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What Does It Mean To Be a Successful Woman in Business?
by Brett Farmiloe
November 24, 2023

Quotes from Women in Business

To help you better understand what it means to be a successful woman in business, we asked amazing women and female business leaders for their best tips. From making a difference in someone's life to initiating meaningful change in your industry, here are several ways women radiate success in business that may help you.

Here are eight means to being a successful woman in business:

  • Making a Difference in Someone’s Life
  • Emotional Product of Your Work
  • Empowering Other Women
  • The Results I Intended Are Manifested
  • Meaningful Change in Your Industry
  • Living Out Your Mission
  • Stay Active in Supporting Other Businesswomen
  • It’s a State of Mind 

headshot collage of guest speakers for this article

Making a Difference in Someone’s Life

Before sharing my definition of success, I think it is important to note that everyone has their own idea of what it means to be successful, and that is the way it should be. For me, being a successful businesswoman means that my company is making a difference in someone’s life. It is important to me that I am creating products that empower other lash professionals to take their business to the next level, and I feel that I am doing just that!
-Vanessa Molica, The Lash Professional

Emotional Product of Your Work

In the day and age of social media, I feel that success is too heavily tied to money and material goods. Success isn’t about the physical product of your work; it is about the emotional product. As a lawyer, I feel most successful when I win cases on behalf of my clients and ultimately give them a new lease on life. My work is all about service, and that truly fills me and makes me feel like a successful woman in business.
-Michelle Will, Will & Will

Empowering Other Women

To me, being a successful woman in business means that I am doing my part to empower and support other women around me. I work with women every day, whether it be brave birth mothers that have made the selfless choice to follow through with adoption, or whether it be an adoptive mother who is looking to nurture and love a child through adoption. Regardless of the case, I truly believe that being a successful woman in business requires serving other women through your role!
-Kenna Hamm, Texas Adoption Center

The Results I Intended Are Manifested

The moment that one self-identifies as successful, then they are. The word “successful” sounds like it is an adjective that can only be assigned to you by outsiders, but the word makes more sense in the context of how one self-assesses. I would say women, in general, will be more hesitant than men to self-identify as successful for cultural and social reasons I believe are obvious to all. In my case, I have long considered myself successful, but not in a ticker-tape-parade-toot-my-own-horn kind of way. Rather, I experience being successful as those times when the results I intended are manifested as a result of the work I have done. In other words, what being successful means to me is the self-awareness that I did what I was trying to do. 
-Stephanie Schull, Kegelbell 

Meaningful Change in Your Industry

We all define success differently. For me, it means causing a meaningful change in your industry and inspiring others to do the same. It’s also about recognizing the strong women who helped to support you on your journey and supporting others who are navigating the challenges that women in business face. As the founder of a woman-owned business, it has been part of my mission to hire, mentor, and promote skilled women and support their growth.
-Carol Bramson, Side by Side

Living Out Your Mission

I believe that being a successful woman in business is all about living out your mission statement. Regardless of what vertical you work in, how big your company is, or how profitable you are, if you lead your employees with confidence and stay true to your company’s mission, you are indeed successful!
-Kristy Bach, BestCompaniesAZ

Stay Active in Supporting Other Businesswomen

Being a successful woman in business has to do with confidence. It’s important to take pride in what I do and have confidence in my skills even in the face of a challenge. It’s also important to stay active in supporting my fellow women in business. Everyone deserves a chance at success, and if you can help your fellow businesswoman achieve that by supporting them, it’s worth it.
-Kimberly Kriewald, AVANA Capital

It’s a State of Mind

For me, success is a state of mind. Growing up with an overactive “achievement gene,” I never felt “successful” and often looked past any professional wins. As I began to see the word, and the world, differently, I came to realize success is all in my head. The more I felt successful (and grateful), the more success actually came to me. Today, success is how I feel and I work on that feeling every day! 
-Jenn Christie, Markitors

About the author
Brett Farmiloe
Brett Farmiloe is the Founder & CEO of Terkel, a Q&A site that converts insights from small business owners into high-quality articles for brands. Brett Farmiloe Founder & CEO,
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