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Women Who Own It
We are constantly in awe of the incredible Women Owned brands and female founders we interact with every day. We have lovingly named these trendsetters, innovators, and trailblazers – Women Who Own It. We have interviewed over one hundred of these women to extract inspiration and nuggets of actionable advice for other startups and women entrepreneurs.
Today’s leading women-owned businesses have truly redefined the landscape, and Women Who Own It aimed to be a platform that celebrated and shared the inspiring stories of these pioneers. From setting trends to blazing trails and bringing forth game-changing innovations, the women entrepreneurs we featured on the podcast showcased the power of resilience, creativity, and determination.
Hosted by the phenomenal Allison Maslan, a self-made entrepreneur, author, and business mentor, Women Who Own It became a space for organic conversations and unscripted stories. Allison skillfully navigated discussions with women business owners who not only built their enterprises but also grew them into forces to be reckoned with. The hashtag #OwnIt became more than just a tagline – it embodied the spirit of empowerment and ownership that defines our incredible community.
We want to express our deepest gratitude to each and every one of you who tuned in, subscribed, and became a part of our bold community of Women Who Own It. Your engagement, enthusiasm, and commitment to supporting women in business have been the driving force behind the success of this podcast.
As we reflect on the impact and growth we’ve experienced together, we also want to share some news. After careful consideration, we have decided to bring Women Who Own It Podcast to a close. While it is a difficult decision, we believe it is the right one for this chapter.
The episodes will remain available for you to revisit, and we hope the stories continue to inspire and resonate with you. We encourage you to stay connected with our vibrant community and continue supporting women-owned businesses.
Once again, thank you for being a crucial part of Women Who Own It. Your support has meant the world to us, and we look forward to crossing paths in the future, whether in business or in the shared pursuit of empowering women.
Episodes for Season 3 are currently being filmed and released. Subscribe to listen!
Allison Maslan, founder of Pinnacle Global Network interviews, Jane Henry, CEO of SeeHerWork an inclusion consultancy and product manufacturing company that designs, manufactures and sells workwear, safety equipment, and other job-specific products for both women and men that are sized to their unique body needs and to help them operate as one team.
Even though Jane had been working in the oil and gas industry for 20 years, as both an executive and an entrepreneur, while wearing Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment (also known as PPE), it wasn’t until Hurricane Harvey hit Houston in 2017 that she was forced to use the gear on a day-to-day basis and found the inspiration to start this company. After her Hurricane Harvey recovery, Jane realized the huge issue of ill-fitting work clothing and equipment for women within the industry — and decided she was the person to change it. Today, Jane works side-by-side with employers to set up PPE Programs that support Safe and Inclusive Work Environments. She also speaks to groups about the challenges many entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs have in implementing their ideas, and how to overcome what she calls “The Natural Human Instinct to Resist Change.”
Do you have bigger dreams for your business, but aren’t sure how to start? Want to know how to finally break through to that “next level”… whether that’s multiplying your revenue, closing a huge deal, or even going global? In this episode, Allison Maslan, founder of Pinnacle Global Network talks with Sharon Reynolds, CEO of eco-friendly cleaning product distributor DevMar Products, LLC to learn how she grew her company in an industry dominated by large corporations — and became a globally recognized, leading brand.
How does one woman who went bankrupt TWICE build a $600 million business (with no investors)? By following her gut, doing what she loves, and making creativity a priority — even when times get tough. Allison Maslan, founder of Pinnacle Global Network interviews Suzy Batiz, founder of the infamous Poo~Pourri and Supernatural brands, to learn how she used her passion and business intuition to create a global company that revolutionized its industry.
Right now, the workforce is more diverse than ever before… and it’s our job as business owners to create environments that allow people to bring their unique gifts to the table. Allison Maslan, founder of Pinnacle Global Network talks with Jennifer Brown, the Founder and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting and an expert on DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) to learn how we can build better businesses by appreciating and tapping into the power of diversity within our teams. A passionate advocate for social equality in the workplace, Jennifer helps organizations create highly productive work environments through DEI practices.
