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is a universal language that transcends borders, cultures, and
generations. It has the power to evoke deep emotions, to transport
us to another time and place, and to connect us with others in ways
that nothing else can. From classical melodies to modern pop songs,
music has been a driving force in our lives, shaping our memories,
our identities, and even our views surrounding the world.
But music is more than just an art form. It's a powerful tool for social
change, a means of raising awareness about issues that matter, and a
platform for artists to express their ideas and inspire others to
action. From Bob Dylan to Beyoncé, musicians have used their voice
and platform to push for social justice, political reform, and an
altogether better world.
Featuring as the Cover of our Women of Excellence issue is the 20-
year-old Slovakian singer-songwriter Karin Ann, who is using her
music to talk about subjects of relevance and spearheading a global
change.
THE MUSICAL RANGE
Growing up in Slovakia, Karin Ann started her writing journey at the
age of 14. Through her lyrics, she was able to innately capture the
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complexities of life, one that
connected with people of all age
groups.
Soon Karin was discovered by
producer Matt Schwartz, and it
brought upon new opportunities in
her young musical career. She began
touring with the likes of Imagine
Dragons, YUNGBLUD, Al ie
Templeman, LP and My Chemical
Romance and steadily created a name
for herself on the live circuit.
Talking about these opportunities and
if she would like to do anything
differently in her journey, Karin
assertively mentions “The journey has
been a lot of hard work, but I am
grateful for all the opportunities I've
gotten.”
She adds “I don't think it does any
good dwelling on what you would've
done differently in the past. I think the
choices we make bring us to where we
are so who knows where I'd be if I had
done something differently.”
In recent years Karin Ann has
established a loyal following with
popular songs like you make me
miserable, looking at porn, almost 20,
i'm a loser, and more. Her latest single
"I think like any artist I want to be
remembered for my art and for
what I stand for.”
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Karin has always been a strong advocate for the
LGBTQ+ community as well as for minority rights.
In July 2021, During her appearance on TVP, Karin
Ann began her performance on the program titled
Question for Breakfast by giving a special message “I
would like to dedicate this song to the LGBTQ
community in Poland. I know you don't have it easy
here. You deserve love, you deserve to feel safe. I'm
with you, I'm standing here with you, I love you.”
She gave this statement while wrapping herself with
the symbolic rainbow lag.
The outrage and media attention the statement
garnered across the country further stood to
cement the power as well as the truth her message
held.
Since then, international icons like Mel C and Black
Eyed Peas have also shown their support for the
LGBTQ+ community in Poland. Moreover, global
publications and social media in luencers have also
joined-in to voice their support to the community in
Poland and beyond.
In August 2021, Karin Ann went on to become the
irst Slovak artist to be featured on the billboard in
New York's Time Square as the face of Spotify's
2021 EQUAL campaign.
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for a moment is already
garnering rave reviews and is a
clear indication of the musical
heights she is about to reach in
2023.
IMPACTING THE YOUNG
GENERATION
Karin Ann's music has struck a
chord with audiences of all ages,
but perhaps nowhere is her
impact more keenly felt than
among the young generation.
But it's not just the subject
matter of Karin Ann's music that
resonates with teenagers. It's
also the honesty, vulnerability,
and authenticity of her lyrics,
which speak directly to the
experiences and emotions of
young people. Whether she's
singing about the pain of a
healing heart or the urgency of
political activism, Karin Ann's
music captures life with a
sensitivity and insight that is
rare among artists of any age.
“I think societal issues need to be
talked about in mainstream
media. So, when people (artists)
who are featured talk about the
issues it could get a lot more
attention, and in turn something
can be done about them,” she
explains.
Perhaps this very understanding
of social subjects and openness
to topics riddled with stigma has
garnered her the support of
audiences and celebrities alike
from across the globe.
THE KARIN ANN BRAND
In just a short span, Karin Ann
Karin's latest single For a Moment is a beautiful
song that speaks the universal truth that time
doesn't necessarily heal all wounds, but it can
make the pain hurt a little less. And in those
moments when the pain is still raw and the
wounds are still fresh, it's okay to let go for a
little while. To dance and forget and allow
ourselves to be happy, even if it's only for a
moment.
In another interview, Karin mentioned the
meaning and thought-process behind writing
this song “Writing it was kind of therapeutic for
me, it's about accepting the bad things you
went though, it's about accepting that healing
takes time and that it's OK to not feel OK and
it's OK to feel like something horrible you went
through didn't make you stronger but actually
made life much more dif icult. It's about
accepting all that you went though and taking
conscious steps towards healing."
Even then, the songwriting process for Karin is
never limited to a set idea or theme. She
explains, “I don't ever think there is a speci ic
theme I want to write about when I start
writing. I just start writing and whatever comes
out is what ends up being a song.”
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has already been the
recipient of multiple music
awards, touring all over the
world, working with various
labels, actively representing
the LGBTQ+ community in
Slovakia and in Europe, been
referred to as the Billie Eilish
of Europe, and most
importantly, broadening her
portfolio of good music.
Amidst the popularity and
expectations, Karin
emphasizes that she doesn't
think about the potential
possibilities of the future.
She further adds “I have
anxiety so thinking about the
future is very stressful for
me, haha.”
From her own experiences,
Karin understands inding
your audience and standing
out in the music industry is
extremely dif icult, however,
she points out “We live in a
time where the music
market is oversaturated so it
de initely is hard to ind an
audience, but I think as long
as you're doing what you
love and you're doing it for
the right reasons, sooner or
later your people will ind
you.”
Talking about how she wants
to be remembered by Karin
concludes saying “I think like
any artist I want to be
remembered for my art and
for what I stand for.”
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INTERVIEW WITH ELIZABETH FAYE
HOW A HAIRSTYLIST CAN
CHANGE THE WORLD?
t the age of 12, Elizabeth Faye was
Aexpelled from school for coloring
her natural hair with a box of dye.
But as fate would have it, this led her to a
chance encounter that would change the
course of her life.
Her parents booked her a color correction
at a fancy upscale hair salon. While sitting
on the hairdresser's chair, Elizabeth started
sharing every little detail of her life to her
stylist – Brandon.
For the irst time in her young life, Elizabeth
felt heard, beautiful, seen, and loved.
This cemented a bond between Elizabeth
and hair salons, and eventually paved the
way for her professional journey as a
hairstylist.
A single act of kindness changed the life of
Elizabeth Faye. Today, as a hairstylist turned
coach, Elizabeth is determined to help
transform the lives of others like someone
did to her.
In this Exclusive Interview, we interact with
this incredible entrepreneur and learn more
about her journey and beyond.
From visiting a hairstylist that changed
your world to today a hairstylist turned
coach that is changing the world, what
has been the journey like for you?
The journey has been a wild ride. So much
learning and growth. The entrepreneurship
journey is truly the greatest opportunity for
personal development on a fast track in the
best way. There are highs and lows, and I
wouldn't have it any other way!
What prompted your interest and
subsequently your foray into the
coaching space?
I began working as an assistant in a salon
that was very education-forward where I
was working for salon educators in the
beauty industry. From day one, I've worked
backstage on hair shows, teaching at salons,
working alongside educators at salons, etc. I
also come from a family of educators. My
grandpa was a teacher, my father does a lot
of work within the church such as teaching
and guiding hikes, yoga, etc.
Teaching has been in my blood. I became a
beauty school teacher at Paul Mitchell for
four years and then taught at Redken for six
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years. From there, I went on doing
independent education since 2014.
My transition from hair educator to
business coach then led to a healing
journey that really led me to goal
setting and manifestation.
Talk to us about your client
approach, one that has facilitated
the career transformation of 1000s
of individuals.
I am a business coach that hones in on
attracting wealth, shopping online,
marketing, and working with
educators on establishing their
mission and curriculum. However, the
strategy is only 20%, when 80% of
career transformations derive from
personal and spiritual development.
