Chicago's Most Successful Female Entrepreneurs

Kelsey Grace Pfeifer

Having just celebrated the Day of the Girl, it’s now time to recognize some truly remarkable women. Although Silicon Valley has its fair share of start-ups, Chicago is also home to some boss ladies who are changing the game one idea at a time.

Lisa Nation

Ever wished that there was an app through which you can request an in-home hair and/or makeup artist? There is! Lisa Nation created the LISA app for beauty services in a jiffy at home or in a salon. With 30 years in the beauty industry, Nation is the perfect person to create this app that many Chicagoans swear by. She’s an all-around winner and still maintains a book of 150 clients while raising three boys.

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Vanessa J. Cutler

Vanessa J. Cutler already had an impressive résumé before she co-founded Emotilink. The medical doctor has an immense passion for medical technologies that provide solutions to emerging issues in the medical industry, and in turn created Emotilink, the perfect amalgamation of the two. The app links mental health professionals with users so they can get the care they need quickly and efficiently.

Lakesha Rose

Interior designer Lakesha Rose is one of Chicago’s go-to lifestyle experts and even guest anchors on WCIU’s morning show. Most recently, Rose launched her Chicagoland lifestyle website, Rose Phillips Online, which showcases Chicago-based businesses. It’s the perfect place to get new ideas from one of Chicago’s most elite female entrepreneurs.

Katie Schuppler

A woman who is truly confident in what she is wearing is a beautiful thing, and Katie Schuppler helps them get there with KS Style Consulting, based in Chicago. Schuppler helps women develop their own style and love their shape and size no matter what. Named one of the best stylists in Chicago by CBS, Schuppler is a no-jokes entrepreneur with a thriving business.

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Corielle Heath Laaspere

Women helping women is always a noble cause, and Corielle Heath Laaspere takes it to the next level. She’s the founder of, which has the dual mission to connect consumers with women-owned businesses around the world, as well as promote gender equality and end violence against women.

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