On Showtime’s series Billions, performance coach Wendy Rhoades constantly reminds us of the true meaning of the term #GIRLBOSS. It’s her job to help everyone be better at what they do – and she’s pretty damn good at it. Wendy may be fictional, but there are plenty of real-life Wendy’s out there that we look up to.
In honor of Wendy and badass women everywhere, we’ve rounded up our favorite powerful women who invested in themselves and got sh*t done. Even better, these women are all part of the FindSpark community, working with us as event speakers, employers, or job seekers (just like you!) before they got their start.
Founder & CEO, Dagne Dover
Melissa got the idea for her handbag company Dagne Dover while in business school at Wharton. She saw that students and working women like herself didn’t have the right kind of bags for their lifestyle – so she started creating them. She used inspiration from her own life to solve a problem that resonates with many women, making her a standout entrepreneur.
Founder & CEO, Pantegrion Capital LLC
Alicia is a female leader in the world of angel investing. After a 10 year career in the finance industry, she founded Pantegrion Capital. She’s been featured on CNBC, Fox, MSNBC, and more, and frequently speakers on entrepreneurship and investing (including at a FindSpark event!).
VP, Entertainment & Brand Management, SiriusXM
With more than 10 years in the music industry, and a two year stint in the Ukraine with the U.S. Peace Corps, Sandy’s resume is beyond impressive. Among her many notable accomplishments are working on the launch of XM Satellite Radio at SiriusXM and volunteering with NGOs in the Ukraine to support women, teen leadership, and economic development. What hasn’t she done?
Founder & CEO, The Style Line
Rachel runs not one but two businesses – The Style Line, a platform that shows the impact personal style has in our lives, and its in-house consultancy, CONNECT(ED)ITORIAL™, helping brands build and maintain a strong brand editorial arm. She’s a total fashion pro, having been featured in publications like Women’s Wear Daily, Teen Vogue, Mashable, and Refinery29.
Tina Roth Eisenberg
Founder/CEO, Tattly Temporary Tattoos and CreativeMornings
Tina Roth Eisenberg launched the popular breakfast lecture series CreativeMornings, created a to-do app called TeuxDeux, and founded Tattly, a temporary tattoo company. You may have spotted her awesome tattoos at Hustle Summit – and you’ll see them again at Hustle Summit on Friday, January 29th. Tina is the definition of a side hustler, creating side project after side project and turning them into successful businesses.
Shirley is definitive proof that age ain’t nothing but a number. As a fashion and portraiture photographer, she’s worked with brands like Cosmopolitan Australia, Refinery29, New York Magazine, and TeenVogue.com. The crazy part is, she’s still in college. Shirley is currently a senior at Rutgers, but her boss attitude has gotten her further than many photographers much older than her.
Founder/President, She’s the First
Tammy started She’s the First as a YouTube campaign advocating the importance of girls’ education globally in 2009. Since then, She’s the First has sponsored over 1,400 years of girls’ education. Her work in sustainability, fundraising, and the growth of the nonprofit have made a difference in the lives of girls all over the world. She’s turned an idea into a campaign that reaches millions of people and sponsors girls in low-income countries so they can get the education they deserve.
Director of Digital Community, WeWork
If you’ve ever checked out an AMA on Reddit, you have Victoria to thank for those Q&As with your favorite people. She managed an incredible community on Reddit to give you the chance to ask questions of the people you admire most. She’s taken on a new role, serving as the first-ever Director of Digital Community at WeWork. We’re all about community, so we’re big fans of the work she’s doing to connect WeWork members all over the world.
Founder & CEO at Proday
Sarah is a venture capitalist turned entrepreneur. She’s the founder of Proday, a fitness app that allows you to workout alongside professional athletes. She’s received tons of honors from publications like Forbes, Marie Claire, and Business Insider. Her work at big companies like Chanel and Red Bull, and on startups like Proday and Kaleidoscope, make her a true Jackie of all trades.
Mariah is the CEO of plus-size fashion brand ELOQUII, which relaunched in 2014 after being shut down in 2013. Its customers missed the brand so much that their outcries on social media brought it back, with Mariah spearheading the new brand. Before that, Mariah founded her own company, Sendthetrend.com, and has worked with prominent brands like Jimmy Choo, Christian Siriano, and David Yurman. Her ability to work with major labels and startups inspires us to reach higher.
