top 10 women owned businesses


Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss launched Rent the Runway in 2009. Today, the fashion business is valued at $1 billion.

“The more time goes by; the more things will happen to you in your life. And the ability to be positive throughout and look for the good in people, look for the good in situations – it’s so important. ~ Jennifer Hayman


Sara Blakely launched Spanx in 2000, and the shapewear company is now worth $1.1 billion.

“Don’t solicit feedback on your product, idea or your business just for validation purposes. You want to tell the people who can help move your idea forward, but if you’re just looking to your friend, co-worker, husband or wife for validation, be careful. It can stop a lot of multimillion-dollar ideas in their tracks in the beginning.”~ Sara Blakely


Dr. Kathy Fields and Dr. Katie Rodan created Proactiv in 1995. Today, the skin treatment company is worth $1 billion.

“You never know where you’re going to learn the single nugget of information that will change your business — or your life. Resist the urge to rely solely on the people and sources that feel comfortable to you, and keep yourself open to others. “Be open-minded, and leave your ego at the door. If you have a problem, find an expert to help, and be open to receiving information from different sources.” ~ Dr. Fields


Whitney Wolfe Herd launched Bumble in 2014, and now the dating app company is worth $1 billion.

“Have a dream, chase it down, jump over every single hurdle, and run through fire and ice to get there. ~ Whitney Wolfe Herd


Ellen Latham launched Orangetheory Fitness in 2010, and now the company has reached $1 billion in sales.

“My father didn’t so much parent us, he coached us and the concept of “momentum shifting” was key to his philosophy. In football, that meant reminding a losing team to focus on what they’re good at, instead of on the negative so I applied the same theory in my business and life, focusing on what I have—and using that momentum to keep moving forward”. ~ Ellen Latham


Emily Weiss started Glossier in 2014 and now the beauty company is valued at $1.2 billion.

“You can make a million excuses for why something didn’t go well, but ultimately, just fix it and get on with it. Be a solutions person.” ~ Emily Weiss


Anne Wojcicki and Linda Avey started 23andMe in 2015, and the genetic testing company is now worth $2.5 billion.

“If you want to change this world, this community that we all live in, then get up and do it. And just start something.” ~ Anne Wojcicki


Julia Hartz started Eventbrite in 2006, and now the event planning company is worth $2.8 billion.

“Whether you’re a founder, a leader, or an individual contributor, building a strong team is critical to your success.” ~ Julia Hartz

Nichole Mustard helped create CreditKarma in 2008. Now, the finance company is worth $4 billion.

“I think you have to continue recreating who you are. It’s not okay to just optimize yourself. If you optimize yourself, your S curve is a plateau. You have to have a thousand additional S’s that you’re seeding, growing, and cultivating on a regular basis.” ~ Nicole Mustard


Sandy Lerner started Cisco with her husband in 1984, and now the business is worth $248 billion.

“The first rule of every game is to know you’re in one” -Sandy Lerner