Oprah Winfrey, Chairman Harpo, Inc.
The first African-American woman to become a billionaire, Oprah overcame her own trials and tribulations stemming from child abuse. Oprah began her television career at seventeen and her star was lit when she turned around the failing “AM Chicago” show. Oprah’s business and career success can be attributed to her passion to help others.
Oprah clearly states her corporate mission for The Oprah Winfrey Show “…is to use television to transform people’s lives, to make viewers see themselves differently and to bring happiness and a sense of fulfillment into every home.”
These women represent a small sampling of many great women in business influentials. The one common thread among the stories of success is success does not come easy. Success goes hand in hand with hardship and challenges. Never lose sight of your small business struggles…they are a requirement to great things.
“We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes — understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” – Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post