What are women entrepreneurs saying about the novel coronavirus and its effects on our everyday lives?
Some have kept it minimal — for example, Rent the Runway’s Jenn Hyman’s posts on the matter have so far been limited to jokingly offering to supply business expert Elisabeth Huff with ballgowns for her at-home conference calls. Others have found opportunities to try to educate or lift up their followers.
See what they’ve had to say below.
The billionaire founder of undergarment company Spanx shared a video — which she got from fellow female founder Shazi Visram, of Happy Baby — that illustrates the importance of hand-washing in terms that children can understand. Blakely added at the end of her post, “I’m sending all of you love, strength and health during this time. Hold your loved ones close … but wash your hands first!”
On her Twitter account, the media maven is sharing articles and other advice pieces on how to protect and consider one’s mental health during prolonged periods of social isolation. Her company, Thrive Global, shared a newsletter dedicated entirely to the topic. (Thrive also pulled together tips for boosting one’s immune system and maintaining healthy habits.)
“Home” is a space this real estate mogul is used to working in — which is, perhaps, why her Twitter feed is full of tips and tidbits about working from there. So far, she’s shared images of her employees’ home offices and tweets asserting that the best part of working from home is that “you get to be your own boss now.” She adds that people should “hold yourself accountable and see if you like working without a boss on your back!”
The serial entrepreneur and investor on ABC’s “Shark Tank” is sharing videos about keeping calm on her Instagram and Twitter feeds. (When she isn’t sharing pictures of babies and animals to brighten her followers’ days, of course.) In her first video, she urged others to “know this: things are going to get better.” Greiner also encouraged followers to take proper care of themselves and their homes, because “you’re going to feel better just by” taking those steps on your own behalf.
The investor, business collaborator and tennis superstar told her Instagram following that she plans to spend her social distancing time “in solitude,” focusing her energy on “being a wife, being a mom, cooking, cleaning, [and] spring cleaning.” Face masks and makeup tutorials are also on her agenda. But she’s taking the isolation seriously, because as she points out at the end of her post, it’s important for everyone to “stay safe … this is serious.”