Our signature framework, Sacred
Success Method, blends strategy,
somatics, and conscious work.
Somatics is understanding the
nervous system [this is where
breathwork comes in and is one of the
best ways to heal your nervous
system] and marrying the mind and
body together and mixing it with
business strategy.
Blending strategy, somatics, and
subconscious work together is very
important to me because it really
brings together the science and
spiritual side of success and
empowers others to understand it and
to lean into their own tools - which
are themselves!
What is your vision through Hair
Love University? How is it
empowering and impacting the
hairstylists community and
beyond?
My mission is to help hair stylists
show up as the most authentic version
of themselves, which is going to
require some healing work as well as
strategy and skill to help them feel
aligned in their work and attract
wealth in a really aligned way. I want
them to feel really lit up about what
they do because they really are in such
proximity with people all of the time
and are often seen as a trusted space
where people feel comfortable
con iding in them.
I know irsthand as a former
hairstylist and salon owner that I was
there through some of my client's
biggest milestones [marriage, divorce,
babies, death, etc.] and people really
turn to us as a close person in their
life. I want to help hairstylists be well
and regulate their nervous system as
they act as that rock for other people
that sit in their chair.
I believe we are all a part of The
Ripple Effect but hairstylists touch so
many lives, and if I can help them,
then I am quite literally helping
hundreds of thousands of people.
Brief us about the importance of
visibility and for women
entrepreneurs to put their personal
brand out there.
This is why I do a lot of personal and
spiritual development work with
people because putting your brand
out there is sharing your heart.
Sharing your perspectives, desires and
how you want to serve people can be a
really vulnerable thing to do as female
leaders.
As we lead, we have an opportunity to
share from the heart space, to
collaborate, and to empower. Sharing
your mission and heart is incredibly
needed - your story matters!
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As an entrepreneur, coach,
speaker, author, and mother,
what does a day in your life of
Elizabeth Faye look like? How do
you ensure work-life balance?
Typically, the morning starts with
Cacao [I love a daily Cacao] and
bringing my nine-year-old to
school. Then, I coach a few days a
week, so taking a moment to get
grounded, light some incense, and
then start my day with some rituals
is very important to me. After a day
of coaching my clients, we have
dinner and family time [typically
involves board games].
Other days, I am in a lot of CEO
meetings [either in bed or from my
hanging chair] and blending my
rituals into the day which can look
like breathwork, meditation, or
taking a walk. I am a big believer in
moving energy through dance and
yoga. In between all of that, I am
often speaking, traveling, and
hosting retreats.
To ensure work-life balance, it is
important to build in those small
rituals. It can be making your
nightly bath or drinking your daily
beverage ritualistic. It is really
bringing intention and slowness
into these different spaces of your
life. Oftentimes, I bring in coaches
and experts to guide me so I can
constantly learn, grow, release, and
be cared for because the higher
level of a performer you are in your
business, the higher level support
you are going to need in your life
and your self-care. Lean on your
support system - you are going to
need to even out that load to show
up for yourself and your business.
Finally, what does the future look
like for you and your brand?
I am now a Tedx Speaker and I am
publishing a book in the fall! I am
looking forward to more speaking
engagements and continuing to
coach high level humans and doing
breathwork exercises in huge
settings. I am looking forward to
working with more corporate
brands and schools, as well as
helping more people change their
life.
I am dabbling in more projects that
are outside of the box - music and
products that are more ritualistic.
We just came out with a conscious
song titled, I Am Loved Devine, on
Spotify.
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5 WAY S T O B E C O M E YO U R O W N
A G E N T O F D I S R U P T I O N
isruption is a bad thing, right? Well, it
depends. Are you the disruptor or the
disrupted? In startups, disruptors reap the
massive bene its of doing things a new way.
Name any unicorn company, like Apple, Amazon, or Uber
— in fact, name any great company, and behind its
success is a story of disruption. But remember,
companies don't disrupt, people do. People who disrupt
stand to reap massive bene its for not following the
status quo. Reid Hoffman in his book, The Startup of You,
advises everyone to think of themselves and their career
as their own startup. And Tara Parker-Pope recently
wrote, we can use 'design thinking' to better ourselves
through personal reinvention. I believe that it's
imperative to become your own Agent of Disruption. Yes,
I know, it sounds like a fun spy game. Let's play!
In my book, Disrupt Yourself!, I outlined seven variables
for harnessing the powers of disruption. Because you
can never know too much about how to ride the waves
of change, below are some practical tips from
entrepreneurs who have “Disrupt yourself” as one of
their favorite mantras.
TRY SOMETHING NEW
Gillian Morris, CEO, HitList
'Studies have shown that being in unfamiliar places
helps you think creatively. Neurologically, you make new
connections between unfamiliar frameworks as you
move through new territory, and it can impact how you
think in your 'normal' life as well.
'I've found that travel makes me more resourceful, and
keeps me calm and grounded through the inevitable ups
and downs of being an entrepreneur.
Stuck in traf ic on the way to a critical meeting?
Inconvenient, but not as bad as having food poisoning in
Afghanistan and discovering the nearest hospital is in
territory controlled by the Taliban. Experiences like that
put the rest of your problems in perspective. Being
outside your comfort zone reinforces what's important.
It's said that travel is cheaper than therapy, and though
it won't cure everything, I think there's a lot to be said
for travel as a health bene it.'
If you're feeling stuck then try something new. It literally
feels good to disrupt. When you learn you get a squirt of
dopamine, a neurotransmitter that makes you happy.
You may think you crave certainty, control, and tasks you
can easily complete, but agents of disruption know that
moving into terra incognita — the unexplored territory
— feels better. A study done by Kennon M. Sheldon and
colleagues found that self-expression and creativity may
increase positive feelings leading people to act more
responsibly, cooperatively, and cheerfully. Launching
into the unknown, not only makes you feel good; it
inspires your team too. It's restorative, both emotionally
and physically. If you are feeling stuck, focus on who you
want to become, not who you are. It will help you move
from stuck to unstuck.
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KEEP GOOD COMPANY
Anna Curran, Founder, Cookbook Create
'I surround myself with people who inspire me to live
life to the fullest, dream big and go for it. Each friend has
their own super power. Deborah Jackson, Founder of
Plum Alley, encourages me to push the limits of big
thinking and dreaming. Jessica Randazza, CMO Dannone,
constantly inspires me to play and cultivate my creative
side. Sloane Davidson lends her rose-colored glasses
often and renews my faith in the world as a beautiful
place.'
Motivational speaker Jim Rohn once famously said, “You
are the average of the ive people you spend the most
time with.” It's true, and what's good for you is good for
them. Research has shown that emotions are contagious.
As you enjoy the feel-good effects of disruption, others
will too. When you share your dreams of disruption with
you mentors, friends and team, you release the bonding
hormone, oxytocin, which activates higher levels of
trust. Sharing makes other people feel trusted and that
makes them feel good, too.
FOLLOW YOUR PASSION
Vanessa Quigley, Co-Founder, Chatbooks
'I had no intention of joining my husband in a start-up
when the last of my seven children started school. I was
going to get into yoga, local theatre, and enjoy my
newfound free time. But one day I discovered that I had
no printed pictures of my youngest child. All he had to
show for his young life was a tattered little snapshot
taken by his preschool teacher. I used to make elaborate
scrapbooks when I was a younger mom, but as life got
busier I quit printing pictures all together. So I went to
my entrepreneur husband with an idea: could we make
creating photo books as easy as taking the photos?
'My passion for my family and my desire to help people
hold on to their memories — quickly, easily, and
affordably — drove me to disrupt head irst into the
chaotic, exciting world of a startup. Incidentally, we've
disrupted the photo book industry, having sold over a
million books, and attracted hundreds of thousands of
subscribers.'
It doesn't always follow that we are good at the things
we care about, but it's an excellent place to start.
