#DragonWomen On: Overcoming Adversity
March 7, 2018
For International Women’s Day 2018, we’re proud to introduce some of our favorite female firebrands: meet two entrepreneurial #DragonWomen blazing trails in business, and get tips from the pros on how to to overcome adversity & self-doubt.
You came up in a time when there were very, very few women in positions of professional power. Tell us about a time when you had doubts but were able to overcome them. How have the challenges facing female entrepreneurs evolved from when you started your career to today?
Someone reminded me on Twitter the other day that I sat on a panel two years ago where I said, "Anything good in business only ever happened to someone who said, "I don't think I'm qualified to do this - I'm going to go ahead and do it anyway."
I was scared to death at the prospect of starting up BBH Agency in New York. I just gritted my teeth and worked my socks off to make damn sure I did.
The challenges facing female entrepreneurs haven't evolved - sexism, racism, sexual harassment, pathetically small amounts of funding compared to the funding given to white men.
What has evolved is our collectivism, collaboration and sense of community. We're helping each other get round those challenges and ideally bypass them altogether by building our own financial and business ecosystem, because the white male one isn't working for us.
Folasade Adeoso, model/artist/influencer shares lessons learned as a self-taught web designer launching her own tech brand giving women everywhere the tools they need to launch their own business.
Transitioning from model/influencer to Tech startup founder must have presented many challenges or created moments of doubt. What were they, and how were you able to overcome them? What advice would you give to those considering a similar change in career path?
The only real doubt I had is if people would embrace me as a professional web designer, with my talents in both graphic and web design being self-taught. I overcame those moments by just going for it and not caring what others 'might’ think of me, besides; almost all of those negative thoughts were, in truth, simply made up in my head.
To someone who is considering a similar career path, I would say: do the necessary research. Create a business plan, have a clear set of core values. And most importantly, be confident and believe in the work that you do!