This week, we (Jules & Statoya) interrupt our regularly scheduled podcast episode and talk about the Coronavirus. In all the hysteria that’s currently happening (and increasing daily, it seems) in our world, we try to offer perspective. Just our thoughts on what to do, what not to do. Just our perspective, but hopefully it causes you to pause for a minute, take a deep breath, and think about how you’ll respond in tough times. We hope you enjoy this episode!
ELAINE SACK: Creating The Standard For Clean Beauty, Curating Every Single Detail, And Standing Out In A Crowded Field
Our guest today is the one and only Elaine Sack, COO of RMS Beauty. Hailing from South Bend, IN, she went to college and got her degree in Journalism. She worked on a political campaign, and once that ended, she recruited a friend, packed up her things and moved to Charleston, not having a job or knowing anyone. She worked in an art gallery for 2 years, then went to work for a beauty care manufacturer. When prominent celebrity make-up artist Rose-Marie Swift called wanting to develop an innovatively clean beauty product, Elaine took that serendipitous call that gradually changed her life. Once that product was developed, Elaine was Rose-Marie’s first hire and together, they began to build RMS Beauty. Fast forward 10+ years and RMS is a thriving company that’s leading the charge in the natural and clean beauty industry. It was a delight to talk with Elaine. We hope you enjoy this episode!
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SONDRA SKIPPER KILIAN: Taking Advantage Of Every Opportunity Given, Leaning Into Vulnerability To Impact And Inspire Others, And Creating A Space That Fosters Deeper Connections
I’m going to start out by saying this conversation felt like we were on sacred ground and I think you’ll know what I mean as you listen. Our guest, Sondra Skipper Kilian, is a very special human. She has both accomplished a lot and been through deep pain in her short time on this planet. She has the unique ability to set her sights on something and watch it manifest itself. It’s almost as if she sees her future unfolding and then isn’t afraid to do the hard work to get there. Sondra grew up in Charleston, went to the Maine Maritime Academy where she was in the United States Merchant Marines for 10 years. She sailed as Captain on a 300 foot ship for an emergency response company until she was 6 months pregnant with her son, Sullivan aka Sully, and then went through gut-wrenching loss and grief. To continue her healing process, she traveled for a couple months in Europe, alone with her then 1 year old little Sully, and then came back home and started her own business, Skip & Sully. This is a brilliant concept of a marriage between a Montessori style indoor playground and parent’s club. What an absolute privilege to hear her story. We hope you enjoy our conversation.
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KARA NEWMARK: Falling In Love With Owning Your Life, Building A National Brand That Brings Happiness, And Being Committed To Creating Success In Your Life In Every Way
Kara Newmark is quite the GSD Entrepreneur. She grew up in Dayton, OH and went to law school, thinking she wanted to follow in her Dad’s footsteps. After practicing law for a few years, she realized the attorney life wasn’t for her, so she founded her own consulting firm focused on helping technology and life science incubators such as Nidus Center, Boeing’s Incubator, CET, and Biogenerator portfolio companies. Getting recruited to a tech startup because of her expertise, she became immersed in the world of entrepreneurialism where she wore multiple hats on any given day. After three years and the dot.com crash, this fast growing startup company came to a halt and Kara was at a point where she needed to pivot. This pivot led her to a lot of soul searching and the realization that she wanted to start something that could accomplish two primary things: 1) become a national brand, and 2) create happiness. The result of that is her business called Sweetology where she just opened her third location. Think Build-A Bear meets Willy Wonka. Kara is inspirational, incredibly smart, dynamic, energizing, and boundless in her dreams. We absolutely loved our time with her and hope you do as well.
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KARYN CAVANAUGH: Becoming An “Accidental” Portfolio Manager, Turning $40K Into $1.3 Billion, And Always Moving The Ball Forward
Karyn Cavanaugh grew up in Connecticut in a home having never been taught about the importance of understanding and controlling your finances, and she even remembers her mom wondering how they were going to pay the mortgage on more than one occasion. Fast forward to today, Karyn has regularly appeared as the financial expert on media outlets such as CNBC, Fox Business News, National Public Radio and Bloomberg TV and her commentary has been featured in publications such as Financial Times, the Associated Press, and the Wall Street Journal. She received a BS in finance from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from the University of Hartford. She holds the distinguished Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. Karyn lives in Charleston, SC and is witty, kind, humble, extremely smart, has 3 grown children, and is in love with her precious little pup, Gary. We hope you enjoy this episode getting to know this fantastic woman!