Successful agents of disruption are those who identify
an unmet need that can be illed by their unique talent
set. Don't be dismissive of your passions — chances are
that you're not the only one who cares. If you're
dissatis ied with how existing products and/or services
address your needs, then others have the same
concerns. Your solution may be the solution everyone is
looking for. Don't we all wish we'd invented Velcro?
TRAVEL THE NON-LINEAR PATH
Renee DiResta, Haven
'Some people have always known what they're born to
do. They specialize early and quickly acquire deep
experience. Not me. My latest career move was to help
start a company in an industry I'd never previously
worked in: transportation logistics.
'I studied computer science, but a serendipitous
interview led me to inance. As a trader from
2004–2011, I watched technology transform the market.
I left inance to pursue a hobby, tracking inef icient
private market trading of startups. As I worked with
dozens of founders, themes emerged. Manufacturing
and distribution are still very hard; production delays
are common. Teams rely on outmoded methods to meet
their deadlines.
'When Haven's founders looked at the freight industry,
there were many parallels to early inancial markets.
Transportation logistics was begging to be transformed
from an opaque phone-and-email market, through the
creation of a technologically sophisticated exchange that
reduced overhead costs of time and money and
improved ef iciency.
'Depth of experience is incredibly important for a
company's success, and Haven has team members with
decades of supply chain and freight experience. But
breadth of experience helped me visualize how an
innovation that transformed one industry might bene it
another. Don't be afraid of a non-linear path.'
You don't have to invent something new to be an agent
of disruption; you only have to be willing to reinvent
yourself. Sometimes that means deploying earned skills
in a new enterprise, entirely unrelated to prior
experience, but susceptible to the same problems — and
solutions — that you've encountered previously. Your
fresh eyes and mind focused in a new situation may be
able to make connections that those with long
experience are too fatigued to spot. Agility and
adaptability are hallmarks of disruptors. And when it
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comes to technology, the only thing that isn't news is
that we have to keep up with it.
Taylor Reynolds, the Director of Technology Policy, MIT
Internet Policy Research Initiative says, “The verdict is
still out on the long-term effects of technological
innovation on jobs, but those who can pick up new skills
and pivot themselves towards jobs that use these new
technologies will be the ultimate winners in our
increasingly digital economy.
INVEST IN YOURSELF
Jane Barratt, Founder & CEO GoldBean
'Moving to Asia in my mid-20's was life-changing. Money
and investments were topics of everyday conversation. I
adopted the local habit of investing, even though I had
no previous experience or real understanding.
'We're well-trained as consumers. Aggressive marketing
blurs the lines between our wants and our needs.
Investing forced me to look differently at how I spent
money. I still bought the shoes and bags I loved, but I
started to ask who made them. Are they public
companies? Worth investing in? Consumers drive the
success of investors. Recognizing that fact slowed down
my impulse purchasing and prioritized putting money
into a trading account versus a shopping spree.
'When I moved to the U.S., I built my company to
encourage people to think differently about money, and
to use what they knew and did as a consumer as a
starting point to invest in themselves, rather than just
the shareholders of the companies they like to
patronize.'
Making an investment in yourself is the most basic
reason for self-disruption. A direct portfolio investment
is only one possibility. When we are agents of disruption
we can reap a windfall of bene its: new opportunities,
career advancement, inancial advantage, personal
satisfaction. Doing something new produces a different
outcome, an outcome over which we have some control.
In this, agents of disruption differ from objects of
disruption — the former chooses to act, while the latter
is acted upon, without their input.
CONCLUSION
It may sound “evil empire”-ish, but being an agent of
disruption is a very powerful positive force. When you
disrupt yourself, you not only cope with the forces of
disruption, you enable yourself to harness its power and
unpredictability to propel you forward, and potentially
those around you, too. What are you waiting for? Join
the game. Disrupt yourself.
Whitney Johnson is the CEO of human capital
consultancy Disruption Advisors, an Inc. 5000
2020 fastest-growing private company in
America. One of the 50 leading business
thinkers in the world (#14) as named by
Thinkers50, Whitney is an expert at helping
individuals, teams and organizations become
peak performers. Moreover, Whitney is an
award-winning author, world-class keynote
speaker, and frequent lecturer for Harvard
BusinessSchool'sCorporateLearning
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T U R N I N G PA I N I N T O P U R P O S E
Jamie Batiste
Pain is an inevitable part of the
human experience. It can come in
many forms, from the loss of a
loved one to the sting of rejection, and it
can leave us feeling broken and lost. But
pain can also be a source of growth and
transformation if we're willing to
embrace it.
Think about the most signi icant
moments in your life. Chances are, they
weren't all sunshine and rainbows. They
were likely moments of struggle,
hardship, and pain. Yet, it's often these
moments that de ine us, that shape who
we are, and who we eventually become.
By embracing our pain, we can ind
purpose in it. We can use it as fuel to
create something positive, to inspire and
empower others who are going through
similar struggles. We can turn our pain
into a catalyst for personal and
professional success.
Jamie Batiste is one such powerful
woman who after experiencing rejection
and heartbreak, channeled her pain into
a brand that would inspire others to
embrace their inner strength and
resilience.
In this Exclusive Interview with the
Founder of Rejected Hearts Club, Jamie
talks about her brand, her story, and
entrepreneurship.
What according to you makes one a
powerful woman? How do you
integrate the same thought into your
leadership?
Women are powerful humans all around.
For me a powerful woman is someone
who possesses a strong sense of self-
worth and con idence, someone who is
able to pursue their goals with
determination and resilience. Someone
who is not afraid to take risks or
challenges, and who uses their voice and
in luence to advocate for themselves and
others.
They also recognize the importance of
building relationships and networks and
understand that collaboration and
teamwork are key to achieving success. I
integrate these traits in order to build a
great team and have great collaboration.
Networking is a big one for me as you
never know who you are going to meet
and what value you can learn from
someone or what value you can bring to
the table to help someone else.
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Talk to us about your growing up
years. What is your earliest
memory as a leader /
entrepreneur?
Growing up I've always had the
drive to be someone and make a
difference in this life. I was in a ton
of sports and played various
instruments which taught me
leadership and how to be a great
teammate. I then also loved the idea
of being in radio/tv so I started faux
radio shows with my brother in my
room and would do interviews and
record full blown shows on a
cassette player. ha-ha.
It led me to start my radio career at
the age of 14! From there, I was
able to produce on ESPN radio and
then became an On Air radio host
on KissFM Austin, TX which is now
IHeartRadio. I also voiced a lot of
commercials which lead to meeting
tons of amazing people and I was
able to communicate with various
people with multiple personalities.
As an entrepreneur, you have to
learn to adapt to situations and
people.
Talk to us about how the idea
formed of starting Rejected
Hearts Club?
Honestly…My best ideas and
thoughts come to me while in the
shower. It's my place of alone time
with my own thoughts. One day
after a hard breakup I was thinking
of what I would name a company to
help others heal from heartbreak
and loss. I realized that rejection is
a universal experience that
everyone goes through at some
point in their lives.
Overall, the idea of Rejected Hearts
Club was formed as a way to turn
pain into a purpose and help others
going through similar experiences
to get their hearts back one piece at
a time.
What is the message that you
want to share through your
brand and entrepreneurial
journey?
The main message that is promoted
with RHC is to Love Yourself. It's
okay to put YOU irst. It's important
to remember that self-love is not
sel ishness or arrogance. It's about
valuing and respecting yourself,
recognizing your own worth, and
taking care of your physical,
emotional, and mental well-being.
When you love yourself, you're able
to show love and compassion to
others and make positive
contributions to your relationships.
Looking at your journey as an
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entrepreneur, what would you
have done differently if you were
to start again?
I've always learned that failure
leads to success. Therefore, every
mistake that has been made as an
entrepreneur has made me grow
and learn. I wouldn't do anything
differently; I would however have
started building a community for
the brand in the earlier stages. RHC
has the power to build a great
community for people to share
their own stories and to ind love
within themselves.
