Every day, and in celebration of International Women’s Day, we pay tribute to women who are forging new paths and revolutionizing their respective industries. Here’s an introduction to ten remarkable female entrepreneurs who are true pioneers. These women consistently make bold moves, inspiring us all to follow in their footsteps.
Emily Lyons – Founder and CEO of Femme Fatale Media
Emily Lyons, a former nanny turned model and entrepreneur, founded Femme Fatale Media, a premier event staffing and modeling agency in Canada. Starting her agency with just $100, Lyons now represents top-tier event personnel for corporate events and promotions of renowned brands worldwide, including MTV, Calvin Klein, Warner Bros., and more.
Kalisa Martin – Co-founder of The Runaway Experience
In 2014, Kalisa Martin, along with her husband Jeff, embarked on a journey away from the New York City 9-5 grind to pursue their passion for food, culture, and travel. Together, they founded The Runaway Experience, a luxury bed & breakfast that received successful funding through Kickstarter. Today, they’ve expanded to various destinations around the world, offering immersive dining experiences and cultural discoveries.
Promise Tangeman-Wurzell – Founder and Art Director of GO LIVE HQ
Promise Tangeman-Wurzell is the creative force behind GO LIVE HQ, a boutique design studio catering to creative businesses. She’s also the co-founder of Designer VACA, a unique retreat for female graphic designers. Her journey began as a graphic and web designer in 2009, and she has since hosted events that empower creative entrepreneurs to build, design, and launch their websites in just two days.
Nadine Hanafi – Founder and CEO of We Are Visual
Nadine Hanafi is a self-proclaimed “entrepre-nerd” with a passion for presentations. In 2013, she founded We Are Visual, an award-winning presentation design agency that has crafted impactful presentations for best-selling authors, Fortune 100 executives, TED speakers, and various professionals. These presentations have generated substantial revenue, media exposure, and business opportunities.
Amanda de Cadenet – Founder and CEO of #GirlGaze
Amanda de Cadenet, a versatile fashion and portrait photographer, writer, and director, leads #GirlGaze with a mission to support women behind the camera. She’s a powerful advocate for women in the photography industry and empowers the modern woman through her interview series and website, “The Conversation.”
Porsche Cooper – International Makeup Artist
Porsche Cooper, originally from Dallas but now based in New York, discovered her love for color and makeup at a young age. She ventured into the world of makeup artistry, working with prestigious fashion brands and celebrities for runway shows, photoshoots, music videos, and TV appearances in New York and Los Angeles.
Carrie Hammer – Designer and Entrepreneur
Carrie Hammer is not focused on runway models but on role models. She’s the visionary behind the Carrie Hammer brand, which designs work dresses and custom fashion for professional women. Her brand was featured at New York Fashion Week with a message of “Role Models Not Runway Models.”
Meagan Ashley Ward – Founder and CEO of Creatively Flawless
Meagan Ashley Ward, a mompreneur, founded Creatively Flawless, a branding agency for women entrepreneurs and professionals. Her company specializes in branding, marketing, advertising, design, and coaching. Meagan also established “The Powerful Women: Cultivating Women of Excellence,” an organization that hosts events celebrating womanhood.
Kayla Itsines – Personal Trainer and Entrepreneur
Kayla Itsines, an Australian personal trainer, author, and entrepreneur, is known for creating fitness ebooks and a workout app, “Sweat with Kayla.” She built a global fitness community from scratch, inspiring millions of women to achieve their best selves.
Lisa Nicole Bell – Writer, Producer, and Entrepreneur
Lisa Nicole Bell is a writer, producer, and entrepreneur who founded Inspired Life Media Group. She has received numerous awards and nominations for her achievements in media and business. Lisa also hosts the popular podcast, “Behind the Brilliance.”
These ten extraordinary women are leading the way in their respective fields, inspiring us to reach for greatness, and challenging conventions with their innovation and determination.