Top 21 Inspiring Women To Look Out For In 2021
Over the years, women have proved themselves as the driving force behind the revolution in every sector of the entrepreneurial world. With their unrelenting spirit and passion, they strived to achieve greatness and enriching every industry with their vision and ability to have an extraordinary effect whenever they step a foot. Such influential and inspiring women, not only created an impressive career for themselves but with their platform, they helped millions of other women boost their confidence who aspire to achieve something similar.
Today, with this article, we are presenting 21 such inspiring women to look out for 2021 that serve as an ultimate source of inspiration for every other woman.
Ana Skoumal is an award-winning trademark attorney based in Chicago. After spending many years working at a large international intellectual property law firm, she decided that all entrepreneurs and creators deserved high-caliber attorneys to help with their legal needs.
In the Spring of 2021, she started her own virtual law firm, ANA LAW LLC to serve clients globally with their United States trademark needs. Her approach is simple – legally own, leverage, and monetize your brand. The reality is, that you can only truly do that with trademark protection. Too many entrepreneurs and creators invest everything into a brand they don’t own.
Attorney Ana Skoumal is on a mission to change that. Through her viral TikTok videos and Instagram posts on her account @anaskoumal, she educates thousands of business owners, online entrepreneurs, and digital creators to empower themselves and protect their brands.
Charisma Ebling-Khalil LVN CLHRP
Charisma Ebling-Khalil LVN CLHRP began as an oncology nurse in 2010, few years after she took a leap into aesthetics, and never looked back. She has been an aesthetic nurse and educator for 8 years. She was one of the top instructors at a well know laser institute. Charisma was too injector for Real Self in 2017. In 2019, her husband, Dr George Khalil MD, and her took even more of a leap and open their own aesthetic clinic that includes liposuction, PDO threads, laser, and injectables. Charisma took her love for teaching and continue it at her clinic. Charisma also is a trainer for Versa, NovaThreads, and Jeuveau. Charisma has such a passion for PDO threads that she created a technique called ' The Princess Pull". She loves to make her clients and students happy and build their self esteem. Charisma greatest pride is being one of the top private educators in Texas!
Alli Mang is an award-winning 4-time author and Founder of Nada NA wines and spirits. For over 35 years, she has been telling stories on camera, on stage, and on the page and Alli was North America’s first Ivory Girl when they celebrated the beauty of Moms. In her 20’s she designed and operated a successful line of sportswear worn by top athletes all over the world. She launched and represented TSC’s own lifestyle brand for a decade, achieving the highest category sales in network history for 4 consecutive years. She was the only Canadian featured in the U.S. national tour and magazine, Where Women Create Work. Her talent management company of performers earned her a seat at the 89th Academy Awards. Alli is a master on-camera instructor who consults with Fortune 500 companies on how to make a lasting impact with their unique stories of business and personal success.
Courtney Maye is the Founder of Social Attraction Inc. A full-service creative marketing agency primarily serving the aesthetic industry. Social Attraction’s notable client roster has been featured on Today, The Doctors TV Show, E! News, Netflix, and more. Since childhood, Courtney was drawn towards the idea of being an entrepreneur, and initially, agriculture caught her eye. At the age of 13, she started her own sheep, swine, and cattle operation on her family’s farm and became a business owner. Later she also went on to serve The National FFA Organization and represented 27,000 students statewide.
Courtney has also won the title of Miss Oklahoma International, and dedicated herself to serving underprivileged communities and teaching people about financial literacy. After graduation in Sports Media, Courtney worked in TV for more than four years. She was a host for Oklahoma Horizon and also worked as a writer and sideline reported at various events such as Women’s Final Four, NBA All-Star Weekend, and the WNBA.
She later pursued marketing and with a goal to help her clients create and implement successful marketing strategies to enhance brand engagement and an overall increase in sales. Social Attraction works with some of the world’s most recognizable influencers, global brands, and Reality TV Stars and provided them with unparalleled results.
Nicole Doumont is the co-founder & CEO of Elite Fitness Team Inc. Elite Fitness Team Inc. is an online weight loss coaching company laser focussed on transforming peoples’ health via weight loss all over the world. Always taking chances, thinking “outside of the box”, & believing that anything is possible has kept Nicole moving forward.
Working closely with 100’s of women daily & being in the fitness industry since 1996 has taught her quite a few things. One of them being that nutrition, accountability, mindset, & community are the most important factors in being successful in the “weight loss game.” Her goal as a woman, mother, coach, & entrepreneur is to continue to push the envelope, take chances, think outside of the box, and have the courage to do what needs to be done in order to see what is possible.
Sarah Rusbatch is an accredited “Grey Area Drinking” coach, certified Health and Wellness Coach, host of two thriving, online global communities for women in sobriety, and a passionate ambassador for supporting women change their relationship with alcohol – for good.
