Stop Trying to Build the Next Facebook or Uber

Feb 15 2019 // Stop Trying to Build the Next Facebook or Uber By Heather Wentler The startup world is full of messages about how to build companies that can scale. Most of these messages focus on repeating the…

Diving deep towards transformation with our new Director of Operations

Feb 07 2019 // Diving deep towards transformation with our new Director of Operations By Jasmine Timmons I’m pretty sure I came into this world born with a radical soul. Since I can remember, I have been attracted to…

If You’re Not Hiring Women, You’re Not Hiring the Best Talent

Jan 15 2019 // If you’re not hiring women, you’re not hiring the best talent By Amy Gannon Ever seen a list like this? It starts out with a promise: Women, you’re getting in your own way at work,…

2018 Year in Review

Dec 10 2018 // 2018 Year in Review By Amy Gannon and Heather Wentler 2018 was a big year for Doyenne. In our sixth year as an organization, we launched our Evergreen Fund, made key strategic decisions to support…

To build an equitable ecosystem, start with “the diversity problem”

Nov 20 2018 // To build an equitable ecosystem, start with “the diversity problem” By Amy Gannon There is a phrase I hear ALL THE TIME that makes my brain want to explode: “Women and people of color are…

How Doyenne is starting a national movement to level the playing field for all entrepreneurs

Nov 02 2018 // How Doyenne is starting a national movement to level the playing field for all entrepreneurs By Heather Wentler Every month, the Doyenne Group equips more women entrepreneurs with the skills and resources to create sustainable…

How a pivot can turn your ‘failure’ into success

Oct 18 2018 // How a pivot can turn your ‘failure’ into success By Amy Gannon It’s time to bust another myth about entrepreneurship. MYTH: You only get one shot to succeed as an entrepreneur, and if you can’t…

The 3 responses you always get when you try to change an ecosystem

Oct 07 2018 // The 3 Responses you always get when you try to change an ecosystem By Heather Wentler There are several definitions of the word ‘audacious’, but one of my favorites is “taking risks and offending people…

Let’s Stop Blaming Women for their Fear of Failure (And help them overcome it instead)

Sep 24 2018 // Let’s Stop Blaming Women for their Fear of Failure (And help them overcome it instead) By Amy Gannon I had an entrepreneur walk into a coaching session with me recently, and the first thing she…

Let’s Talk about Depression and Entrepreneurship

Aug 30 2018 // Let’s Talk about Depression and Entrepreneurship By Heather Wentler Kate Spade’s death was a heavy blow for me. Here was a woman — an extremely successful entrepreneur who I looked up to — who looked…

Entrepreneurship Happens Within a Life

Aug 14 2018 // Working 80-hour weeks makes you a bad CEO: How to set and keep boundaries as an entrepreneur By Amy Gannon We’re not a big fan of conventional wisdom about entrepreneurship at Doyenne. That’s because most…

An Invitation to Men in Madison’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Jul 12 2018 // An Invitation to Men in Madison’s Entrepreneurial ecosystem By Amy Gannon Checking your privilege is an inherently uncomfortable process for all of us. To build inclusive and equitable communities, those of us with privilege MUST…