Happy Women's Day!
Let's face it: being a woman entrepreneur can be tough. But there are some among us who inspire us to achieve more, try harder, and make the most of our business and our lives.
If you're a young woman entrepreneur or business owner and you're looking for inspiration, look no farther than these 27 women entrepreneurs.
1. Jules Schroeder
Schroeder founded her first six-figure company at 18 and her first seven-figure company at 22. She is the founder of Unconventional Life, a media platform that airs on the Forbes Under 30 channel about millennials who are redefining success on their own terms.
Schroeder creates transformational live experiences through her international business accelerator courses and is a master in community building through her podcast Unconventional Life ranked by CIO as the #1 podcast for entrepreneurs in 2017.
2. Amy Porterfield
Amy Porterfield got her start as a Tony Robbins protege, and is now one of the Internet's most influential social media marketing consultants for small businesses.
She produces webcasts that help entrepreneurs get real results from their presence on Facebook and social media, and is the co-author of Wiley's Facebook Marketing All-in-one for Dummies.
3. Carrie Green
Green hails from the UK and is the founder of the Female Entrepreneur Association, a successful online community for 300,000+ female entrepreneurs.
Green's podcast series, called "She Means Business," features female entrepreneurs from around the world sharing their secrets to success. Highlights from the podcast series will soon be released in book form in 2017, making Green someone to watch.
4. Christina Saas
Sass is the founder and CEO of Andela, a firm that connects businesses with Africa's top engineering and technology talent that Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan put $24M behind in 2016 .
Sass's experience includes work developing education and employment programs in China, Gaza, the West Bank and Nigeria. She is also a former program director with the Clinton Global Initiative and was named in 2015 as one of Business Insider's "23 most innovative and inspiring women in New York City Tech."
5. Jessica Alba
Alba isn't just an actress whose credits include TV's Dark Angel series. She's also founder of the Honest Company, a company she began in response to the struggles she faced in her role as a mom trying to find safe and effective products for babies.
The company has expanded into personal care and cleaning products and also produces a lifestyle and wellness community for moms called "Honestly."
6. Virginia Salas Kastilio
Kastillo is the founder of Ginicanbreathe, a PR, social media and influencer marketing firm that helps businesses build influence and awareness online.
She is the #1 female snapchat influencer in the world and the hired gun behind organizations like the BBC, NASDAQ, and others.
7. Anh Nguyen
Anh Nguyen is the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Gummicube, where she is responsible for overseeing product development, product marketing, engineering and business development.
Prior to co-founding Gummicube, Anh was responsible for product marketing and business development at Playphone and a business development executive at Homegain. Anh has also held positions at Nielsen and Inventors Publishing & Research, after graduating from San Jose State University with a B.S. degree in Advertising.
8. Peta Kelly
Australian Peta Kelly is not just any Millennial. She's a PhD holding Millennial Motivation Machine. Her forte is delivering business acceleration programs and workshops that help today's generation of young business owners successfully take the leap into entrepreneurship.
9. Danielle La Porte
LaPorte is a former business strategist and DC think tank executive turned life coach and motivational guru who has been named to the Oprah Super Soul 100, a group that connects the world to spiritual energy energy that matters.
LaPorte is also the founder of daniellelaporte.com, one of Forbes magazine's Top 100 Websites for Women.
10. Alexi Panos
Alexi Panos is an international speaker, author and former model turned personal development coach and entrepreneur who helps people build lives they are obsessed with, She is also the cofounder of E.P.I.C. (Everyday People Initiating Change), an organization that brings clean water and community development to people in need in rural Africa.
11. Marie Forleo
Marie Forleo is a writer, digital entrepreneur and philanthropist named by Oprah as one of the thought leaders of the next generation. Forleo also writes and produces the Webby Award winning MarieTV show, that provides ideas and inspiration to help people build lives and businesses they love.
12. Kylie Jenner
19 year old Kylie isn't just a model and the baby sister of reality TV's Kardashian clan, she's also an entrepreneur in her own right with Kylie Cosmetics. The line features a $29 Lip Kit and has sold more than seven figures in 2016.
13. Rakia Reynolds
Reynolds is the CEO and founder of Skai Blue Media, a PR and engagement firma that provides brand strategy, influencer engagement, PR and event production for entertainment, lifestyle and fashion brands, including stars like Serena Williams, and Sports Illustrated cover model Ashley Graham.
