I don’t know about you, but whenever I watch Shark Tank, I find myself daydreaming about all the fantastic business ideas I have. Many women, as evidenced by Shark Tank, aspire to achieve something similar.
One woman, however, has not only accomplished all of these goals but also has the moral fortitude and generosity to share her wisdom with other women. Moreover, the fact that she hails from Jersey comes as no shock to me.
Lisa Ascolese, of Brick, was dubbed “The Inventress” by locals despite the fact that she was a broke, self-taught inventor who had to scrape together her own funding to get her ideas off the ground.
She looked for help and encouragement from similar businesses and people but found none. This did not deter her, though. Through a process of trial and error, she persisted in her pursuit of excellence.
Her success led her to generously help others. Lisa was motivated to create the charity organization Determined to Succeed by the story of a Black female inventor who achieved phenomenal success.
Their mission is to provide members of The Association of Women Inventors & Entrepreneurs with the knowledge, support, and resources they need to develop their ideas from inception to commercialization. Like a real-life version of “Shark Tank.”
Her annual AOWIE Conference is a festival that encourages young innovators and aspiring businesspeople of all ages by helping them close the gap between aspiration and achievement. Her guidance has helped countless people reach their goals.
In reality, Lisa aided hundreds of pandemic inventors in developing and releasing their products. You might assume that someone with more than 30 years of expertise creating and releasing items on QVC, HSN, and retail locations across the country would want to keep all that success for themselves.
No, Lisa isn’t that kind of girl at all! She is dedicated to including everyone and providing unwavering support for everyone who needs it. Many well-known people have been honored by the AOWIE, including Daymond John, Carla Hall, Dionne Warwick, Gloria Gaynor, Tyrese Gibson, Melba Moore, and many more who are included on the website.
Find out what “The Inventress” is up to by visiting her profile page. The views stated above are solely those of New Jersey 101.5’s talk show host Judi Franco. Dennis & Judi are now available for your listening pleasure — whenever you like!
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