Sara Blakely, Billionaire

Posted March 12, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Leaders We Adore

She’s changed the way women think about clothes – “Do I need Spanx with this?” She’s changed the way many women feel about their bodies. And now, she’s broken the glass ceiling for billionaires, becoming the world’s youngest female self-made billionaire.

If that’s not impressive enough, it how she got there that really makes Sara Blakely’s story unique. Blakely reached her billion dollar status after starting Spanx with only $5,000 in savings, writing her own patent by using a Barnes and Noble “how to” book. Every step of the way, Blakely’s one-woman show moved step by step through building her business, mostly on her own shoulders. She was her own PR person, accountant, and remains the company’s first product tester.

Check out the incredible Forbes article detailing Sara Blakely’s rise to billion dollar status by clicking here. Every woman in the world should read this article – and every woman in the world should know Sara Blakely’s name. She’s an incredible inspiration to women everywhere, especially those with entrepreneurial hopes and dreams.

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is the author of "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works" and a career expert who believes in order to be empowered in your career, you must be surrounded with resources and a network that both supports and challenges you. Marcy began her own networking journey as a professional fundraiser in the nonprofit industry, honed those skills as a fundraising consultant, and in 2012 networked her way to nearly 1 million readers as the CEO of the professional development website Career Girl Network.


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