Ingrid Harb founded the Women Ambassadors Forum when she was still in college at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Harb, who immigrated to the USA from Mexico in her teens, sought to empower women locally and internationally to pursue their career goals and build a life for themselves. While she was a full-time student and student athlete, Harb began planning her first Women Ambassadors Forum, garnered sponsorships from Fortune 500 companies and convinced her university to partner with her. Fast forward nearly five years, and the Women Ambassadors Forum has found a home in Tampa Bay, attracting women from 85 countries to participate.
Years in St. Pete
Organizations involved in
I'm involved with a lot of organizations locally and internationally that collaborate with the Women Ambassador's Forum.
What gets you out of bed every day?
Knowing that I can change the world.
Why St. Pete?
It was an accident. I was living in Texas and when I got the opportunity to bring a company to Tampa Bay, I didn't think about it twice. I came here with just three suitcases. When I got here, getting to see the community was surprising; I had never been part of a city that is so welcoming. The other surprise was realizing how many women-owned businesses there are. I felt like I was exactly where I needed to be.
What is one habit that you keep?
I'm persistent and very disciplined. I come from a German family - I'm multicultural, German and Lebanese. But since I was little my mom never let me quit anything, every activity that I would do I'd have to stick with until it was the end of the season. So now everything I go into, I never quit.
who are some people that influence you?
My mother. She has always believed in me, and I know this sounds so cliche but I come from a line of very strong, independent women, but I would rephrase independent because they have been restricted by the borders of their homes. Even though they've all been extremely entrepreneurial and brilliant women, the men in my family have really succeeded and grown businesses. Seeing that they weren't able to really fully develop as business women pushes me to understand that it's my role.
What is one piece of insight - a book, methodology, practice - that you would share with our readers?
The Law of Attraction. I really believe that you can attract what you put out in the world. I think part of the law of attraction is fully understanding where you want to go and following that. I also practice the Law of Manifestation, really believing what I want and the outcome. Not letting your imagination take you away from the present moment.
What is one thing you wish you knew about your work 3 years ago?
That I was enough and that I should have done it back then. I should have fully committed on growing it but I think a lot of us don't realize that we're ready. I hope that anyone that listens that is motivated and has a side hustle or passion doesn't wait for the perfect moment because there's never a perfect moment.
Growing my movement. I really want to start hosting events in other countries. Right now we have over 95 countries that applied for our global conference. But I want to have women from every corner of the world, and I want this to be the platform where women evolve, but more than anything I want to bring peace to this world.