A note from our founder
They say about one third of small businesses in the United States will fail in the first two years of operation. Those odds are actually even worse for women owned businesses. But as we celebrate Earth Angel crossing the three-year threshold, odds aren’t really a concern right now. Because if there is anything this past quarter has taught me, it’s that the future is undoubtedly female.
As part of my acceptance into the inaugural Tory Burch Foundation Fellowship, I attended a three-day workshop along with my nine other fellows that ended in a pitch competition for a $100,000 grand prize. Spoiler alert: I did not win the grand prize. However, what I did gain was a community of support unlike anything I’d ever experienced before. My main take-away from the experience of meeting such successful, inspiring women was that I am not alone. Without getting into the painful statistics of the entrepreneurial disadvantages women face compared to men, it is no surprise that we ladies can be our own worst enemy. And the greatest tool to have in your belt when building a business from nothing is self-efficacy. That is why my acceptance into this fellowship was so meaningful to me. Not because of the swag bags or the press, but because I now have a tribe...and tribes build self-efficacy.
Soon after the Tory Burch workshop, I had the privilege to attend the very first White House Summit on the United State of Women. 5,000 feminists descended on the Washington Convention Center to address topics such as violence against women and women’s health, equal opportunity and economic empowerment, as well as leadership and civic engagement. These feminists included Vice President Joe Biden, Gloria Steinem, First Lady Michelle Obama, Shonda Rhimes, U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi, Amy Poehler, and POTUS himself. If my biggest take-away from the Tory Burch Foundation workshop was that I am not alone, my take-away from the USOW Summit was that that I belong at the table. As President Barack Obama said, “progress is not inevitable.” Women have to be where the decisions are made if we are going to continue to form a more equal and just society.
I am so incredibly grateful that the Tory Burch Foundation has afforded me the opportunity to attend these two life-changing events. I cannot wait to see what the next three years have in store for Earth Angel now that I know:
We need more women owned businesses and I am proud to be one of them.
While there may not be enough of us, we are certainly not alone.
And you better believe we belong at the table.
So find your tribe and don’t be afraid to #BeDisruptive