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Kim Osterhoudt: Jams by Kim

I was laid off (early retirement) from a major financial services firm in the spring of 2009. Initially I looked for another job,and then a good friend asked me “what do you love to do?”

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Coletta Dorado: AZZLY

My mother taught me through her life and now her death. That is why I became passionate to bring about a better healthcare delivery system called AZZLY, for patients, for providers and for better outcomes.

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Payal Gandhi Hoon: Tamarainlp

I wanted to do something that would add value not just to my life, but to many others; to make a difference at a deeper level and bring a smile to many, by helping them realise their true potential.

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Maja Svensson: ELSA AND ME

I’ve always wanted to run my own business… After I finished college in Sweden (where I’m from) with a major in Economics, I went to New York for an internship at the Consulate General of Sweden.

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Amanda Aitken: The Girl’s Guide to Web Design

My goal is to smash a few key beliefs: that web design can’t be learned, that you need to pay thousands to a pro to get a site or blog designed, and that coding is boring and only for geeky men.

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Ali LaRaia: Marianberry Cookies

Landing another woman entrepreneur with a Wall Street background was the final piece of the puzzle. We developed a strong business model, established a brand identity, marketing strategy and launched our online store.

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Claire Charamnac: Women LEAD

We started Women LEAD because we both strongly believe that the lack of female leaders around the world is one of the biggest inequalities of the 21st century.

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Gabriela Flores: Kirah Design

When I decided to become a social entrepreneur, I had 2 things in mind: how to give real job opportunities to talented artisans in Bolivia and how to create beautiful home accessories using only recycled or discarded materials and combining it with the amazing talent of Bolivian artisans.

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Ann Adams & Liz Brensinger: Green Heron Tools LLC

Through our work as market growers, we recognized that there was a lack of tools that worked well for women. As public health professionals, we also recognized that this could impact the health and safety of women…

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Ruth Degolia: Mercado Global

I believe that denying a woman the right to attend school anywhere in the world affects us all. Telling a young girl that she isn’t worth educating is an injustice against all women.

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Anuradha Ganesh: Anu’s Bamboo Hut

At the age of 43 I decided that I did not want to continue working in the corporate world. I wanted to start my own business and to be my own boss.

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