Pumps in Power

Stiletto Network has been so inspiring for me personally, and my intention in telling this story has been not only to identify, but also to catalyze this powerful nationwide movement. So I’m thrilled to report that since the book was published in May, I’ve received hundreds of emails from women across the country who either have their own Stiletto Networks or want to start one.

I’ve found these groups among women in all industries and age groups — from CEOs to aspiring Millennials to moms launching businesses in their basements. This proves that you don’t need to be famous or fabulous to create a Stiletto Network, and you need not begin with major connections. Anyone can do this.

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Need more evidence? Channel 7 WSPA recently aired a fantastic segment showcasing Stiletto Networks in South Carolina — groups like “Women Mean Business” in Greenville and “Sparkle” in Spartanburg. These are local female entrepreneurs, women merging business and friendship and helping each other grow.

To quote Laura Thomas, WSPA anchor/reporter: “It’s a community of women with high heels, and even higher hopes.”

Women like Laura Skelton, owner of River Falls Spa; Duffy Baehr, owner of Baehr Feet; Anne Anderson, owner of Herb & Renewal; Brooke Shugart of Studio B for Pilates and Barre; Brandy Gutierrez of iRecycle; and Sara Riddle, who is opening a maternity and nursing store called Haute Mama.

“We have many roles,” says Shugart. “We’re mothers and wives and business owners, and I just feel like it’s very important for us to encourage each other.”

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Stiletto Network on the TODAY Show!

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Stiletto Network on Rock Center!

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Stiletto Network on MSNBC’s The Cycle!

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Stiletto Network Videos

Stiletto Network is a story of female friendship—disguised as a business story, a tale of women banding together to improve lives and companies and communities, to achieve their destinies and change the world. Discover the powerful nationwide trend (1min30sec)!

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No one thought it would work, but we’ve gone all over the U.S. and brought hundreds of women along. Our women’s initiative was the most successful pilot in the history of the Red Cross. This is a global movement, and women are now asking other women. It’s our golf course—these strong, vibrant, powerful circles. And we’ve hit the big time.”

Melanie Sabelhaus, entrepreneur, executive, former Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and Vice Chairman, The American Red Cross

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