What does a day in the life of
Jamie Batiste look like? How do
you ensure work-life balance?
I'm sure most Entrepreneurs say
there are never enough hours in the
day. For myself, I am learning the
art of delegating in order to be
more ef icient and focus more on
scaling the brand and stay true to
my passion of design.
What would be your advice for
aspiring and emerging women
entrepreneurs?
Never give up on yourself - no
matter what. Remember that failure
doesn't de ine you but can be a
great opportunity to learn and
grow. Believe in yourself and be
kind to yourself - because you are
worth it and most importantly
LOVE YOURSELF. The best way to
reach success is to keep going
despite obstacles, and to never be
afraid to take risks.
Finally, what does the future look
like for you and your brand?
What are you most excited
about?
Exciting things are happening for
the brand and the community. RHC
is a give back culture, so next up we
are creating a show to have people
talk about their breakups and how
to heal.
I want it to be a space for people to
work through their emotions and
learn to love and accept themselves
despite rejection. It will be a place
for people to learn about healthy
relationships, boundaries, and self-
care practices.
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Creating a
Future of Hope
Alina Su
It is said that there is no better exercise for the
heart than reaching out to lift people up. It is
liberating, empowering, and transformational.
It is powerful!
With the same intention of lifting people up and
create a better future, Alina Su is spearheading a
transformational vision through her company
NovaXS Biotech Corp.
NovaXS is a smart medical device startup building
a drug delivery platform to make it easier for
people to get access to quality healthcare.
In this Exclusive Interview, the young and
powerful entrepreneur talks about her journey,
challenges, and her vision for the future.
What according to you makes one a powerful
entrepreneur? How do you integrate the same
thought into your leadership?
A powerful entrepreneur is someone who takes
responsibility for human beings' wellness and
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creates a better future. Powerful
entrepreneurs design the future,
align their own vision and act on it
daily. Rome wasn't built in a day
and building our future will not be
any different.
Creating positive change in the
world is what powerful
entrepreneurs do every day. As a
leader, I am an action-oriented type.
I outline and execute a strategy that
makes my vision a reality. Instead of
sitting around and philosophizing
about how to change the world, I
focus on creating real changes like
the many patients we help every
day at NovaXS.
Talk to us about your growing up
years. What is your earliest
memory as an entrepreneur that
you can remember?
Growing up, I remember being very
curious and always asking
questions. I love school and being in
the lab. Since starting my company
NovaXS, I've considered myself a
researcher and student before a
businessperson. That being said, I
am also a problem-solver and a
good entrepreneur who focuses on
solving a problem, not selling a
product.
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My earliest memory of this is when
I had to balance three different
roles as an entrepreneur,
researcher and student. My
,
morning started with attending my
classes and simultaneously
inishing my breakfast while
reading industry-related news and
improving the company's product
design. I would brainstorm in the
afternoon, go to the lab to research
regenerative medicine and discuss
,
drug-device combinations with my
professor and our scienti ic
,
advisory board from Harvard, ex-
P izer, UC Berkeley.
I would then talk to investors about
new updates and receive feedback
and make a second round of edits
on my pitch deck. I would sit in
MBA classes in Biotechnology
Entrepreneurship and Business
Case Analysis at 9 PM.
Finally, I get to go home to think
back and summarize all that I did
today. I always ind myself sleeping
with my glasses on, with a pen and
book in my hand since I barely have
time to sleep. I learned how to
become a good business leader
from my dad and grandpa, who
were serial entrepreneurs their
whole lives. They had a large impact
on me being the entrepreneur that I
am today.
What prompted your interest
and subsequently your foray into
healthcare and tech space?
My inquisitive nature and
imagination worked hand in hand
with my love for science. Wanting to
understand my sister's medical
condition pushed me to study
bioengineering at the University of
California, Berkeley, and obtain a
degree in Public Health and
Bioengineering. Today I am a Ph.D.
student at Harvard Medical School,
furthering my education in
Biological and Biomedical Sciences.
As a student, I lourish in the lab
studying gene editing and
degenerative diseases. Throughout
my lab work, I've noticed how
people navigate the healthcare
system and often cannot access the
necessary care.
What led you to start NovaXS,
BioTech Corp.? What was the
pain point you wanted to address
through this platform?
When I was growing up, my sister
was diagnosed with a chronic
condition requiring her to make a
one-hour round-trip to the nearest
hospital every day for three years to
get multiple shots.
Looking back on my childhood, I
re lect on the time I spent inding
ways to support my sister through
her treatments. I am naturally
curious, and I remember thinking of
ways to improve such an agonizing
process.
When I realized my sister is not
alone in the struggle to access
quality healthcare, I wanted to use
my expertise for good and take
action.
Did you know that one in four
adults and two in three children
have a needle phobia and that 50%
of medications for chronic diseases
aren't taken as prescribed? My goal
is to make healthcare treatments
more accessible.
I assembled a team of my
classmates, professors, mentors,
and friends to start NovaXS Biotech
Corp, a smart medical device
startup building a drug delivery
platform to make it easier for
people to get access to quality
healthcare.
What have been some of the
biggest challenges in your
journey as a young Entrepreneur,
Investor, and Inventor?
One of the biggest challenges has
been ighting the stereotypes
people have about me. As a young
female entrepreneur, my ability is
often questioned, and I have to go
above and beyond to prove that I
deserve a seat at the table.
But I remind myself that these
stereotypes are not true and are
projections of others' insecurities in
themselves. I acknowledge when I
am being treated unfairly and do
not let it prevent me from doing my
best work. I am determined, strong,
and capable of doing anything I set
my mind to.
What does a day in the life of
Alina Su look like? How do you
ensure work-life balance?
A goal of mine is to have a long-
lasting career helping people access
quality healthcare, so I realize the
importance of a healthy work-life
balance. To start my day on the
right foot, I meditate with a
peaceful mind and catch up on the
latest news.
Creating a ritual for my morning
routine sets me on the right track
and keeps me motivated. I am the
most creative in the afternoons,
which I set aside for collaboration
with my team. Since my team is all
around the world, I usually have
meetings with our partners
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overseas in the evenings.
After those meetings, my workday
ends, and I get to indulge in my
guilty pleasures. One of my favorite
things to do after a hectic day is to
read a good book and escape for a
while.
What would be your advice for
entrepreneurs and business
leaders in the healthcare space?
I would tell entrepreneurs to
connect with others and prioritize
building relationships with clients
and investors. It requires time and
patience, but if you can create long-
lasting relationships in this
industry, you will be able to ind
ways to make your business
relationships mutually bene icial.
I also recommend enrolling in
accelerator programs like mHub
MedTech Accelerator and Berkeley
SkyDeck, which give business
leaders access to resources and
mentors to help ine-tune product
development, leadership strategies,
and much more.
Finally, what does the future look
like for NovaXS? What are you
most excited about in the coming
years?
One day our app will help people
with chronic illnesses self-
administer treatments and provide
their doctors' data on treatment
monitoring. The app will connect to
an injector that doesn't require
needles. You just hold it to your
skin, and pressure pushes the
medicine into your body.
More injectable therapies are
looking for more effective and
convenient delivery methods that
improve the patient experience.
NovaXS is taking a patient-centric
approach to make self-injections
easy and centering our work
around remote healthcare
optimization.
For the millions of people who deal
with chronic conditions like
diabetes or growth hormone
de iciencies or for hopeful families
going the IVF route, I hope that
NovaXS will play a role in making
their lives easier.
Alina Su
Founder & CEO
NovaXS BioTech Corp.
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Laura
Osorio
In conversation with
What makes you a powerful woman?
I believe what makes me powerful is my
resilience, I have been able to overcome many
challenges in my life and therefore it makes
me that much stronger at the end. I integrate
the same thought into my leadership by not
allowing anything to get in my way towards
success.
