Women at Work: Neely Powell

Neely Woodson Powell
Charleston Shoe 
1445 Greenleaf Road, Suite A
Charleston, SC 29405

We design and manufacture our own line of fashionably functional, classic women’s shoes. Our shoes can be found in both the wholesale and retail sectors, with more than 350 wholesale accounts and 24 brickandmortar stores in nine states from Massachusetts to California and Florida. 

What makes you successful in your career?
Starting this business more than 20 years ago has led me to wear more hats than I could have imagined. I was raised to be an entrepreneur. I think every idea takes persistent dedication, excitement and an elevated sense of urgency, all of which must backed by pure gratitude.  

What advice would you offer to women with similar goals?
You cannot be afraid to fail, sweat the small things, and you need to believe that life is too short to not have fun in all you do.