Posted by: colettebelden | March 10, 2016

The Female Entrepreneur Association

With Tuesday being International Women’s Day (like Dr. Shollen said in class, I don’t understand why every day isn’t International Women’s Day…?) there were a lot of posts on various social media sites about female empowerment, which was such a great sight to see. Along with people posting photos of women who have impacted their lives, there were several quotes posted as well. One of my friends posted this picture:

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Feeling encouraged by this message, I decided to look up Carrie Green and the Female Entrepreneur Association.

“The Female Entrepreneur Association is an online hub with the mission of inspiring and empowering women from around the world to turn their ideas into a reality, build successful businesses and live a life they love. We believe that every single one of us has the ability to achieve incredible things, and life is too short to waste the opportunity to make it happen.”

Carrie Green began her entrepreneurial adventure in 2005, when she was only 20 years old (that is mind-blowing to me… I’m 20 and don’t even know how to change a car tire…Props to her!). She mentioned that her options were to find a job, or to start a business. Her little $40/week budget business ended up generating over $1 million and the website received 100,000+ visits a month. But her success did not stop here! She was missing something, and in 2011, she decided to set up the Female Entrepreneur Association. She stated that her “vision was to create the #1 online platform, where women could come together from around the world to inspire and empower each other to succeed in business.”Her site is not only a resource for women trying to start  a business themselves, but a source of encouragement and life-advice. For all of her hard world and dedication, she has been named the #1 Champion of Entrepreneurs by the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

Though I am not a business major and have absolutely no interest in starting my own business, I cannot help but feel inspired and excited for those who have found success in entrepreneurship as I click through this website! I respect and look up to Carrie for all that she has done. She not only accomplished her dream of starting up her own business, her work also continues to help others find their path and find encouragement through tips and tricks of the trade. The site also features oodles of women and their success stories. The featured women are all from different backgrounds and have taken different paths to ultimately achieve success. Each inspiring in their own way, but each are able to speak to different types of women (let that be in their situation, leadership, field, etc).

In class we have touched on the fact that unfortunately sometimes, those of our own gender can be our worst critics. We need to lift each other up in our endeavors and celebrate each others triumphs rather than competing with each other and criticizing for our shortcomings. This site allows a safe space for women to promote each other and build each other up through advice and success. I think that the Female Entrepreneur Association should be a resource to everyone, especially us college students fumbling our way through adult life. I am interested to see what you all think about Carrie’s story and The Female Entrepreneur Association. I encourage you all to watch some of the videos and read some of the articles that are featured on this site, it’s all very inspiring!

http://femaleentrepreneurassociation.com/

~Colette

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Responses

  1. I’m right there with ya Collette. I am not majoring in business and have no idea how to even begin starting a business but it’s women like this who make the idea of dreaming about one possible. Really just dreaming about almost anything possible. Although, it’s not a dream for me, some women out there aspire to conquer their world through innovation and creation. I think that’s fantastic and we need that creativity in the world. It further inspires me to self-reflect on my dreams and what I wish to do in life. I think that’s what’s cool about this site. It has this continuing cycle effect where one woman pursuing their dream can inspire another woman to pursue their passion. What a great gift that is. It offers tips, training and resources for basically anything you can think of. This website probably took a lot of time to make and it further dream that being a woman leader is possible!

  2. I think a site like this is awesome for a couple reasons specifically related to leadership. One, it creates a place where young women starting off in the business world or other similar fields can see successful women and their stories. We talk about how the more often we are exposed to women’s success stories, the more likely we are to believe that we can accomplish something similar. Next, it creates a great networking tool. You are absolutely correct that occasionally women can bring down one another in the spirit of “survival of the fittest”, but this type of site allows for women to celebrate one another, and share tips on success and creates a strong network with other women. We have read about how useful this is, and how hard it sometimes is to create networks within organizations with only a few women. Finally, Carrie demonstrates some transformational leadership characteristics here. Not only was she concerned with herself and her accomplishments, she wanted to provide a space where other women could develop and grow into leaders themselves. She shows that a leaders job goes beyond just looking out for yourself, but also thinking about how your actions can impact others positively.

  3. I really like the idea of this website as being a network for women to support and power each other. As we learned in class, female empowerment is majorly lacking and is a very successful method of leadership. However, I also found myself getting angry when I went to check out the website. I was making comments in my head judging the appearance of the website and the women posting on it. I was making judgements that this website can’t be taken seriously because everything is pastel and sparkly and of course the entrepreneurial endeavors these women are posting about are stereotypically feminine. But then I found myself becoming aware of these negative judgments and changed my mindset to so what? So what if the website is “girly”? So what if these women are passionate about being yoga instructors and nannies? It shouldn’t matter or make anyone less hardworking, successful, or powerful if they are living and presenting themselves in a “feminine” way. Upon first view of the site I completely overlooked the purpose of empowering and supporting each other, I was doing the exact opposite.

  4. I thoroughly enjoy the idea of a site for women entrepreneurs to go to for support and encouragement! I myself am not a business major (although I wish I had looked into before Junior year!) but even though I’m not business inclined, I would enjoy this site. The site is a place where women can go to support each other in all their endeavors and that should be celebrated and even copied in real life. For whatever reason women are catty to each other even though we all known the adversity we are facing as a whole and that needs to change. Women want other women to succeed but when faced with a woman who could potentially take your place, I can understand why we knock each other down. Once women and all of society takes a step back and really takes a hard look at the situation we are in, we can start to change it and empower not only women entrepreneurs but all entrepreneurs. Anyone who is so passionate about what they want to start should be encouraged to continue and not face obstacles that shouldn’t be in their way anymore. I am proud of all the women who have gone to this site to see what others have done and take that as encouragement and drive themselves to accomplish all that they want without worrying about being stopped because of their gender.

  5. Carrie Green set out to great a safe and helpful environment for women to educate and encourage other women and I think that’s beautiful. If female begets female, if women nominate and encourage women more than men do, then a platform such as Green’s is brilliant.Madeleine Albright said, “There is a special place in hell for women who do not support other women.” Carrie Green made it easier for women to provide that support and I applaud her for that.

  6. This was such a great share! I think it’s crucial for women, after knowing how important networking can be in terms of advancement. I’m somewhat surprised that this isn’t more well known, even though I’m not starting a business, that type of professional environment is extremely beneficial. I agree with some of the other comments, that it is refreshing to see supportive women when often business does feel very cut throat. This is such a great resource for all of us in the class, thank you!


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