Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso has had a busy summer. #GIRLBOSS, her first book that came out in May, is all about giving career advice to young women. The recently launched GIRLBOSS Foundation is just one more way Bosslady is helping women in their career paths.
The bottom line is, she wants to assist you in starting your own company as she did. The GIRLBOSS Foundation’s primary focus is helping female creatives achieve success by offering grants within the fields of design, fashion, music, and arts. The GIRLBOSS Foundation will award three to five grants per quarter. Each grantee will receive project funding of $500-$15,000 and exposure on the GIRLBOSS website, Nasty Gal social media channels, etc. Sounds great, right?
Don’t believe me? Just take a look at Amoruso’s journey to Strikes’ opponents. She now oversees an online fashion retailer that generates over $100 million annually and employs 350 people, but She started dumpster diving for food and fashionable Vintage finds. It wasn’t until she started selling vintage clothes on eBay that she began to find her footing. Prior to that, she had shoplifted and hitchhiked, eventually dropping out of community college. Nasty Gal quickly became successful, eight years later the company is running with a million-dollar budget. Last year they not only launched their own line of ready-to-wear clothes but also produced a magazine and started selling shoes; together these categories make up 30% of sales. And now she has written a book #GIRLBOSS to share her unconventional path to business success with others. As Amoruso told the Wall Street Journal, “I’ve accepted what I have, and I feel like I’ve completely done it on my own terms.”
Amoruso and a team of Nasty Gal employees will judge all grant applications every three months based on different measures, such as the business proposal’s creativity and innovation, the specified financial need, practical business skills, etc.
If you’re interested in learning more about the GIRLBOSS Foundation, click here. For information regarding the application selection process, including submission dates and review periods, as well as announcement dates for recipients of Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer grants, click here.
Be ready to put in the extra effort consistently. In her book, “#GIRLBOSS” Sophia Amoruso writes: “If you’re a #GIRLBOSS, you should want to work harder than everybody else”
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