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Chrissa McFarlane is an entrepreneur with a passion for creating cutting-edge healthcare products that transform the face of healthcare delivery in the US and abroad.   Her commitment to transforming healthcare is rooted in her leadership, planning and organizational skills enhanced by prior endeavors.  She’s helped create breakthrough digital health companies that provides services to companies such as Tumblr, Blue Apron, Casper and Meetup.   ]

Chrissa launched Patientory after seeing the need in the market for more personalized care.  Patientory connects patients with their doctors, caregivers and a community of individuals with similar health issues.   The company was recently ranked a top 5 app empowering patients in the world and is making waves on the digital health scene using the security of blockchain technology.

 

Her Philosophy

The sky is the limit.  Break boundaries.  Break  barriers.

 

Her Advice to Aspiring Female Entrepreneurs

Step out of your comfort zone and don’t be afraid.  There’s really no failure when you start a business.  It’s just learning from your mistakes.

 

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Umaimah is the Founder & CEO of VIDA. She grew up in rural Pakistan and Saudi Arabia – with no access to formal education most of her life – but a deep passion for fashion and design and a drive to make a difference in the world. She charted her way to Cornell University and later Harvard, and built a career in technology, working with a highly select portfolio of game-changing tech companies and managing and growing million dollar businesses.

Umaimah is also the founder Dreamfly, a global initiative that connects communities in conflict around common causes through education, exposure, and empowerment. She started by building a school in her home village, empowering citizens in the US to connect with and support children in Pakistan, and later expanded into Afghanistan, Rwanda, India, and Colombia.

In 2014, Umaimah’s strong belief that fashion can be responsible and accessible got her to take the leap and found VIDA – a global platform that brings together creatives and manufacturers from around the world to create unique, original, art inspired apparel and accessories. A curator of creative voices, VIDA represents art and culture from New York to LA, Mumbai to Madrid, and Tokyo to Tel Aviv, bringing to market products that are made responsibly and that help break the chain of poverty in the world of fashion.

Her Philosophy

  • Make life matter.
  • Design your own path.  Design your own life.  You’re in charge.  You’re in power of your own life.

Her Advice to Aspiring Female Entrepreneurs

  • Start with what you believe in, what you really want to do.  Know that getting started is going to be one of the hardest things.  A lot of times, we do question ourselves – maybe we didn’t do this right – maybe we aren’t smart enough…  Don’t do that.  You can feel it but let it go and persevere knowing that entrepreneurs get smarter with every mistake that they make…
  • Go for that big vision.  Make it matter.

 

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Shunta Grant is a lawyer turned entrepreneur.  She created Because of Zoe Designs out of her own need to give her daughter unique hair bows and headbands. Sold both online and in retail stores across the country, Because of Zoe Designs is known for its modern, colorful and well made handmade hair bows for girls. In addition to running a thriving products based business, Shunta is also a business educator, teaching creatives how to joyfully build businesses through her online teaching and her new show, the Business Life & Joy podcast.  Needless to say, we had a great conversation.

Her Philosophy

Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at something that doesn’t really matter.

Know your why – why is it that you’re doing what you’re doing – this is the best place to start

Her Advice to Aspiring Female Entrepreneurs

Figure out your why.  Figure out what you want your life to look like and then make your business fit within that.  Don’t do it the other way around where people figure out what do I want to do and how will I jam my life to fit into that.  This is the source of frustration.   What do you want your life to look like and then work backwards.  What parts of your business do you have to build to get there.  Find that beautiful harmony between your business and your life.

 

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Loree Sandler was fed up with the utilitarian look of the average birthday candle. So, she decided to do something about it.  She launched Let Them Eat Candles, a line of edible chocolate candles.  As Loree describes them, candles are wish delivery systems and should compliment birthday cakes.  Using on her creativity, enthusiasm and tenacity she was able to  move beyond roadblocks so that she could successfully launch her product line.

Her Philosophy

If it seems that the journey to starting your business is taking a long time, take a step back and say to yourself, “No one’s ever done this before. So, this must be how long it takes.”  Everyone’s journey is really different and this is how long it’s taking me.  I can’t beat myself up over it.

 

Her Advise to Aspiring Female Entrepreneurs

  • Try it.  It takes more energy to think about it and abandon it than it does to just give it and give it all you’ve got.
  • Keep resetting your bar.  Reframe your goal.  Most people set their bar too low.

 

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Melissa Bamberg spent years researching and developing the Nodpod, a weighted eye pillow designed to promote relaxation through deep pressure touch therapy.  To me, the most interesting part of Melissa’s journey is that not only did she take time to figure out how to differentiate her product but she also came up with a novel solution based in science.  As a result, she received a patent.

