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I was inspired to create In the Company of Women when…

I realized that so many women’s stories were going untold. I’m always most inspired when I realize there is a problem to be solved or a portion of our community that has yet to be celebrated in the way they deserve. Too often women of color, LGBTQ women, differently abled women and women over 40 are left out of traditional business books and inspiration, so I wanted to create a book that celebrated those women and gave as many people as possible a way to connect with and find motivation in their work.

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It was important to showcase self-made women because…

Not all businesses start with million dollar investments. Some women are still working a full-time job or two part-time jobs to bring their passion projects to life. These businesses that happen in garages and nooks of our living rooms are important and worth celebrating as valid paths to success. I wanted to see these home-made businesses standing next to companies that launch with help from investors.

Lessons learned while creating the book …

The concept of “work/life balance” is a myth. Everyone is just doing their best and everyone has off days or bad days. No one has it all figured out – and we shouldn’t expect anyone to. Expecting us to be everywhere at once and all things to all people (at all times) is unrealistic and unfair. So instead, let’s remember that we’re all real people doing our best to build happy and healthy lives and businesses.

I hope the book will…

Inspire women, of any age, race, sexual orientation or stage in business, to see themselves reflected in these pages and know just how many options and opportunities exist for them in the world.