Advice from Greater Boston’s Top Female Entrepreneurs

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Be bold, resourceful, and visionary. Always network. Build relationships. And find the right talent.

Those were some of many themes ringing from Thursday’s special “Leading Women Entrepreneurs” panel discussion – the latest in the Chamber’s monthly networking breakfasts for Greater Boston women in business.

Four of Boston’s top female entrepreneurs shared their experiences and insight for women in Greater Boston looking to advance their own ventures or careers. Panelists included Suzanne Bates, CEO, Bates Communications; Andrea Cohen, Co-Founder &CEO,HouseWorks; Diane Hessan, CEO, Startup Institute; and Sandy Lish, Principal & Founder, The Castle Group. Together they bring dozens of years of experience launching and growing companies through the most challenging economic times.

So what was their advice to Greater Boston women? Lots, in fact – but here’s a sampling:

  • “You need to be more confident and bold, thinking about what’s possible to grow your venture.” – Diane Hessan
  • “Being entrepreneurial requires agility and resourcefulness. Women are well-suited to operate that way.” – Sandy Lish
  • “You have to continually innovate to stay ahead and stay fresh” – Suzanne Bates
  • “Focus on what you really do well.” – Andrea Cohen
  • “If you have a great idea that needs money, don’t be afraid to ask for it. People want to be supportive.” – Diane Hessan
  • “Always be recruiting.” – Diane Hessan
  • “Know what your good at, what you’re not good at, and where you need additional help when you start your business.” – Sandy Lish
  • “Treat your business relationships like your personal relationships. Follow the golden rule.” – Sandy Lish


WILAB LOVES is a series of articles and blog posts from across the web that Women’s iLab supports. This article was written by M McDonough and published on on February 12, 2015.