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36 Female Social Entrepreneurs

Inspirational Women Using Business to Create Positive Change

— February 23, 2012 — Social Good
We’ve been fortunate to interview some remarkable social entrepreneurs from all over the globe since launching SocialBusiness.org. Their stories range from teens who knew they didn’t want to go the typical job route after graduating university (or high school, in some cases) to those who left the corporate world after they found themselves thirsting for more than just profit.

I was recently asked who I look up to—specifically who my female heroes are. My answer was that I add a new one almost every day as I learn more about female social entrepreneurs using business principles to create positive change.

Featured in the gallery above are some of the female social entrepreneurs we’ve been fortunate to connect with, who not only share where their business ideas came from and how they joined the social enterprise sector, but also how they maintain their creativity (yoga, Pinterest, family, and time in nature seem to be common themes). And the number one thing that inspires them? People. The people they work with, and the people whose lives they change as a result.
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Monica Barzanti, Assistant in International Matters at San Patrignano (INTERVIEW)
Monica Barzanti, Assistant in International Matters at San Patrignano (INTERVIEW)
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Meg Wirth, CEO of Maternova (INTERVIEW)
Meg Wirth, CEO of Maternova (INTERVIEW)
Linking Doctors & Midwives with Low-Cost Medical Supplies
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Andrea Campbell, Director of ACT Training Services (INTERVIEW)
Andrea Campbell, Director of ACT Training Services (INTERVIEW)
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Julie Leach, Member Coordinator of SolarShare (INTERVIEW)
Julie Leach, Member Coordinator of SolarShare (INTERVIEW)
Community Solar Bonds in Canada
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Alison Lowndes, Executive Ops Director of KO2 Adventures (INTERVIEW)
Alison Lowndes, Executive Ops Director of KO2 Adventures (INTERVIEW)
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Geetie Singh, Managing Director of the Duke of Cambridge (INTERVIEW)
Geetie Singh, Managing Director of the Duke of Cambridge (INTERVIEW)
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Angela Draskovic, Founder of ZOË Alliance (INTERVIEW)
Angela Draskovic, Founder of ZOË Alliance (INTERVIEW)
Corporate Giving with a Conscience
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Emily Hill, Founder of Stop Traffick Fashion (INTERVIEW)
Emily Hill, Founder of Stop Traffick Fashion (INTERVIEW)
Empowering Employment for Women
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Katie Jeanes, Founder of A Little More Good (INTERVIEW)
Katie Jeanes, Founder of A Little More Good (INTERVIEW)
Helping People in Vancouver Give Back
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Harper Poe, Founder of Proud Mary (INTERVIEW)
Harper Poe, Founder of Proud Mary (INTERVIEW)
Socially Responsible Textiles
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Emily Holdridge, Co-Founder of Everything Happy (INTERVIEW)
Emily Holdridge, Co-Founder of Everything Happy (INTERVIEW)
Kid's One-for-One Blanket Business
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Jill Doucette, Founder of Synergy Enterprises (INTERVIEW)
Jill Doucette, Founder of Synergy Enterprises (INTERVIEW)
Eco Business Consultant
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Godwin Yidana and Gayle Pescud, Co-Founders of G-Lish (INTERVIEW)
Godwin Yidana and Gayle Pescud, Co-Founders of G-Lish (INTERVIEW)
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Connie Duckworth, Founder of ARZU (INTERVIEW)
Connie Duckworth, Founder of ARZU (INTERVIEW)
Offering Employment to Weavers in Afghanistan
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Sarah Gross, Founder of Rescue Chocolate (INTERVIEW)
Sarah Gross, Founder of Rescue Chocolate (INTERVIEW)
100% of Profits go to Animal Shelters
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Anna Sidana, Founder of One Million Lights (INTERVIEW)
Anna Sidana, Founder of One Million Lights (INTERVIEW)
Replacing Kerosene Lamps with Solar Ones
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Liora Katz, Founder of SWAK X (INTERVIEW)
Liora Katz, Founder of SWAK X (INTERVIEW)
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Rachel Cope, Co-Founder of Lazy Angel (INTERVIEW)
Rachel Cope, Co-Founder of Lazy Angel (INTERVIEW)
Browser Ad-On that Fights Malnutrition
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Leigh Morlock, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Push Pull Cambodia (INTERVIEW)
Leigh Morlock, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Push Pull Cambodia (INTERVIEW)
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Barb Stegemann, CEO of The 7 Virtues (INTERVIEW)
Barb Stegemann, CEO of The 7 Virtues (INTERVIEW)
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Stephanie Emond, Development Manager of FINCA Canada (INTERVIEW)
Stephanie Emond, Development Manager of FINCA Canada (INTERVIEW)
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Consuelo McAlister & Anne Pringle, Founders of Local Buttons (INTERVIEW)
Consuelo McAlister & Anne Pringle, Founders of Local Buttons (INTERVIEW)
Fashion Social Enterprise
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Judy Logback, Founder of Kallari Chocolate (INTERVIEW)
Judy Logback, Founder of Kallari Chocolate (INTERVIEW)
Sweets that Support People and Planet
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Samantha Morshed, Founder of Pebble (INTERVIEW)
Samantha Morshed, Founder of Pebble (INTERVIEW)
Crochet Baby Toys for Job Creation in India
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Stephanie Koczela, Co-Founder of Penda Health (INTERVIEW)
Stephanie Koczela, Co-Founder of Penda Health (INTERVIEW)
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Lily Lapenna, Founder and CEO of MyBnk (INTERVIEW)
Lily Lapenna, Founder and CEO of MyBnk (INTERVIEW)
Financial Education Social Enterprise for Youth
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Liz Forkin Bohannon, Founder of Sseko Designs (INTERVIEW)
Liz Forkin Bohannon, Founder of Sseko Designs (INTERVIEW)
Sandals for Tuition in Uganda
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Sophi Tranchell, Managing Director of Divine Chocolate (INTERVIEW)
Sophi Tranchell, Managing Director of Divine Chocolate (INTERVIEW)
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Jenn Viane Riese, Founder of Modern Humanity (INTERVIEW)
Jenn Viane Riese, Founder of Modern Humanity (INTERVIEW)
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Naomi Hirabayashi, Director of Marketing at Do Something (INTERVIEW)
Naomi Hirabayashi, Director of Marketing at Do Something (INTERVIEW)
Youth-Focused Cause Community
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Sharon Schneider, Founder & CEO of Good Karma Clothing for Kids (INTERVIEW)
Sharon Schneider, Founder & CEO of Good Karma Clothing for Kids (INTERVIEW)
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Bridget Hilton and Ben Richardson, Co-Founders of Jack's Soap (INTERVIEW)
Bridget Hilton and Ben Richardson, Co-Founders of Jack's Soap (INTERVIEW)
1 for 1 Soap
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Shannon Keith, Founder of the International Princess Project (INTERVIEW)
Shannon Keith, Founder of the International Princess Project (INTERVIEW)
Punjammies to End Slavery
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Beth Doane, Founder of RainTees (INTERVIEW)
Beth Doane, Founder of RainTees (INTERVIEW)
Planting Trees with Tees
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Aimi Duong, Founder of Oimei Co. (INTERVIEW)
Aimi Duong, Founder of Oimei Co. (INTERVIEW)
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Vanessa Lee and Ian Lopatin, Founders of Spiritual Gangster (INTERVIEW)
Vanessa Lee and Ian Lopatin, Founders of Spiritual Gangster (INTERVIEW)
Yoga Fashion With Heart
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