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The Independent Life – Jessica Porter

Success has allowed the art-loving lawyer behind Porter Advisory and Porter Contemporary to design her work days in ways that make her happiest.

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The Independent Life – Melissa Moo Harkins

The founder of MooMotion, which makes clothing for female triathletes, says she’s thrilled she ditched a Wall Street career for one that lets her help women.

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The Independent Life – Pam Cooper

The woman behind fundraising platform Boosterville says the flexibility that comes with being the boss gives her time to get more involved with her kids’ school lives.

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The Independent Life – Emily Gimmel Mitchell

The founder of accessories maker Graceship says that, after toiling to grow her business, she has the tools to balance new motherhood and supporting her family emotionally and financially.

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The Independent Life – Melon Dash

The founder of Miracle Swimming, which teaches adults to swim safely, says her business has both worn out her passport and imbued her with invaluable self-worth.

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The Independent Life – Michelle Ciarlo-Hayes

The woman behind MKC Photography, an eco-conscious home décor company, was able to create her dream in-home work and art studio, thanks to the success of her business.

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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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