Women don't get enough recognition in the business world. Especially when it comes to female leaders.
I'm not trying to spark a debate or anything, it's simply the truth.
I believe in giving credit where credit is due. And I think that too often, women are overlooked.
For example, I came across an article from Entrepreneur about 50 inspirational entrepreneurs, and you know what?
40 out of 50 of them are men.
Which is not surprising, since as of 2016, the percentage of female CEOs in the Fortune 500 is only 4%.
Now, the purpose of this article is not to get on a soapbox. But as a man who has many brilliant women in my life, I think it's important to highlight successful females.
So from that list of inspiration entrepreneurs, here are 10 inspiring women to pay attention to (in no particular order):
Angela E. Lauria is the founder of The Author Incubator, and creator of the Difference Process for writing a book that matters.
She hosts Page UP, a podcast which provides inspiration and information for authors trying to leverage their books to reach more people. Lauria has helped over 250 authors reach Amazon best-seller status in at least one category in the past two years.
In addition, she is the author of The Incubated Author: 10 Steps to Start a Movement with Your Message and The Difference: 10 Steps To Writing A Book That Matters.
Her new book, Publishing Reimagined: How to Use Amazon to Exploit your Own Rights and Why You Should will be released by Difference Press in 2017.
Kimberli Cheung Wright
Wright is founder and CEO of Trepic, a visually oriented destination discovery app that helps people find their perfect travel destination by providing curated content about the world’s most unique experiences.
She is a founder, designer, film director and mentor at Stanford University’s Institute of Design. When not running Trepic, she is traveling, creating virtual reality films and designing and developing vacation homes on various islands.
Signorelli is CEO of Techweek, a company establishing entrepreneurial communities throughout the country to help tech startups grow their ideas into businesses.
As an entrepreneur, she struggled and knew that with the proper support she could develop her own ideas, so she then blossomed into this revelation and paid it forward into what is fast-becoming one of the hottest startups out there.
Ighodaro is founder of COSIGN, an app that lets customers tag product information in the pictures they post on social media so their friends and followers can then quickly find what that they want.
She made the leap into entrepreneurship after working in the banking industry for nearly a decade. Ighodaro saw an area of opportunity and took the leap, recognizing the selfie trend and power of influence peers have over one another on social media.
Sapone is co-founder and CEO of HelloAlfred, an app that provides a way for consumers to connect with people who will handle various chores on an on-demand basis.
She has managed to raise an extraordinary amount of money with her co-founder, so it will be interesting to see where the company goes in 2017.
Agarwal is president and co-founder of Outcome Health, a healthcare-decision platform that has grown rapidly since its founding in 2006.
She also co-founded JumpStart Ventures in 2011 to help other entrepreneurs turn their great ideas into businesses. It now backs over 40 different companies.
Ward is CEO and founder of CircleClick Media, a digital marketing and public relations firm that was launched in 2009.
Prior to starting this firm, Ward worked as a web developer, and then developed a passion for analytics before transitioning into SEO. She has published numerous articles and will release The SEO Battlefield: Winning Strategies for Search Marketing Programs in early 2017.
Johnson is co-Founder of Ipseity Media, a brand development agency focused on accelerated thought leadership. She is an entrepreneur, author and keynote speaker.
Previously, Johnson was managing partner and director of marketing for RankLab, a digital marketing agency. Her diverse background in entertainment, marketing and digital advertising give her a unique perspective for helping today’s brands create a presence and following.
Lobert is founder of Hookers for Jesus, which helps women like the founder, who herself was a victim of sex trafficking and became a drug addict, struggling to survive.
The organization provides programs to help women get off the street and away from sex trafficking by offering counseling, support and a way to heal from these traumatic experiences.
Kay is founder of Moosh Walks, a unique and whimsical sock product that features bright colors and fun designs.
Kay is an entrepreneur who has put her background of growing up in Russia to work, to gain success. She came to the United States at age 16 as a performer in a circus and discovered YouTube, where she created quite a following from creating over 2,000 videos.
Since then, she has leveraged this following to grow her Moosh Walks brand and develop her love of fashion.
Want more inspiring entrepreneurs to follow? You can find the male entrepreneurs at Entrepreneur.