Crain's New York Business, one of the city's most well known and respected publications, recently recognized Catherine Angiel as a leading female business owner in 2021. For decades the women of New York have been at the forefront of the local business community, running companies in industries from law to, of course, jewelry. Other powerhouse females on the list include Dorothea Regal, Barbara Armand Kushner, and Stacey Bendet. All women making strides in many industries long dominated by men.
"When I first started in the industry, it was all men. On a daily basis I would deal with defending my expertise because I was a women," says Catherine Angiel. "Now I've established myself with almost 30 years of experience finding the perfect diamond and designing unique pieces that my clients love."
Indeed, Catherine was a pioneer, opening up her brick and mortar namesake in the West Village 28 years ago this November. But the Crain's feature not only highlights the success of the women mentioned, but how they've managed to bolster the economy during this uncertain time and inspire other women to do the same.
"With its list of Notable Women Business Owners, Crain’s recognizes those who have forged their career paths and, in turn, powered the city’s economy. Women-owned companies represent more than 40% of all registered businesses in the city and generate more than $70 billion in revenue annually," - Crain's New York Business.
Beyond their contribution to the economy, these women like Catherine Angiel, also give back to their communities. "My cause has always been animal rights. I rescued my two pups and have a special place in my heart for animals. We donate annually to the Humane Society of New York."- Catherine Angiel.
She even designed a very special sterling silver paw pendant in honor of her two rescue dogs, Peanut and Button. 30% of the proceeds are donated to the Humane Society of New York City to help animals in need.