New Girls' Networks
She saw the need for an intimate club custom-made for people of color. It opens this year in Brooklyn.
Her global community for c-suite women means it's no longer lonely at the top.
She created the leading co-working and community space for women—and inspired others to follow suit.
After experiencing workplace bias, she created software to report incidents and spot patterns.
Creating an inclusive space for women doesn’t mean you have to exclude anyone else, including men.
Motherhood spurred her to create an inclusive co-working company.
Lesbians Who Tech
"The tech industry doesn’t have a pipeline problem—it has an access problem."
Alex West Steinman
Because co-working members in the middle of the country need diversity and inclusion just as much as those on the coasts.
She is helping people without bank accounts enter the financial system--and go cashless.
Her software helps businesses shave time from accounting tasks.
"Every dollar that we lend out is a dollar going to someone who's looking to better their life."
She's made online insurance shopping easy, human, and as fun as possible.
Moving abroad shouldn't shred your credit history. Her startup helps keep it intact.
"You can invest a penny, but I can't get you a diversified portfolio for that. For a dollar, I can."
She took on the payday lending industry, bringing affordable credit to those who need it most.
This San Franciscan has guided Credit Karma's U.K. launch through the craziness of Brexit.
Her A.I. software promises to take some of the cost out of real-estate development.
Her smartphone app has brought microlending to millions in emerging economies.
With her platform, consumer privacy and data sharing can co-exist.
Alexa von Tobel
After selling her financial planning company, she's backing tomorrow's entrepreneurs.
She makes vegan cookie dough that's safe for consumers with most food sensitivites.
Zume Pizza's co-founder aims to produce snack food using regenerative-farming techniques.
Her 35-year-old gourmet meat company anticipated--and shaped--the sustainable, locavore trends today.
After copycats moved in on her sous-vide machines, she began selling fancy frozen meals to cook in them.
Farmers, bankers, and food companies rely on her agricultural data and analysis.
She created an online marketplace for unwanted but edible produce.
"I want to make it as easy to buy from local farmers as it is to book a stay in someone's house or call a ride."
Green Zebra Grocery
She's making healthy food as easy to find as the local convenience store.
In 2018 her kombucha became the fastest-growing refrigerated beverage in the U.S.
She created a fashion brand--and a platform--to support a new generation of plus-size consumers and designers.
Walmart paid $100 million for her cool plus-size clothing company.
She's liberating gender norms, one boxer brief at a time.
Sylvana Ward Durrett
With $15 million in capital, she’s curated a one-stop-shopping site for upscale kids clothes.
"We needed to show a different image to Muslim girls: You can be successful because of your hijab, and not in spite of it."
She shrank the carbon footprint of a $500 million brand.
The Groomsman Suit
She went direct-to-consumer to hack the wedding suit rental.
Last year, medical professionals spent over $100 million on her tailored scrubs.
With her software, big brands can behave like hand-picked subscription services.
Rent the Runway
Her $1 billion valuation proves renting fashion is as good as owning it.
Evolved by Nature
Chanel backed her silkworm-sourced healthier fabric care.
Women spend over $70 million a year on her chic, personalized workwear.
She put the work of African artisans on the covers of American magazines.
This Jimmy Choo co-founder is taking luxury shoe sales direct to consumer.
She uses her platform as the founder of a $100 million fashion brand to support women-owned businesses.
The Grammy winner is also the first woman to create a fashion house with luxury behemoth LVMH.
Her popular luxury resale site went public this year.
S by Serena
The spoils of her $225 million tennis empire fund female CEOs.
One way to feed the world: edible protein made from thin air. Dyson’s other company, Kiverdi, spun off this one.
Google hired her when she was 19. Other companies now hire her A.I. startup to find the best job candidates and business connections.
She has made geothermal heating and cooling easy to install and pay for--rendering a moonshot technology accessible.
She uses AI to predict the severity of disasters and help authorities respond.