Sarah has been sober since early 2019 following a 2-year journey of attempting (and failing) to moderate her alcohol consumption. With her decision to completely remove alcohol from her life came many unexpected benefits in both her physical and mental health which led to her decision in early 2020 to leave her 20-year career in Executive Search and Career Coaching to focus entirely on Health and Sobriety Coaching. Sarah now works with women globally in both 1:1 and group coaching offerings to change their relationship with alcohol and enjoy the multitude of benefits she herself has experienced. She has quickly become recognized as one of Australia’s leading Sobriety Coaches and is appearing more and more on the Corporate stage, presenting at Blue Chip organizations on the impact of Alcohol on mental health and wellbeing. Sarah also owns one of Australia’s first alcohol-free drinks stores – Free Spirit Drink Co.
Marilene Tentomas has changed the face of the beauty industry as a thriving owner of Slimwave Technologies & Co-Founder of NuBody Medica. While she was the first one to introduce the novice of EMS technology to Canada, her plans include continuing to offer unmatched body shaping solutions to her clients. Marilene believes every individual deserves to live the confidence of the desired fitness goal. She brings a special skill set and personalized approaches for every individual. Known for delivering effortless toning and sculpting results, their team's kind attention to detail makes a cut in the industry. Marilene thrives on a positive outlook, compassion, and empathy towards others. She sees the tremendous untapped potential of safe, non-surgical solutions which can turn around the beauty industry in no time. Being an entrepreneur, wife, and mother, creating value through business is a tough nut to crack, but Marilene knows how to get things done right!
Kim C. Shaw
Kim Shaw is the Founder and CEO of InspiringYOU! Leadership Enrichment Solutions and the single mother of three amazing adult children and grandmother of two. She takes great pride and enjoyment in proving her worth in her personal and professional life and has been juggling the two flawlessly for over two decades.
Like any other bride, Kim started her journey with much hope for the future, but when her husband unexpectedly passed away, her roles transitioned which forced her to push her boundaries to do something extraordinary for her kids. She ventured out into corporate work in search of a stable career to take care of her children but soon she realized that she can be so much more by leveraging her entrepreneurial roots and using her potential to make a breakthrough in the entrepreneurial world.
Without a degree, Kim worked her way to senior-level leadership and management within the four organizations she served. With her talent, she has served both domestically as well as abroad.
Fast forward to today, as a former C-Suite Executive, with a Master’s degree in Management & Leadership and more than 27 years in leadership development, Kim is now a distinguished certified Coach, Trainer, Teacher, and Keynote Speaker with the world-renowned John Maxwell Team. Kim also holds certifications in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator System, O.C. Tanner Recognition, Human Performance Improvement (HPIP), AchieveGlobal Leadership, DISC and more.
Dedicated to the development of emerging and accomplished leaders she serves as a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi) and USF Muma College of Business Steering Committee member and is dedicated to the development and accomplishments of others.
Kyla Derkach is the founder and creator of HATHA ASTRO. Kyla is a Human Design Specialist — a modality based on ancient and modern science, which helps us discover what makes us different from everyone else. It offers profound insights into your psychology, along with strategies and techniques for making aligned decisions, leading to a life of more ease and fulfillment. She saw a need in the booming coaching industry for unique strategies that recognize there is no one-size-fits-all approach to business, life or self-development. She offers a number of programs to help coaches and entrepreneurs integrate this system into their services, along with business mentorship for online entrepreneurs. Kyla went through a major transitional period in 2017 when she packed in her wine industry job in Canada, and moved to Mallorca, Spain. This is when she started implementing her knowledge of Human Design in her own life — now five years later, has a successful online business, on a majestic island in the Mediterranean. Her priority is to inspire others to live a life they love too. Kyla is a certified Astrologer, Human Design Specialist and has a Bachelor Business Management (Tourism) from Capilano University in Vancouver.
Karen Asprea, is a New York City based interior designer with a distinct focus in the luxury residential market. She is known in the real estate develoment world for designing large scale projects which include stunning lobbies, rooftop lounges and condominium residences. To date Karen has designed and managed 5.5 million square feet of high end residential development projects, which is a niche market for the interior deisgn world. Her client list includes some of New Yorks most highly regarded developers and industry leaders.
Karen opened her own studio in 2017 to service private residential clients in addition to her large scale development work. She currently has clients in NYC, Miami, San Francisco and Puerto Rico and is excited to be opening a second location in Miami soon.
She has developed her own custom furniture and accessories which add to the aesthetic of her work and create a truly bespoke environment for each project. Previous to having her own design studio Karen created, developed and lead a large interior design department within one of the largest architecture firms in New York. She was the youngest and only female partner at the firm before moving on to work independently. She was recently named one of the top interior designers of 2021 and looks forward to continuing to grow her business.
