A digital media project showcasing entrepreneurial women around the world
 
 

 
EW_playNEW

Elizabeth Woods: From High School Dropout to Food Entrepreneur

Elizabeth persevered through unbelievable challenges and now thrives as a leading entrepreneur serving up magnificent quiche.

Business: Home-made Food

 
 
Deb_marquee1

Deborah Olivo: Simply Unstoppable

By mixing essential oils in her kitchen Deborah discovered an untapped market niche.


Business: Organic Cleansers

 
 
Ana Perez_Marquee

Ana Perez: The Beauty of the Hair Salon

Ana Perez overcame her fear of failure to found her hair salon, Kika.

Business: Hair & Beauty Salon

 

 
Melissa D'arbela_NEW

Melissa Mowbray-D’Arbela: Business Woman + Terminator

Growing up below the poverty line, Melissa learned to be resourceful. Now she runs a cutting-edge biotech firm based on ethical principles and disruptive ideas.

Business: Bio & High Technology

 
 
Lyn_marquee1

Lyn Lee: For Love of Chocolate and Children

The Singapore baker's love of chocolate inspired her to start a company that sold just one product.


Business: Baking Franchise

 
 
Adrienne_play260x152

Adrienne Ma: Learns Business Lessons From Mom

Adrienne is taking the lessons she learned from her family’s traditional retail business to the web selling luxury items on her high-end e-commerce site.

Business: Fashion E-commerce

 

 
Violet 260x152

Violet Lim: Entrepreneur Making Love and Money

When Violet left her job to be a matchmaker, everyone said she was crazy. Now she's behind Asia's premier dating service.


Business: Matchmaking & Marriage

 
 
Lysanne Tusar_NYT_slider

Lysanne Tusar: A New Kind of Wine Business

Using innovative technology, Lysanne Tusar's winery produces local wine thousands of miles from the nearest vineyard.

Business: Urban Winery

 
 
Elim Chew_playNEW

Elim Chew: Entrepreneur Sells the Shirt Off Her Back

Elim started her company selling imported clothing and accessories after she literally sold the shirt off her back at an incredibly high price.

Business: Clothing & Accessories

 

 
Joy Opfer_new marquee

Joy Opfer: Woman Entrepreneur Turns Steel into Eco-Jewelry

The San Francisco businesswoman left her internet job to return to her steel industry roots and hand craft eco-jewelry, now worn by top celebrities.

Business: Hand-made Jewelry

 
 
WHY video: why we started The Story Exchange

Why Women Need Role Models

Here's why women who start businesses matter more than we think.
 
 
Talia Leman_Featured

Talia Leman: A Random Kid Mobilizing Millions

Determined to create positive social change, Talia started RandomKid to help kids help others.

Business: Non-profit

 

 
Hanny Lerner_NYT

Hanny Lerner: Creating Fashion for Furniture

Hanny Lerner left her religious roots behind to found a chic furniture restoration company.

Business: Furniture Restoration

 
 
Rose260x152

Rose Yeong: The Queen of Shoes

Rose ran away from home as a teenager and began selling shoes. She learned the hard way, on the job, and today sells thousands of pairs of shoes each year.


Business: Bespoke Shoes & Retail

 
 
Anna Chau_marquee

Anna Chau: Hong Kong’s Queen of Restaurants

The Hong Kong restauranteur has spent the last 30 years working 14-hour days to build up her restaurant empire.

Business: Restaurant Chain

 

 
Alison Chung_NYT_promo slider

Alison Chung: The ‘Rain Woman’ Behind a Digital Detective Agency

The Chicago businesswoman parlayed a phenomenal gift for numbers into a computer forensics firm, Teamworks.


Business: Technology Consulting

 
 
Laura Zander_NYT

Laura Zander: Knitter Turns Hobby Into a Multi-Million $ Business

By keeping an eye on the bottom line, the Nevada business owner grew her tiny idea into a major success.

Business: Online Yarn & Fabrics

 
 
Lucy Postins_NYT_slider

Lucy Postins: The Honest Kitchen, Progressing the Pet Food Industry

The San Diego entrepreneur sells "human-grade" pet food, meaning you could grab a spoon and eat it with your pooch.


Business: Animal Food Products

 

 
Alma Abdul-Hadi Jadallah, Kommon Denominator video profile for the Story Exchange

Alma Jadallah: Immigrant Makes Peace, Near and Far

From hostile religious groups in Iraq to community boards, the 'Kommon Denominator' founder gets people to talk and resolve their problems.

Business: Conflict Resolution

 
 
Jody Adams_NYT_slider

Jody Adams: A Woman in the Kitchen

Chef Jody Adams counts Julia Child as her mentor. She talks about rising to the top of the male-dominated restaurant business.


Business: Restaurant

 
 
Nada Kiblawi, founder of NHK Consulting

Nada Kiblawi: From Refugee Camp to Successful Entrepreneur

A survivor of multiple wars, the founder of NHK Consulting has finally found safe haven and economic independence as an entrepreneur in the U.S.

Business: Engineering Consultancy

 

 
Ana Sortun_NYT_slider_final

Ana Sortun: From Dishwasher to Head Chef

Ana Sortun, who owns three restaurants in greater Boston, discusses her rise in the kitchen.


Business: Restaurants

 
 
Sheela Murthy_NYT

Sheela Murthy: Representing the American Dream

The entrepreneur's harrowing experience to get her green card led her to start her own immigration law firm.

Business: Legal Firm & Website

 
 
Kimberly Dobbins_NYT_slider_final

Kimberly Dobbins: The Long Journey to Market for her All-Natural Snack Bar

Seven years after a corporate sabbatical inspired Simple Squares, Dobbins is close to turning a profit.

Business: Health Food Products