Audrey Bellis

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Audrey is a first generation Latina actively building the tech community in LA as the founder of StartUp DTLA and as a cofounder of Grid110. She’s also founder of  Worthy Women - a women’s empowerment movement. Audrey and her team at Worthy Women create free public events for female entrepreneurs and creatives. Their events support a 70% + WOC (women of color) audience that is comprised primarily of self identified Latina's and African American women. She also supports  in house Diversity & Inclusion/ Multicultural programs for enterprise companies and hosts a podcast called #BrownGirlsRising in partnership with NYLON Espanol Magazine. The Los Angeles mayor’s office honored her as 1 of 5 “Inspiring Latina’s of LA.”  

 

Sheryl Sandberg

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By Financial Times (Flickr: Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

A technology executive, author and activist, Sheryl Sandberg is currently the COO of Facebook. She is also a board member for The Walt Disney Company, Women for Women International, Center for Global Development and V-Day.

Sandberg is one of the most successful and famous female entrepreneurs in the world so we couldn't make this list without including her. She came aboard Facebook in 2008 and since then, its user base increased more than 10 times which resulted in Facebook almost hitting its monetary worth of $100 billion!

Sandberg is also an author of 2 books. Her first book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (2013) talks about issues like the lack of women in government and business leadership positions and feminism. Soon afterwards, she founded Lean In, a nonprofit named after her bestselling book, to support women's empowerment. Her second book, Option B, which focuses on grief and resilience, was released in 2017.In March 2014, Sandberg and Lean In sponsored the controversial Ban Bossy campaign, a television and social media censorship campaign created with purpose to ban the word bossy from general use due to its harmful effect on young girls. Sandberg is also not afraid to speak out on important issues, having openly criticized President Donald Trump's travel ban and anti-abortion measures.

 

Erica Nicole

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An accomplished serial entrepreneur and a small business expert, Nicole is best known as founder and CEO of YFS Magazine: Young, Fabulous & Self-Employed. The  YSF Magazine represents the definitive digital magazine for startup, small business news and entrepreneurial culture. The magazine is thought to be one of the largest and most influential startup news sites to date. The site focuses on providing informative and educational content to young self-employed individuals and entrepreneurs. Erica leads a diverse business portfolio across digital media, national speaking, global business development, and electronic equipment industries.

 

Oprah Winfrey

 

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Our list of the top women entrepreneurs making a difference would be complete without Oprah.

Her most successful and popular venture ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show‘, was awarded for being one of the longest-running daytime talk shows ever to have aired and it was the highest rated talks show in TV history. Her success has been largely down to creating television that women love to watch.

Her accomplishments include President Clinton signing into law the “Oprah Bill,” which created a national database for child abusers; becoming the first African-American woman on Forbes’ “World’s Richest People” list; opening The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa; and being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She has focused her philanthropy on education. As for being influential, Oprah has had president Obama on her show twice, among many other world-famous people and has donated 100s of millions to make this world a better place. Most recently, Winfrey was awarded with the prestigious Cecil B. Mille Award at the 2018 Golden Globes ceremony.

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