7 Female Founders on Closing the Deal

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Barbara Lynch of Barbara Lynch Gruppo

Don't let them intimidate you.

The first time she met Todd English to discuss a job opportunity, Lynch showed up two hours late because she couldn't find his restaurant.

"I finally got there, and this big handsome chef comes out and says, 'I didn't think you were going to show up.' I said, 'Well, what stupid person would put a f---ing restaurant here?' He was like, 'Oh, I guess you're sassy.' He hired me as chef for their café."

Lynch is known for her brassy style and famously lied about her cooking skills to get her first job as a chef.