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The Independent Life – Luisa Alberto

The owner of San Francisco juice bar Sōw relishes the slower-paced, family-focused lifestyle she has been able to create because she is her own boss.

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The Independent Life – Kari Warberg Block

The entrepreneur behind all-natural pesticide maker EarthKind says success in business has taken her to new heights — as the owner of her own plane.

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The Independent Life – Fatima Khamissa

The founder of Spiritual Biz Moms, which offers life coaching, consultation and publishing services, says being an entrepreneur has given her financial independence in relationships.

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5 Crowdfunders to Watch – Designing the Future

Through fashion design, interior design and more, the women featured in this edition of our crowdfunding column are reimagining how we interact with the world around us.

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The Independent Life – Sandra Nomoto

The woman behind Conscious Public Relations says running a socially aware firm helped her connect with her true self after years of frustration with corporate life.

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The Independent Life – Katie Niemeyer

The woman who launched sports-accessory business Handana and, more recently, a foundation is grateful for the opportunity to pay her success forward.

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The Independent Life – Jill Marcus

The female founder of catering company Something Classic says success has given her the freedom to foster her son’s passion for international soccer.

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The Independent Life – Samantha Hodgkins

The woman behind workout wear company SparkFire Active says her business has brought new depth and dimension to her relationship with her daughters.

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The Independent Life – Ranjani Iyengar

The founder of Pink Whistle Man, an offbeat stationary design firm, says owning her own business instilled in her a new sense of dedication.

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