What prompted your interest and
subsequently your foray into the skincare
space?
From a young age, I always loved everything
about beauty and skincare. Eventually I
wanted a bigger purpose in life and loved
helping people, so I decided to mix my
hobbies and my aspiration into one career,
Licensed Esthetician and Skin Care Specialist.
Talk to us about Lola's Beauty Bar and
what makes it the #1 Skincare Salon of
Tampa Bay.
Lola's Beauty Bar was founded on the basis of
women empowerment and making them feel
better not only about their appearance but
also from within. Our goal is to give result-
driven results but also allow every person to
feel welcomed, treated with the utmost
respect, and be given all the knowledge to
continue their journey of self-care at home.
We are the #1 Skincare Salon of Tampa Bay
because we offer the best quality products,
luxury treatments, and an amazing customer
experience.
As a female entrepreneur, what has been
the journey like for you? If you were to
start again, what would you do differently?
As a female entrepreneur, this journey has
had very high highs and very low lows. It was
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very hard to start from scratch and work my
way up as a business owner and a service
provider. The main thing I would do
differently would be having mentors very
early on in my career to help guide me
better.
What would be your advice for women
entrepreneurs who are struggling?
The main advice I would give for women
struggling to take a risk and leap of faith in
their business is to trust yourself and give it
your all. When we believe in ourselves and
give it all the motivation and nurture our
business, everything else comes together.
There are multiple advancements being
made in the beauty and cosmetic space,
what do you think is the future for the
industry?
As many things are changing in the beauty
and cosmetic space, I believe this industry
will have a lot more technologies that we can
help treat our clients and therefore we need
to stay on top of education and products to
provide the best results and treatments.
Finally, what does the future look like for
you and your brand?
My brand has so much coming. As I plan to
rebrand and grow my team, I see Lola's
Beauty Bar becoming a medical spa as I
inish school and become an Aesthetic NP. I
am most excited to see my clients take
advantage of these amazing treatments I will
be offering and seeing all my hard work pay
off.
“We are the #1
Skincare Salon of
Tampa Bay because
we offer the best
quality products,
luxury treatments,
and an amazing
customer experience.”
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Succes
How Kavita Channe
Turned Her Passion for
Wine into a
Leading Brand
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avita Channe, the former sports presenter
Kand TV personality, is making a mark as a
successful entrepreneur with her latest
venture, Sip Channé, comprising an award-
winning line of Rosé and Blanc varietals that are
created and imported from Provence, France.
As a best-selling author, speaker, and in luencer,
Kavita's journey from being a broadcaster to a
business owner is nothing short of inspiring. In
this interview, we will take a closer look at her
journey, her vision for Sip Channé, and how she is
inspiring women entrepreneurs to take that leap
of faith in themselves.
Talk to us about your growing up years and the
in luence your family had on you to eventually
become an entrepreneur.
My ancestors are from India, however, I draw my
inspiration from all over the globe, including East
Africa, where my parents were born and raised.
They eventually moved to the UK for their
education, and this is where they met… and I was
born.
I'm the middle child of two sisters so there was
always excitement around my house. My mom
gave up her accounting career to be at home with us. My
father was a robotics engineer working for a company,
however, after a health scare with my little sister he then
started his own business in the nutrition space.
From my teenage years, I watched my father run his own
business from home. Over the years, I witnessed many ups
and downs, but we always were provided for and had all we
needed and more. I believe that is why being an entrepreneur
is not scary at all for me. It actually feels familiar.
What is scary is having to be in an of ice doing things I do not
enjoy day after day. I did that a few times in my 20s and was
not so excited about life at those times. I actually felt trapped
in certain ways. So eventually I started my own business in
my late 20s and have never stopped creating since then.
What according to you makes for a good wine? How have
you integrated that into your brand - Sip Channé?
We don't aim for “good” wines—only GREAT wines or why
bother!? A great wine is a wine that you enjoy drinking glass
after glass and it's really relative to the person's taste.
For me, whether red, white, or rosé—I love dry wine! Also,
my favorite wines are usually French, however, that's not to
say I don't buy wine from other areas. I tried a Shiraz, the
other day from Australia, that I absolutely loved—and I
typically don't like Shiraz. There was just something about it
that was so different and delicious without being
overpowering or too strong compared to some I've tried.
And I guess that is where our brand, Sip Channé comes in. We
wanted a wine that was easy to drink while still being
elegant, crisp, and hitting all the right notes of a beautiful
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Provence rosé. I am really proud that we have
accomplished the two beautiful blends with our
Channé Rosé and Channé Blanc. When I sip our
rosé, I literally feel like I'm back in the South of
France with a gorgeous hat on, a beautiful
sundress and espadrilles to pair strolling through
the most beautiful villages, cafes, and restaurants
eating the most delicious French fare. It's such a
vibe.
We've won two gold medals this year for our
Channé Rosé, which makes me ecstatic and proud.
Our Channé Blanc is my new favorite. This blend
just launched in Aspen where they truly have the
most fabulous white wine lists (and 'by the glass')
at so many amazing restaurants there. It's truly
white wine heaven and our Blanc is such an
elegant and food-friendly addition with a classic
Provençale pro ile. Both of these wines are no
sugar, no additives, and low in sul ites.
From being a sports presenter, TV personality,
best-selling author, to being a wine
entrepreneur, what has been the journey like
for you?
The journey has been nothing but amazing! I have
loved every minute of everything I've created and
accomplished… even the not-so-great moments. I feel like
greatness is formed within us when faced with any adversity.
Those moments of adversity are what help us learn and grow
into a stronger, wiser, and better version of ourselves.
The funny thing is I never know what I'm doing, however, I
know where I want to go which is half the battle. You can
igure out the rest on the way. So, if there's something you
want to do, I would say to de initely go for it!
Looking at this journey, what would have done
differently if you were to start again?
With working in television, I would've started much earlier
instead of trying to be somebody that I'm not because of what
society thinks I should be. I didn't think that I was attractive
or blonde enough or “girl next-door” enough to go for the
roles I wanted—and that is such BS. I wish I would've told
myself to create the roles that I wanted. Don't wait for
someone to hire you. Create the position and hire yourself!
That's what I ended up doing with sports. I didn't have a
background in sports, so I created a YouTube channel which
eventually led to Fox Sports and working in the NFL.
In terms of my children's book, Frederick the Hamptons Frog,
I wish that I would've given myself more time to plan and
strategize for our launch. You really do need a team around
you and so often I am doing a lot of the load myself which can
lead to burn out, which leads me to the same with Sip
Channé.
Last year I took a leap of faith and added a few key team
members. It's amazing what you can do when you have
people around you that are in it with you, care about what
they're doing, and are excited to be doing it every day. That's
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so important! Shout out to Jonathan
Chabat, my amazing COO, who is
such an integral part of our
business. We are both working
parents and truly collaborative as
well as love what we do—which is
key!
As a female entrepreneur in a
male-dominated industry, what
have been some of the biggest
learnings for you?
I've always been a female in a male
dominant industry, whether it's
sports, wine, or any business, in
general. I try not to focus on being
the minority and just focus on the
goals at hand. Obviously, there are
going to be some awkward or
uncomfortable moments for most
female entrepreneurs—for
example, when people assume I am
an ambassador for my brand as
against a Founder—however I
would say that I have experienced
much more supportive and
collaborative moments that
outweigh any not-so-great ones.
The lesson? Make our weakness our
strengths and keep it moving!
What would be your advice for
women entrepreneurs who are
struggling to take that leap of
faith to start their business?
My advice would be to just go for it.
If you're not doing it, somebody
else will—so why should it not be
you? If you need capital, there are
key people and some great funds
that speci ically look for female-led
companies to invest in. Take that
leap of faith—even if it's scary. This
is your life, and you don't want to
leave this earth with regrets.
