The Constellation: WOMEN IN BUSINESS 👩💼
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In the fall, we often get excited about new beginnings and projects. Who better to embody the approach of new undertakings than women who start their own businesses? In this month's issue, we focused on women entrepreneurs, and how they embody Stardust's missions of sustainability, health, and learning.
We interviewed Katie Ahlfield, a Virginia-based artist whose small business founded in 2015 has grown exponentially, and who "loves being her own boss."
“Break the system and do what you love doing“: How women entrepreneurs can make the business world work for them
This month, Stardust is shining a spotlight on female entrepreneurs. We interviewed Katie Ahlfield, a Richmond, VA-based designer, to see how women can create their own niche, using their unique talent and vision to become entrepreneurs. Katie runs KT’s Home Decor and Designs.
Katie doesn’t necessarily view sexism as a defining part of being an emerging women entrepreneur, but balancing work and family can be a huge challenge. Katie is a single mom, who home schools her nine-year-old daughter, “a major juggle”
to do while being an emerging woman entrepreneur. It might not be a gender-specific problem (men have children too), but balancing childcare with professional responsibilities is often a heavier burden for working women.
From an early age, Katie’s daughter is learning an
attitude that fuels many entrepreneurs and startup founders. You are not limited to what is prescribed - you can use your talents and imagination to create something new, an attitude that fuels many startups and entrepreneurs.
How women can embrace both entrepreneurship and sustainability: Eileen Fisher
For more on women entrepreneurs, Stardust Chair Jean Palmer-Moloney recommends a TEDx Talk by sustainable clothing company founder Eileen Fisher. I also highly recommend this 2013 New Yorker profile on Fisher, which shows how the manufacturing of everyday clothing can be both art and an exercise in sustainability.