A very intelligent man, one of the head honchos at Village Print & Media, once said, “I think women should be in charge of everything. They’re smarter, stronger, and more calculated.” As a result of this theory, our company is thriving with confident, innovative, creative, and empowered women. Regardless of our titles, each of us strive to be our own kind of girl boss daily, taking the bull by its horns, in all of our endeavors. In order to do so, we often seek out sources of inspiration, advice, knowledge, and motivation, whether it be through news articles, books, podcasts, or even television series. Today, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite outlets that have recently got our engines running, and have learned one, two, or ten really great lessons from.
Podcast: Being Boss
As you may have guessed, this podcast is all about being a boss, all day every day. It’s a podcast for creative entrepreneurs, hosted by Emily Thompson & Kathleen Shannon. This is how the dynamic duo explains their shows: “Our listeners (our tribe!) want to ‘be boss.’ They are the rebels, the quiet ones, the schemers, and the dreamers! So our stories, advice and interviews are about being boss the way we choose, and being who we are in work and life! We love sharing ‘you got this’ confidence, and ‘let’s get real’ advice from other boss guests…because whether you’re being boss in your work, life, day job, or dream job – we want you to know, we’re in it with you.”
Television Series & Memoir/Professional Publication: #GirlBoss
Unless you’ve truly been living under a rock, then you’re aware of the woman responsible for the #GirlBoss hashtag appearing on over 2.5 million Instagram posts over the past 3 years- Sophia Amoruso. From her petty beginnings of selling stolen goods on e-bay to becoming the founder, CEO, and Creative Director of the clothing empire Nasty Gal, her success was a result of trials and tribulation, wit and common sense, and a determination to do it her own way or the high way. Both the book and series tells the story of all that went into the making of her incredibly successful company, and are oozing with lessons that all girl bosses should take note of. Although we found more value in the book, the television series that is loosely (very loosely) based on the book is entertaining and gives you a visual sense of all Sophia Amoruso went through to get to where she is today.
News article: 21 Hottest Women-Founded Startups in 2017
As this article states, there’s never been a better time to be a woman who wants to make her mark in the startup world. Many of your favorite companies were founded by female powerhouses, who connected with other women to create successful companies out of nothing. In this read, you’ll learn about 21 startups all founded by females such as Glossier, Revel, and Accompany. Full disclosure: by the end of the article you’ll be left completely dumbfounded as to why more venture capitalist firms aren’t throwing out cash money from their windows to businesswomen.
Podcast/News Article: theSkimm Story
Ever hear of this little email newsletter called theSkimm? Sent to the inbox of over 5 million subscribers every morning, it’s become the most popular form of news source for millennials, and various generations in general as of late. It was founded by two intelligent, city-poor roommates who were detmerined to do what they love- deliver news- in their own way. Their story is a tale of a dime and a prayer; after being turned down by every investor and his mother, the two women racked up credit card debt and relied on their determination, wit, and keen sense of the mechanics of millennials to build the newsletter empire they’ve established today. In this article/podcast, founders Carly Zakin and Danielle Weinberg are very cut and dry as to how theSkimm came to fruition and continues to expand with each email that’s opened by a new user daily. Not to knock any of the other aforementioned girl bosses, but as working women in New York City, this story is by far one of our favorites.