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Denise Colella is the CEO of Maxifier, the global leader in programmatic premium optimization. Denise Colella, CEO of programmatic premium optimization company Maxifier, talks to The NextWomen about the negative and positive aspects to being a woman in a male-dominated industry, drawing on her own experiences of working in the technology industry.

Alycia Hawkins: Co-Founder of Digital Hawkins and Online School of Dance. Alycia Hawkins, Co-Founder of online marketing company Digital Hawkins and online dance community Online School of Dance, shares with The NextWomen the stereotypes she faced in starting a business as a young woman and working with her husband.

The Hero's Journey Part IV In a tribute to US mythologist and writer Joseph Campbell, who asserted that all mythical heroes experience the same 12 steps on their adventures, Ondina Montgomery draws parallels between Campbell’s Hero’s Journey and that of the entrepreneur.

Part 4 of the Hero’s Journey describes the protagonist’s Meeting with the Mentor, where the hero encounters someone who can give them advice and ready them for the journey ahead. Click here to read the third part of Ondina’s series, The Hero’s Journey Part III: Refusal of the Call. 

Michaela Jedinak, co-founder of fashion businesses Joy of Clothes and Michaela Jedinak LondonMichaela Jedinak talks to The NextWomen about how she is building a business by following her passion and challenging traditional fashion rules. Her first little red dress collection was described as “a cut above the rest” by The Times London, and the concept as a “Eureka moment” by The Telegraph’s senior fashion editor Lisa Armstrong.

Daphne's pursuit of a creative career began with her stint as a singer in a punk band.Daphne Diamant, London based designer/illustrator and owner of Purpose and Worth etc, talks to The NextWomen about her pursuit of a creative career, and offers tips on freelancing, drawing on her own experiences of both being a freelancer and hiring freelancers. 

Susanna Scouller talks to The NextWomen about how her change of career direction came about in a rather unconventional way.

At some point in our lives, we all need to take a moment and ask ourselves the question: ‘Am I really happy?’ Much of the time, the answer to that question will be an internal struggle between knowing what would make us truly happy and fulfilling what we think is expected of us.

For much of my early working life, I felt as though my career was going exactly how I wanted it to go. However, I was about to experience something so unexpected that was to change my career completely, and eventually for the better.

During my early twenties, I worked in the television and film industry in London following a year long stint living in Paris and working at the offices of American Vogue. My life felt very glamorous and it seemed as though I was well on my way to what I thought was my dream career.

In 1994 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, which at the time was a huge bombshell to my life. Although it was a mild case, I had to take it seriously, and at the time I experienced frequent pain in my neck and shoulders, which was often severe. Things that used to be simple like turning my head suddenly became near impossible as the muscles around my shoulders became rock hard.

Victoria Arnold, winner of the "Best Young Business 2012" award.Victoria Arnold, entrepreneur and founder of online ventures Desk Union and Homestayfriend, shares with The NextWomen her top five startup tips for female entrepreneurs, drawing on her own experiences of the highs and lows of entrepreneurship.

1. Dream big

Over the last few years, I have found that women often seem to get pigeonholed into the ‘lifestyle business’ category. Yes, this may be accurate for some, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with aspiring for a business that brings in enough revenue to support your life, however, I believe that women are missing out on the chance of a bigger slice of the pie.

Working remotely allows Misty to be open to opportunities for travel.Misty Gibbs shares with The NextWomen her tips for networking and working efficiently when working remotely or from home, and explains what she loves about being a remote founder. 

Anna Bance, Co-Founder of GirlMeetsDress.com Anna Bance shares with The NextWomen her top tips for a successful start-up, drawing on her experiences of co-founding GirlMeetsDress.com, a disruptive eCommerce business which provides millions of women the ability to rent designer dresses and accessories for a fraction of the retail price.

Sandra Schuler is the Marketing Director and Founder of Mejor Trato.Sandra Schuler shares with The NextWomen her top tips for creating an efficient and productive office environment when working from home, drawing on her experiences of the choices she made for her business, Mejor Trato