The 100 Women to KNOW Across America Award, presented by JPMorgan Chase is a recognition that showcases the most influential, achieved, and honorable women in our society. Following a nomination and interview process, these women entrepreneurs, executives, creatives, and philanthropists have not only grown their dreams, but have created boundless opportunities for the next generation of female leaders. These women exemplify what it means to be high-achieving and ambitious on the next level and continue to pour into their communities as they do so.

Candace Nelson | Sprinkles

Candace Nelson is an entrepreneur, bestselling author and contributor, and an expert in turning one’s passion into a profitable business. Her debut book, The Sprinkles Baking Book: 100 Secret Recipes from Candace’s Kitchen, was a New York Times Bestseller, and her forthcoming book on entrepreneurship, Sweet Success: A Simple Recipe for Turning Your Passion Into Profit, was a Wall Street Journal bestseller. Candace Nelson revolutionized the baking industry when she started Sprinkles, the world’s first cupcake bakery and Cupcake ATM. Nelson also launched Pizzana, a growing chain of Michelin Bib Gourmand-awarded pizzerias, and CN2 Ventures, an investment firm.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Embrace your feminine at work. Believe it or not, it’s your superpower.

What is your favorite quote?

“The two most important days in your life are the day you were the born and the day you find out why.”

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