Jessica Herrin / 43/ CEO and founder, Stella & Dot Family Brands / mom of Charlotte, 12, and Tatum, 9
Believe it: Jessica began designing jewelry in her living room! She sold it at trunk shows under the company name Luxe Jewels in 2004. Her vision: helping women become successful mom entrepreneurs with a flexible career that could be tailored to their own lifestyle. In 2006 she met Blythe Harris at a Stanford alumni event; they realized that by blending Jessica's original idea with Blythe's creativity and accessories expertise, they'd have something unique. A year later Luxe Jewels was officially rebranded as the social selling company Stella & Dot, named after their grandmothers. Employees were given the option to work part-time or full-time, selling jewelry through in-home trunk shows, online or person-to-person. After much success, the company expanded its offerings and earnings opportunities for women by launching sister companies Keep Collective (customizable accessories) and Ever Skincare. This year Stella & Dot released two more categories: sunglasses and tunics. We can't wait to see what's coming next.
"The best part of being a mom: the love explosion you feel every day when you see their joy. It's mind-blowing." —Jessica
"Time with my kids is as important as any executive meeting. Family dinners are not penciled in—they are inked in." —Blythe