 

Her Philosophy

Never, never, never give up.     ~Winston Churchill

 

Her Advise to Aspiring Female Entrepreneurs

  • My advice is tall as few people as possible because you know you are vulnerable in the beginning stages
  • Visit trade shows.  The best ones are in Atlanta and in New York and they happen twice a year.

http://www.nodpod.com/

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Annie Haven, a southern California rancher, brings her family legacy out of her pastures to specialty growers and home gardeners around the world. Harvested from Haven raised livestock, she processes and eco hand packages her 100% natural soil nutrient teas for the environmentally minded grower and home gardener.  As a rancher, author and speaker, Annie has learned the importance of grit.

During our conversation, we discussed relentlessness and passion as key drivers for success.

Her Philosophy

Believe in yourself and in your product.

Her Advise to Aspiring Female Entrepreneurs

  • Figure out what it is you enjoy doing and understand the details.  Then start introducing this to people that you know.

http://www.ahavenbrand.com

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Karla the Losen reinvented keepsake storage by launching Savor.  Karla and her  cofounder, Jennifer McAllister-Nevins, spent over two years researching, prototyping, designing and redesigning their product.

During our conversation, we discussed about the importance of talking to the right people in order to develop the best product.   For Savor, Karla  and Jennifer consulted professional archivists to understand the challenges that exist with maintaining the integrity of items such as papers and photographs.  Based on talking to the right people, unique product benefits incorporated into the design of the Savor products.

 

Her Philosophy

Listen to your consumer and your customer base.

 

Her Advise to Aspiring Female Entrepreneurs

  • Use whatever resources you can find around you to figure out whether there’s some merit to your idea.
  • Create prototypes in a “frankenstein” method to mimic the final product.  This will allow you to see and feel the form and to understand the function.  Start with something very, very rough.  Use whatever resources you can find around you to figure out whether there is some merit to your idea.

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Vanessa Victoria comes from a rich history of educators, scientists, craftsmen, artists and entrepreneurs.   She worked with her sister to launch Nuvula, a new and exciting concept in fashion.  The company started as an avant-garde experiment aimed at joining all of the arts with positive social and environmental messages coded in poetry.  Their mantra: art, responsible manufacturing and true sustainability.

Several years ago, I was out shopping during the Christmas holidays and I stumbled upon a line of clothing that literally stopped me in my tracks because it was so unique.  I was compelled to write a note to myself that this was a brand I wanted to watch.  The overall design of colors, textures and structures really spoke to me.  A few months ago, I found my note and decided to reach out to Vanessa because I really   wanted to know the backstory and the inspiration behind the product line.

During our conversation, Vanessa and I discussed the importance of having a holistic vision and mission which permeate every step in the design and manufacturing.  We also talked about how critical it is to bring your own voice to the table through product design.

 

Her Philosophy

Wear your imagination.

 

Her Advice to Aspiring Female Entrepreneurs

  • In the beginning and throughout, use great effort and work and show commitment to your work
  • Be frugal with your capital and put it in the right places when you’re launching
  • Think thoroughly to make sure your product brings something new; gather ideas for what people need and better those products and bring them to the planet in a wholesome way

 

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Denise Stern is a serial entrepreneur who saw a need for quality newborn care after the birth of her twins.  She leads an elite team of Baby Nurses (RN’s & LPN’s), Newborn Care Providers and Multiple’s Specialists that provides evidence based education to new parents and they provide nurturing care to newborns.  Let Mommy Sleep is built on the idea that families can thrive when parents are able to sleep at night.  Denise has a become both a standard bearer and a change maker in her industry.  By allowing parents sleep at night, families can thrive during their day.

We discussed the keys to becoming an empowered woman.   With regard to creating a new product or service, a key takeaway for this episode is that inspiration can be drawn from investigating those transitional points in life that create new or surprising needs.   Once you have this outlined, start brainstorming on unique ways to meet those needs.

Her Philosophy

  • Starting a company is like eating glass and staring into the abyss.’ You have to do lots of things you don’t like.  ~Elon Musk
  • The first one through the door gets the bloodiest.

Her Advice to Aspiring Female Entrepreneurs

  • Lead by example.
  • Hire an awesome staff and highlight them as excellent role models when you can.
  • Do the boring stuff first.

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Leslie Pierson is passionate about solving life’s challenges through product design.  She created and launched The Good Hangups Reusable Magnetic Hanging System.

During our conversation, we discussed manufacturing challenges as well as lessons learned about crowdfunding through kickstarter.

 

Her Philosophy

Trust your crazy ideas and then you hustle, hustle, hustle to make it happen.

 

Her Advice to Aspiring Female Entrepreneurs

  • To find good suppliers:
    • Ask the following questions:  What are your lead times?  What are the regular costs and the shipping costs?  What additional fees will be charged?  What is the lead time needed  to get the materials?
    • Get samples of each material prior to committing to a supplier.  Determine which supply is best for your materials
    • Make sure you have qualified backup suppliers as well.
  • If you can speed up the process for making or assembling your product, your cost will be produced

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