more possible.
Fortune 500 reports that more women are running their top businesses in 2021 than ever before. Now that’s encouraging! And even better, women are breaking records in major executive roles. This article mentions that a woman business leader took over as CEO of CVS, which is 4th on the Fortune 500 list, and that the ”$268 billion retail pharmacy turned health care giant is now the largest company ever to be run by a female chief executive.”
Now 41 of the Fortune 500 companies are run by women, which is a huge increase from the year 2000 when there were only 2.
Here are some inspiring businesswoman success stories to show you anything is possible when you set your mind to it and work towards it relentlessly:
There’s Whitney Wolfe Herd, who you may have never heard of, but I bet you’ve heard of her popular dating app, Bumble, which has had over 22 million users. As the founder and CEO of Bumble, she generated $162M in revenue by the age of 30! And, according to the above article, she also started the successful matchmaking app as a way to empower women, since it gives women the power to choose which men they want to match with first.
Another woman I look up to is Debbie Bolton, founder and CEO of Norwex, whose mission is to replace toxic household products with green cleaning solutions. Since 1999, Debbie Bolton has led global sales for this direct sales company which has an annual revenue of over $45 million! She is also known to be a kind and compassionate woman who empowers others, such as when she recently bought a plane ticket for a struggling father who couldn’t afford to pay for his daughter’s seat on a flight. Debbie is a great role model both as a business woman and as a caring person.
Women are empowering themselves in business and direct sales companies like never before and you can be a part of that wave if you’re willing to dedicate the same amount of time and persistence.
Being an Empowered Woman
Being an Empowered Woman Means You’re a Creator, Not a Follower
Think about Amelia Earhart, who was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic alone. She didn’t let anyone hold her back from her dreams, even though she had many challenges along the way. Amelia Earhart overcame many failed business ventures and financial struggles to receive the American Distinguished Flying Cross and empower other female pilots. In an era where the aviation industry was dominated by men, she had to forge her own trail, and in doing so, paved the way for many other women to follow in her footsteps.
It takes a pioneering spirit like hers to set out on your own, with no assurance of success. Likewise, what sets the top-earning female entrepreneurs and CEOS apart from the pack is their ability to empower themselves and keep going no matter what.
Early on in my career in sales, my mentor taught me, “Successful people do what unsuccessful people don’t.” I learned this translates to a “whatever it takes” philosophy.
I started out making 20 cold calls a day, plus stuffing and dropping off 250 mailers a week. But, those first, tedious steps set me on my path to becoming a top earner in my direct marketing company later on.
It’s important to have a vision, but it’s also important to get in there and get your hands dirty. Being successful as a woman business owner, female entrepreneur, or career woman, takes grit and good old-fashioned hard work at the end of the day.
Gain Wisdom By Reading Inspiring Business Books by Successful Leaders
One of my all-time favorite, inspiring business books is, Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn, by John Maxwell, which I highly recommend. He reminds us that there is no failure, only opportunities for growth and lessons that help us refine our goals.
Another favorite of mine is, The Purpose Driven Life, What On Earth Am I Here For?, by Rick Warren. Read a chapter a day to empower your life and get clear on your purpose.
I created my book, The Ambitious Woman, What It Takes and Why You Want to Be One, to help you move past all the fears that arise as a female entrepreneur or businesswoman. Completing this book was a dream of mine, one that I never expected to achieve, but it’s proof anything’s possible!
The Ambitious Woman
Get inspiration and motivation from the successful female entrepreneurs and founders who paved the way for aspiring business women everywhere.
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