The Raine Network hosted an event recently called The Spotlight Series. The goal of the Raine Network,
…to break down the walls of sexism by empowering women economically. Our vision is to empower marginalized women around the world, developing their confidence and professional skills to lead them to take control of their future. Through our networks and programs, marginalized women will be presented with opportunity and skill development led by young professionals. All programs provide the tools and resources needed for educational workshops related to the workforce, recreational workshops, and mentorship for small and start-up business projects.
The Spotlight Series brings inspiration from 10 Fearless Female Entrepreneurs to help empower other women to make their dreams come true. Let’s explore the driving factors behind these empowering women…
Feel the fear and do it anyways.
Over the past year I’ve been doing a lot of reading and attending conferences on personal development, to not only grow as a person but to build a successful business… Surrounding yourself with like-minded people is definitely at the top of the list. I have become very close to a bunch of entrepreneurs. We all help motivate and push each other to keep going, without them my journey may have looked a bit different.
Katrina got the entrepreneurial bug early on from her parents and is now living the dream of being her own boss. She believes that fear is your worst enemy and that we have to take risks to be successful. Once you’ve made it or are well on your way, it’s time to give back.
I truly believe that success is not about what you have gained in your life, but the difference you have made on others.
Connect with Katrina:
Twitter @katrinalebar @spectacleevents
Lucy runs the sustainability consulting firm Terus. What makes Lucy feel strong and empowered as an entrepreneur?
Having a community that inspires, pushes and supports me.
While completing her degree in Environmental Studies, Lucy also worked in the hospitality industry and saw a need. She took hold of the opportunity and created a business.
Over the course of 6 years I worked from host to manager and saw first-hand the lack of environmental responsibility that existed in the industry. Seeing this as an opportunity, I co-founded sustainability consulting firm, terus.
Terus works to educate individuals and businesses about planning sustainable events and meetings. A tagline that she relies on every day,
Confidence is Key.
Connect with Lucy:
Creator of Pollinate Yo Canvas, a mobile and interactive entertainment company that helps groups recreate original paintings in a fun atmosphere.
My Family and my friends. If it wasn’t for them I would still be depressed and overwhelmed by all the sexual abuse I’ve been through over the years.
Maja is an out of the box thinker and passion driven business women. She beleives her economic future holds…
Success- steady success.
The Pollinate Yo Canvas company seeks to inspire ages 4 to 104 to be creative and explore beyond limits. Using eco-friendly supplies helps them give back to the enviornment, as well.
Connect with Maja:
The power to change your life lies within you. The universe and all life within it loves you.
Alexandria believes in elevating the collective vibration and equality amongst all living beings. As a indie musician, she uses her music to assist audiences in elevating their soul’s frequency. She helps her clients make lasting changes through loving action.
Alexandria has had the opportunity to collaborate with talent such as Brandon Paddock – who previously worked with Avril Lavigne, Gavin Brown – award-winning producer, UK outfits Frequency and Ill Phil as well as Canadian artist/producer Songsbury and many more.
Connect with Alexandria:
Believe in yourself, and be you!
Annie believes that we must constantly evolve and grow. She loves to draw inspiration from a variety of perspectives. She desires to develop products that leave a lasting impression on her clients.
I do not put boundaries on what inspires me artistically. By being creatively open to influence from people, experiences and places, my art is able to continuously evolve.
Annie makes change by working with clients from a variety of backgrounds. She works with voices whose aim is to promote sustainable development and uses her talents to promote issues and women’s empowerment.
Overcoming challenges and obstacles that I face in life are what make me strong. These moments are especially humbling, because it reminds me that life is full of surprises, and it makes me realize that I cannot be fully prepared for everything. This source of strength is not only drawn from me, but it is a result of my support systems.
Connect with Annie:
You are either thriving or dying. Live with purpose.
I did what every “good girl” should. I went to school, got good grades, graduated and found a high paying career where I could settle in for 40 years and retire with a pension. I WAS MISERABLE commuting up to 3 hours a day, living pay cheque to pay cheque.
As her health began to suffer, Kaitlin was set on a new journey towards wellness. She also went on a search for freedom not wanting to continue to build someone else’s dream. She created a partner company that allows her to live life on her own terms. She has created financial abundance, free of her time, and is on a mission to lead the way for others.
