Entrepreneurs, by nature, are courageous people. All of us who have built a business have developed a necessary, unwavering belief in ourselves. Running an enterprise, taking it from a vision to reality, has taken courage every step of the way. Global fashion icon Vera Wang had the courage to open her first bridal boutique at age 40. Reflecting on her journey, Wang said that “courage is a large part of the creative process. Fashion grew out of my need to express myself and challenge the status quo.” It takes courage to begin an entrepreneurial journey at any age. Courage allows us to see beyond the frequent roadblocks and risks, to overcome fear of rejection, failure and the unknown, and to focus on achieving success even when the odds are not in our favor.
This year the Female Entrepreneur Summit will reflect on the courage and resilience of female entrepreneurs and also celebrate a milestone, the 10th anniversary of FES.