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The year 2019 has been a great one for female entrepreneurs and CEOs. Considering the fact there were literally no female CEOs running a Fortune 500 company as recently as 1995, they really have come a long way since then. They now hold the highest levels ever for women in business with 33 making the Forbes list. 

As for tody’s female small business owners, their companies range in services and products that benefit all aspects of society. Their rate of growth has been 2.5 higher than the national average, increasing by 114 percent between 1997 and 2017. Here are just a small number of women who are making a difference in the world.

Betsy Moszeter is the COO and Partner of Green Alpha Advisors, a financial firm that focuses on building up environmentally-based investment portfolios. The company also believes in educating investors about the power of change through the creation of groundbreaking products and services.

Lisa Kleissner is the co-founder and board chair of Toniic, a venture capital firm comprised of a global community of investors who are looking to create positive social and environmental change around the world. Lisa cares very deeply about the idea that wealth can have also a positive effect on the world. The majority of Toniic investors agree to anonymous accountability reporting so they can be used as a guide for other investors to emulate.

Rahama Wright is the founder and CEO of Shea Yeleen, a shea butter product manufacturer. This health and beauty organization is not just profit-motivated. Rahama has a personal investment in women’s rights, especially with regard to empowerment in getting an education. Her idea for shea butter skincare came about while working in the Peace Corps. She creates products that have no chemicals or artificial ingredients, and she emphasizes proper compensation for small farms and producers. 

Cindy Mi is the CEO & co-founder of VIPKID, a company whose sole purpose is to join North American teachers with students around the globe in order to learn total immersion English. Her company has made a difference for over half a million students and 60,000 teachers. 

Sandy Jen is the CTO & co-founder of Honor, an online network that brings together a diverse group of non-medical home care providers and matches the perfect candidate with families all over the Texas, New Mexico, and California regions. Founded in 2014, many families have benefitted from this invaluable resource.