Three Female Entrepreneurs Share Their Secrets
In the spirit of sisterhood, we asked three female entrepreneurs—Draper James founder, Reese Witherspoon, Drybar founder, Alli Webb, and Kendra Scott founder, Kendra Scott—to tell us what inspires them, what they have learned from other women, and what advice they have for fellow business owners. Women helping other women—that’s what it’s all about, y’all! Read on to see their answers.
DJ: What does Sisterhood mean to you?
Reese: Female friendships have always been very important to me since I was not lucky enough to have a sister. My girlfriends have helped me through difficult times as well as celebrated all the happiness in my life. With my friends, I share all the joys of motherhood, marriage, social and work life balance. I would be lost without them.
Kendra: At its core, I believe that Sisterhood is about support. Sisterhood happens when we celebrate and believe in one another, empowering each other to reach our highest potential. It’s a strong and magical bond.
Alli: I have a kick ass tribe of woman in LA that are unbelievably supportive of me both personally and professionally. It’s 1000% a Sisterhood that I couldn’t be more grateful for.
DJ: How have other female founders inspired you?
Reese: Draper James began through the inspiration of other female entrepreneurs. I saw other women starting businesses that they were passionate about and I felt motivated to try a new business myself. I always look to successful women and think, “How did they do that?” I love the challenge of being a business owner. I love hearing what works and what doesn’t. I feel like I am in a whole new chapter of my life.
Kendra: I am most inspired by the female founders who recognize how they can use their influence for good. They’re starting conversations about what they believe in, using their power to make an impact on the world around them, and actively changing the status quo for the next generation. With every bold step these women take, another barrier is broken.
Alli: I am so inspired by other female entrepreneurs—I love watching how my peers approach their businesses. And I love learning new ways to do things and hearing fresh perspectives. There’s always something to learn.
DJ: What advice do you have for other female entrepreneurs?
Reese: One thing I have learned is that failure is a great learning tool. I have had as many failures as successes and I have learned so much from endeavors that failed. Realizing that failure is inevitable can change the way you take on new challenges. You can only learn from it and that makes you a better business woman and one who is willing take risks.
Kendra: Never, ever give up! You’re going to hear a lot of “no’s” from people – I know I did – but the best thing you can do is use every “no” as fire to strengthen your conviction. If you’re persistent and passionate, you will always find success.
Alli: Don’t worry about what you think you don’t know yet… just dive in and start.