It’s no secret 2017 has been all about women empowering each other and unleashing their inner girlboss. But what about all the women who have been paving the way for us Millennial leaders? Check out these companies started by women that have risen through the ranks to become household names!
Flickr – Caterina Fake
Starting out as a lead designer for web designer agency, Organic Online, Fake helped lead many notable brands like Nike, Levi’s, and McDonald’s into the digital age and their first online ventures. She eventually struck out on her own, becoming co-founder of Ludicorp, which launched Flickr. This photo-sharing site became so popular it was purchased by Yahoo! in 2005 and continues to be a leader among photo-sharing sites.
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – Ruth Fertel
It’s not everyday that a single mother of two boys ignores the advice of family, friends, bankers, and lawyers to purchase a notoriously failing restaurant. But that is exactly what Ruth Fertel did in 1965 which led to her place in history as “The First Lady of American Restaurants.” Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse started as one establishment in New Orleans and now boasts over 80 locations in the US and overseas.
Orangetheory Fitness – Ellen Latham
Longtime fitness industry pro turned pilates teacher, Latham started out with a small pilates studio, but wasn’t satisfied with the lack a of metabolic workout. She decided to alter the workout to include five zone heart rate training to amplify that post workout burn. Her drive and dedication led to Orangetheory opening locations all across the US and beyond, and landed Latham at #3 on Forbes’ list of women with the fastest growing business.
S’well Bottle – Sarah Kauss
Since its conception in 2010, S’well has seen nothing but success. After noticing a need for a better looking and better performing stainless steel water bottle for long hikes, Kauss designed the S’well bottle, and quickly nabbed her first customer: Harvard Business school, who gave out the bottles to incoming students. Since then, S’well’s customers include Starbucks, J.Crew, and Whole Foods. Kauss’ success landed her on Inc.’s “Most Impressive Women Entrepreneurs of 2016” list.
Pepperidge Farm – Margaret Rudkin
This entrepreneur is one of the OG female founders, starting the empire we know as Pepperidge Farm. In the 1930’s, Rudkin began baking healthier bread for her son who suffered intolerances to processed foods. By the 1950’s she was selling Milanos named after a city she was selling them in Europe. Fast forward to today, and we’re still enjoying our Goldfish!
Eventbrite – Julia Hartz
Eventbrite co-founder, Hartz, saw a need to streamline event promoting and tickets process. Eventbrite was created as a way to not only easily promote your event across all major social media platforms, but to sell tickets, track promotions, and manage attendance size. Now, Eventbrite has tens of millions of users annually searching for events, buying tickets and creating their own events all in one place.
Abby Smith is a college student and lifestyle blogger for @authenticallyabby. This East Coast native splits her time between NYC and MD, when she’s not blogging she loves exploring the city and all it has to offer.