Inc.’s sixth annual Female Founders list highlights entrepreneurs with world-changing companies
ATLANTA, GA – April 4, 2023 – Inc.today announced its sixth annual Female Founders list, honoring a bold group of 200 women whose innovations and ideas are shaping the world into a better place.
The founders cross all industries and bring with them unique stories of success from each stage of the entrepreneurial journey — from startup to going public, being acquired by big buyers, or spending decades at the helm of an organization. They are reinventing everything from shoes to food and are challenging issues like financial literacy and reproductive health.
“It’s a privilege to stand among these exceptional and motivating women who are forging ahead with groundbreaking ventures in every industry, revolutionizing entrepreneurship. The growth and national recognition of my diverse businesses are a gift, and I appreciate the divine calling to pursue what I do without taking anything for granted,” Mahaffey said.
Mahaffey, a graduate of West High School and Auburn University is an I/O Psychologist as well as a psychotherapist (LPC). She has a very unique background that spans technology, mental health and entrepreneurship. She started her career as a software developer in Atlanta and has worked in the tech-sector for 30+ years in development, engineering and project management. She has served in senior management roles and the C-Suite. Her work in psychology started as a business psychologist assisting technology stakeholders with change management to ensure that when new systems are launched, performance and productivity does not wane. She is also a technology startup founder and a consumer products entrepreneur, who was recently featured on QVC. Her father, was a well-known jeweler in Birmingham for over 25 years.
“A lot of what I know about entrepreneurship and hard work, I learned growing up at home in Birmingham” Mahaffey added.
As a mental health practitioner, Dr. Mahaffey works with high achievers, celebrities, athletes, government officials, corporate executives, technology professionals and entrepreneurs to help them effectively address life’s challenges and maintain their mental wellness. Last year she was also named to the Forbes Next1000 list. She also founded both the Atlanta and the Birmingham chapter of the Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, an organization that gave a monthly $1000 micro-grant to local causes.
“I firmly believe that entrepreneurship and innovation are guided by a higher power. As the founder of Culture Greetings, Be Mindfully Social and Roots to Branches, my consistent goal is to empower people to remain connected and to be the best version of themselves. Innovation and technology have been the key features of all the brands I have established, streamlining processes and enhancing efficiency. I’m thankful for the opportunity to bring my ideas to life and proud to be a problem-solver, Mahaffey concluded.
Each year, Inc. editors review thousands of applications highlighting female founders who are challenging the status quo and tackling some of the world’s biggest problems. The list features women who have overcome challenges and lifted those around them, while leading impactful organizations across the country. They join the ranks of previous honorees including Jessica Alba, Tracee Ellis Ross, Rihanna, and Shonda Rhimes.
“These 200 female founders have identified solutions to difficult problems and created valuable, industry-changing companies out of them. We congratulate this year’s list on their achievements and look forward to their continued success,” says Inc. editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk.
To see the complete list, go to: https://www.inc.com/female-founders
After launching in 2018, the Female Founders list is one of Inc.’s most esteemed franchises. Inc. magazine’sFemale Founders issue (April 2023) will be available online on April 4 at https://www.inc.com/magazine and on newsstands on April 11.
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The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc.offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning, multiplatform 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.
About Dionne Mahaffey, PsyD, LPC, NCC
Dionne Mahaffey is an award-winning entrepreneur and CEO of The CPAI Group, Incorporated. Her brands include Culture Greetings, Be Mindfully Social, Roots to Branches Psychological and Wellness Services among others.