I want everyone to experience
excitement and happiness every
day with what they do. If that's not
you, you need to make a change
ASAP!
Finally, what does the future look
like for you and your brand?
What are you most excited
about?
It's so exciting to see us go from
three states to seven in one year. To
see people enjoying rosé in the
winter in gorgeous ski towns like
Aspen to the summer in buzzing
places like the Hamptons or
enjoying rosé year-round in places
like Florida or Nashville…it's a
fabulous time! And to think I was
advised not to launch a white wine
and was told to stick to rosé. I am so
glad I did not listen and trusted my
gut.
Our Blanc is truly one-of-a-kind and
enjoyed in so many of my favorite
places which we will be adding in
so many more to come. We are also
going to be launching other
products as well as opening more
states.
Just because we can't be in the
French Riviera at this very moment
doesn't mean we can't feel like we
are—and It's my goal to share that
gorgeous South of France / St.
Tropez vibe with all of you—which
is why we do this!!!
Also, don't forget to follow us on
Instagram and sign up for our
newsletter on our website. We have
some amazing events coming up
and hope to see you there!
ExeleonShort
One Book Entrepreneurs Must Read – I haven't read it yet, but
I want to… “The Virgin Way” by Richard Branson
One Productivity Tool / App that Everyone Should Use –
Google Workspace
One Podcast / Course that you would Recommend –
MasterClass
One Movie / Show that you would Recommend – The Pursuit
of Happiness
One Quote that Motivates you the Most – If people aren't
laughing at your dreams, then you're not dreaming big enough.
One Investment Advice that you Follow – Invest in what you
know and love… and this not only refers to your money, but also
your time.
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  • 1. Embracing Excellence www.exeleonmagazine.com Jamie Batiste: TurningPain intoPurpose IN - FOCUS EXELEON EXCLUSIVE In Conversation withLaura Osorio Karin Ann GL BAL O WOMEN LEADERS TO WATCH IN 2023
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  • 4. Copyright © Exeleon Media LLC. All rights reserved. The design, images, and content in this issue should not be reproduced in any manner or by any means, i.e. mechanical, electronic, recording, photocopying, or otherwise, without any permission from Exeleon Media. For any advertising related information, please contact info@exeleonmagazine.com. Submissions as well as contributions to the magazine are welcome. Take a moment and let us know about our magazine; whether it be about the design or a possible mistake, we would appreciate any feedback from your end. You can reach out to daryl@exeleonmagazine.com. 600 N Broad St 5 Middletown, DE 19709, United States +1 (302) – 569 – 9387 Editor-in-Chief – Art Director – Managing Editor - Creative Director – Contributing Editors – Content Curator – Daryl Yeung (Story-Tailor) Naomi Lam (Design Ninja) Matt Reis (Wordster) Adam Waring (Grafista) Ian O'Shea, Matt Hale, & John Riggs (Three Musketeers) Cathy G. (Explorer) Sales Josh Wilder (Cultivator) Mike Jackson (Marketeer) Katherine Price (Sustainer) Richard Dann (Facilitator) Project Manager – Marketing Manager – Senior BDM – BDM – Embracing Excellence
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  • 6. C O N T E N T S KARIN ANN 12
  • 7. C O N T E N T S ELIZABETH FAYE 22
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  • 14. is a universal language that transcends borders, cultures, and generations. It has the power to evoke deep emotions, to transport us to another time and place, and to connect us with others in ways that nothing else can. From classical melodies to modern pop songs, music has been a driving force in our lives, shaping our memories, our identities, and even our views surrounding the world. But music is more than just an art form. It's a powerful tool for social change, a means of raising awareness about issues that matter, and a platform for artists to express their ideas and inspire others to action. From Bob Dylan to Beyoncé, musicians have used their voice and platform to push for social justice, political reform, and an altogether better world. Featuring as the Cover of our Women of Excellence issue is the 20- year-old Slovakian singer-songwriter Karin Ann, who is using her music to talk about subjects of relevance and spearheading a global change. THE MUSICAL RANGE Growing up in Slovakia, Karin Ann started her writing journey at the age of 14. Through her lyrics, she was able to innately capture the EXELEON MAGAZINE 14
  • 15. complexities of life, one that connected with people of all age groups. Soon Karin was discovered by producer Matt Schwartz, and it brought upon new opportunities in her young musical career. She began touring with the likes of Imagine Dragons, YUNGBLUD, Al ie Templeman, LP and My Chemical Romance and steadily created a name for herself on the live circuit. Talking about these opportunities and if she would like to do anything differently in her journey, Karin assertively mentions “The journey has been a lot of hard work, but I am grateful for all the opportunities I've gotten.” She adds “I don't think it does any good dwelling on what you would've done differently in the past. I think the choices we make bring us to where we are so who knows where I'd be if I had done something differently.” In recent years Karin Ann has established a loyal following with popular songs like you make me miserable, looking at porn, almost 20, i'm a loser, and more. Her latest single "I think like any artist I want to be remembered for my art and for what I stand for.” WWW.EXELEONMAGAZINE.COM 15
  • 16. Karin has always been a strong advocate for the LGBTQ+ community as well as for minority rights. In July 2021, During her appearance on TVP, Karin Ann began her performance on the program titled Question for Breakfast by giving a special message “I would like to dedicate this song to the LGBTQ community in Poland. I know you don't have it easy here. You deserve love, you deserve to feel safe. I'm with you, I'm standing here with you, I love you.” She gave this statement while wrapping herself with the symbolic rainbow lag. The outrage and media attention the statement garnered across the country further stood to cement the power as well as the truth her message held. Since then, international icons like Mel C and Black Eyed Peas have also shown their support for the LGBTQ+ community in Poland. Moreover, global publications and social media in luencers have also joined-in to voice their support to the community in Poland and beyond. In August 2021, Karin Ann went on to become the irst Slovak artist to be featured on the billboard in New York's Time Square as the face of Spotify's 2021 EQUAL campaign. EXELEON MAGAZINE 16
  • 18. for a moment is already garnering rave reviews and is a clear indication of the musical heights she is about to reach in 2023. IMPACTING THE YOUNG GENERATION Karin Ann's music has struck a chord with audiences of all ages, but perhaps nowhere is her impact more keenly felt than among the young generation. But it's not just the subject matter of Karin Ann's music that resonates with teenagers. It's also the honesty, vulnerability, and authenticity of her lyrics, which speak directly to the experiences and emotions of young people. Whether she's singing about the pain of a healing heart or the urgency of political activism, Karin Ann's music captures life with a sensitivity and insight that is rare among artists of any age. “I think societal issues need to be talked about in mainstream media. So, when people (artists) who are featured talk about the issues it could get a lot more attention, and in turn something can be done about them,” she explains. Perhaps this very understanding of social subjects and openness to topics riddled with stigma has garnered her the support of audiences and celebrities alike from across the globe. THE KARIN ANN BRAND In just a short span, Karin Ann Karin's latest single For a Moment is a beautiful song that speaks the universal truth that time doesn't necessarily heal all wounds, but it can make the pain hurt a little less. And in those moments when the pain is still raw and the wounds are still fresh, it's okay to let go for a little while. To dance and forget and allow ourselves to be happy, even if it's only for a moment. In another interview, Karin mentioned the meaning and thought-process behind writing this song “Writing it was kind of therapeutic for me, it's about accepting the bad things you went though, it's about accepting that healing takes time and that it's OK to not feel OK and it's OK to feel like something horrible you went through didn't make you stronger but actually made life much more dif icult. It's about accepting all that you went though and taking conscious steps towards healing." Even then, the songwriting process for Karin is never limited to a set idea or theme. She explains, “I don't ever think there is a speci ic theme I want to write about when I start writing. I just start writing and whatever comes out is what ends up being a song.” EXELEON MAGAZINE Cor Sry 18