Succeeding in business isn’t just about bottom lines — it’s also about service, passion, and connection. So how do you make both a difference AND a profit? Allison Maslan, CEO of Pinnacle Global Network, talks with Natalie Keng, CEO and founder of Chinese Southern Belle, an award-winning food and cooking company, to learn how she runs her small business to create big social change (and break into one of the most competitive businesses in the world).
How does a former pro-athlete become a leader in the bedding industry…and more importantly, how can you use her lessons to see the same kind of success? In this episode, Allison Maslan, founder of Pinnacle Global Network interviews Michelle Brooke, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of SHEEX, Inc., the world’s first performance fabric bedding company with globally patented technology. Former collegiate basketball coaches and standout athletes, Michelle and her co-founder/co-CEO Susan Walvius, shook up the bedding world in 2007 by inventing a whole new “Performance Home” category in home textiles inspired by the feel and breathability of athletic performance fabrics.
Do you ever wonder how small, local businesses actually turn into major, global brands? Want to know what will really help you stand out in a crowded industry today? And how do you know which of your amazing ideas will help you get there? Allison Maslan, CEO of Pinnacle Global Network, interviews Psyche Terry, Founder of Urban Hydration — a global clean-beauty product manufacturer whose products are sold every day in 9,000 U.S. retail locations, including Macy’s, CVS, HEB, Sally Beauty, and Target. A massively successful and impactful CEO, she shares her secrets on how to scale a company to an incredibly high level.
It’s easy to think industry leaders and CEOs of 9-figure companies have always been that successful — but the truth is, there are a lot of hours of hard work and challenges behind the scenes that you don’t see. So what is it really like to go from ground zero to multi-millions (and more importantly, how do you do it?) In this episode, Allison Maslan, founder and CEO of Pinnacle Global Network interviews Miko Branch, founder and CEO of Miss Jessie’s, a major, award-winning hair care company. Miko and her sister Titi elevated Miss Jessie’s from nothing into one of the most innovative companies in the beauty space… starting off with ZERO startup money, loans or investors.
Have you ever had a fantastic business idea that you knew could be huge… but you didn’t act on it because others would say you don’t have “enough experience”? Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been in business for years, it’s so easy to look at all the top dogs in the industry and think, “Ugh, there’s no way I’m qualified to make this happen.” Here’s the truth, though. The most successful business owners in the world are not the most experienced ones. They’re the ones who are willing to commit to their dream and make it happen, no matter what.
Gail Becker, founder and CEO of the unbelievably successful CAULIPOWER, launched CAULIPOWER cauliflower pizza crusts in 2017 with no experience in the frozen food industry (one of the most resistant to change, especially to health products like hers). Three years later, her products are in 25,000 stores across America… and they recently hit $100M in sales!
Something nobody tells you when you start a business: Going from $0 to $1M is totally different from going from $1M to $10M… $10M to $100M… etc. And you need a whole new set of skills and strategies to do it.
If you’re looking at other major companies and corporations and thinking, “How did they make it from here to there? Can I even do that?” Check out this episode with Nina Vaca, founder and CEO of Pinnacle Group a $1B tech staffing company that she started from the bottom up. Nina is a true entrepreneur. Having survived and thrived in 3 major national crises, she knows how to elevate a business from “good” to “great” — in any circumstances. (Plus, she’s a competitive triathlete.)
If you knew your life could end very, very soon… what would you do right now?
For Dana Donofree, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at 27, it was starting a business — while she was still getting treatment — even though everyone around her thought she was going crazy. Dana decided it was now or never and launched her own company: AnaOno, a brand of innovative, soft post-surgery bras made specifically for those affected by breast cancer. Since then, she has grown her company into the millions, scaled globally, and even been the first mastectomy bra line to be featured in New York Fashion Week! Dana shared how any business can use the lessons of surviving cancer (or any major struggle) to start and scale a highly innovative, niche business to the international level.
Do you have the dream of starting a high-level business (or getting more serious with yours), but feel like you’re too young, inexperienced, busy with school or work to ever actually do it? Then you’ll definitely tune into this episode of the WBENC Women Who Own It with the incredible Katarina Samardzija, CEO of Locker Lifestyle. A 22-year-old who built a successful company, Kat obtained 3 trademarks and 2 patents, and won 14 pitch competitions — all before she graduated college.
