A nomadic lifestyle inspired Angela Tsai to found Mamachic, which designs versatile scarves that make life easier for new moms, and the products parents use more eco-friendly.
The Passionate & Purposeful
Oreet Jehassi Schwartz of Philadelphia designed SharQui, a belly dance class for fitness fans. Then it became the foundation for lasting a business — and a tool to help women around the world love the bodies they’ve got.
Boston’s Kate Curran started School the World to build schoolhouses and change the lives of children living in extreme poverty. It turns out she’s transforming the lives of privileged kids, too.
Maya Rowencak started her nonprofit, Maya’s Hope, after a life-changing visit to a Filipino orphanage. Through storytelling — and lots of legwork — she raises funds to give these children the care they deserve.
Filipa Carreira of Mozambique runs research firm FC Consulting and its nonprofit project, Wamina, which supplies local women with reusable menstrual pads that keep them healthy and give them independence.
When Zinah Saleh and her female friends couldn’t land jobs in a post-war Baghdad, she started a business, Ishtar Handmade Soap. Now, she employs only women.
The outstanding entrepreneurial women featured on our 2017 list show how passion and purpose can ignite successful, impactful ventures — and how life circumstances inform what lights the fire inside of us.