Can a businesswoman have beauty & brains?

Happy Monday, fabulous!
 


This week's business tip: If you've been neglecting your books all year, now is the time to start organizing it. Start by choosing a online based bookkeeping program and connecting it to your bank account. If you don't know where to start, click here to get FREE access to my guide, The Simple Guide to Accounting & Financial Strategy for New Entrepreneurs.


I was so happy after getting the email about being a Top 40 Under 40 accounting professional.

I was so happy after getting the email about being a Top 40 Under 40 accounting professional.

How was your weekend? Last week was such an amazing week for me.

I was selected as one of the Top 40 Under 40 accounting professionals by CPA Practice Advisor and (fingers crossed!) I may become an ambassador for one of my *favorite* hair care products lines. Woo hooo!

 

This week's #MoneyandMimosas blog post is all about the status quo and if you need to shed some of your personality in order to be successful in business.


A couple of months ago, I attended an event for women in the financial industry. Fairly high-brow, most of the women were C-level executives in Corporate America. I was one of a handful of entrepreneurs.

After the event, a woman came up to me to share that she loved my energy and could tell I was "really smart".

But, she said, don't wear shorts to these events. And you look lovely in green, but try to stick to navy or black.

The shorts I was wearing were much longer than the ones I usually rock. But, they were probably shorter than most of the women were used to seeing.

Do you think it's possible for women to have beauty & brains? And if so, do they need to downplay their looks at business events?

When asked during her Rolling Stone interview if she wanted to be remembered as a business woman or sex goddess, Kim Kardashian-West replied "Both. Why can't a woman have it all?".

When asked during her Rolling Stone interview if she wanted to be remembered as a business woman or sex goddess, Kim Kardashian-West replied "Both. Why can't a woman have it all?".

In a time when the status quo and societal norms are being challenged, why is that women still have to be compartmentalized? Why can't a woman love to feel glamorous and hold her own in the boardroom?

Of course, there is something to be said for respecting the nature of the event. The cut-off shorts and t-shirt I wore to the Oakland A's game, is not something I would wear to a business function. Duh.

However, as an entrepreneur you likely launched your business so that you could fully express your creativity and personality. If you love to rock the color red, who is to say you can not wear to a banking event? If you prefer to wear your hair in a fro, why should you have to straighten in it order to appease the masses?

I believe that being an entrepreneur is one of the most challenging, and rewarding, personal development tasks anyone could put themselves through. And it's largely due to the painstaking challenge to discover your authentic self.

For me, I've realized that showcasing my sense of feminity is very important. Whether I'm in a business or personal setting. My attire is one of the ways I express it and while, I tailor my clothing choices to the overall vibe of the event, I also make sure that I feel comfortable in my skin because confidence is the name of the game in any arena.

And through being authentic to ourselves, we give others the permission to discover their voice. Below are three women that have inspired me because of their unapologetic commitment to remain authentic.

Marie Forleo, founder and creator of Marie TV and B-School (a program that teaches women how to run successful online-based businesses), has generated over $40 million in revenue for her business. And looks hot doing it. www.marieforleo.com

Marie Forleo, founder and creator of Marie TV and B-School (a program that teaches women how to run successful online-based businesses), has generated over $40 million in revenue for her business. And looks hot doing it. www.marieforleo.com

Jennifer Lopez rocked this sexy pants suit during her interview on the Late Night Show. She received some criticism for it not being professional. Mostly known for being an entertainer, she is also a successful businesswoman and owns a clothing line, production company and a host of other ventures.

Jennifer Lopez rocked this sexy pants suit during her interview on the Late Night Show. She received some criticism for it not being professional. Mostly known for being an entertainer, she is also a successful businesswoman and owns a clothing line, production company and a host of other ventures.

Janice Bryant Howroyd is an entrepreneur and her company is worth over $1 billion. That's with a B, ya'll. She is founder and chief executive officer of ACT-1 Group, the largest minority woman-owned employment agency in the United States. Showcasing your arms, and wearing the color red, is usually frowned upon at business events. Janice demonstrates how you can remain classy while exuding feminity.

Janice Bryant Howroyd is an entrepreneur and her company is worth over $1 billion. That's with a B, ya'll. She is founder and chief executive officer of ACT-1 Group, the largest minority woman-owned employment agency in the United States. Showcasing your arms, and wearing the color red, is usually frowned upon at business events. Janice demonstrates how you can remain classy while exuding feminity.

And now I'd to hear from you! Is there such a thing as having beauty and brains? Do women have to downplay their appearance in order to be successful in business?

Cheers,

Danetha

Danetha Doe is a business coach and author of The Simple Guide to Accounting & Financial Strategy for New Entrepreneurs. Selected as one the Top 40 Under 40 accounting professionals by CPA Practice Advisor, she helps small business owners better understand accounting so they can take their buisness to the next level.

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