From jewelry designers to television producers, these 4 women have helped shape their pertaining industry. They defeated the odds of creating multi-million dollar companies by simply standing up for what they believe in and chasing their dream! Take a look at their stories.
Writer, director, and producer
After finding fame with the FX series Pose, Janet Mock made history for becoming the first trans woman of color to write and direct for a TV series. This June, she signed a multiyear development deal with Netflix, yet another historic milestone for Mock and the communities she identifies with.
“I hope [my work] becomes a beacon for anyone out there, like I was, seeking and searching for reflections.”
Cofounder and CEO / Canva
Canva, the Australian-based graphic design platform, was created in 2013 to help anyone, with any level of design knowledge create and publish creative materials. Canva has grown to become a $2.5 billion company, and has 15 million active monthly users around the globe.
Founder and CEO / Kendra Scott
From designing her first jewelry collection in 2002, to building a $1 billion brand, Kendra Scott has grown to run a majority-women empowered company! Of the Austin-based brand’s 2,000 employees, more than 90 percent are women.
In September, Kendra Scott announced the Kendra Scott Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program in partnership with the University of Texas. The programming will feature speaker series and courses on everything from building a business to advocating for equal pay and will be available to University of Texas students. “We want women to be able to access this information,” Scott says.
Founder and executive chairman / ClassPass
Back in 2010, Payal Kadakia gave herself two weeks to come up with a viable business idea when she came up with ClassPass! ClassPass is a subscription-based service that helps users in 2,500-plus cities book exercise classes. This year, Kadakia launched a corporate wellness service that gives employees access to classes with 22,000 studio partners.
ClassPass is also closely approaching the milestone of 100 million class reservations, a figure that keeps the founder motivated.