OUR MISSION IS:
TELL THE STORIES OF AMAZING ENTREPRENEURS TO INSPIRE THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS.
We know the names of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg. But what about the female entrepreneurs? What’s their story?
From brand new startups to million dollar industries, it’s time we stop telling girls they can be anything they want to be and show them what it means to be a leader.
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Dream Big. Dream, Girl.
IT BEGAN WITH A DREAM.
IN THE SUMMER OF 2014 I DECIDED TO CHASE MY DREAM OF CREATING A FEATURE LENGTH FILM.
I was walking home from the Barclays center with my husband, crying about how much I hated my day job. I was working 9 to 5 as an interactive designer for a company that was totally archaic, feeling brought down by the doldrums of corporate culture, and frustrated with my career I wanted more with my life. At the time I was working on Feminist Wednesday, my feminist storytelling blog. I was finding real inspiration through the blog, interviewing and sharing women’s stories. But working on it after hours and in between my job wasn’t enough. My day job was suffocating me and I had to get out.
So walking home that cold winter night I decided to take the leap, quit my job, and launch myself into the total unknown. All I knew was that I wanted to work on uplifting and sharing women’s stories full time. What I didn’t know was that after that decision my life would change forever.
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Sitting in my living room having coffee one unemployed morning after that big decision another light bulb went on, it said: “documentary: female entrepreneurs”. I produced a 34 minute documentary in college my senior year and I always wanted to produce a feature length film. Because I had met so many female entrepreneurs through Feminist Wednesday I knew I could put that story together on film.
I knew the initial struggle of wanting to do it yourself, and I always wanted to start my own company. So I put together a Kickstarter campaign with a trailer of the film I wanted to produce. That trailer, thanks to lots of coffee, networking events, meetings, and Marie Forleo raised over $100K. Then things got really crazy.
Over the last two years I hired an all female crew, interviewed over a dozen entrepreneurs, moved into an office, put out a new trailer, pitched my first angel investor, and in May of 2016 we premiered Dream, Girl at the White House.
Since then the film has been seen by over 20K people in 81 different countries.
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THE DREAM, GIRL JOURNEY:
At the tail end of 2016, Komal Minhas and I reflect on a year that not only launched our first feature-length film, but brought together a community of female entrepreneurs that sparked a movement. From meeting through Kickstarter to touring with the documentary across North America, we chat about the tremendous ups (and downs!) of the Dream, Girl journey and share our dreams for the year ahead.