“The creative mindset doesn’t stop at work. It’s something we live in, and something we integrate throughout our whole lives.”
Listen now to the eye-opening conversation with Monica Kang, CEO and Founder of InnovatorsBox to learn:
And so much more.
Allison Maslan, CEO and Founder of Pinnacle Global Network interviews Michelle Boggs, Director of Franchising and a Managing Partner at Mutts Cantina to get expert advice on how to go from small business to high-level franchise. With Michelle’s help, Mutts has opened an additional location in Fort Worth (where they average about 1,500 members each month), and the company is now in the process of opening 3 more restaurants in 2020! Franchising is one of the best ways to scale a business… but it’s something you definitely want to learn from people who have done it.
“You have to have faith when nobody else does. When, in fact, the world thinks you shouldn’t. You have to know that it’s gonna work out, even when everyone is telling you no.”
Bea Dixon is the founder and CEO of The Honey Pot Co., a plant-based feminine hygiene line created with a goal to provide women with a healthy alternative to traditional feminine care. While working a full-time job, and starting with nothing, she founded The Honey Pot in 2014… 6 years later, her products can be found online and in stores nationwide at Target, Walmart, Urban Outfitters, Walgreens, Bed Bath and Beyond, Whole Foods, and beyond. (She also raised $1M in venture capital – in one year.) Bea shares so many success secrets that helped her get to the top — even when she was facing her biggest challenges. If you’re in retail, trying to get your product out there, or just want to know how to finally “break through” with your business to the next level, definitely listen in.
Are you a CEO stuck at the 6- or 7-figure mark who wants to make a way bigger impact — but feel like no matter how hard and how much you work, you can’t seem to break through to that “next level?” Then it’s time for you to do one thing: SCALE your business! In this episode of the WBENC Women Who Own It, guest host Patti Massey interviews scaling expert and 10x CEO Allison Maslan on the secrets of scaling success — which she’s used to help thousands of business owners magnify their profits and impact with less work and more success.
The COVID-19 pandemic left its mark on nearly every business around the world. Whether your company struggled to survive or it grew and even thrived, bright and promising times are coming for Women’s Business Enterprises. In this episode of Women Who Own It, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) President and CEO Pamela Prince-Eason shares a peek at how the organization pivoted quickly to help its members weather the storm — and what lies ahead. Watch now to discover how to best position your company to win — and how WBENC can help.
As women entrepreneurs, one of our most valuable resources is each other. When we support and learn from other women business owners, we all win. Anjali Ann Ramakumaran, Founder and CEO of Ampcus Inc., a WBENC-Certified Consulting and Professional Services firm shares her journey of building what has become one of the 50 fastest-growing women-owned businesses in the continental United States. Watch now and discover the tools and practices that have fueled the steady growth of Ampcus year after year — and how you can integrate these proven ideas into your business to put your company on the fast track to scaling success.
How does a woman entrepreneur take a company from zero and transform it into an industry-leading global enterprise? We’re answering the billion-dollar question…
In this very special episode of Women Who Own It, Allison Maslan sits down with Janice Bryant Howroyd, founder and CEO of The ActOne Group, a WBENC-Certified employment, workforce management, and procurement solutions company operating in more than 30 countries across the globe. Janice has been recognized as one of the top 50 leading women entrepreneurs in business today and is ranked as the second wealthiest self-made African-American woman in the world. In this inspiring interview, Janice shares the story of how she started a company with only a few hundred dollars and grew it to the largest privately-held, woman- and minority-owned workforce management company in the U.S.
Do you have a product that you’re ready to get to market, or a new revenue stream you’re ready to launch? This episode of Women Who Own It is a must watch!
Joyce Zhu, Founder and CEO of Numa Foods, a WBENC-Certified health-conscious company dedicated to making better-for-you treats, shares her journey — and the most important lessons she’s learned nearly 4 years into the business. Joyce worked in management consulting before becoming an entrepreneur to help others tackle their sweet cravings in a healthier manner. She launched Numa Foods in her mother’s kitchen and now runs the fast-growing company alongside her parents. Tune in to discover incredible insights on distribution, overcoming growing pains, and how you can leverage a WBENC Certification to help you stand out in the most competitive markets.
