29 Successful Female Entrepreneurs You Ought to Know

It is an amazing thing to look around and see so many rockstar women paving the way in entrepreneurship. Our ongoing mission at Hatch Tribe is to highlight these lady bosses and share the spark of their inspiration. This list of successful women entrepreneurs is ever-growing and we like it that way!

In no particular order, we present our most inspiring female entrepreneur role models:

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photo - Green Chair Studio

Kelli Preston

"What really lights my fire is the heart + guts it takes to start and grow a business. I love uncovering what makes people tick and using it as fuel for creating a brand that feels like home."

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KIM ORLESKY

"Goals need to be SMART: specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely."

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Chris Majernik

"Want the truth?  This business grew out of despair.  I got fired from what was supposed to be my "dream job." I picked myself up, and realized I never wanted to allow someone else the ability to take away my dreams.

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Meghan Hohertz & Kenzie Meek-Beck

"When I grew up and entered the workforce, I realized that discrimination against women is still very real, and from my upbringing, I knew it was wrong. So, I wanted to create something to combat it." - Kenzie Meek-Beck

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Lynn Le

"Always be good to yourself in order to be your best self to others."

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Stephanie Burg

"To be truly successful in life and business—and to create the type of impact you desire in the world—you must thrive too. You, my dear, are your greatest asset."

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Ashley Caldwell

"Take the time to do it right, and you will reap the benefits."

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"Taking a risk is nothing new- you have already taken the biggest risk when you made the decision to go out on your own."

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Tami Boyce

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"Potential is like a muscle you have to exercise, and no one has time for flabby potential."

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Bethany Bubenzer

"Comparison leads to imitation -  the antithesis of creation - and creation is the joy of entrepreneurship. Successful women entrepreneurs know who they are, how to turn inward for inspiration, and reach for support when necessary."

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Allison Barbera

"Nothing about my journey has been particularly easy, but starting my own business was one of the best decisions I ever made. On par with deciding to go to college, living in Charleston during the winter and committing to twice yearly Brazilian Blowouts."

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Katy Kippen

"Sure, Grayling could be even more profitable if I kept my foot on the gas all the time, but that's just not me. There is a really beautiful world that opens up when we put ourselves first. The rest just follows."

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Isla Rowntree

"Some of the characteristics necessary to be an entrepreneur are viewed negatively when girls are growing up. Women have to overcome this gender stereotyping in addition to all the other challenges involved in setting up a business."

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Emma McIlroy

"Start up will take everything if you let it. It’s been a humbling experience for me and I’m working hard to learn how to have clear boundaries. I think it’s toxic when people talk about working 100hrs weeks every week - I’ve done it, it’s not an achievement, it’s a sickness."

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Christy Saia Owenby

"It's crazy how 'fear' is often the start of our next best adventure in our business.

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Eve de Haan

"The best advice I've received is not to worry too much about what other people think of you and to try and make something new everyday."

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Archel Bernard

"My favorite part of being an entrepreneur is also the scariest part: Knowing that my reward is directly tied to my output. "

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Alissa Graef

"As cliche as it may sound, I always felt the desire to do something greater. What that is, I still have no idea, but starting my own business felt like a good place to start."

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Trish Hutchinson

"I love the diversity of the definition of success of an entrepreneur. Success can be identified as monetary success, success with socially making a difference, or just success as being an enjoyment with what you do everyday."

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Kristen Schwiers

"Jumping in to take the risk of starting my own business came when I turned 25 and realized that I wanted and needed to pursue the goals that would make me happy, even if they were terrifying

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Belinda Hare

"The power to hold my fate in my own hands as an entrepreneur—that's scary and empowering, but it pushes me to be exactly who I want to be every day.  There’s no such thing as complacency in entrepreneurship."

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Shama Patel

"I like to create because at my core I’m an artist. I enjoy bringing concepts to life that only I can dream up in my mind. I once read a quote and it stuck with me - 'Night is to dream, Day is to make them true.'"

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Meena Harris

"Whether it's turning a small act, like donating clothing, into a 'pantsuit drive' as an act of solidarity, or uplifting women through a single T-shirt, digital technology gives each and every one of us the potential to start a movement."
 
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Sarah Blondin

"All that will matter, all that will ever amount to anything, is the relationship you have with the world you carry around inside of you." 
 
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Image from Katie Joy Horwitch

 

Katie Joy Horwitch

"I'm here to tell you that those things that make you feel insecure and ostracized⏤ those things you hide behind a veneer of "Fitting In"⏤ those are gifts and clues to help you be the you YOU were meant to be."
 Amy Dickerson,  New York Times

Amy Dickerson, New York Times

 

Shelley zalis

"I’ve always been told to hold back my feminine characteristics, that there’s no room for that in the boardroom, but I totally disagree. A woman who tries to be a man is a waste of a woman.  It’s not about leaning in. It’s about standing out — as women."
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Melanie Deziel

"Being calm and open to shifts in my routine is better than being rigid about it and creating a feeling of failure when I can’t make it happen." 
 
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Tina Tchen

"The women who are celebrities have come to this understanding that their celebrity gives them a platform and an ability to draw attention to an issue, and they’ve been very intentional about how they use that to support low-income women who wouldn’t otherwise get that attention.”
 
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Jeni Britton Bauer

"The fact that I studied art history actually helped me a lot as an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurship is very emotional, especially when you're a maker like I am. You're really trying to make something that you love but also to get people to truly love it, and that's just such a wonderful emotion.”

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