Carla Ablaza Echevarria
Vice President, Digital Products Ecosystem, MakerBot
Carla heads up design, product management, and community for MakerBot. Before that, her resume includes a few companies you might have heard of…like Facebook and Google. In fact, she was on the team that developed Facebook’s Safety Check feature, allowing you to know that your friends are safe during emergencies. Her work has won several awards, and she can also be found teaching at the School of Visual Arts sharing her knowledge with young pros.
Founder/Proprietress, Paper Jam Press
Arianna Orland founded Paper Jam Press, printing simple meditations of words to live by. Some of her awesome prints were featured at our last Hustle Summit as tattoos. Arianna is also an experienced design leader, strategist, and educator. She’s consulted for tons of brands you’ve probably heard of, like Twitter, Instagram, Yahoo!, and JP Morgan Chase.
Performance Coach, Axe Capital
A psychiatrist by trade, Wendy Rhoades combines an avid intellect with a keen understanding of human nature. She used those skills to help Bobby Axelrod build his hedge fund from the ground up and now works as the company’s star in-house performance coach. Wendy joined Axe Capital long before Chuck became the U.S. Attorney and she refuses to sacrifice her lucrative career for her husband’s crusade. See Wendy in action in the premiere of Billions on Showtime, Sunday January 17th, 10PM ET/PT.
Associate Fashion Writer, Glamour
Lauren Chan is the Associate Fashion Writer at Glamour Magazine, where she covers fashion news and trends. She’s also a former plus-size model with a stellar social media following. Lauren has previously worked for Council of Fashion Designers of America, Interview, and Cosmopolitan, making her a true expert in the fashion industry
VP, Business + Social Purpose, Edelman
Aman is one of the first journalists to focus on CSR and sustainability issues in the mainstream media. Her work has been recognized by Bloomberg, Fast Company, Trust Across America, and more. Aman’s full time gig at Edelman includes working with other businesses to improve their content, social media, sustainability, and communication efforts. She’s shared her wisdom with our community members as a keynote speaker at one of our #FindSpark Conferences.
Photo + Video Artist
Sam Cannon is a photo and video artist. She began posting her work to platforms like Tumblr and Instagram while still in college, and built a following online that led her to work with brands like Gap, Veuve Cliquot, and Nike. Her work has been featured by Tumblr, Refinery29, Fashionista, Free People, AdWeek, Yahoo!, and more. And did we mention she’s only two years out of school?
Shantell is a visual artist whose iconic black and white designs have been displayed all over the world, including in New York’s Museum of Modern Art and installations all over Tokyo and Russia. She uses her work to transform visual experience in the design, fashion, and music industries. She also happens to be a visiting scholar at MIT Media Lab, an adjunct professor at ITP and NYU, and volunteers with schools and organizations to teach art to kids.
Kelly Keenan Trumpbour
Founder, See Jane Invest
Kelly is an investor and the founder of See Jane Invest, educating women who want to fund women-owned companies. Striving to see increased representation of women in business and politics, she’s dedicated herself to helping other women succeed by teaching them about business and entrepreneurship. She’s made a career out of helping others succeed, making her a no brainer for this list.
Founder, Creative Director, ESYMAI
Sophia is an illustrator and designer based in NYC. She works with everything from prints and illustration to graphic design and clothing. She runs her own creative agency, where she’s done work for notable brands like NBA, Samsung, Urban Outfitters, Nike, Red Bull, and Puma. Her creativity and entrepreneurial spirit make her an inspiration to us all.
From side hustlers to CEOs and artists to investors, the women on this list inspire us to kick ass in everything we do. What successful women do you look up to? Share with us in the comments.
Emmy® and Golden Globe® winners Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis star in a complex drama about power politics in the world of New York high finance. Shrewd, savvy U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) and the brilliant, ambitious hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Lewis) are on an explosive collision course, with each using all of his considerable smarts, power and influence to outmaneuver the other. The stakes are in the billions in this timely, provocative series.