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“Hustle” often disguises a no plan approach to business, which can lead to disastrous results that extend well beyond poor performance and lack of profitability.


Our community blog is filled with stories, articles, and insights from the amazing women who make Let Her Speak special. Start exploring below and consider contributing your voice to our blog!

I meet with entrepreneurs on a daily basis. From sales to product development, finance to information systems, entrepreneurs (especially in the early stages) are required to understand and perform every aspect of running a business. While the conversations and trainings I have with these burgeoning business owners typically cover their business models, funding sources, and marketing strategies - one thing I try to stress is the importance rest plays in growing a business.

We’ve all heard the proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” and other iterations of the phrase. But have you ever heard the phrase “It takes a village to build a business”? Within the business world you often hear terms like network, mentors, and advisors — but in all the years I’ve spent surrounding myself with entrepreneurs, studying entrepreneurship, and working across a spectrum of businesses, I never really heard the term “village” used. That is, not until recently.


Rest can look like a lot of different things. For this Women’s History Month project, we partnered with Ashley Gurley Photography and asked women in Knoxville to tell us why rest is important in their lives, what they do for rest, and how rest impacts their sense of self. We selected 12 women to feature and share how they rest and feel found.

Jaleria always enjoyed dancing and movement growing up and into adulthood, but didn’t have time to explore her passion for it until the pandemic hit. It was early in lockdown that her long “watch list” of dance videos finally became a part of her restful routine.


The She Speaks Series was a project we produced during the pandemic (2020 – 2021) as a way for women’s voices and stories of resilience to remain visible and inspire others to forge their own paths. Watch video interviews with some truly incredible women!


Explore this virtual collection of submissions from women creatives who contributed their voice, story, and work in celebration of the tenacity of the female spirit and in honor of Women’s History Month 2021.

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