Women business owners today still exist as a minority of the total number of business owners in the United States and around the world, but several notable female business owners have arrived at the forefront of entrepreneurial creativity and noteworthy business growth. Covering the spectrum of industries around the world, today’s best female business owners, entrepreneurs and CEOs are terrific role models for anyone who dreams of business success.
1. Maria Flynn, Biotechnologist
Individuals who want to make their mark in business, science, or the creative arts need only consider the following women as terrific examples of innovation and creativity in business.
Flynn is the CEO of Orbis Biosciences, which is a firm in Kansas City dedicated to research on controlled-release delivery of medication. The research impacts everything from standard medications to things like vitamins and pest-control. The value of timed release technology rests with the ability to provide very precise and accurate dosages when treating diseases, or handling anything else where proper dosages are vital for the safety or accuracy of all involved.
2. Yael Cohen, Philanthropist
After her mother was diagnosed with cancer, Yael Cohen decided that she wouldn’t sit down and let the disease take her mother away. She created an eye-catching Facebook group called “F*** Cancer” that grew in popularity so much that she was eventually able to translate that success into a wonderful nonprofit business. The group’s primary goal grew into one that would focus on encouraging early detection of cancer so as to improve chances for survival.
3. Olga Koper, Nanotechnologist
Scientists have long espoused the value of nanotechnology, but the industry and research surrounding this facet of science has proved difficult. For nanotechnologist Olga Koper, the next frontier of scientific exploration would be her passion, and she secured venture capital funding from a major firm to help facilitate major research into the field.
Koper prides herself on her humble approach to this significant field, and she’s committed to the scientific value of nanotechnology and isn’t as concerned with how much money could be made.
4. Linda Rottenberg, CEO of Endeavor
After spending several years working in Argentina, Linda Rottenberg noticed a severe lack of advocacy associated with entrepreneurial ideas and in the late nineties she decided to create Endeavor, which was a way to help people with entrepreneurial aspirations reach their goals of creating their own business.
Working alongside a business partner who was interested in the same sort of entrepreneurial sponsorship, they would offer promising individuals the support they would need to navigate the stressful waters of business creation. Rottenberg’s aim was to remove the barriers for business creation.
5. Sophia Amoruso, CEO of Nasty Gal
Sometimes business success begins with a great idea and for Sophia Amoruso that idea came in the form of fashionable clothing. At only 28-years-old, this young entrepreneur founded Nasty Gal, which offered clients the opportunity to find neat vintage clothing. Her idea gained popularity with such alacrity that she was able to secure over 40 million dollars in venture funding for the business.
Growth came so swiftly for the company that over the course of just a single year, the company sold $128 million worth of inventory, boasted over half a million Facebook fans, and had tens of thousands of Twitter followers and Instagram subscribers. By the end of the year, the website was reaching over 2 million unique visitors every single month. Amoruso’s empire grew from a simple eBay business to a huge online clothing empire.