FIRST THOUGHT: Relatable Role Moguls
Our mission when we launched On The Dot back in 2016 was simple: Provide women with stories of relatable female role models. What we’ve discovered is that such ladies have always been there; it’s just that men’s success stories have often sidelined them. From Brownie Wise, a single mom who turned Tupperware into the home-party gig of the 1950s, to Madam C. J. Walker, an orphan turned hair-care entrepreneur who was the first American woman to become a self-made millionaire, we’ve been surrounded by relatable lady moguls for years. It’s about time we celebrate them every day!
WOMEN IN NUMBERS: 5 Times Faster
This hush-hush mentality about women doing great things is thankfully becoming a thing of the past. In recent years, we’ve seen instrumental growth in terms of women unapologetically taking on the business world—and succeeding. In fact, according to one report, the number of women-owned businesses in the U.S. grew by 45 percent between 2007 and 2016, an astonishing five times faster than the national average. It’s clear now more than ever that women mean business!
WOMAN TO WATCH: Tiffany Pham, Founder and CEO of Mogul
Speaking of ladies tackling the business world with poise and prowess, today’s Woman to Watch, Tiffany Pham, relied on her sharp wits and business acumen to launch Mogul, an award-winning tech platform that enables women throughout the world to connect, share info and access knowledge from one another.
From Turkey to Tahiti, Mogul connects more than 18 million women from about 200 countries and nearly 35,000 cities, bringing them together to share guidance, learn, collaborate and become successful boss ladies.
Even prior to launching Mogul, Tiffany had the chops to take on whatever she darn well pleased in the business world. While she was working for the CBS Corporation, Forbes placed Tiffany on its 30 Under 30 list, noting her expertise in, among other things, producing documentaries and feature films and heading marketing for the Beijing International Screenwriting Competition, which she co-founded.
Soon, her idea for Mogul came about when messages from women interested in gleaning Tiffany’s knowledge came pouring in. We aren’t surprised. If there’s one thing we can’t get enough of, it’s advice from other women who have had plenty of downs but also some stellar ups in their careers.
One of my favorite pieces of entrepreneurial advice from this Harvard MBA grad involves simply taking the leap. Tiffany believes aspiring entrepreneurs need to prototype their ideas ASAP. Don’t waste time waiting for perfection. Get it out there, listen to feedback and improve your idea accordingly.
That’s exactly what Tiffany did with Mogul. She learned how to code at her kitchen table at 3 a.m. (after coming home from working three other jobs), eventually building the first version of Mogul herself, sending it out to the lady entrepreneurs who contacted her, soliciting feedback. One week and 1 million users later, it was obvious Tiffany had created something special.
Through Mogul, you can sort through a variety of topics, check out which companies are hiring, #AskAMogul, as well as access the Mogul marketplace for available products and services, and even grow your own mogul skills through courses and webinars. Well-known influencers also participate on the platform, including Chelsea Clinton, Katie Couric and Margaret Cho.
With the success of Mogul, we’re sure millions of women would agree with this sentiment from Tiffany: “By providing women a platform to share their voices, we are encouraging authenticity and ultimately democratizing media for women worldwide.”
Are you stumped on how to climb the leadership ladder? Go to https://www.onthedotwoman.com/tips/advice-mogul/ for advice on making it to the next rung.
QUITE THE QUOTE
With Tiffany Pham and Mogul in mind, today’s quote comes from Kathleen Schafer, founder of Leadership Connection:
“Leadership is not about men in suits. It is a way of life for those who know who they are and are willing to be their best to create the life they want to live.”
This is Melinda Garvey signing off until next time. Remember, ladies, empowered women empower other women. Share On the Dot so more women can have a voice. Thanks for getting ready with us.