No matter how many mantras you have on your bathroom mirror or how many motivational quotes you have pinned, staying focused, inspired, and empowered in your professional life can feel like a roller coaster—challenging on the way up but exhilarating after reaching an important milestone.
While you're busy grinding for a promotion, burning the midnight oil day in and day out, or pondering a career leap of faith, it's easy to feel deflated, uninspired, or confused about the next step to take. What you need is a little inspirational boost from a set of serious bosses who are trailblazing in their industry and breaking glass ceilings everywhere.
These women are fearless, creative, confident, and relentless in achieving their goals. Whether they're opening restaurants, founding companies, or reaching the top of their respective fields, they set the bar really high for the rest of us. Get your daily dose of professional inspiration—these successful women will push you to succeed, one Insta story at a time.
Poppy Jamie is a British entrepreneur, former television presenter, and one-half of the new cult brand Pop & Suki. Together with her co-founder, model Suki Waterhouse, they created an accessory line that is flying off the shelves as quickly as a Glossier Balm Dotcom. The duo has also recently collaborated with Away on an exclusive line of luggage. At age 26, Jamie has already hosted a TED conference and is launching an app focused on improving mental health and positive well-being later this year.
We dare you to keep up with all of Miki Agrawal's endeavors. The Brooklyn-based Montréaler started her career in investment banking and angel investing before founding a portfolio of female-focused businesses including the period panties Thinx and Icon Undies. She is also the founder of a line of direct-to-consumer bidets called Tushy. She opened a farm-to-table gluten-free restaurant in Brooklyn called Eat Drink Wild, and, in a full-circle moment, she authored the entrepreneurial-focused book Do Cool Sh*t. She sure does.
A Forbes 30 Under 30 alumna, Jaclyn R. Johnson started off as a blogger before launching her first company, (No Subject), now Small Girls PR. In 2011, she introduced the website and conference series Create & Cultivate, which is geared toward female entrepreneurs in the digital space. The conference now has a waiting list of over 3000 people, with notable keynote speakers such as Chelsea Handler, Jessica Alba, and Rachel Zoe.
Babba Canales is more than just a tall, impossibly cool Instagram sensation. The Swedish-born entrepreneur co-founded the eyewear blog Bonocle and launched Uber in Stockholm before moving to New York to assume the role of lead marketing manager for the rideshare giant. After making Forbes's 30 Under 30 list in 2016, she joined the smart luggage brand Away as their director of brand marketing.
It's no surprise that Laura Brown has over 128,000 followers on Instagram. This blond firecracker is the editor in chief at InStyle magazine and former executive director of Harper's Bazaar. She has profiled influential women such as Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama. This fashion maven, who has successfully worked her way to the top of the editorial ladder, can be found on Instagram taking selfies with Diane von Furstenberg and Drew Barrymore, or breaking bread with Brooke Shields.
Camille Becerra is proof that female chefs are on the rise in a big way. After completing Top Chef Season 3 and losing her first restaurant, Paloma, to a fire, she doubled up her efforts and opened the NYC sensation, maritime-inspired restaurant Navy before taking a chef residency at Café Henrie. Most recently, she opened Manhattan's hottest new restaurant, De Maria, while continuing to work as a food stylist for publications such as Domino and Bon Appétit. She is also working on her first cookbook.
Cyndi Ramirez is not one to rest on her laurels. The founder and editor in chief of the online publication Taste the Style and partner at Den Hospitality (The Garret West, The Garret East, Dinnertable) recently revealed her latest venture: the Lower East Side's Chillhouse, a nail bar and spa–meets–café.