Calling all women business owners and wine aficionados — this episode of Women Who Own It is a must watch!
In the spotlight on this episode is wine enthusiast Jordan Salcito, founder and CEO of Drink RAMONA, Inc. a WBENC-Certified manufacturer of low-alcohol, easy-drinking, go-anywhere spritzer. Grab a glass and join us as she spills about all things wine, business and challenging the status quo as a woman in a male-dominated industry. Watch now for the rule-breaking mindset, strategy and practices that have helped RAMONA thrive in a highly competitive market while staying true to itself as a business — and how you can use them (and the incredible WBENC network) to make your business shine.
Attention all impact-driven business owners and chocolate lovers: if you’re passionate about growing your company and making a difference, this episode of Women Who Own It is a real treat!
Allison Maslan interviews Karen Blackwell, the Founder and CEO of WBENC-Certified Sage & Alms™, a Black-owned, women-owned benefit corporation, as well as Kanda™ Chocolates, a Fair Trade company that produces chocolates entirely in Ghana. Tune in for some sweet inspiration on how your company can give back. Plus, discover key strategies and practices you can use now to balance social responsibility, environmentalism — and profits — while taking your business to the next level.
If you’re passionate about growing your women-owned business, supporting other WBEs and breaking barriers as a woman in a male-dominated industry, you don’t want to miss this episode of Women Who Own It!
Allison Maslan interviews Jessica Baker, marketing and branding maven, and Founder and CEO of Glass Staircase, an Austin-based WBENC-Certified marketing and branding agency dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs find their voice, break through barriers and make BIG things happen. Tune in to discover ceiling-shattering insights, tips and actionable advice you can use to start taking your women-owned business to the next level — and how WBENC (and its amazing network) can support your journey.
Challenges are inevitable in business. How you respond determines whether you’ll achieve average results — or become unstoppable.
If you’re facing roadblocks and tricky situations, you’ll be inspired by the “no matter what” attitude of Kate McAleer, the owner and founder of Bixby & Co., an artisan confectionery producer located in the historic working waterfront of Rockland, Maine. Tune in now for Kate’s insights and tips for staying in motion during tough times and becoming an unstoppable success.
Branding and marketing are monumental parts of building a successful business. But if you’re a first-time entrepreneur, or even simply starting fresh in a new market, it can be tough to know where to start.
For the full breakdown, check out this episode of Women Who Own It with Orion Brown, the founder and CEO of Black Travel Box®, a WBENC-Certified premium, clean beauty brand catering to women of color. Tune in now for the story on how Orion made the leap from a corporate career working with brands such as Oracle, Hasbro and Kraft Foods, to entrepreneur. Plus discover expert insights, tips and advice on building your brand and making an impact while staying true to what makes your company stand out.
Want to know the secret to standing out as a women-owned business — no matter how saturated the market? Check out this episode of Women Who Own It.
Allison Maslan interviews Lara Nikola, the Founder and President of Smart Sips Coffee, a WBENC-Certified brand specializing in a range of uniquely flavored gourmet coffees, decaf, lattes, cappuccinos and hot chocolates. Tune in to discover Lara’s journey from a corporate career in advertising to becoming an award-winning entrepreneur who’s been featured on Shark Tank, Good Morning America, Fox and Friends (and many more) — plus, find out the exact steps to take to blast your business past the competition and into the spotlight!
At WBENC, we love seeing women business owners step into their power and thrive — no matter what industry they’re in.
Allison Maslan interviews Janet Sperry, a former oncology physician and Founder of Dakota Matting & Environmental Solutions LLC., a WBENC-Certified comprehensive matting supplier and turnkey access provider for the energy industry. Tune in for the inside scoop on this little-known industry — plus, discover the unique mindset, values and practices that have helped Janet propel her company straight to the top — and how you can use them (and the support of the WBENC network) to supercharge your business success!
Whether you plan to diversify your current business or even sell it later, there’s one question you need to ask yourself … What comes next?
Katie McCarron, the Founder of Portland Pet Food Company (PPFC), a WBENC-Certified global manufacturer of human-grade dog meals and treats, has some advice. Tune in to discover how Katie went from selling her first business and retiring in 2008 to re-entering the business world in a completely new industry. Plus, discover priceless insights, advice and inspiration that you can use to plan the next phase in your business journey.
