So Money - Episode 519

Cindy Whitehead

CEO of The Pink Ceiling

After the election, I made a vow to continue to promote successful women on the show and today is no different. Cindy Whitehead is a trailblazer for future female business owners. She invented the first ever FDA-approved “female viagra” drug called Addyi.  The day after getting FDA approval Cindy sold the company for a whopping $1 billion.

Now she’s running The Pink Ceiling, a strategy and investment firm launched in 2016 that’s dedicated to finding and funding innovations for women. She’s calling 2017 the year of the Pink-cubator and dedicating her all to promoting female start-ups – especially in the male-dominant STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.)

In our conversation we discuss… 

  • What it takes to raise money as a female founder, especially when presenting in front of a room full of men?
  • Why female entrepreneurs need less cheerleading and more straight talk.
  • And as crazy as it sounds, the sense of loss Cindy experienced after selling her company for $1 billion.

If you’d like to learn more about Cindy visit or follow her on Twitter @CindyPinkCEO.

One of my favorite quotes from the interview: “Owning it is fundamental. It’s the path to freedom. It’s a path to freedom financially.” – Click To Tweet

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