Reynolds was named one of 25 most socially influential tastemakers on Dell's "Inspire 100" list.
14. Kimra Luna
Once a mom of three on welfare, now a personal branding and online strategist, Luna built a million dollar business in under a year, and doubled that just a year later.
Now she refers to herself as a "Freedom Hacker," helping brands create and monetize online communities through Be True Brand You.
15. Yasmine Baggari
Social entrepreneurship is nothing new, but what about peaceful entrepreneurship? Moroccan-born Baggari founded Voyaj, a service that connects travelers with hosts around the world.
How does this differ from home sharing arrangements like AirBnB? Voyaj isn't just about finding a place to call home, the service aligns travelers (called Voyajeurs) with hosts based on common interests, so that both parties can learn one another's cultures. Ultimately, this may promote understanding and peace around the world.
16. Carrie Rich
Rich is the CEO and co-founder of the Global Good Fund, a social entrepreneurship initiative that develops leaders to help solve global social problems through mentoring and other development methods.
Carrie was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016, and is a recipient of the POLITICO Women Who Rule award.
17. Rebecca Parekh
Rebecca Parekh is the former COO of Deepak Chopra's Radical Well-Being Movement, which seeks to change how global leaders and change agents think about personal and organizational well-being.
Parekh has also worked on Wall Street for Deutsche Bank and has studied the chimpanzees of Tanzania with Jane Goodall.
18. Ann Handley
Handley is widely known in internet circles as the mother of content marketing. She is the chief content officer of MarketingProfs, a digital and social media content community, and has been named by Forbes as the Most Influential Woman in Social Media.
She's also been one of Forbes' Top 20 Women Bloggers. Her book, Everybody Writes, is a WSJ bestseller and is considered one of the bibles of content marketing and blogging.
19. Francesca Kennedy
Guatemalan-born Kennedy is the founder and CEO of Ix Style, a fashion line with a mission. Ix Style sells authentic, handmade huarache sandals, providing jobs and educational opportunities to hundreds of Guatemalan women artisans and donating 15% of its profits to Puente, an organization that helps to provide clean water for children in the Lake Atitlan area of Guatemala.
A 2010 natural disaster at Lake Atitlan, Kennedy's childhood home, gave Kennedy the inspiration for founding Ix.
20 and 21. Bri Seely and Thais Sky
Seely and Sky are the founders and co-CEO's of the Amplify Collective, a women's networking and development community that connects women business owners and entrepreneurs with others like them and helps them develop in every aspect of their life - personal and professional.
The Amplify Collective offers private business incubators and podcasts that can help women find resources to level up their business performance and personal relationships.
22. Natalie MacNeil
Natalie MacNeil is CEO and founder of Natalie.tv, an Emmy award winning media company that provides entrepreneurship and personal development advice to women.
The company produces multimedia experiences include She Takes On the World, a community for women entrepreneurs, the Conquer Club business incubator, and Soul Seconds, a meditation and personal development site.
23. Emily Rosen
Emily Rosen's success story isn't your typical journey to B-school and beyond. Hers is a story that can inspire anyone. She wrote the book, The Psychology of Eating, but only after having to overcome her own demons.
She leveraged what she learned about her own battle against an eating disorder into a personal brand that helps other women overcome their unhealthy relationship with food, helping them to understand how to love their bodies and themselves. Now she impacts millions weekly through her social media following.
24. Lynan Saperstein
As CEO of The Experience Experts, Saperstein is a marketing and business strategist who helps travel, hospitality and tourism businesses transform their business by providing magical experiences that last a lifetime.
The Experience Experts' strategic social media, marketing and business consulting helps travel businesses unlock the key to better customer relationships and more sustainable and profitable operations
25, 26 and 27. Katherine Minshew, Melissa McCreary and Alexandra Cavalacous
These former McKinsey consultants knew first hand the challenges that ambitious career women faced when it came to career resources like job search and mentoring.
So they founded The Muse, an online community for professional women where movers and shakers like Arianna Huffington and Marissa Meyer dole out career advice, The site also offers job search and professional development courses., taking it from zero to 70,000 visitors in less than three months.
Are you inspired yet? We hope so - these women are living proof that with a good idea and a willingness to work hard, women can achieve anything.
Correction: An earlier version of this column incorrectly stated that Rebecca Parekh had consulted with the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.