With Mother’s Day being just days away, naturally we think about the women who inspire us. While not all of these women are mothers, we thought it would be fitting to honor the women who have motivated us to be passionate, fearless and bold in our daily pursuits. So without further adieu, here’s Part 1 of Women Who Inspire!
Angela Ahrendts has made her mark as one of the most successful women in retail and business. In 2013, Ahrendts was ranked 53rd in the Forbes’ list of most powerful women in the world. The former Burberry CEO has now moved to Apple as the new Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores. She is expected to revitalize and revolutionize the way that Apple retail is conducted. Although she has transitioned from luxury retail to technology, both are still rooted in customer experience, and we, as well as others, are excited to watch how Angela takes Apple to the next level.
Mallory Hagan, Miss America 2013, has a unique way of combining her New York energy with her Southern roots to create a magnetic charisma that is so alluring to others. She is passionate. She is honest. She is confident. Mallory, who is currently living in L.A. pursuing a career in television, does not allow fear to stop her from taking a chance. It is because of her tenacity, supported by preparation and dedication, that she inspires others to strive with boldness.
Two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster is an incredibly humble person. "Celebrity" status may be relative to major movie stars, but in the world of theatre and entertainment in NYC - she's a celeb. When not performing, Sutton can be found investing in the students of Ball State University and New York University. Even in the classroom environment she does not compromise her standards of hard work and dedication. Instead she displays excellence, while simultaneously encouraging and motivating them to step up. It is evident through her talent that she believes in the power of readiness and presenting her best self at all times.
Unlike the norm, Lady Gaga is an extremely unique person. She is known for her authenticity, creativity and individuality. As the 2013 Glamour Woman of the Year, Lady Gaga openly disclosed her dismay with being edited to sheer perfection and stated that, "until the covers of magazines change, nothing will." It takes a person with true conviction to share that type of truth. So not only does Lady Gaga inspire others to embrace their individuality, but she also encourages one to be vocal about the things that are most important to them.
In 2009 she was named one of Forbes' first-ever list of the Most Influential Women in Media. At the age of 30 years old, she was deeply in love with her then boyfriend, Levin, whom she desired to marry and have children with. However, he did not. So in hopes of new beginnings, she picked up and moved to New York City to start a new life. After experiencing rejection, after rejection, after rejection as an author, she managed to acquire a business loan to help her 'hang on just a little longer' as a writer. Her big leap of faith resulted in her becoming the founder and editor of THE Huffington Post. It is clear that Arianna is a woman who inspires others to persevere when life proves to be most difficult.