Diversity and Inclusion is not only a hallmark of good business. It’s also one of the biggest indicators of that organization’s ability to grow, diversify and create impact in the market. But if you ask Dee Marshall to create Diversity and Inclusion that is an intrinsic, authentic, and powerful part of the company culture — you’ll need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Dee Marshall is a renowned international speaker, certified coach, leadership trainer, diversity consultant, published author, and the CEO at Diverse & Engaged LLC. This WBENC-Certified company is dedicated to providing strategy, programs and initiatives to engage, support and develop diverse populations not limited to multicultural women, African-Americans, and millennials. Check out the episode to discover key insights, strategies and tools you can use to build and support a diverse workforce to create greater impact, accelerate business growth and unleash your company’s potential.
In business, first impressions are everything. But the key to making the right impression isn’t always about what you say about your brand, but instead highlighting the subtle details that let your brand speak for itself.
On this episode of Women Who Own It, get an inside look behind the WBENC-Certified company helping businesses reinforce and enhance their brand through art with special guest Brooke Nelson who, along with her partner Rachel Pru, co-founded Curate Art Group. Watch the podcast to discover how art can help you curate your perfect story for powerful impact, greater success and accelerated business growth — and how WBENC and its amazing network can help!
When you’re running a business in a highly competitive market, it can be tempting to cut a few corners for the benefit of your bottom line. But according to the special guest on this episode of Women Who Own It, shortcuts don’t pay off in the long run for your business — or for the planet.
Purvi Sahu is the Founder and CEO of Purvari, an organic rose water and mist product line designed to nurture the complexion with wholesome, chemical-free nourishment that’s as pristine and natural as skin itself. Tune in now for key insights on running a mission-driven business — plus discover strategies you can use immediately to incorporate more socially and environmentally responsible practices into your company while creating long-term, sustainable growth.
Want to cut through the noise and make your business stand out from the crowd? The special guest on this episode of Women Who Own It has the answers.
Tune in to meet Robyn Young, expert branding strategist and Founder of Young & Co., a strategic branding agency dedicated to creating legacy brands rooted in authenticity. Watch now to discover Robyn’s must-know branding secrets, tips and tricks from her more than 20 years of branding and marketing for top commercial brands such as Nike, Target, UCLA, and Everyday Health — plus the exact steps she’s taking to rapidly grow and scale her agency and how you can implement them into your own business!
As a women-owned business in a quickly evolving industry, there’s a secret to getting ahead: Always staying in motion. Just ask the special guest on this episode of Women Who Own It.
Allison Maslan interviews Maureen Mulvihill, the President, CEO and Co-Founder of Actuated Medical Inc., a WBENC-Certified medical technology company with a mission to solve clinical needs and improve patient outcomes using electronically controlled motion devices. If you’re ready to take your business to the next level, disrupt your industry and make a difference, tune in now and discover Maureen’s insights and tips for staying ahead and becoming an unstoppable success in a male-dominated industry.
At Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), we believe that when a woman puts her mind to something, there’s nothing she can’t achieve. Our special guest on this episode of Women Who Own It is proof positive.
From a young age, she knew without a shadow of a doubt that she wanted to be a CEO – so that’s exactly what she became. Today, Hannah Testani is the CEO of Intelligent Audit, a company specializing in multi-modal freight audit and transportation spend analytics.
Do you ever feel like it’s impossible to keep up with the near constant changes, innovations and evolution of the business world? If so, check out this episode of Women Who Own It! During this info-packed interview, we explore Kanchana’s incredible journey – from moving all the way from India to pursue her dream of being an entrepreneur, to starting her company with just $5000 in savings, and growing a global enterprise with more than 1500 employees in 18 countries of operation.
Do you have a product that you’re ready to get to market, or a new revenue stream you’re ready to launch? The latest episode of Women Who Own It is a must-watch! We’re talking to Dr. Jacqueline Darna, the Founder and CEO of Doc OTC and medical inventor of NoMo Nausea, NoMo Migraine, and NoMo Sleepless Nights, the first and only natural way to stop nausea, vomiting, and headaches instantly for adults, kids and even pets.
