The founder of Chicago-based Open Books has built a high-impact literacy nonprofit by applying everything she learned as a serial tech entrepreneur.
Education & Training
Stories of women entrepreneurs working in the fields of education and professional training.
“Making this idea a running non-profit was a small idea a year ago. Now I am a fully established nonprofit and with a 501(c)(3) status dreaming big.”
“I have sent more than 2500 people abroad for their higher education studies.”
“It’s hard work but I am proud I managed to become self sufficient in these aspects of running the business and particularly in it’s online presence. It gives me great independence.”
“Success is when you are able to do what you always wanted to do.”
“Often social enterprise feels like a trade off — do the most good or make the most money. When getting a business off the ground, I have found it hard to balance the two, which has increased my admiration for women who seemingly get it right.”
“When I am propelled to motivate the many lives around me with my mentoring services and I see those thousands of students smile at me, I believe that is success.”
Rania Habiby Anderson of The Way Women Work: Helping Women in Emerging Economies Achieve Career Success
“My first goal for myself and The Way Women Work is to accelerate the careers and businesses of 100,000 women in emerging economies.”
Melon Dash of Miracle Swimming for Adults: Helping Adults Conquer Their Fear of Water and Become Strong Capable Swimmers
“This is what was missing in swimming lessons, is still missing in traditional lessons, and it’s the gap Miracle Swimming closed in 1983. It is the raison d’être of Miracle Swimming and it’s 32 years of success.”
Lillian Gregory of The Institute for Human and Leadership Excellence: Inspiration Motivates an Entrepreneur to Help Others Achieve Excellence
“In order to feel and be successful, I challenge myself daily to explore new ideas and new ways of growing and doing business.”
Stacy Ratner is changing the lives of children in Chicago through her social enterprise, Open Books Ltd.
Debra Pierce of Early Childhood CDA Help: Providing Early Childhood Educators with the Tools They Need to Succeed
“I am encouraged in knowing how many individuals I have helped through writing this book.”
“We are figuring out just how far you can push kids in math (pretty far) and I’m constantly amazed at how happy children are when they are being challenged at a high level.”
Nidhi Maitrya of InsuranceGurukul.com: Preparing Students for The Insurance Institute of India Exams
“Success is breaking your own records and moving on from one goal to another. It is even the art of laying a strong foundation with the bricks thrown on you by others.”
Tanya Kisten of Khanyisela College: Corporate Training & Leadership Development for Young Professionals
“I don’t come to work- I live my passion, which I cherish every day.”