religiously for the last 25 years along with
any business book or biography of successful
entrepreneurs I could get my hands on. To be
successful in any business or endeavor you
have to be relentlessly focused, fairly intelligent and absolutely driven and have a passion
for what you do.
Which local women are your inspiration?
There are so many. Grace Kraaijvanger is definitely one. She is the founder of The Hivery
and has created a special place for women
that not only is collaborative but also honors
women supporting other women with one goal
in mind: the creation of meaningful work.
Another woman is Neka Pasquale, founder of
Urban Remedy. She continues to evolve her
vision and has created an epic food company
that reminds me and so many others to take a
moment and recognize that “food is healing.”
And then another personal favorite because of
her trailblazing journey is Mill Valley resident
Joan Barnes. Forty years ago, Joan launched
Gymboree and has experienced the highs
and lows of being an entrepreneur at a great
cost in health and family. I recently bumped
into Joan on a trail walk and she was coming
toward me as a vision of health, wisdom and
beauty. So many of us stand on her shoulders.
Which part is the most challenging in today’s
business: being an entrepreneur, a woman,
a lesbian, or all three combined? Definitely
being an entrepreneur is by far the most
challenging, from accessing capital to growing, pivoting and adapting. You are in a very
dynamic and competitive space. It’s a lifestyle
and a relentless pace, and I wouldn’t have it
any other way.
What is a business mistake you made that you
learned the most from? Two things: putting
someone in the wrong seat and not pivoting fast
enough to change the situation, and not doing
retail sooner. We stayed on the sidelines creating brand invisibility even though we were in
wholesale for 17 years before we took the leap.
Where is your happy place in Marin? With the
community at our first Equator store at Proof
Lab Surf Shop in Tam Junction. You never
forget your first. m
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