On an episode of the popular show Parks and Recreation the main character, Leslie Knope, said “Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies.”— From there Galentine’s Day was born!
Falling right before the day dreaded by all singles (Valentine’s Day) it combats those deflating feelings of self-doubt and disempowerment that come when bracing life alone. Galentine’s Day celebrators get the support they need to feel confident and able to conquer the world!
Not only is Galentine’s Day good to support your female peers during their days of being single, but it also has a big hand in inspiring women entrepreneurs!
1. Meesen Brown
Brown is the cofounder and CEO of a tourism and leisure company called Behere. After working in a cubicle for a corporate finance company, she felt the desire to break free! Leaving behind the cold weather of Toronto, Canada and began traveling and pursuing any opportunity she could overseas. Brown met her partner while traveling in Thailand who shared her same feeling of being unproductive while traveling. They decided to team up to build Behere to offer a solution for those who want to be able to live a flexible lifestyle but still be able to work, create or build their careers while adventuring!
2. Jade Colin
Jade Colin is the youngest black woman in the world to ever own a McDonald’s franchise. Colin began her journey by working at a local McDonald’s in her home city of New Orleans. She went on to attend the University of Lafayette and graduated with a degree in Business Management.Colin took her experience and course knowledge with her to the McDonald’s Next Generation program. This program was the major stepping stone that led to the ownership of her franchise at 28 years old. Now she is inspiring women entrepreneurs all over the world that proves that hard work and consistency can is worth the wait!
3. Anita Roddick
Roddick is the founder and CEO of The Body Shop. She is woman who began a small shop in 1976 with 25 products and no idea of the empire she would reign over to this day. At the forefront of her business she placed her beliefs in human, animal and environmental rights. Roddick refused to stoop to the levels of other companies who would do anything to make more money even if it meant selling out on their own beliefs. She now sells over a thousand items in in 3,049 world wide locations. She ran her company with pride and changed the perception of what someone can accomplish if they follow their heart.
4. Amber Venz Box
Box was very early to entrepreneurial game when she began distressing and selling jean skirts in sixth grade. Though many of us cannot relate to being business minded at that young, she also showed her thirst for success at an older age in college. There she made jewelry in her dorm room and sold it to stores and made a very comfortable living. Following that she launched RewardStyle and LIKEtoKNOWit. RewardStyle is a website that helps social media influencers earn income from what they post on their accounts such as clothes or promotional content. LIKEtoKNOWit was a smash hit that gave followers of social media influencers the ability to buy the clothes or merchandise they saw their favorite socialite wearing in their post. These business ventures led to her being name to Forbes 30 Under 30 for Retail & Ecommerce. She teaches women entrepreneurs that by knowing your market and pursuing it with passion can create revolutionary ideas.
5. Kathryn Minshew
Kathryn Minshew is the CEO and founder of the job searching platform called The Muse. She is passionate about helping people find jobs they love and changing lives. Minshew founded the company after serving on the vaccine introduction campaign in Rwanada. Service became a part of her nature so when she created the Museshe was offering a service to make finding work not only easier but enjoyable. Her platform has taken her to places such as Harvard and CNN to speak about entrepreneurship. The Muse is one ofFast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World and has over 50 million users. Minshew is one of our favorites because she shows that bringing about that next great thing can come from creating a platform to serve others!