8 Female Powerhouses Share Their Best Career Advice At Create & Cultivate

Catering to creative types, side hustlers, and aspiring entrepreneurs, Create & Cultivate is not your traditional conference. The brainchild of Jaclyn Johnson, it’s an online platform and IRL event for women looking to create and cultivate the career of their dreams.

As the number of female entrepreneurs rises to the highest percentage it’s been since 1996, Create & Cultivate has become an event that women from all over the country are flocking to (and it’s not hard to see why). Eager to connect with like-minded aspiring business owners, this past weekend, more than a thousand women attended the Seattle conference held on the Microsoft Campus.

The schedule was jam-packed with inspirational panels featuring some of our favorite boss ladies (Issa Rae, Mandy Moore, and Holland Roden to name a few), networking opportunities, and mentor “power hours” with female influencers and thought leaders.

Sparking conversations around leadership and career development, there was no shortage of brilliant career advice (plus a whole lot of SWAG) for attendees to take home with them. Ahead, we've rounded up the most memorable quotes from the event along with some of our favorite photos of speakers and attendees.

Becki Smith
"I can’t go a day without failing. I think where I thrive is knowing I’m not gonna make that mistake the same way again." - Issa Rae, Insecure Writer, Producer, Actress
Alyssa Dawson
"We have to fail fast, and we have to fail forward because it keeps us moving." - Michelle Newbery, President of The Mine
Becki Smith
"You gotta own who you are, you gotta own want you want. It makes everything all the richer and sweeter." - Mandy Moore, This Is Us Actress
Turkan Najar
"It’s incredible what happens when the men in the room underestimate the power of the women." - Rian Buckley, Co-Founder & CEO of Fitcode
Alyssa Dawson
"It’s important for people to know there are varied stories even if people look the same." - Yvonne Orji, Insecure Actress
Alyssa Dawson
"There’s no perfect you shaped hole in the world that you’re supposed to run through." - Zelda Williams, Actress & Producer
Turkan Najar
"We’re all learning. Charge what makes it worth it." - Christina Martinez, Creator of New Darlings
Becki Smith
"When preparedness meets opportunity that’s where the magic happens." - Holland Roden, Teen Wolf Actress