In the Company of Women Who Overcame Odds

"A wise woman once told me..." 10 stories full of inspiration and advice for new and experienced entrepreneurs alike, from Corielle Heath Laaspere and 9 more great women entrepreneurs, artists, leaders, investors and inventors. Corielle will highlight women, including herself, who have overcome major challenges by creating the change they want to see in the world. In what seemed like failure or hardship, they found their passion and inspiration for entrepreneurship. By reaching and lifting up women in your own community, you will find an audience with a greater common purpose, which is to connect and collaborate with one another to advance women's rights and end all forms of violence against women worldwide.

Meet Corielle Heath of liftUPlift

Corielle Heath Laaspere is a  passionate explorer and change-maker. She is the fearless founder and CEO of liftUPlift, a global alliance of women-owned businesses dedicated to advancing women's power and ending all forms of violence against women worldwide.  liftUPlift is headquartered in Chicago, IL, where Corielle was born and raised. She earned B.A. degrees in Sociology, Psychology and Mass Communications from Lehigh University, as well as a M.A. in Strategic Public Relations from the University of Southern California.  

Corielle became a certified Sexual Violence Prevention Educator in 2007 through Lehigh University's award-winning "Break the Silence" program. She has since worked with businesses, organizations, and governments around the world, including IBM, Women for Women Int'l, and the U.S. State Department, to engage communities in ending violence against women.

Corielle cofounded liftUPlift with her life-long best friend, Rachel Jones, in 2015, and she loves everything about what she does. Her favorite thing about being an entrepreneur is having the freedom to focus her full time, energy and talent on her life's greatest passion: empowering women and girls.