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On International Women's Day - How 3 Women Leaders Choose To Challenge

By Iris Kaminski, Global Marketing, SAP

The theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is Choose to Challenge. It’s a clear call to action to not accept the status quo, and to, instead, push for change. Because change moves us forward - as individuals, and as a society.

Change is an opportunity. Change is also often uncomfortable. It requires a vision. It requires action. And strong leaders who inspire.

Today, we highlight three inspiring women leaders who embody the Choose to Challenge mantra and brought real, tangible, beneficial change to their industries. This inspiring documentary film highlights how these three leaders helped move their business - and industry - forward to be more agile, inclusive and sustainable.

Challenge Accepted: Sustainable Fashion

First, we meet Stephanie Benedetto, CEO and Founder of Queen of Raw. Queen of Raw is a new fashion technology company that works with fabric suppliers and buyers around the world to re-sell and re-purpose unused fabric, helping to reduce fashion industry waste while saving corporations millions of dollars.

Her passion and dedication springs from two sources: her great-grandfather and her two young children.

Benedetto’s great-grandfather immigrated to the U.S. chasing the American Dream. To make a living, he built a successful business repurposing old fabrics and fur, turning them into beautiful fashion.

He produced his garments with minimal waste or toxins, and while he never called it sustainability, that’s what it was. It made sense for his customers, and for his bottom line.

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