  • 19. has already been the recipient of multiple music awards, touring all over the world, working with various labels, actively representing the LGBTQ+ community in Slovakia and in Europe, been referred to as the Billie Eilish of Europe, and most importantly, broadening her portfolio of good music. Amidst the popularity and expectations, Karin emphasizes that she doesn't think about the potential possibilities of the future. She further adds “I have anxiety so thinking about the future is very stressful for me, haha.” From her own experiences, Karin understands inding your audience and standing out in the music industry is extremely dif icult, however, she points out “We live in a time where the music market is oversaturated so it de initely is hard to ind an audience, but I think as long as you're doing what you love and you're doing it for the right reasons, sooner or later your people will ind you.” Talking about how she wants to be remembered by Karin concludes saying “I think like any artist I want to be remembered for my art and for what I stand for.” WWW.EXELEONMAGAZINE.COM 19
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  • 22. INTERVIEW WITH ELIZABETH FAYE HOW A HAIRSTYLIST CAN CHANGE THE WORLD? t the age of 12, Elizabeth Faye was Aexpelled from school for coloring her natural hair with a box of dye. But as fate would have it, this led her to a chance encounter that would change the course of her life. Her parents booked her a color correction at a fancy upscale hair salon. While sitting on the hairdresser's chair, Elizabeth started sharing every little detail of her life to her stylist – Brandon. For the irst time in her young life, Elizabeth felt heard, beautiful, seen, and loved. This cemented a bond between Elizabeth and hair salons, and eventually paved the way for her professional journey as a hairstylist. A single act of kindness changed the life of Elizabeth Faye. Today, as a hairstylist turned coach, Elizabeth is determined to help transform the lives of others like someone did to her. In this Exclusive Interview, we interact with this incredible entrepreneur and learn more about her journey and beyond. From visiting a hairstylist that changed your world to today a hairstylist turned coach that is changing the world, what has been the journey like for you? The journey has been a wild ride. So much learning and growth. The entrepreneurship journey is truly the greatest opportunity for personal development on a fast track in the best way. There are highs and lows, and I wouldn't have it any other way! What prompted your interest and subsequently your foray into the coaching space? I began working as an assistant in a salon that was very education-forward where I was working for salon educators in the beauty industry. From day one, I've worked backstage on hair shows, teaching at salons, working alongside educators at salons, etc. I also come from a family of educators. My grandpa was a teacher, my father does a lot of work within the church such as teaching and guiding hikes, yoga, etc. Teaching has been in my blood. I became a beauty school teacher at Paul Mitchell for four years and then taught at Redken for six EXELEON EXCLUSIVE EXELEON MAGAZINE 22
  • 25. years. From there, I went on doing independent education since 2014. My transition from hair educator to business coach then led to a healing journey that really led me to goal setting and manifestation. Talk to us about your client approach, one that has facilitated the career transformation of 1000s of individuals. I am a business coach that hones in on attracting wealth, shopping online, marketing, and working with educators on establishing their mission and curriculum. However, the strategy is only 20%, when 80% of career transformations derive from personal and spiritual development. Our signature framework, Sacred Success Method, blends strategy, somatics, and conscious work. Somatics is understanding the nervous system [this is where breathwork comes in and is one of the best ways to heal your nervous system] and marrying the mind and body together and mixing it with business strategy. Blending strategy, somatics, and subconscious work together is very important to me because it really brings together the science and spiritual side of success and empowers others to understand it and to lean into their own tools - which are themselves! What is your vision through Hair Love University? How is it empowering and impacting the hairstylists community and beyond? My mission is to help hair stylists show up as the most authentic version of themselves, which is going to require some healing work as well as strategy and skill to help them feel aligned in their work and attract wealth in a really aligned way. I want them to feel really lit up about what they do because they really are in such proximity with people all of the time and are often seen as a trusted space where people feel comfortable con iding in them. I know irsthand as a former hairstylist and salon owner that I was there through some of my client's biggest milestones [marriage, divorce, babies, death, etc.] and people really turn to us as a close person in their life. I want to help hairstylists be well and regulate their nervous system as they act as that rock for other people that sit in their chair. I believe we are all a part of The Ripple Effect but hairstylists touch so many lives, and if I can help them, then I am quite literally helping hundreds of thousands of people. Brief us about the importance of visibility and for women entrepreneurs to put their personal brand out there. This is why I do a lot of personal and spiritual development work with people because putting your brand out there is sharing your heart. Sharing your perspectives, desires and how you want to serve people can be a really vulnerable thing to do as female leaders. As we lead, we have an opportunity to share from the heart space, to collaborate, and to empower. Sharing your mission and heart is incredibly needed - your story matters! EXELEON EXCLUSIVE WWW.EXELEONMAGAZINE.COM 25
  • 26. As an entrepreneur, coach, speaker, author, and mother, what does a day in your life of Elizabeth Faye look like? How do you ensure work-life balance? Typically, the morning starts with Cacao [I love a daily Cacao] and bringing my nine-year-old to school. Then, I coach a few days a week, so taking a moment to get grounded, light some incense, and then start my day with some rituals is very important to me. After a day of coaching my clients, we have dinner and family time [typically involves board games]. Other days, I am in a lot of CEO meetings [either in bed or from my hanging chair] and blending my rituals into the day which can look like breathwork, meditation, or taking a walk. I am a big believer in moving energy through dance and yoga. In between all of that, I am often speaking, traveling, and hosting retreats. To ensure work-life balance, it is important to build in those small rituals. It can be making your nightly bath or drinking your daily beverage ritualistic. It is really bringing intention and slowness into these different spaces of your life. Oftentimes, I bring in coaches and experts to guide me so I can constantly learn, grow, release, and be cared for because the higher level of a performer you are in your business, the higher level support you are going to need in your life and your self-care. Lean on your support system - you are going to need to even out that load to show up for yourself and your business. Finally, what does the future look like for you and your brand? I am now a Tedx Speaker and I am publishing a book in the fall! I am looking forward to more speaking engagements and continuing to coach high level humans and doing breathwork exercises in huge settings. I am looking forward to working with more corporate brands and schools, as well as helping more people change their life. I am dabbling in more projects that are outside of the box - music and products that are more ritualistic. We just came out with a conscious song titled, I Am Loved Devine, on Spotify. EXELEON EXCLUSIVE EXELEON MAGAZINE 26
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  • 29. D i s r u p t Y o u r s e l f 5 WAY S T O B E C O M E YO U R O W N A G E N T O F D I S R U P T I O N isruption is a bad thing, right? Well, it depends. Are you the disruptor or the disrupted? In startups, disruptors reap the massive bene its of doing things a new way. Name any unicorn company, like Apple, Amazon, or Uber — in fact, name any great company, and behind its success is a story of disruption. But remember, companies don't disrupt, people do. People who disrupt stand to reap massive bene its for not following the status quo. Reid Hoffman in his book, The Startup of You, advises everyone to think of themselves and their career as their own startup. And Tara Parker-Pope recently wrote, we can use 'design thinking' to better ourselves through personal reinvention. I believe that it's imperative to become your own Agent of Disruption. Yes, I know, it sounds like a fun spy game. Let's play! In my book, Disrupt Yourself!, I outlined seven variables for harnessing the powers of disruption. Because you can never know too much about how to ride the waves of change, below are some practical tips from entrepreneurs who have “Disrupt yourself” as one of their favorite mantras. TRY SOMETHING NEW Gillian Morris, CEO, HitList 'Studies have shown that being in unfamiliar places helps you think creatively. Neurologically, you make new connections between unfamiliar frameworks as you move through new territory, and it can impact how you think in your 'normal' life as well. 'I've found that travel makes me more resourceful, and keeps me calm and grounded through the inevitable ups and downs of being an entrepreneur. Stuck in traf ic on the way to a critical meeting? Inconvenient, but not as bad as having food poisoning in Afghanistan and discovering the nearest hospital is in territory controlled by the Taliban. Experiences like that put the rest of your problems in perspective. Being outside your comfort zone reinforces what's important. It's said that travel is cheaper than therapy, and though it won't cure everything, I think there's a lot to be said for travel as a health bene it.' If you're feeling stuck then try something new. It literally feels good to disrupt. When you learn you get a squirt of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that makes you happy. You may think you crave certainty, control, and tasks you can easily complete, but agents of disruption know that moving into terra incognita — the unexplored territory — feels better. A study done by Kennon M. Sheldon and colleagues found that self-expression and creativity may increase positive feelings leading people to act more responsibly, cooperatively, and cheerfully. Launching into the unknown, not only makes you feel good; it inspires your team too. It's restorative, both emotionally and physically. If you are feeling stuck, focus on who you want to become, not who you are. It will help you move from stuck to unstuck. D 29 WWW.EXELEONMAGAZINE.COM IN – FOCUS
