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Emily Raleigh

Emily Raleigh

Smart Starter & Founder

Smart Girls Group

New York, Other

I am the Founder of Smart Girls Group, which provides products and services that empower ambitious women and girls to succeed in all facets of life. I started Smart Girls in high school after writing a book for my freshman sister, Sophie, that was a field guide to succeeding in high school as a smart girl. Two years later, Sm...




"You are far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way." -Jennifer J. Freedman

I am fiercely passionate about women empowerment, social entrepreneurship, and media. When I am not working on The Smart Girls Group, I split my time between exploring my new backyard, New York City, and going back to my home on a little barrier island. I have been competitively sailing since I was five years old and am curre...

Working with entrepreneurially-minded people who see the world not as what it is, but what it can be. I am fortunate to be living out my dream job as the Founder of Smart Girls Group, where I am surrounded by enthusiastic, fun teammates who are as passionate about our mission as me.
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The Smart Girls Group

Founder & Smart Starter

Created and oversee a one stop shop for ambitious young women, with 800+ contributors from 35+ countries through our Smart Girl brands, including our monthly digital magazine, aggregated news blog, online classes, online community, e-commerce shop, campus chapter program, and more

Designed website and magazine, which has 250,000 unique readers per month

Manage a staff of 10 women and 30+ interns; oversee all company decisions

Organized partnership with nonprofit organization, She’s the First, and the Kopilla Valley School in Nepal, to sponsor girls education through nationwide e-commerce sales via Smart Girl’s Shop

Featured in Forbes, Fox Business, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, and more

Spoke at the University of Notre Dame Body Image Week, the Finding the Fabulous Conference, Shift Series Summit, Villanova University, and George Washington University

Selected for the Women in the World Next Generation Leadership Academy’s inaugural class of 50 young women from across the world by Women in the World Founder and Former Newsweek Editor-in-Chief, Tina Brown

Chosen by Kenneth Cole to win the 2013 Kenneth Cole AWEARNESS Grant, which has been used to fund the company’s relaunch (September 2013) and the first annual national conference (Summer 2014)

Selected as the winner of the 2014 Camp Campbell Competition for female entrepreneurs, led by Campbell's Soup Co. CEO, Denise Morrison

Awarded the 2014 Young Entrepreneurs Challenge, which provided Smart Girls Group with a $10,000 grant and a series of services to be utilized for 2014 and 2015


Fordham University

Bachelor of Science (BS), Marketing, Communications & Media Management