Jenise is an Entrepreneur, 2x International Best-Selling Author, 8x Marathoner, Mindset Coach, and Motivational Speaker. Jenise has been featured as seen on several news outlets including ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX. After years of feeling like she was losing in life as a single mother of three, she developed a Winning mindset that taught her how to leverage her setbacks so she can take the lead and Win! She believes “Self Development is the Foundation of your Success”. Jenise McNair is the owner of Free Her Truths, LLC which was created to coach women who are battling with silent trauma and ongoing hardships. Her mission is to help women embrace their personal truths and leverage their setbacks in life by helping them understand that their Truth is their Power. Jenise is truly passionate about Pushing the women in front of her ahead and Pulling the women behind her along.
Annakay S. Lyttle
Annakay Lyttle is the managing team lead for the Continental Quality Realty Boutique brokerage in Garfield, NJ! After transitioning from eight years in the financial industry at Wells Fargo, transitioning from part-time teller to branch manager in under three years, and helping her business to soar, she left banking and went into the real estate industry in 2017!
Annakay Samantha Lyttle and her team of real estate experts have not only managed to assist many individuals to achieve the American dream of homeownership but skillfully negotiates transactions on the behalf of her sellers to get the best value for the sale of their homes and business! Being an expert negotiator and a master in customer service Annakay and her team are unmatched and unstoppable! The Lyttle team has BIG RESULTS! Always remember you can say, “Today is moving day, Thanks to Annakay!”
Chantaille Buczynski is a naval officer veteran, a scientist - BSc Biochemistry/Microbiology - and, a lover of all things whisk(e)y. What do warships, microorganisms and whiskies have in common? Scotch, bourbon, grain whiskies, rye and other distillates. Whisk(e)y is malted before distillation, which requires microorganisms to create sugars and esters that make a fabulous dram, and every warship has excellent whisk(e)y onboard.
Her blog, Women’s Whisky World, is her passion. She feature whiskies from all over the world, speak to the history and science behind whiskies, create recipes with whisk(e)y, pair foods with whisk(e)y, and offer entertaining ideas to impress the guests. Looking for the perfect upscale, crowd pleasing cocktail to serve with a custom created recipe? Follow Chantaille online.
Writing about whisk(e)y brings all of her passions together into one space, her blog, Women’s Whisky World.
In the heart of the midwest is where you’ll find this entrepreneur. Crystal Alber, of St. Louis, Missouri is conquering goals and kicking ass, cancer’s ass. Crystal has been in healthcare for almost 20 years. She worked fiercely at the bedside as a critical care nurse until she chose to pursue the field of anesthesiology and became a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesiologist in 2011. Despite working full time and loving the field she was in, she just wanted more. More knowledge, more experiences, something different. As a lover of aesthetics, it was an easy transition. Crystal opened her own medical spa, Aesthetically Pleasing, in The Grove of St. Louis, MO. One month later she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
With a predicted 18-month long cancer treatment, Crystal never stopped. She worked full-time as a CRNA and then treated clients before and after chemotherapy.
Crystal states that her passion for her new business is what kept her going when it really got rough. “Starting a business from scratch and watching it grow into something so beautiful and rewarding is the best feeling in the world”. Initially, the timing of this business venture and diagnosis seemed catastrophic.
Jennifer St John
Jennifer’s mother was undiagnosed and untreated with mental illness for most of her life. When developing her next business venture, Jennifer wanted to combine her background in art and design with a social enterprise focusing on mental health.
In January 2020, Jennifer launched MARNIE & MICHAEL. At their brick-and-mortar studio space, she and her team design and produce exclusive, handmade leather bags and accessories. 15% of their profits go towards her ‘Mental Health Initiative’, providing resources, support, and raising money for other mental health organizations.
Although launching during a global pandemic has been challenging, she continues to drive the company forward. Her products are available in North America through the MARNIE & MICHAEL e-commerce shop, and the company is growing in the retail and corporate gifts wholesale market. The response to their Initiative has been incredible as they encourage honest conversations and raise awareness and support for mental health.
Adrienne is the founder and owner of Lamb & Ivy - an online art gallery and apothecary based out of Edmonton, AB, Canada. Adrienne was born and raised in Kenora ON, and Calgary AB, and later moved to Edmonton, AB for work, where she met her wonderful husband Raji. Together, they have three beautiful sons under the age of six and have yet to have a dull moment.
Adrienne turned her passion for handcrafted goods into a collective supporting local artisans and artists and launched Lamb & Ivy to showcase high quality, award-winning, Canadian handmade goods and art.
