I had sent a few handmade samples to Neiman Marcus, Anthropologie and Bloomingdales. They all placed large orders for our product and I knew I couldn’t make it all myself. We had to produce larger quantities! When other banks turned us away, the Tory Burch Foundation gave us a chance to take out a loan to make these orders happen through the Capital Program. Today, we’re in over 300 boutiques, at every Anthropologie store, in the top Bloomingdales stores and selling out of our inventory at Neiman Marcus. It’s seriously a dream come true!
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Tory’s story inspires me to be a better entrepreneur and to never be afraid of my ambitious spirit. As a Tory Burch Fellow, I am even more driven to making Diva Dawg a national brand!
Attending the United State of Women Summit with the Foundation was life changing. It’s easy to feel isolated as an entrepreneur, and that was the first moment I really realized what an amazing community I have around me. It was also when it truly sunk in that we’re paving the way for a lot of women behind us, which is a beautiful mission itself!
Believe in yourself and don’t be afraid of dreaming big. If you don’t take the big swings in your business and challenge yourself, you’ll never know how much you can accomplish. Like Tory, we followed our passion. We embraced our dream of working together as sisters and started our own business. Deciding to become an entrepreneur is one of the most intimidating decisions you can make in life. You are essentially giving up security and stability for the unknown. In order to succeed, you need to learn to be fearless and embrace the uncertainty.
I grew up in a traditional household and was expected to follow a standard career path. But thanks to women like Tory Burch, I felt empowered to take a risk instead. As a finalist in the Fellows Competition, my start-up gained visibility and benefited from the process significantly.
I wish this program had been around when I began LemLem. I am so inspired by the Tory Burch Fellows’ passion and by Tory Burch Foundation’s commitment to help women entrepreneurs succeed.
With Tory’s example and support, I feel like I am able to nail the whole working-mom-business-owner dance with minimal slips, although, of course, they happen! Instead of focusing on balancing, I try and do what I can, when I can – a manageable way to succeed both at home and at work.
In 2013, I was lucky to be chosen along with thirty other women to be part of the Education Program. To this day, we are a strong network of women that continue to inspire and help each other with the challenges that we face running and growing our business.
A sincere thank you to Tory Burch for blazing the trail for women entrepreneurs. Tory has inspired many of us to embrace ambition and motivated us to not quit. She leads by example. She is a game changer.