The mission of My Founder Story and Fierce Founder Magazine is to amplify the voices and stories of purpose-driven female business founders and support their entrepreneurial success. Once again, we’re seeking input from readers and champions of women business owners to help us select who will grace the cover of Fierce Founder Magazine. Vote for your favorite for the summer issue and the winning cover/founder(s) will receive a $1,000 grant for their business or donation to a cause of their choice.

See the fierce founders and cast your vote here: http://bit.ly/FierceFounderVoteSummer2019

Read more about the founders:

Jessica Matthews, Uncharted Power
The sharp smell of diesel fuel swirled through the air. 17-year-old Jessica Matthews began coughing and choking as the purply-gray exhaust filled her nose and lungs. She was at her aunt’s wedding in Nigeria, celebrating and having a wonderful time. But the electricity had gone out and the backup diesel generator … Read more

Emma Mcilroy, Wildfang
Emma Mcilroy was having a visceral reaction. A gut-deep bodily response to images of First Lady Melania Trump, who was visiting detained immigrant children at the Texas border. Across the back of her designer military-style jacket, a message was smeared in bold white letters: “I really don’t care. Do u?” Emma cared … Read more

Lisa Tabor, CultureBrokers
The “Purple Rain” movie soundtrack was playing in Lisa Tabor’s head. Her retail management career was relocating her from the East Coast to her choice of one of five large cities in the Midwest, and Minneapolis, Minnesota was one of the options. But the only thing she knew about Minneapolis was that … Read more

Leanne Aranador, Ladoru
Leanne Aranador had endured some of the harshest insults. Like salt in a wound, they were hurled at her during the times when she was feeling her most vulnerable. And the words stung. “It’s because you have no value,” after a coworker refused to acknowledge Leanne’s contribution to a project. “You know you’re not … Read more

Erin Duffy, InspirationSQRD
Erin Duffy felt the weight of the world on her shoulders. She and her Silicon Valley creative agency colleagues were on their way to pitch a Fortune 100 company, their biggest client. Losing the business could lead to massive layoffs. But something inside Erin flipped like a switch. She was “on” in a way that was … Read more

Carrie Boe, SuperStrongChick
The summer before Carrie Boe started fourth grade wasn’t at all what she expected. Her mom had just been diagnosed with a debilitating illness. And as Carrie played in their backyard, running through the sprinkler, she slipped on the wet grass and broke her arm. Instead of carefree sunny days at the pool … Read more

Yve-Car Momperousse, Kreyòl Essence
Yve-Car Momperousse had grown her hair out naturally, into a giant Afro. As she sat in the salon chair envisioning her new ’do, she told the stylist she wanted her hair straightened. Yve-Car had been spending the majority of her time studying government and international development at the University of Pennsylvania … Read more

Robyn Frank, Nikki Hollerich, Ginger Neilon, Anna Hagen, Sairey Gernes and Lauren Vanscoy, Six for Good
The summer issue of Fierce Founder features a special section with the founders of Six for Good, a new retail collaboration in Minnesota. Six friends joined forces to do more than sell great products—they’re committed to making a difference in their communities and in the world. Together they’re committed to eliminating the stigma around mental health, supporting LGBTQ youth, ensuring sustainable water for all and ending sex trafficking.

See the fierce founders and cast your vote here: http://bit.ly/FierceFounderVoteSummer2019

*Must be 18 years of age or older to vote. Contest ends July 31, 2019. Winners will be contacted via direct message and announced on My Founder Story’s website and social media.

Jessica Matthews, Uncharted Power

Emma Mcilroy, Wildfang

Lisa Tabor, CultureBrokers

Leanna Aranador, Ladoru

Erin Duffy, InspirationSQRD

Carrie Boe, SuperStrongChick

Yve-Car Momperousse, Kreyòl Essence

Robyn, Nikki, Ginger, Anna, Sairey and Lauren, Six for Good

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