Living the Dream: Women Leaders and Entrepreneurs

Did you know that women make up the majority population enrolled in higher ed? That must have jumped significantly since I was in college in the 90's. So if more women than men earn college degrees, why do so many of them struggle to reach leadership roles? Is the transition to marriage or children the biggest factors at play here, or is it the corporate environment and it's old school mentality? It's likely a case of all of the above. Rather than trying to compete in the corporate world or live by their rules, you've probably noticed that more and more women are starting their own businesses. Often times, she will launch a small business after she has started her family, and occasionally it's the reverse and she bit the bullet long before her family planning even started. Either way, "women entrepreneurs lead one in five startups around the globe," Forbes reports. "The ratio of female founders to male soared 30 percent over the last year and a half." Ladies, this is worth celebrating! Have you noticed this trend near you?

"Millennial female entrepreneurs are disrupting industries, creating innovative products and ultimately, changing the world. The thing that I admire most about my fellow female entrepreneurs is that they are really doing it by their own rules", says Rebekah Epstein via Entrepreneur. This sounds a lot like the passion behind the women's liberation movement of the 1970's, except now we actually have equal rights... and the movement has changed names. You've probably heard of this movement to Lean In, and I believe that us female entrepreneurs have been doing this for quite some time. The concept is being applauded by more than just working women. I happen to know quite a few stay-at-home-moms who have read the book and think that it is a wonderful concept, and they look forward to embracing it as they re-enter the work force in the future.

The questions still remain for these women who want to re-enter the working world...

1) How will it affect my family? 2) What will I find the level of flexibility and freedom that I need? 3) How will I combat "mommy guilt"? 4) Will I ever find balance? 5) Will I find my purpose or work that fulfills me and makes me happy?

The answers may vary and I will touch on them more throughout future posts here, but what I want you to think about is...

[Tweet "What if your professional dreams can be a reality? What if your desire to lead, change the world or make a difference can happen?"] What if flexibility and freedom truly exists? What if you faced your fears and found your most fulfilling work ever? What if you never tried? Would you regret it one day, that you never lived your dream?

Take a look at the Infographic below with The Top Cities for Female Entrepreneurs... 040513-intuit-female-entrep2_aw_sk_lh_4_30Infographic via: Intuit

Women are living their dreams and embracing who they are. They are choosing to do business by being themselves, and in the process they get to celebrate the things that they are most passionate about. They are owning their success with confidence and pride, as they should!!

Do you ever wonder how you can get started? Is that yearning (inside of you) to do something creative propelling you forward? Are your business dreams extraordinary, adventurous and bold? If so, you might want to consider a mentor or business coach to help you in the development stage of this new journey. Their knowledge can be invaluable and I might just have the place that you are looking for!

Recently, with my trusted industry mentors and colleagues, I decided to take a leap of faith and start a new portion of my life's work. I am now helping women, just like you and I, start the creative businesses of their dreams. If you are at all interested in learning more please visit TeamXBiz.com. I am confident that one of our creative business coaches or mentors can guide you in the right direction and help you discover the road that you are meant to travel, and how being you is the most important brand asset that you have.

And remember, you are not alone. There is a support network of encouraging and motivating women who will be cheering you on. It's a sisterhood of fearless females and you are welcomed with open arms. We're huggers. ;-)

Cheers to living the dream! SarahXOXO

Sarah Lehberger

Easton, CT

Sarah Lehberger is a photographer based on the shoreline of Connecticut, just 90 mins from New York City, in the small town of Easton. She specializes in photography that celebrates working Moms and their families. She is also a Co-Founder of She Will Thrive, providing business coaching, retreats and workshops to women entrepreneurs, creatives and small business owners.

Sarah's career started in the news and entertainment industry. A storyteller at heart, she began photographing weddings in 2003 while also working full time at Getty Images, NY in their editorial department. Sarah enjoyed the fast-paced and glamorous events she would collaborate on, yet deep down she was craving more purpose driven work. In 2005 she decided to leave the corporate world to launch her full time wedding business, which received numerous awards and features throughout the industry.

In 2013 Sarah rebranded her business so she could continue her mission to celebrate women, with a new focus on mothers. She feels strongly about empowering women and creatives to succeed, and has been a speaker at conferences such as ShootDotEdit's Unlimited Happiness Tour, Inspire Photo Retreats, as well as a past coach and mentor for Team X Academy.