WHM Day 8: Sara Blakely- CEO, Spanx

 
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Sara started with a silly idea that was just crazy enough to work. After hearing Oprah Winfrey mention that she’d love to see something that function as pantyhose but without the feet or full restriction, Sara took a pair of her control top pantyhose, cut off the feet, Spanx was born, and the rest is history.
With $5,000 she saved from selling fax machines door-to-door, refined her invention, frequented the local university law library to learn how to write her own patent, begged manufacturers to make a prototype and cold-called buyers. Then she got into Neiman Marcus. Once in, she got her friends to call multiple locations asking for Spanx. Then Oprah called…and Spanx too off like gangbusters!
That’s the cliff’s notes version. But Sara is a perfect example of persistence, belief and hard work. Today, she has a company and net worth of over a billion dollars. And Spanx is a noun and a verb for many women!
Til next time,
Adrienne Graham
Founder, Mogul Chix, LLC
 
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Adrienne Graham is the Founder of Mogul Chix (www.mogulchix.com), a global company and community for female founders and women entrepreneurs. She works with female-founded companies to grow, scale & making them investment ready. She is CEO of Empower Me! Corporation (www.empowerme.org), a growth strategies consultancy for high growth companies. She provides Strategic Business Growth advisory services to companies with high growth potential to assist clients in creating processes and strategies to effectively scale, run, grow and position their business for success. Adrienne is an author, serial entrepreneur and avid techie dedicated to promoting inclusive diversity in the tech, VC and startup community. She is steadily building her empire one company at a time. She is also a Mentor for the Straight Shot Accelerator in Omaha, NE, which helps guide startups into successfully launched ventures.
 

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