Female Entrepreneurs

In the spirit of Women’s History Month, we have decided to profile a few female entrepreneurs we admire, and who are already making history with the new products and services they offer that transform how people work, shop and even breastfeed!

Mamava‘s mission to transform the way our society views breastfeeding has become a reality one lactation space at a time. Co-founders Christine Dodson and Sascha Meyer have created and built lactation pods where nursing moms can sit and feed their babies in a clean, safe and private environment while they’re on the go. Thousands of their custom-designed lactation pods are now located in all 50 states and are easily accessible to their members through an app.

Saysh is a digital platform and brand launched by six-time Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix and her brother after Felix severed her relationship with Nike over its treatment of female athletes. The company’s first product was a $150 lifestyle sneaker that is currently sold out but the website notes the restock is coming soon.

Everybody Water provides premium single-use drinking water in a sustainable paperboard container as an eco-conscious alternative to plastic water bottles. Co-founders Kimberly Reilly and Megan Hayes are using a portion of their profits to support clean water projects in the developing world.

Wellness Workdays partners with employers, insurers and benefits consultants to create and facilitate wellness programs for employees. CEO and founder Debra Wein has made nutrition and health a cornerstone of her firm belief that employee wellness is critical to any company’s bottom line.

No Wake Lifestyle offers us a reminder to slow down and relax in the form of cool trucker hats, beach towels and other fun items. Founder and graphic designer Michele Friedman also makes a point of supporting numerous charities from the proceeds from her brand.

Next Level Urgent Care owns and operates 25 walk-in, urgent care clinics throughout the metro Houston area. Next Level’s founder and CEO Dr. Juliet Breeze originally had the idea to create a cost-effective and faster alternative to emergency rooms for non-life-threatening health emergencies after a weekend emergency room experience with one of her own children.

Thank you to these women and others who have had the courage and tenacity to take their ideas and turn them into viable businesses that fill a need and help others. Anyone who watches ABC’s Shark Tank knows that’s no easy task! These women are also providing inspiring examples for future entrepreneurs and their allies, including friends, husbands and children.

If you have an idea for a business and need information on how to get started, here are a few resources: Small Business Administration or the National Small Business Association.

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