Her company’s new software makes ridesharing safer by monitoring what happens inside the car.
Cutting-edge genome editing and machine learning help her develop drug therapies.
One Health Company
She created a genetic cancer test for dogs. The resulting data could save people too.
She's upending telecom infrastructure by allowing devices to connect without a cell network or Internet connection.
"Ultimately, our obsession is: 'how do we make [solar energy] so easy and so affordable that everyone can do it?'"
The 20-year Air Force vet’s startup analyzes satellite images in real time for smarter disaster response.
She's building robots that free nurses to focus on patient care.
She’s making robots to tackle the tedious warehouse jobs that humans don’t want to do.
All Things Consumer
Her product is the answer to a problem that everyone has but nobody wants to talk about.
Her salon doesn't up-charge women of color for having textured hair.
Looking for luxury in a laundry detergent? She sells hers in boutiques.
"I'm hell bent on changing this industry, not just having the best product."
This is L.
Her company, now owned by P&G, makes its period products available to girls and women who once had to do without.
She parlayed a lifestyle reality TV franchise into a home decor empire.
Her online tool is reinventing the way consumers select and shop for paints.
She's built the second-biggest wedding planning site in the U.S.
She just wanted her product to be effective. Now she has Sephora's fastest-growing skincare brand.
Forget the big brands. She raised nearly $300 million to license and sell independent art and design.
She burst onto the acne market with a Korean-beauty–inspired product.
Getting her woman-first sex toys to market was worth fighting for.
She reinvented the suitcase and then sold a million of them. Now her company is worth $1.4 billion.
She sold her personal care business. Now she invests in ventures of underrepresented entrepreneurs.
With a lot of pluck, she has boot-strapped her way into the male-dominated flower-delivery industry.
She's leading the mission to end skin cancer with her line of mineral sunscreens.
Trinity Mouzon Wofford
Her line of organic masks and superfood powders is poised for national distribution.
She's bringing acupuncture to a new audience: wellness-obsessed millennials.
"I've had people tell me feet aren't sexy. Diabetes isn't sexy. My definition of sexy is creating a profitable business and saving lives."
Judi Sheppard Missett
She was a pioneer in understanding just how big fitness would become--and has stayed on top of her company for 50 years.
Thanks to her, keeping fit at home is as easy as looking in your (smart) mirror.
Christina M. Rice
She created a social wellness community for women of color.
Her digital health clinic has given two million women access to on-demand health care.
She's taking her successful Drybar model, of providing expensive beauty treatments at a reduced cost, to the massage industry.
She's brought a new inclusivity--and a raw candor--to addiction treatment.
The Platform Economy
She carved out a niche in sports marketing, a business few women have broken into.
She's made boat-sharing safe, legal--and possible.
She's simplifying the process of finding a contractor, and closing the gender gap in construction.
Beauty professionals use her app to find empty space in salons across the country.
Her company ensures that stock-photo sites represent all the people in the world.
Silicon Valley’s favorite next-gen email organizer has moved from buzz to reality.
Her software has helped social workers approve foster and adoptive families for thousands of children.
Non-violent offenders under community supervision can use her app to keep track of court dates and stay out of jail.
Dr. Emily Feistritzer
Teach-Now Graduate School of Education
"We focus on preparing tomorrow's teachers for tomorrow's learning world."
"We become that trusted resource where moms can let us know what's going on."
She's one of the few female founders in tech who's taken her company public.
Whitney Wolfe Herd
Her ladies-first dating app expanded into networking and now has more than 65 million users.
"I'd like for us to be one of the generation-defining companies. There’s never been one run by women."
Her app takes some of the sting out of geographic separations by letting you read and draw with your kids online.
She's bringing automated consulting services to U.S. non-profits
Laura Behrens Wu
Shipping is less of a drag for e-commerce companies that use her software.
Published on: Sep 16, 2019