I am on a mission to help others by empowering them to be the CEO. Be the CEO of your life, it’s the only one you get.
Kaitlin’s strength comes from her strong belief in positive outcomes.
Our strength exists in the choices we make. I wake up EXCITED to live my best life and to ignite that fire in others too! I choose to smile even when things get tough and to accept each experience, positive or negative, as a life lesson. I choose to lift others up instead of tearing them down. I have the power to choose my outcome.
Connect with Kaitlin:
Robyn is the owner of RaDTaGZ Inc., a lifestyle brand inspiring youth and young adults to live a RaD life!
What keeps Robyn strong and on her A Game?
Stating what I am grateful for. Journaling. Learning. Teaching. Breathing deeply. Never being scared to try. And of course, sweating a good sweat!
Robyn has been running her own businesses since she was 19-years-old. Feeling like she was losing herself in various roles, such as wife and mother, at 40 Robyn decided to change things up. That’s how RaDTaGZ Inc. was born.
It then became my mission that along with working hard to have great success, I would do what I could, as often as I could, to help others make RaD choices and be more RaD. I once heard a quote: “if you are not living on the edge, you are taking up too much room”. I love it. It inspires me daily.
Through her company Robyn is seeing the power of social sharing, bringing stories into the forefront of marketing. RaDTaGZ gives back a portion of its revenue to further education and empower youth.
Connect with Robyn:
Founder of Live Full Flight Coaching & Events assists clients in expanding and excelling at life.
I embrace my light so that I can shine and uplift others who may not see theirs.
Ashwini says that her strength lies in her vulnerability and authenticity.
On a daily basis I continue to peel back the layers of negative self-talk and destructive behavior to embrace my true self; who I am at the core prior to being exposed to adverse experiences and unfortunate circumstances.
She challenges herself to be vulnerable in her interactions and encourages others to do the same. Ashwini believes in the power of connection, but knows it can be challenging in big cities. She believes that making the effort of connection increases emotional intelligence and helps people lead better lives.
Connect with Ashwini:
Start living your life fearlessly.
Wedding and Lifestyle photographer at Angelika Filinska Photography. Angelika believes that failuer and evaluation is what makes her strong.
There’ve been many times in my life where I have been broken down and have felt like a fail¬ure. Where I wasn’t good enough, and have disappointed others or myself. However, I find that at these “weak” points in your life is when you grow the most. You learn what you could have done to avoid the situation, or have made it better. You become a stronger, better, version of yourself. Surround yourself with people that support you and your dreams but also, challenge you to become a better version of you.
Angelika has a passion for learning new things and uses her curiosity to expand her creativity. She is passionate about creating a lifestyle that will help her live life to the fullest and wants to move to Europe one day. She believes that everyone has something precious about them. She likes to remind her clients to cherish the moments.
The beauty of a wedding day will last way past the stroke of midnight, the glass slipper and enchanted carriage will remain magnificent forever. I aim to capture every emotion, every glamorous detail, and happy tear for my couples to enjoy again and again. Relive their fairy tales as many times as their heart’s desire, and to fall in love again and again.
Connect with Angelika:
The entrepreneur behind Mastering Minds, a company that helps youth develop and achieve their dreams. Nilofar uses her skills at bringing people together to create mentorship and leadership programs that give youth the tools they need to succeed. She says her strength comes from this ability to collaborate.
Nilofar has proven that in group settings she can motivate and inspire teams to reach high goals. She is driven, ambitious, and her love for understanding and experiencing different cultures has allowed Nilofar to travel to many countries in this increasing globalized world. This has given her greater insight and understanding in political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental issues and operations globally.
Nilofar has a passion for building up communities.
I want to be able to offer Mastering Minds programs globally in every school, community center, daycare to allow every child the opportunity to learn about self-empowerment, integrity, resiliency, diversity, the environment, communication skills, and more.
This passion allows Nilofar and her team to instill youth with the principles, skills, and opportunities that need to be powerful forces for positive change in the world.
Guiding little leaders of the future to create a world of opportunities. Let’s lead the way for their minds to master their thoughts. ~N. Farahani
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Lori Hil is an Enthused Freelance Writer & 9-5 Avoider. A Southern Gal living abroad, sharing brand love, & curating fabulous content. She adores passionate people, rich cappuccinos, and breathtaking landscapes.