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While change is in the air, we still have a long way to go to close the gender gap in representation and pay in today’s business world. Women work much harder for the same recognition as men, which can result in greater fear of the unknown and of failure.

Roadblocks will always arise, but it’s important for businesses to empower women to take on those situations with confidence, using them as a catalyst for growth.

Anna Fabrega started her career as an Operations Manager and eventually worked her way up to Managing Director at Amazon, helping to launch Amazon Go. She is now CEO of Freshly, the nation’s leading prepared meal delivery service. As a successful entrepreneur and leader, Fabrega has been through it all.

Fabrega shared with me why being open to failure is the secret solution to long-term success, and how a non-linear career path can catapult you to the top. Here are Fabrega’s top three tips for women in business.

1. Treat failures as opportunities

While failure is usually something we try to avoid, sometimes the biggest moments of career growth stem from a misstep. Treat failures as opportunities to digest what went wrong and come up with new solutions. This cycle of acceptance and reflection will make you a better leader and allow you to turn a seemingly negative situation into a positive one.

This also applies to your personal life, shares Fabrega. “As a perfectionist, I was always nervous that the world would crumble if I changed my mind or let myself fail. It took failures in my personal life for me to finally put everything into perspective and decide what I truly wanted out of my career. I ended up taking a leap of faith and shifting what I had originally thought my priorities were – and found that to my surprise, nothing bad happened! Making those changes for myself taught me that failing isn’t the end; it is a moment of growth and strength.”

Taking each experience and really owning the moment — whether positive or negative — builds a better leader and teaches a lesson that sets you apart from others. Look at each success and failure as another building block to grow and use whatever outcome to your advantage.

2. Stay curious

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As you climb the corporate ladder, don’t assume you know everything you need to reach the next level in your career. Be a sponge and absorb any and all knowledge you can. Fabrega has been following this concept for a while. She shared, “I always say, learn everything. Even if something seems straightforward or well outside your job description, get your hands dirty and learn every facet of your business. At my first job, I was in the warehouses constantly learning each job from the ground up so I could truly help and advise my teams without sounding disconnected.”

Fabrega notes that your curiosity has payoffs in the end: “You’ll be so much more knowledgeable than your counterparts who remain siloed, and the decision makers will notice. Endless curiosity will only make you a better leader.”

3. Embrace a non-linear path

Make decisions based on where you feel you need to grow — and not because the ‘rule-book’ told you how to get from point A to point B. Again, don’t be afraid of the potential for failure and do what is best for the growth of your career. Fabrega advises, “Take a pay cut; take on a job that might not be a perfect fit, but will give you the business experience you need to reach and excel at your dream job.”

In her journey to the corner office at Freshly, Fabrega was forced with many difficult decisions along the way. “I’ve definitely taken a pay cut and made strategic decisions when it comes to the jobs I’ve accepted. I have always made it a point to be well-rounded and I don’t recognize lanes. If a warehouse job was ultimately going to get me to where I needed to be in the end, then I did my best work for however many years were needed and used that as a catalyst for my next move.”

Today, Fabrega continues to drive growth and innovation across her teams at Freshly. The hope is that Anna’s journey will empower fellow female executives and leaders as they drive and shape the future of business.

The opinions expressed here by Inc.com columnists are their own, not those of Inc.com.

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CNBC’s Jim Cramer on Friday offered investors a list of clothing stocks that he believes will see upside as workers continue returning to the office.

“After the huge run in the apparel stocks, I recommend ringing the register on the lower quality ones, so that you can swap into something better,” he said.

Shares of PVH, the parent of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, surged on Thursday after the company reported better-than-expected results for its latest quarter and strong quarterly guidance. 

Other apparel companies including Abercrombie & Fitch and American Eagle also delivered upside surprises this week, sending their stock higher.

Here are Cramer’s favorite apparel stock picks:

PVH

Ralph Lauren

Lululemon Athletica

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Ever since the mechanics behind ad tech (and digital marketing in general) became effective enough to be considered a reliable source of revenue, there was an issue of shady people getting into it with malicious intent and trying to make use of it the other way around. 

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Lora DiCarlo, a sex tech startup that made headlines in 2019 after being blacklisted from the Consumer Electronics Show, seems to have shut down. The company’s website is offline and reportedly orders have gone unfulfilled for months.

TechCrunch has reached out to the eponymous founder for confirmation, but it sure looks like the end of the line for a briefly promising high-tech sex toy enterprise.

Founded in 2017, Lora DiCarlo was one of a new wave of tech-forward sexual health companies headed up by women. It won an innovation award at CES 2019 for, as our writer put it at the time, “a hands-free device that uses biomimicry and robotics to help women achieve a blended orgasm by simultaneously stimulating the G-spot and the clitoris.”

But then the Consumer Technology Association, which runs CES, withdrew the award and banned the company from exhibiting at the show. Their explanation at the time was that neither the company nor its devices “fit a product category.”

Predictably, this attracted immediate blowback and allegations of sexism, prudery and generally bad judgment. Everyone was on Lora DiCarlo’s side, and the publicity was invaluable, she later told TechCrunch at Disrupt: “I think they actually did us a pretty big favor.” The company raised $2 million around that time, and about $9 million total over its five years of operation.

But despite a big return to the show in 2020 (and a coveted TC+ feature, of course), the company seems to have faltered during the pandemic — perhaps falling victim to the same chip shortages and manufacturing problems even established hardware makers encountered.

As chronicled by Women’s Health, the last few months seem to have been Lora DiCarlo’s last, as various aspects of a functioning commercial enterprise began to fail: orders weren’t going out, stock was gone at retail partners and personnel have left. The site went down earlier this month and is down still. Although there has not been any official announcement, it certainly does seem that the company is kaput.

It’s too bad, but finding success as a hardware startup is hard enough without a pandemic and the stigma on sex toys adding drag. We’ll update this article if we hear back from DiCarlo.

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