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Women at The Helm

Honey Pot Founder Beatrice Dixon Is Already Plotting Her Exit Strategy

The 38-year-old founder and CEO of the world’s first plant-based feminine care line opens up about her ultimate goal: selling her company.

By Lauren Fisher

TV and Film

How “Summerland” Director Jessica Swale Is Reforming the Film Industry

The accoladed theater director and playwright's highly-anticipated first feature film is a mixed-race lesbian love story set during World War II. Here, Swale opens up about filmmakers' responsibility to make the industry more just, once and for all.

By Anna Jornlid

For Female Founders

How to Run a Business with Your Sibling—Successfully

Starting a business with family can be tough, but Marni and Willa Blank are proof that it can be done successfully. Here, the founders of Blank Studio detail how they’re making it work.

By Anna Jornlid

Bootstrapped

Why a Supportive Family Is the Secret to Success Most Founders Don’t Talk About

To get her linen bedding brand off the ground, Piglet founder Jessica Mason, 32, invested $25,000 of her savings and moved in with her mother—a decision that proved crucial not just financially, but emotionally, as well.

By Anna Jornlid

Bootstrapped

Why Spending Money on Childcare Was Imperative to Blueland’s Success

Founder Sarah Paiji Yoo opens up about the most important financial decisions she made—and the ones she most regrets—before launching her zero-waste cleaning line.

By Dana Drori

Bootstrapped

How Bembien Founder Yi-Mei Truxes Turned a $20,000 Investment Into Summer's Most Coveted Bag Brand

The 33-year-old founder opens up about how she grew her side hustle into a profitable business from day one.

By Anna Jornlid

Bootstrapped

How Birdies Turned a Stylish Slipper into a Multimillion-Dollar Business

In 2015, Bianca Gates and Marisa Sharkey invested $100,000 of their combined savings to launch Birdies. Now, they have raised $10 million in funding.

By Anna Jornlid

Still Standing

Inside Rachel Roy’s Fight for Child-Free Labor—and Control of Her Own Brand

A single, strategic line in her contract enabled the designer, who launched her namesake label in 2004, to take back control of her company.

By Jenna Birch

Still Standing

Tracy Reese on Why Domestic Supply Chains Are Key to Sustainability

The fashion designer opens up about surviving two financial recessions and her new sustainable label, Hope for Flowers.

By Jenna Birch

Women at The Helm

Can Virtual Reality Solve Systemic Racism and Sexual Harassment?

Morgan Mercer is teaching thousands of employees how to be empathic with her new anti-bias training platform.

By Jenna Birch

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Women at The Helm

Kai Avent-deLeon on the Sheer Exhaustion of Being a Black Small Business Owner in America

The founder of Sincerely Tommy opens up about the heavy toll of protecting your mental health as a Black woman in America.

By Lauren Fisher

Still Standing

Why RMS Beauty Founder Rose-Marie Swift Has No Time for Investors

Rose-Marie Swift, who self-funded RMS Beauty in 2009, reveals how she's managed to stay profitable from day one—with no outside help.

By Jenna Birch

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