Tory Johnson is all about spark and hustle at work, dating back to high school in Miami Beach where she joined the all-male debate team—and became the first girl to win a state debate championship. She dropped out of Emerson College for a chance to work at ABC News and then jumped to NBC News, only to be fired unexpectedly a couple of years later.

The permanent scar from that experience inspired her to shift from employee to entrepreneur. Tory founded Women For Hire from a corner of her New York City apartment. The company continues to host high-caliber diversity career expos across the country, attracting talented women and leading employers.

As workplace contributor on ABC’s Good Morning America, she is a favorite among viewers who appreciate her no-nonsense career advice. Glamour dubbed Tory the “raise fairy godmother” for her ability to help women ask for—and get—more money.

Tory is also the driving force behind Spark & Hustle, a company that helps small business owners via nationwide conferences. She is the author of five books, most recently, Fired to Hired, which follows Will Work From Home: Earn the Cash—Without the Commute, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.