In honor of April Fools’ Day, we wanted to share a few laughs with our readers. These women are the opposite of fools, but their wit allows them to spout some comedic gems while offering sage advise to others. Below, we have shared a few moments that brought us a smile or a laugh. Enjoy!
“… I had tried to be the host of a new reality TV show years back, before it became the big thing. And I thought, ‘I’m the most qualified person to do it!” And I tried, I auditioned, I worked at it. And they gave it to a young neophyte salesperson who had only worked for me for a month. She was 21, 22 maybe, and drop dead gorgeous. I hated her.”
– Barbara Corcoran, respected real estate agent and female entrepreneur.
“So I, as you hear, am from the wild and wooly world of advertising. I hate to tell you, but advertising is not really as racy as ‘Mad Men’ depicts. … A journalist from London called and said, ‘How is that smoking, drinking and sexing from the ‘Mad Men’ era working today?’ And I said, ‘Well, there’s a lot less smoking.'”
– Charlotte Beers, former Under Secretary of State and experienced businesswoman
[While answering a question from a fan] “The first thing I want to talk about is what you shared, ‘Should I get a degree with a secure job at the end of it?’ So, a little reality check for you, my love: those days are over. There’s really no such thing as a “secure job” anymore. I think if you take a look around at what’s happening in the world, you go into any Starbucks and you’ll see some lawyers and some stockbrokers networking out of there who would totally back me up on this.”
– Marie Forleo, best-selling author and web TV host
“Now you may be wondering, ‘What the heck does a fashion doll have to do with entrepreneurship, anyway?’ And I swear to God, there’s actually a lot of things and a lot of reasons why this makes a lot of sense. The first one is, if you’re gonna be an entrepreneur, you have to think outside of the box, but it still has to be authentic to who you are. And there is nothing more bold and provocative and out-of-the-box than sticking a fashion doll with a business book.”
– Carol Roth, business news expert for CBNC and best-selling author
“… I was really scared to get on this stage and talk about women, because I grew up in the business world as I think so many of us do [where] you never talk about being a woman because someone might notice that you’re a woman.”
– Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO