Alice Kao, an EO Orange County member, has taken a career path that started at Wall Street and led her to opening a rock-climbing gym, Sender One Climbing, with her husband and another business partner in Santa Ana, California. We interviewed Alice about her interesting career transitions and how she’s creating a life and business that are truly her own.
Octane Results: WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS
What do a director of a women’s health initiative, a founder of a beauty product line and the lead designer at a marketing agency all have in common? They’re part of a group of five entrepreneurs who are on target to hit business valuations of AU$30 million in their 30s.
Confidence, decisiveness and focus are all well-acknowledged traits of a successful entrepreneur. But what traits are equally as important, but often undervalued? We asked Amy Castronova, President and CEO of Novatek Communications, Inc. and EO Western New York member, what she felt to be a winning characteristic that’s often overlooked. Here’s what she has to say:
Running a successful business brings with it plenty of challenges, especially if your company revolves around a single product or service. For Angela Santiago, an EO Edmonton member and CEO of The Little Potato Company, maximizing passion, staying productive and setting boundaries goes a long way toward generating business growth from the ground up.
By Silka Gonzalez, an EO South Florida member and CEO of Enterprise Risk Management, Inc.
I have a secret to share: I find the concept of disruption, disruptive ideas and trying to be the disruptor (and not the disrupted) extremely fascinating. For as long as I can remember, I’ve thought of “disruption” as a bad thing. It’s not my fault. As a leader in the risk-management industry, my line of business forces me to think that way. Understanding the nature of disruption is critical to sustained success, which is why…
By Jacqueline Gellner, Marketing Manager at Entrepreneurs’ Organization
EO staffer provides her insight and top lessons learned after representing EO at Forbes Under 30 Summit earlier this week, with a special focus on #WOMENtrepreneurs…
By Jen Sterling, an EO DC member and Chief Red Head at Red Thinking LLC
Female business owners have challenges that men don’t have. This isn’t a sexist, feminist rant. It’s just simple biology. Women have babies— beautiful, new beings that demand and deserve all that you can give. Some women also have other “babies” vying for their attention— their businesses. Much like a newborn, a business demands and deserves nearly all of your time and energy. So how does a “momtrepreneur” balance the two?
To be successful in business, you need to stand out. That best practice is especially true when it comes to entrepreneurship. No one understands the power of uniqueness more than Zahra Al-harazi, an EO Calgary member who’s making her voice heard in business and beyond.
What would a Tuesday be without a few motivational tips for WOMENtrepreneurs? To continue on with our theme of “31 Days of #WOMENtrepreneurs,” Heidi Hanna, an EO Speaker, shares a few tips for our audience:
A lot can happen in 12 years. Just ask EO Atlanta member Sara Blakely, who with US$5,000 in life savings and an innovative idea, changed the face of business and the lives of women everywhere. Recently recognized by Forbes as the youngest female self-made billionaire in the world—she was also listed in Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” list in April 2012—the inventor of revolutionary shapewear, SPANX, has given new meaning to EO’s core value, “Make a Mark.” In this special interview, Sara sits down with Octane to talk about starting a business from scratch, the magic of marketing and the importance of trusting your gut.