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Who inspires the success of today’s greatest changemakers, leaders and entrepreneurs? As each of us navigates our own pathways and pitfalls to the top, the community of role models, collaborators and mentors around us has the power to ignite our passions and place our biggest career aspirations within reach.

In this spirit, I asked seven women who inspire me to share the stories of those who have been an inspiring for force in their own lives. On International Women’s Day, as we celebrate our achievements and the progress of what’s possible together, Tory Burch, Theresia Gouw of Aspect Ventures, Full Picture’s Desiree Gruber, Jamie Kern Lima of IT Cosmetics, Acumen’s Jacqueline Novogratz, Reshma Saujani of Girls Who Code, and Melanie Whelan of SoulCycle recount the wisdom, motivation and courage they’ve gained from the women they admire most.