“With clients, I was my authentic self, which really brought a lot of trust to the relationship and we were able to close some amazing deals and work well together. But, inside the company, I became one of the guys. With that in mind, I left.” Read more about Barbara Annis’ work in helping companies create work cultures that are friendly to both men and women.

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Former CEO of Burberry Angela Ahrendts discusses how she got her start in fashion, what made her successful at Burberry, and the strategies she employed to grow Burberry’s profits by more than 50%.

“That loss saved me from becoming what I hate,” she says. “One of those people who live their lives to impress everyone else. Who put up a front for the world to admire. Who make sure every charitable act is posted and shared for their own image gain. Who posture and pose for people they care nothing about except for the opinion they have of them,” said Ronda Rousey.

This year, this space she’s created for herself is for one purpose. “I’m just getting my life back,” she says.

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Grameen America is a 501(c)(3) microfinance organization dedicated to helping women who live in poverty build small businesses to create better lives for their families. They offer microloans, training and support to empower women entrepreneurs. Since 2008, Grameen America has invested over $515 million in more than 81,000 women entrepreneurs in 12 cities across the United States.

Spanx and the Sara Blakely Foundation have partnered with Grameen America to give even more low-income women the tools they need to build small businesses and gain financial independence. With the support of the Sara Blakely Foundation and Spanx, more than 100,000 low-income women entrepreneurs will be empowered through Grameen America microloans, credit and asset-building services.