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5 Female Entrepreneurs You Should Watch In 2015

5 Female Entrepreneurs You Should Watch In 2015

We live in a time where the average woman makes 77 cents to a man’s dollar. Becoming an entrepreneur can be an incredible experience. But for women, it will require some extra grit, determination and going against the norm to succeed. Yet these days, women are becoming more noticed for their entrepreneurial endeavors and are remarkably successful. When a woman can be the founder and leader of an organization, it can inspire others who are just beginning their entrepreneurial journey. Here are some female entrepreneurs who are doing remarkable things and have redefined their industries.

 Julie Aigner Clark, Founder of Baby Einstein, Baby Bytes and the Soft Skin Company

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    “When my company started really growing, I didn’t have any help in my house at all. I had the upkeep of my daily life, I had a one-year-old and a three-year-old, and I had my house. So I had to prioritize.” — Julie Aigner Clark

    Co-founder of Baby Einstein, Clark invested $15,000 dollars into the company and aggressively marketed it by meeting retailers at trade shows and sending its products to publications for reviews. Focused on infant entertainment, it was later sold to The Walt Disney Company in 2001. Now Julie Clark is involved in startups like Baby Bytes and the Soft Skin Company.

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    Melinda Emerson, Media Entrepreneur and Founder of Melinda Emerson Foundation

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      “You never lose in business, either you win or you learn.” — Melinda Emerson

      Melinda Emerson left television as a producer to pursue her entrepreneurial dream to create an award winning production company Quintessence Multimedia. The production company she founded has done productions for Verizon, Comcast and Radio One. But she didn’t stop there. She wanted to see other small businesses become successful ventures. She founded the Melinda Emerson Foundation, which has become a facilitator for small businesses by providing free information, educational materials and opportunities.

       Leah Busque, Founder of TaskRabbit

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        “I wake up every morning and think to myself, how far can I push the company forward in the next 24 hours.” – Leah Busque

        Leah Busque founded TaskRabbit in Boston in 2008 and has since raised over 5 million dollars in funding from different venture capital firms. The company was built as a marketplace for errands. If you want an errand completed, you simply need post the task on their marketplace and say how much you will be willing for to pay for the task to be completed. Tasks are completed by everyday people who have certain skills they can market, or are simply in need of some extra income.

        Although Leah Busque has stepped down as CEO, she remains at the heart of the company.

        Alex Von Tobel, Founder and CEO of LearnVest

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          “A good financial plan is a roadmap that shows us exactly how the choices we make today will affect our future.” – Alexa Von Tobel

          After leaving Harvard, Alex von Tobel proceeded to start LearnVest in 2009, a personal finance and financial planning site for women. She is also the author of New York Times bestseller Financially Fearless, which came out in 2013. In March 2015, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. announced its intentions of acquiring LearnVest.

          Jennifer Hyman, CEO and Co-Founder of Rent the Runway

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            “Be humble, be curious, and listen to the people who have come before you. I’ve found that entrepreneurship only gets harder every year and as your team gets bigger, the stakes get higher.” – Jennifer Hyman

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            Jennifer Hyman is the co-founder and CEO of Rent the Runway, a company that is democratizing the luxury industry for women. The New York-based company makes it possible for regular women to rent luxury items such as outwear, special occasion dresses and accessories.

            Featured photo credit: http://www.balancedmommagazine.com via balancedmommagazine.com

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            Last Updated on March 29, 2021

            5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

            5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

            When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

            What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

            The Dream Type Of Manager

            My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

            I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

            My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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            “Okay…”

            That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

            I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

            The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

            The Bully

            My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

            However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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            The Invisible Boss

            This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

            It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

            The Micro Manager

            The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

            Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

            The Over Promoted Boss

            The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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            You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

            The Credit Stealer

            The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

            Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

            3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

            Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

            1. Keep evidence

            Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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            Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

            Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

            2. Hold regular meetings

            Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

            3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

            Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

            However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

            Good luck!

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