If you’re passionate about growing your woman-owned business, realizing your vision, and supporting other Women Business Enterprises along the way – this episode of Women Who Own It is for you! Featuring Dr. Cheryl Polote Williamson, an best-selling award-winning author, filmmaker, transformational speaker, philanthropist and certified life coach who has helped more than 500 entrepreneurs launch thriving businesses.
Right now, finding new ways to create revenue in your business is key. With all the changes happening in the world you cannot rely on the same methods to drive new business. This is why learning how to develop new corporate relationships is critical and can transform your business in the coming years.
On this episode of Women Who Own It, which was recorded live at the recent WBENC Conference, Allison Maslan, founder of Pinnacle Global Network, talks with Angelique Rewers, founder of BoldHaus which helps small businesses land big corporate clients such as IBM, Intel, HP, PayPal, AT&T, Marriott, Chevron and Major League Baseball.
For CEOs like us, our businesses are our “babies.” And like most parents, we’re willing to make huge sacrifices to make sure our companies thrive.
Dr. Pamela Ellis is the Founder and CEO of Compass Education, a company dedicated to helping parents get their children into the school of their dreams without emptying their pocketbooks.
If you have a unique business idea, want to expand your company’s revenue streams, or are simply looking for inspiration on how to give back to the community – don’t miss this episode of Women Who Own It!
Lisa Riggs joins the podcast to talk about her journey from corporate life to starting her business, Spirit Sox USA, a company focused on making a difference in the world with each pair of socks.
Imagine having a customer so in love with your brand that they buy the business. Now imagine that customer-turned-owner receiving a cold call from Venus Williams, also a customer, that leads to her becoming Chief Brand Officer and part owner of the company. Listen to this episode to hear from the customer turned CEO who is inspiring brand evangelism with her products, company mission and values – and how you can showcase your company values to inspire customers to become believers and advocates of your brand.
It is no secret that the world has had its struggles, but there are so many brilliant entrepreneurs using their passions to make massive shifts in the world of consumerism. Having a big mission is no small feat and this woman is doing her part to help companies buy and import ethically, while at the same time, empowering those that are developing the products worldwide.
We can find inspiration in so many different facets of our lives, but family tends to be a big catalyst for many entrepreneurial ideas. Some entrepreneurs have created life-changing products just because their own child had a need that could not be filled by any other products in that niche. It is never a bad idea to take the leap from consumer to retailer if you know you can help other people.
It does not matter how experienced you are in your business or how many companies you have started, there are always going to be certain phases that every CEO must go through in order to Scale their company. This does not just mean applying business strategies, but also experiencing business failures and making mistakes. We have all made them. This is how we grow. Overcoming these challenges made us the CEOs we are today.
Being the creative force behind your business is one of the best parts of being the CEO. You can constantly test your limits and create things you’ve never imagined! With a growth mindset, anything is possible.
‘Tis the shopping and gifting season! As with all retail-oriented businesses this time of year, women-owned businesses are hyper focused on sales to finish up the year. Between wanting to come up with the best marketing strategy for your target market as well as the right sales and offers that consumers are looking for during a high spending season, it can feel like there are a lot of important strategies in place which can sometimes be overwhelming to a CEO. Not to worry because we have got you covered!
Building a brand, a business and an online presence often requires picking a lane, despite the desire to try to capture attention from every potential audience or customer. Without the right strategy and focus, there is the risk of not connecting with anyone at all. Ari Krzyzek breaks down the core factors to consider and determine when building a business.
In 2022, the Women Who Own It Podcast with Allison Maslan, founder of Pinnacle Global Network, interviewed talented and influential WBEs who have shared their business challenges and know-how while maneuvering through business and entrepreneurship.
Allison Maslan is your female founder host of the Women Who Own It Podcast. Allison is the CEO and founder of WBENC-Certified Pinnacle Global Network and a Wall Street Journal Best Selling Author of Scale or Fail.
She’s built ten successful companies starting out at age 19. Her client list has included Ben & Jerry’s, Supercuts, Allstate and Charlotte Russe.
Allison founded The Pinnacle Global Network ® in 2010 to pay it forward and help business owners scale their companies and reach their dreams. Pinnacle has since become the world leader in scaling businesses.
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