What we have learned from the women interviewed for this book exceeds all our wildest expectations. Oftentimes, we sat after interviews mulling over the deeply personal stories we had just heard and repeated to one another, “What an incredible woman! I had no idea all she had to overcome to get to where she is today.” It became so clear that behind each InnovateHER’s success is a story of hard work, resilience, sacrifice, and tough decisions well beyond the workplace. Each woman is a collage of experiences that have helped her build the entrepreneurial mindset to inform her decisions and continuously help her crystalize her vision.
Throughout this process, we defined why this book was so important for us to write. Building an InnovateHER is the work of a lifetime. It is a long, messy process with lots of ups and downs along the way. By collecting stories, we can pass on knowledge to the next generation of InnovateHERs. This, above all else, is a crucial part of our mission. Oftentimes, the women we interviewed began recounting their journey to success from as far back as childhood. Maybe it began with an experience that shaped their pathways, an important family member whom they admired, or a set of values instilled in them at a young age. As we look at the current and next generation of girls, we should see them as future InnovateHERs and help to develop their entrepreneurial skills as soon as possible.
Perhaps these future InnovateHERs include your daughter, granddaughter, niece, or younger sister. She could be the student daydreaming in your class, the assistant looking to scale the ranks, or the young idealist setting the stage to start her own organization. These women-in-waiting are the next in line to receive the baton and become strong, unique leaders in the purpose-driven space. As in many of the stories we heard, their traits, skills, and purpose are being defined as we speak. Most importantly, you can have more influence on them than you know.
So, take a deep breath, walk to the nearest mirror, see yourself for a long moment, and ask, “How can I become or help develop the next InnovateHER?”
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