Leadership Resources for Women in Fashion


Author: Cammy Pedroja

You don’t rise and grind every morning to be ordinary. Still, who says you have to succeed in the fashion business without any help? Check out our carefully curated list of resources for professional women who have their sights set as high as 1990s hemlines.   


Business of Fashion Education

You may already be familiar with the British-based organization and publication, The Business of Fashion. But did you know that in 2018 they’re offering a killer selection of online courses (called BoF Masterclasses) on need-to-know subjects from how to build your own beauty brand to nailing the art and science of buying and merchandising for your fashion company? Now you do.


This powerhouse organization is aimed not only at supporting women in their workplaces but is also concerned with helping workplaces work for women. In addition to providing online learning courses and materials for individuals, via their knowledge center, Catalyst also does consulting and training for businesses on how to support, retain, and take full advantage of their female talent.

Camber Outdoors: Resources and Women Role Models

Historically, women have been left out of the pack when it comes to the business of outdoor adventure and the more rugged side of athletics apparel. That’s why Camber Outdoors’ commitment to connecting and championing female talent is so refreshing. From networking events, to a curated job board, to mentorship, to a coveted women’s leadership award, you’ll love what they do.

Lean In Education

Named after the bestselling book by Sheryl Sandberg, the Lean In Organization is a network of women from over 150 countries that support each other’s passions and careers. Members meet routinely in smaller regional groups and prop each other up with advice, encouragement, and resource-sharing.

Girlboss Academy

Started by Sophia Amoruso, the founder of Nasty Gal (and yes, the subject of the short-lived Netflix show) this online learning hotspot offers access to top female mentors “…over 40 hours of talks, panels, keynotes, and workshops from renowned creatives, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders.”   

WIFI: Women in the Footwear Industry

Part of the very cool Two Ten Footwear Foundation, WIFI’s founding mission is to “harnesses the collective power of women in the industry to support each other, advance the cause of the Two Ten Footwear Foundation, and to create a strong sense of community.” Not content to let the footwear industry function like a boys’ club, WIFI founders Diane Sullivan and Carol Baiocchi, are now at the head of over 4000 members who have access to mentorship programs, bi-annual national enrichment events, and the support of local chapters in addition to distance learning.



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