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The night began with a blast of Beyonce's "Who Run the World? GIRLS!" On Thursday night, F*it came back to DC for a second round of gripping stories by women entrepreneurs, this time in fashion and retail. Worn CEO Nicole Aguirre set the mood with a story of what New Yorkers think of the name "Worn." Hint: "Like, you already wore it?" Makes disgusted face. Read the full story here.
Kassie Rempel, founder of Lillybee shared a shocking story of how a fellow female entrepreneur stole not only her business idea, but also the name and location! There were audible gasps in the room as she relayed how that phone conversation with that lady ended with the words "sucks to be you." Luckily it only sucked for a couple of months until Kassie thought of a better idea which led her to build her business Simply Soles, and then sell it in 2012. Clearly that woman did her a favor. Read more about Kassie's story here.
Virginia Arrisueño, founder of Denada inspired everyone with quotes from her favorite movie Rocky, going as far as to play us Silvester Stalone's voice off of her Rocky keychain. What's her favorite quotes you ask? Here it is below:
"The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done." - Rocky Balboa
Virginia gets up every morning at 4:30 to get to her studio to work before taking care of her son. She taught us all just how much dedication and sweat it takes to be successful and live the life you want for yourself.
Elise Whang, CEO of SNOBSWAP got up the enormous courage to tell us all a hilarious story of what happens when you don't get enough sleep, are rushing, haven't learned to delegate, and insist on doing everything yourself. She learned this lesson the hard way when she flew out to the West Coast for investor meetings bombed those meetings because she tried to start her rental car with the key to glove compartment, all the while thinking she has a lemon.
Elise, don't feel bad, we've all been there! Being the brilliant CEO that she is, she recovered from this episode quickly, ultimately raising over $1 million for SNOBSWAP.
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