The “F” Word: Female Social Entrepreneurs Share Stories of Failure

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We have all struggled with mistakes, personally and professionally, but we don’t always talk about them. Finally, some of the brave women within our network have come forth to briefly share their stories and ideas. Take in some of their hard-learned lessons, and maybe their words of wisdom will help you move more easily through your own trials. Let’s build a safe haven for each other here and share our stories on Twitter and Instagram with #fail4good. Only caveat – no shame allowed.

During a girltank Atlanta meetup, the conversation turned to failure. Here’s what the ladies in the ATL had to say:

Tu Ngo, who founded the Yola Institute in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, believes women fail because they are so often trying to juggle societal expectations of what it means to be a woman.

Kristen Davis, whose venture Handmade on Earth no longer exists, talks about how she thinks she did not set her team up to win.

Erin Levin, who is producing an epic documentary on the African Children’s Choir called Imba Means Sing, talks about how she feels like she let down her production team in working to get her film done.

Shubhangi Swarup, who founded Hamara Footpath in Mumbai, India, decides she likes the challenge of surpassing people’s expectations.

Sarah Koch, the mind behind DIG (Development in Gardening) says that she faced some of the most difficult days of her life during her stint right out of college in the Peace Corps.


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