Emily Weiss

Emily Weiss

Emily Weiss, CEO and Founder of the cosmetics company Glossier

“What’s been challenging has just been constantly shifting gears in terms of what being a CEO means, in terms of a day-to-day, month-to-month role. One month it might be that I need to learn how to raise venture capital funds, and one month it might be that I need to broker a real estate deal for a new office that we are getting and I need to understand neighborhoods’ price per square footage, and then another month it might be that we’re bunking down on internal processes and goal-setting. It’s always exhilarating and every day is different.”

"I don’t have a lot of venture capital experience. I went to art school, so I learned it all first hand and I’m still learning. One thing that I’ve realized both in venture capital and business is that it’s often easier to have a conversation with someone who’s more like you. It’s more challenging when you’re not speaking the same language or you’re both not well versed on the same topic. There are not very many female venture capitalists, there are more male venture capitalists, and most of the people who I pitched to haven’t had personal experience with a mascara or a lipstick. There’s no inherent bias that I’ve been faced with personally, I think, though, that it has reiterated the fact that no matter what the product is you’re pitching, whether it’s a beauty product or a tech product or a hotel project, it’s up to you as the entrepreneur and the owner of your idea to communicate the market and why your idea is good and why it will work.” 

Coveteur, Photograph via Inc 

Joyce M. Roché

Joyce M. Roché

Sallie Krawcheck

Sallie Krawcheck