It’s been a year since the Women’s Entrepreneurs Alliance (WESA) was created.
It’s a new and exciting era for the women-run industry, with the launch of the Entrepreneurship Fund in June, and the first ever Black Entrepreneurs Book series being published this week.
But to mark this milestone, we decided to compile a list of the best black female entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs that have emerged from the WESA movement.
So without further ado, here’s our Black Entrepreneur Guide to Women in the Startup Industry.
Maria Alvarado Maria Alvia, CEO of New York City-based startup Alvarados, founded her startup after a stint working in finance.
The 25-year-old from Brooklyn, New York, has been in the startup industry for almost two decades.
After working for a local brokerage firm, she took her first steps into the venture world in 2010, after graduating from college.
Now she runs the venture capital firm, Alvaranos Ventures, which focuses on providing startups with the resources they need to launch.
Toni L. Johnson Toni Johnson, who is also the CEO of WESA, started her company after a six-month stint at a hedge fund, where she had a lot of experience.
She’s now a partner at Toni Associates, a startup she founded.
Tini’s first venture was with the nonprofit World Relief, where the group partnered with nonprofits to create a new, affordable way to bring supplies to people in need.
Tami-Lee Rader Tami Lee Rader founded her business, Dyson, after working at a food delivery company.
She joined WESA to build a network of women entrepreneurs, and now she runs her own company.
In 2013, she started her own startup, Dyslexia, to create tools to help people with disabilities communicate and work through their communication difficulties.
Kim Riehl Kim Rieshl is a Black woman who started her career at an investment bank, before working at the venture firm Sheehan, a venture capital company.
After her stint at Sheeham, she left to run a software development company, before opening her own firm, Riella.
Amanda B. Broussard Amanda BrouSSard is a former venture capitalist who has also founded her own business.
Browsing through her résumé, you’ll notice she was part of the group of Black women that founded WESA in 2013.
BriSSard started her first venture in 2013 after working for her father’s hedge fund.
Since then, she has focused on building businesses for underserved communities.
Naveen N. Biju Naveed Bijus is a veteran entrepreneur who started his career at the global software company, EZCorp, before joining WESA.
He says that he’s seen the industry grow by leaps and bounds, and is proud of the fact that women are becoming leaders in the industry.
Angela Hines Angela Hynes founded her company, Black Girls Code, in 2014.
She says that while women entrepreneurs are only 20 percent of the total business, women are starting more than 60 percent of their businesses.
Tammi Hensley Tammie Hensly started her online business, Black Girl Code, after earning her MBA at Cornell University.
She said that in her time at Cornell, she saw the power of women in the tech community and that she wanted to be a part of that, so she started working at her father-in-law’s hedge funds.
Michelle C. Williams Michelle Williams is the founder of the New York-based online clothing retailer, Blackgirl.com, which she co-founded with her partner, Toni Brouston.
Rachel Ganser Rachel Ganyan, CEO and co-founder of the popular online fashion retailer, Lingerie.com is the first Black woman to lead a company that’s been in business for over three decades.
The company has been a pioneer in helping people find clothes for themselves and their loved ones, and it’s made a huge impact on the fashion industry.
Tanya A. Thompson Tanya Thompson is a founding partner at Black Girl Media, which is dedicated to providing women-owned businesses with visibility and resources.
Tisha M. Henson Tisha is the CEO and founder of Black Girl Digital, a social media startup that aims to make it easier for women to connect and share their stories and experiences online.
Emily Hickey Emily Hirschfeld, who co-created the #MeToo movement, is the co-author of the book The Big Black Woman, which includes a chapter on Black women entrepreneurs.
Amanda Totten Amanda Tottu, co-CEO of New Orleans-based start-up The Big Red, is a leading advocate for Black women in