By this point, we all know you don't get anywhere in life by yourself. Villages don't just raise children, but also hard-working women with vision and heart. We did a deep dive through Soirée's past classes of Women to Watch to find what words served as lighthouses in the sun and the storm.


"Say exactly what you mean, not almost what you mean or approximately what you mean, then say it in as few words as possible."

- Dr. Jennifer Ballard


"Pay attention to what makes you feel strong."

- Laura Bass


"With every experience you have — good, bad, real ugly — learn from it, own it and be better from it."

- Natalie Sanderson


"The main thing here is not to panic."

- Andrea Angel


"You can do way more than you think you can. Keep going."

- Jennifer Owens Buie


"Don’t worry about what others think about you. The truth is they are too busy thinking about themselves to think about you anyway."

- Gina Radke


"You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine."

- Kristen Hinson


"Know your worth, and then add tax."

- Rochelle Johnson


"What you give energy to, grows. What you appreciate, appreciates.'

- Mollie Yoder


"You have to create your own balance. No one else is going to do it for you."

- Dr. Gwendolyn Bryant-Smith


"You don’t want to be the smartest person in the room. If you are, it’s time to find a new room."

- Lauren Dickey


"Sometimes opportunities will present themselves at the most inopportune times. Don’t be afraid to seize an opportunity and make a change just because the timing seems a bit off."

- Debbie Davis


"Lead with the sugar, not the spice."

- Jenny Teeter


"Have an exit plan. My first business did not, and I felt horrible stress when I grew tired of that job. If it never comes into play you can relax in the fact that you are not trapped."

- Heather Smith


"Life is not just what you make it, or work for it to be, but what you expect it to be."

- Audrey Brown


"You’re never too good to be an intern. ... Basically if a job needs to be done, do it."

- Dr. Tonya Martin-Dunlap


"Don't miss out on something that could be great just because it could also be difficult. If you can't stop thinking about it, don't stop working for it."

- Shannon Steed


"Make a decision and don’t look back. The moment of absolute certainty never arrives."

- Erin Crain Brady


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