Vote for Your Favorite Cover and Help a Fierce Founder Win $500 for Their Business

My Founder Story’s mission is to empower female founders and elevate the powerful stories of how they are changing the lives of others and the world with their business. Because when you amplify a woman’s purpose, you amplify her impact and her income. For our next quarterly Fierce Founder Magazine, we’re asking readers and champions of women business owners to vote for their favorite cover design. The winning cover/founder(s) will be featured on the winter issue and will receive a $500 grant for their business!

Read more about the founders:

Amy Cullen, Ladies Who Shred
In high school, Amy Cullen couldn’t get enough of snowboarding. She devoured every magazine article she could find and followed the careers of all the top performers. At the time, you could count the number of women snowboarders on one hand, which felt discouraging. She tried snowboarding herself and enjoyed it, but Amy never felt like she belonged in the sport. She eventually moved onto other interests, but she never forgot that feeling. Read more

Emily Kisa, KISA Boutique
As a little girl, you couldn’t keep Emily Kisa away from the bead store near her house. One way or another, she’d find her way there every day, plunging her hands deep into the bins and letting the little plastic and glass beads sift through her fingers. She’d bring home her latest finds and waste no time turning them into necklaces and bracelets—little works of art that she’d proudly wear for all to see. Read more

Junita Flowers, Junita’s Jar
Junita Flowers had always dreamed of owning a business. She even started down the path, not once but three times. Each time Junita was derailed by something she endured for more than a decade but kept hidden—domestic violence. But Junita’s positive spirit prevailed. She always found the strength to keep going. She never stopped believing. Junita never gave up hope. The fourth time was going to be different. Read more

Katie Steller, Steller Hair Company and Steller Kindness Project
As 18-year-old Katie Steller was being wheeled into the operating room, a million thoughts were going through her mind. Growing up with an autoimmune disease was far from easy. She dealt with issues most kids her age couldn’t imagine, including multiple medical procedures that forced her to drop out of school—twice. Now, removing her colon was Katie’s best shot at getting better. But it came with mixed emotions. While the surgery was expected to improve her life … Read more

Kjersten Merila, Her Spirit Vodka
Kjersten Merila grew up with an entrepreneurial father. But he always advised her against following in his footsteps. So instead, Kjersten created her own path. She put her analytical mind and project management skills to good use as a compliance strategist in the health care industry. She was a happy contributor to the workforce and found the work fulfilling. And yet, when a business idea began to bubble up, Kjersten felt energized in a way she hadn’t before. Read more

Kylee Leonetti, Leonetti Confetti
It was a business meeting. Kylee Leonetti was there to talk about her video and photography services. The organization she was meeting with, Wayside Recovery Center, was dedicated to supporting women and their families through recovery from substance abuse. But her thoughts drifted. She had a quick flashback of a fellow waitress she worked with many years earlier, who had slipped her the number to Narcotics Anonymous on a tiny slip of paper. A sweet southern accent … Read more

Linda Heath and Kathy Engen, Shift & Spark
Linda Heath was in a bit of a career funk. Throughout her life, she’d always done the next right thing to continue advancing professionally, but somewhere along the ride up the corporate elevator, she’d lost her inspiration. Linda knew she wanted to do something different, but exploring the possibilities tended to get pushed down on her to-do list. Then one day, the company she was working for made her next career move for her—she was part of a massive layoff. Read more

Shawntain Howell, Girls Are Powerful
Like many tweens and teens, Shawntan Howell wrestled with body image issues. She was taller than most of the girls in her class and remembers what it was like to ride in the backseat of a compact car, knees pressed into the seat ahead of her. As the person in front of her grumbled, and Shawntan tried to reposition her legs, she thought, “I just don’t fit.” The feeling that she didn’t fit was pervasive at times, but as she grew older, Shawntan learned to overcome negative thoughts … Read more

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

 

Amy Cullen, Ladies Who Shred

Emily Kisa, KISA Boutique

Junita Flowers, Junita’s Jar

Katie Steller, Steller Hair Company and Steller Kindness Project

Kjersten Merila, Her Spirit Vodka

Kylee Leonetti, Leonetti Confetti

Linda Heath and Kathy Engen, Shift & Spark

Shawntan Howell, Girls Are Powerful

 

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