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MADEUS row F O U N D E R S MADE BY ASHLEY WHITE In this edition of Founder’s Row, MADE had the opportunity to chat with two innovative women: Georgene Huang, Founder, co- founder and CEO of Fairygodboss, the largest career community for women and Chichi Eburu, owner of Juvia’s Place, the fastest growing black-owned cosmetics brand on the market. Check out their inspiring journeys here… WHAT IS FAIRYGODBOSS? HOW DID FAIRYGODBOSS COME ABOUT? I founded Fairygodboss a few years ago, when I was suddenly fired from my executive role at a major company as part of an unexpected management shakeup. At the time, I was two months pregnant and hadn’t yet told anyone. So I was in this position of Iooking for a job and going on interviews — and feeling quite pressured to hide my pregnancy. While interviewing, I wanted to ask certain questions — like, is work-life balance enabled here? Are women paid and promoted fairly? What’s the maternity leave policy? — but feared being judged as less than fully committed to my career if I asked. So, I turned to the internet for answers, and was surprised by the lack of information I found, given how crucial this information is to women’s careers. It was then that I decided to start an online platform where women could anonymously crowdsource this information, and that’s how Fairygodboss was born. Today, we’re connecting millions of women each month with job reviews, salary info, GEORGENE HUANG FAIRYGODBOSS maternity leave intel, career advice, and job postings at partner companies that believe in gender equality. WHY WAS IT IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO LAUNCH THIS PLATFORM? WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED SINCE YOU STARTED? My personal experience informed my decision to launch Fairygodboss, and I knew that if I wanted information around leave policies and corporate culture, other women likely wanted the same thing. Information around paid leave, workplace flexibility, the number of women in management, equal pay—all really impact a woman’s decision on whether to stay at her current company or take a new job. The system was so opaque for me while researching these questions, and I wanted to make it easier on other women and bring more transparency to the workplace. I’ve learned so much since starting Fairygodboss. I started my career in corporate law, transitioned to finance, worked in product, and now as an entrepreneur (and CEO!), I find that it takes all of the skills I developed through my various work experiences in order #mademaven 57