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As a journalist, entrepreneur and woman who has struggled to “get it together” in her professional life, I catch myself being almost constantly on the lookout for stories of amazing and inspiring women to encourage me and others like me on our journeys to career and entrepreneurial success. I look for stories of women who found that success later in life, who overcame obstacles, and accomplished their goals and dreams (despite any naysayers). Stories of women who were bold enough to live as their authentic selves, fight for what they want and for the well-being of others, or who turned their lives around after facing great obstacles, internal struggles and personal defeats.
Because I have struggled and fought through that stuff every day since I got out of college and need the encouragement- just like many others I’m sure. But so many stories I find (even if encouraging in themselves) are usually about men. And although I do love men (most days) I think the world supports and builds them up enough. Sorry, guys! That’s why I want to read more inspiring, redemptive, empowering stories about women.
So, here’s the first column on some of the women who I think are the most inspiring and influential in business and in life. There are soo many more to brag on, but this is a great woman to start with.
Arianna Huffington was born in Greece in 1950 and had a passion for writing from a young age. After moving to the United States in 1980, she quickly established herself as a prominent author and journalist. She gained recognition for her insightful and thought-provoking columns, which tackled a wide range of social and political issues. Arianna's ability to connect with readers through her writing played a pivotal role in her eventual ascent to becoming a businesswoman.
In 2005, at 55 years old, Arianna Huffington co-founded The Huffington Post, a groundbreaking online news platform. Through this platform, she revolutionized the way news and information were consumed. The Huffington Post quickly became a trusted source of news, bringing together expert contributors and providing a platform for diverse voices to be heard. Arianna's vision and leadership were instrumental in shaping the success of this globally recognized media outlet.
As if co-founding and leading The Huffington Post was not enough, Arianna Huffington continued to take on new challenges and inspire others along the way. In 2016, she launched Thrive Global, a company focused on well-being and productivity. Through Thrive Global, Arianna aims to redefine success by prioritizing self-care and creating a culture that promotes personal growth and balance in the workplace. This venture demonstrates Arianna's commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of individuals and society as a whole.
Arianna Huffington's entrepreneurial journey and unwavering determination have inspired countless women in business. She has shattered glass ceilings and set an example for aspiring female entrepreneurs and leaders. Arianna's success serves as a reminder that gender should never limit one's aspirations or potential. Her advocacy for work-life balance and well-being has sparked important conversations and brought about positive changes in workplace culture. Women in business can look up to Arianna as a role model and draw inspiration from her incredible achievements.
Today, in addition to running Thrive Global, Arianna is the host of multiple podcasts and has published 15 books, including:
As an author, journalist and social-entrepreneur with many passions that have been put off for too long- Arianna Huffington is an inspiration to me. Her life and written work is a reminder that it’s never too late to build an amazing career and how to thrive in love, work and life.
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