The entrepreneurs on Inc.’s third annual Female Founders 100 list have transformed every major industry in America.
[ATLANTA] October 13, 2020—Inc. today announced its third annual Female Founders 100 list, honoring an influential, ambitious, and diverse group of 100 women who are building America’s most inspiring businesses.
The final list honors entrepreneurs of every age, background, and geography—from very early-stage founders with world-changing ideas to women who have taken companies public, sold them to big buyers, or spent decades building and running their businesses. These women are leading innovative companies in a vast range of global industries, including tech, retail, finance, fitness, health care, consumer products, food, and more.
“To be recognized among innovative, ambitious, and inspiring women like Tracee Ellis Ross and Canva founder Melanie Perkins is an honor beyond measure,” said Tonya Lanthier, RDH, Founder and CEO of DentalPost.
A registered dental hygienist-turned-entrepreneur, Lanthier created DentalPost with a goal of improving lives by creating a better way for dental professionals to connect, learn, and grow their careers. Today, DentalPost is the dental industry’s premier and largest online and mobile job board for immediate temp and permanent jobs, connecting and educating more than 950,000 dental professionals with nearly 70,000 dental offices in the U.S. and Canada.
Tonya’s commitment to philanthropy and community are at the heart of her personal and professional endeavors. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a supporter of AACD’s Give Back a Smile program, and a volunteer at several charitable organizations including Georgia Mission of Mercy (GMOM) and Ben Mansell Clinic. Tonya is also a board member of the Oral Cancer Cause and Dental Entrepreneur Women.
Holding fast to the belief that empowered women empower women, Tonya most recently introduced “Dental Impact Group” and hosted the first-ever Registered Dental Hygienist Entrepreneur Women’s Summit, bringing together industry change-makers aligned in their commitment to improve lives in business, health, leadership, relationships, and personal growth.
Inc. editors and writers spent the past year researching candidates for the list, considering a wealth of exciting and accomplished candidates. For the first time, Inc. also invited founders to apply for the list—and to nominate another founder who has particularly impressed them. Each of the founders selected has left her mark on her industry in the past year, by setting audacious goals or by achieving business milestones. Taken together, they represent the female-led future of business.
“Our team vetted thousands of applications to find the 100 women highlighted on this list. It’s the most inspiring work we do all year, and we’re so thrilled to be able to feature these fierce, accomplished entrepreneurs and start to give them the recognition they deserve,” said Inc. editor-at-large Kimberly Weisul.
To see the complete list, go to: https://www.inc.com/female-founders.
Introduced in 2018, the Female Founders 100 list was quickly established as one of Inc.’s most esteemed franchises. This year’s package includes a cover story on Sara Menker, founder and CEO of Gro Intelligence, a technology company that is bridging data gaps across the global agriculture sector, empowering decision makers, and creating a more informed, connected, efficient, and productive global agriculture industry; as well as business advice from all of the founders on the topics of big ideas, people, money, culture, and customers.
Inc.’s Female Founders 100 issue (November 2020) is available online now at https://www.inc.com/magazine and on news stands beginning October 27. Join the Female Founders 100 conversation using #FemaleFounders.
The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning, multi platform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels,including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion among the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit www.inc.com.
DentalPost is the dental industry’s premier and largest online and mobile job board, connecting and educating more than 850,000 job seekers in the U.S. and Canada to build better places to work through teams that excel. Founded by Tonya Lanthier, a Registered Dental Hygienist, DentalPost leads the industry in metric-based career matching including personality tests as well as values, skills and work culture assessments to assist in selecting the best match for each position. To learn more, visit www.dentalpost.net or download the mobile app.
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