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The Top 5 Most Influential Black Womxn Entrepreneurs of 2020

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at ASU chapter.

Womxn in STEM, womxn in the arts, and womxn in business. I feel like it’s a safe assumption that starting a company from the ground up is a trip to hell and back. Financing, networking, and finding inspiration…It’s so damn draining. Give us a break!

Being a womxn in any business field is already very challenging given the gender biases that persist in every industry. But these five black womxn entrepreneurs have shown their ability to fight these odds throughout 2020 and succeed in their chosen fields.

Michele Thornton Ghee

Business womxn, author, and keynote speaker. I mean, what doesn’t she do? Forming businesses across the world for countless companies, Thornton Ghee has deserved every single award she has received. After successfully rebranding companies across the United States, Michele has brought only fortuitous changes to the business world of visual entertainment. 

Kristen Pope

After winning her award from the New York Association of Black Journalists and being placed on the Women to Watch list, Pope has only positive trajectories in sight. She became an author, stand up comedienne, and even founded “Mom Life Stress” where she talks about her experiences as a mother and creates devotions for her listeners.

Cheryl Polote-Williamson

A successful business womxn AND a life coach? Name a better combo, I’ll wait. Williamson founded non-profits and enjoys personally connecting with her clients and people. Helping business owners find success is her mantra. She is a keynote speaker, author, and a filmmaker, so having a multitude of backgrounds in media is her absolute strong suit! 

Becky A. Davis

Named as an Official Council coach by Forbes, Becky A. Davis is just your person when it comes to launching your business. Her main goal is to motivate and inspire others, just like when she began working in business. Moving into public speaking with her first company “Motivation on the Move,” Davis has been unstoppable ever since. 

Bershan Shaw

Labeled as “THE best woman leadership coach,” Shaw is definitely one boss bitch you should absolutely be taking advice from. After battling and beating breast cancer twice, she sure is one to stay positive during the toughest of times. With positive sights on seeing the best potential come from the best people, Shaw is there to push you beyond your comfort. 

Each of these business womxn have one thing in common, and that’s their positive drive and potential for the people around them. We all know how troubling it can be to be a womxn in business, but being black, a womxn, and making good money is something that will send a message to the people against you that you cannot be silenced or kept down.

JP (they/them/theirs) is a graduate student at DePaul who enjoys reading books, playing guitar, and telling bad jokes. When they're not behind a book or getting a tan from their computer screen, catch them planning their next tattoo. Check their 'gram: @hanson.jp