Jessica Herrin, CEO and Founder of jewelry company Stella & Dot. She formerly founded WeddingChannel.com, and later sold the company to The Knot.
"It was my dad’s living example. He raised me as a single dad and reinvented his career many times. Whenever he wanted something, he never thought he was going to get an invitation to make it happen. He would always just crack a book, teach himself and do it. As an entrepreneur, you have to see yourself as the creator of your destiny, and I learned that from him."
"My greatest challenge in starting this business wasn’t how to create the product or deal with the technology, but how to manage my own guilt as a working mother. I had to unshackle myself from the unrealistic expectations I had put on myself as a modern working woman. I don’t know who told me I had to make the baby food—it was all self-inflicted. Women today are a transition generation. When you go to build something transformative in the business world, there’s still that little voice in your head that says, “What are you doing?” So you feel like you’re failing. I really worked on managing guilt, because it’s a terrible waste of time and energy.”
Forbes, Photograph via Stanford GSB