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When I first started ModCloth out of my dorm room, it quickly became clear that I had a lot to learn about how things ran in the fashion industry. Processes like buying, networking, and fundraising seemed intimidating when I first faced them – but now, with ModCloth boasting three offices and over three hundred employees, I’m proud to say I’ve picked up a few things. It wasn’t without some guidance, however. Below are a few of my favorite resources for women who are looking to get started in the business world…
The Biz Ladies: This Design*Sponge column provides tons of great tips and inspiring interviews for creative businesses.
Women 2.0: Full of resources and information for female entrepreneurs, Women 2.0 hosts Founder Friday events in cities across the globe — I was even lucky enough to speak at one in San Francisco recently!
Ladies Who Launch: This inspiring, informative site helps connect you with other entrepreneurial-minded ladies in your area. You can also find lots of interviews with women who are making a mark in the business world.
Sheryl Sandberg’s TED Talk: This thought-provoking speech by Facebook’s COO is one of the smartest pieces I’ve seen that tackles the question of how we get more women into leadership roles in business.
Speaking of women leaders in the tech industry, there’s been a lot of press lately around companies whose boards lack a female presence. I’m extremely proud that ModCloth’s board is 50% female, as is our senior executive team!
If you’re looking to learn more about women who’ve turned their business savvy into their dream careers, check out our Best Job Ever series to see all the rad women who’ve inspired us here at ModCloth!
I’m always looking for more inspiration from fellow female go-getters. Do you have any favorite interviews, talks, or quotations to share?
I want to start off by saying that I *love* Modcloth. Been a fan of your site for years and have loved watching you grow into a successful (& fashionable) business! You’ve been such an inspiration to me; your success makes me confident that if I pursue my dreams with dedication & persistence that they can come true too. So thank you. =)
Question though… My dream is to start my own dress shop one day (online & physical store) and I was just wondering if you have any tips/suggestions for going about it? Right now I’m a college student majoring in Photography and Communications, but wondering if I should change my major to business or fashion? Do you think getting degrees in business or fashion are necessary or do you feel like you can learn those things on your own? What did you do? I heard accounting is a key thing to learn… Do you agree?
Hey Susan! I love reading about your personal business stories! I read Biz Ladies every now and then, and will be sure to check out the other links you’ve shared 🙂 I’ve recently started my one-woman-show business, and though it’s far away from what you’ve achieved, a lot of my motivation and inspiration comes from Hey Amber Rae http://tumblr.heyamberrae.com/ my favorite power gal 😀
love this! Thank you Susan.
PLEASE! Tell me where her dress is from! Is it a ModCloth Dress? I need a name! I need it!
It’s the Swan in a Million by the fabulous Eva Franco!
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