6 Pieces Of Advice From Some Of The Most Badass Female Entrepreneurs In The Game

"They're a million things you're going to end up doing ... on your own terms."

Whether you're looking to start a business or just need a little inspiration within your current career, five badass female entrepreneurs know what it takes to make it in their respective industries. In a video from Refinery29, Ann Shoket, author of The Big Life and the former editor-in-chief of Seventeen magazine, spoke with these five women about what empowers them. 

They have done everything from launching a natural beauty brand, to founding a fashion renting service for women, to creating energy-generating solutions, to launching an accelerator for minority entrepreneurs.  So, they have plenty to say on how to reach success and over the course of their eight-minute conversation, they offer a ton of great advice. 

We've rounded up one important idea from each woman. 


1. Ignore the 'why nots.'

"If you thought too far down the road, it could be easy to find all the 'why nots,' versus the 'how can yous' [to] make this happen." — Jennifer Fleiss, co-founder of Rent the Runway

2. Figure out what problem you're trying to solve.

"[At NewMe] we focus only on the technology industry which, at the time, it was a young technical white guys club. I did not really start NewMe as a business — it was a problem that I wanted to solve." — Angela Benton, founder and CEO of NewMe

3. Open up communication.

"I find younger women are much more transparent [about] their salary. For them, it's not TMI — it's cocktail talk. And I think that that lifting the veil is going to get us all closer to equality." — Ann Shoket

4. Don't be afraid to speak up.

"Remember that you're there like any other employee ... speak up when you have a great idea." — Priya Malani, founder of Stash Wealth.

5. Stand firm.

"I've been in rooms with investors who're supposed to be investing with women and people of color and have the investors say, 'So, who's the tech lead on this?' I'm like, 'It's me ...' Ask me a question first, and see if I don't have the answer." — Jessica O. Matthews, founder and CEO of Uncharted Play

6. Live life on your own terms.

"This year I turned 60 and I started a new lifestyle brand. There's more and more opportunity and they're a million things you're going to end up doing ... on your own terms." — Bobbi Brown, founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

Watch the video below to see these five badass women in conversation.


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