A portion of the proceeds from the Lamb & Ivy is donated to not-for-profits in Kenora ON, and Edmonton AB in an effort to give back to the communities that have given her so much. Fall 2021, Lamb & Ivy hopes to expand its product lines to include a high-end, all-natural, Canadian makeup brand. Stay tuned to find out which brand is coming to the store.
Jordan Paige Garrett
Jordan Garrett graduated from Texas Woman’s University in Dallas, TX, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2016. She has been practicing as an Aesthetic Nurse for nearly 5 years now. Jordan made the decision to pioneer her nursing career within the aesthetic industry given she has always been drawn to helping individuals enhance their confidence by adding to their natural features and existing beauty, being conscientious of not delivering an overdone look or outcome. She is presently contracted with Rejuve Med Spa in North Dallas, where she offers a wide array of injectable services, such as but not limited to, PDO threads, Botox, Galderma and Allergan hyaluronic acid fillers, PRP facials, O-shot, Kybella, Sculptra non-surgical BBL, among many more.
Jordan is currently in school to earn her Nurse Practitioner degree and license through Walden University. She is motivated to incorporate a wellness and functional medicine aspect into her current repertoire, aiming to assist people with chronic and acute illnesses in receiving a plethora of stem cell treatments and other regenerative services.
Self-aware, achiever and persistent are myriad parts that cultivated this remarkable CEO, Stacey-Ann Davis-Walters. Stacey is no stranger to hard work and determination. While most teenagers engulf themselves in extracurricular activities, she leaped forthright into the workforce at 15 years old. Her inimitable ability propelled her to work 2-3 jobs, sustain her high school grades, and became a homeowner at the age of 23.
Many of her dreams and aspirations were delayed due to a major hurricane in 2002. This caused serious financial hardship but regardless, she knew one day her narrative would change. These experiences were the foundation for the self-made boss she envisioned becoming. The seeds she planted as a young girl, finally manifested, and birthed the fruit we now know as Christ Couture!
Christ Couture started as a T-Shirt brand and has evolved into a full-fledged online clothing store. Her innovative designs are exclusively based on a sole logo, “Jesus died to save a broken world". Her unique brand caters to the believer and non-believer whilst continuing to break traditions or misconceptions about fashion and religion. When you see Christ Couture, you see the growth of a phenomenal woman; the epitome of a caterpillar turning into a beautiful butterfly.
Dr. Veronica Landers
A Mississippi native, Dr. Landers (or “Dr. V”) along with her husband, has created a practice of dentistry that focuses on optimum oral health and total wellness. The addition of VLUXE Spa was founded after having traveled the world experiencing a variety of illustrious spas and seeing a need in the market to alleviate the fear and anxiousness of dental visits. All in one building, you will find both Oasis Dentistry, a modern dental practice as well as VLUXE Signature Spa which offers custom hydrafacials, slimming body treatments, massage therapy & a full menu of aesthetics services as well as a rooftop veranda overlooking the surrounding city.
Dr. V earned her B.S. in Chemistry from Millsaps College and her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
In her leisure time, Dr. Landers enjoys the arts and traveling abroad with her husband & their 3 children.
Tiffany Townsend is the founder of Ship Black; a logistics super center focused on serving black owned e-commerce businesses. With 20+ years working for the post office, she had a dream to one day own her own postal store with the ability to individualize customer service, tailoring to each customer. In the spring of 2019 that happened and within the first year she quickly found herself already needing to pivot her business model to survive the Covid-19 pandemic. Opportunities to serve and educate small business owners in the product fulfillment and shipping areas helped birth Ship Black; Businesses Learning And Collaborating for Knowledge. Since then, Tiffany formed a non-profit to serve her community; Pack-N-Pour, an organization for teens and young adults on the autism spectrum to learn job skills and become employable. Today she serves several e-commerce businesses in the Houston area allowing them scalability and growth.
Sarah Quigg, LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor), is a Therapist, Practitioner, Catalyst, Writer, Creator, Speaker, Spiritual Activist, and a Merger of Psychology and Spirituality who has paved her career based on her own life experiences through transparency, vulnerability, and depth. She is the Founder of Heart-Centered Thoughts, a self-healing product line, which teaches people how to heal, the CEO and Owner of her Private Practice, Life in Balance Therapeutic Healing, LLC. and the creator of Sarah Quigg LMHC on Instagram where she shows vulnerability through her writing and isn’t afraid of showing raw emotion! Her passion is driven towards helping individuals unmask their inner truths and believes in creating a safe container where people could feel seen, held, valued, heard, and witnessed on their initiatory journey towards expansion.
Lookout 2021! Sarah is a force of love and is on a mission to heal the world with Heart-Centered Consciousness!
These inspiring women entrepreneurs are reshaping the business world and making it more accessible for other aspiring women entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams and pursue their goals. We hope, their journeys serve as an inspirational source for you and you get to learn from their entrepreneurial endeavors.