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…

Thinking Big Means Planning for Success, not Failure

Jul 01 2018 // Thinking Big Means planning for success, not failure By Heather Wentler Last month I talked about our Evergreen Fund and how we hope to see our applicants dreaming bigger and asking for more money. But…

Women United not Divided: Three Generations of Women

Jun 19 2018 // Women United not Divided: Three Generations of Women By Amy Gannon At Doyenne, we’re trying to transform the entrepreneurial ecosystem so that all entrepreneurs have an equal shot. Over the years, we have worked with…

This is the No. 1 reason your funding application was denied

May 29 2018 // The No. 1 reason your funding application was denied By Heather Wentler We just finished our third round of the Evergreen Fund, and we’ve realized it’s time to have a hard conversation about how entrepreneurs…

How to Give and Receive Feedback

May 14 2018 // how to give and receive feedback By Amy Gannon In my last post, I talked about why, as a community of women, we need to have tough conversations — conversations about race and privilege and…

Why Women Aren’t At Your Conferences

Apr 26 2018 // Why women aren’t at your conferences By Heather Wentler Every year, I shake my head when I see yet another women’s conference announced. In 2018 alone, there are more than 50 different national conferences focused…

Why you’re going to hear things that make you uncomfortable from Doyenne

Apr 16 2018 // By Amy Gannon We’ve taken a new approach to our blog since the beginning of 2018. Many of you have noticed. We’re living out our motto: Be Audacious. We’re calling out and naming the attitudes,…