  • 30. KEEP GOOD COMPANY Anna Curran, Founder, Cookbook Create 'I surround myself with people who inspire me to live life to the fullest, dream big and go for it. Each friend has their own super power. Deborah Jackson, Founder of Plum Alley, encourages me to push the limits of big thinking and dreaming. Jessica Randazza, CMO Dannone, constantly inspires me to play and cultivate my creative side. Sloane Davidson lends her rose-colored glasses often and renews my faith in the world as a beautiful place.' Motivational speaker Jim Rohn once famously said, “You are the average of the ive people you spend the most time with.” It's true, and what's good for you is good for them. Research has shown that emotions are contagious. As you enjoy the feel-good effects of disruption, others will too. When you share your dreams of disruption with you mentors, friends and team, you release the bonding hormone, oxytocin, which activates higher levels of trust. Sharing makes other people feel trusted and that makes them feel good, too. FOLLOW YOUR PASSION Vanessa Quigley, Co-Founder, Chatbooks 'I had no intention of joining my husband in a start-up when the last of my seven children started school. I was going to get into yoga, local theatre, and enjoy my newfound free time. But one day I discovered that I had no printed pictures of my youngest child. All he had to show for his young life was a tattered little snapshot taken by his preschool teacher. I used to make elaborate scrapbooks when I was a younger mom, but as life got busier I quit printing pictures all together. So I went to my entrepreneur husband with an idea: could we make creating photo books as easy as taking the photos? 'My passion for my family and my desire to help people hold on to their memories — quickly, easily, and affordably — drove me to disrupt head irst into the chaotic, exciting world of a startup. Incidentally, we've disrupted the photo book industry, having sold over a million books, and attracted hundreds of thousands of subscribers.' It doesn't always follow that we are good at the things we care about, but it's an excellent place to start. Successful agents of disruption are those who identify an unmet need that can be illed by their unique talent set. Don't be dismissive of your passions — chances are that you're not the only one who cares. If you're dissatis ied with how existing products and/or services address your needs, then others have the same concerns. Your solution may be the solution everyone is looking for. Don't we all wish we'd invented Velcro? TRAVEL THE NON-LINEAR PATH Renee DiResta, Haven 'Some people have always known what they're born to do. They specialize early and quickly acquire deep experience. Not me. My latest career move was to help start a company in an industry I'd never previously worked in: transportation logistics. 'I studied computer science, but a serendipitous interview led me to inance. As a trader from 2004–2011, I watched technology transform the market. I left inance to pursue a hobby, tracking inef icient private market trading of startups. As I worked with dozens of founders, themes emerged. Manufacturing and distribution are still very hard; production delays are common. Teams rely on outmoded methods to meet their deadlines. 'When Haven's founders looked at the freight industry, there were many parallels to early inancial markets. Transportation logistics was begging to be transformed from an opaque phone-and-email market, through the creation of a technologically sophisticated exchange that reduced overhead costs of time and money and improved ef iciency. 'Depth of experience is incredibly important for a company's success, and Haven has team members with decades of supply chain and freight experience. But breadth of experience helped me visualize how an innovation that transformed one industry might bene it another. Don't be afraid of a non-linear path.' You don't have to invent something new to be an agent of disruption; you only have to be willing to reinvent yourself. Sometimes that means deploying earned skills in a new enterprise, entirely unrelated to prior experience, but susceptible to the same problems — and solutions — that you've encountered previously. Your fresh eyes and mind focused in a new situation may be able to make connections that those with long experience are too fatigued to spot. Agility and adaptability are hallmarks of disruptors. And when it 30 EXELEON MAGAZINE IN – FOCUS
  • 31. comes to technology, the only thing that isn't news is that we have to keep up with it. Taylor Reynolds, the Director of Technology Policy, MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative says, “The verdict is still out on the long-term effects of technological innovation on jobs, but those who can pick up new skills and pivot themselves towards jobs that use these new technologies will be the ultimate winners in our increasingly digital economy. INVEST IN YOURSELF Jane Barratt, Founder & CEO GoldBean 'Moving to Asia in my mid-20's was life-changing. Money and investments were topics of everyday conversation. I adopted the local habit of investing, even though I had no previous experience or real understanding. 'We're well-trained as consumers. Aggressive marketing blurs the lines between our wants and our needs. Investing forced me to look differently at how I spent money. I still bought the shoes and bags I loved, but I started to ask who made them. Are they public companies? Worth investing in? Consumers drive the success of investors. Recognizing that fact slowed down my impulse purchasing and prioritized putting money into a trading account versus a shopping spree. 'When I moved to the U.S., I built my company to encourage people to think differently about money, and to use what they knew and did as a consumer as a starting point to invest in themselves, rather than just the shareholders of the companies they like to patronize.' Making an investment in yourself is the most basic reason for self-disruption. A direct portfolio investment is only one possibility. When we are agents of disruption we can reap a windfall of bene its: new opportunities, career advancement, inancial advantage, personal satisfaction. Doing something new produces a different outcome, an outcome over which we have some control. In this, agents of disruption differ from objects of disruption — the former chooses to act, while the latter is acted upon, without their input. CONCLUSION It may sound “evil empire”-ish, but being an agent of disruption is a very powerful positive force. When you disrupt yourself, you not only cope with the forces of disruption, you enable yourself to harness its power and unpredictability to propel you forward, and potentially those around you, too. What are you waiting for? Join the game. Disrupt yourself. Whitney Johnson is the CEO of human capital consultancy Disruption Advisors, an Inc. 5000 2020 fastest-growing private company in America. One of the 50 leading business thinkers in the world (#14) as named by Thinkers50, Whitney is an expert at helping individuals, teams and organizations become peak performers. Moreover, Whitney is an award-winning author, world-class keynote speaker, and frequent lecturer for Harvard BusinessSchool'sCorporateLearning A b o u t t h e W r i t e r 31 WWW.EXELEONMAGAZINE.COM IN – FOCUS
  • 32. T U R N I N G PA I N I N T O P U R P O S E Jamie Batiste Pain is an inevitable part of the human experience. It can come in many forms, from the loss of a loved one to the sting of rejection, and it can leave us feeling broken and lost. But pain can also be a source of growth and transformation if we're willing to embrace it. Think about the most signi icant moments in your life. Chances are, they weren't all sunshine and rainbows. They were likely moments of struggle, hardship, and pain. Yet, it's often these moments that de ine us, that shape who we are, and who we eventually become. By embracing our pain, we can ind purpose in it. We can use it as fuel to create something positive, to inspire and empower others who are going through similar struggles. We can turn our pain into a catalyst for personal and professional success. Jamie Batiste is one such powerful woman who after experiencing rejection and heartbreak, channeled her pain into a brand that would inspire others to embrace their inner strength and resilience. In this Exclusive Interview with the Founder of Rejected Hearts Club, Jamie talks about her brand, her story, and entrepreneurship. What according to you makes one a powerful woman? How do you integrate the same thought into your leadership? Women are powerful humans all around. For me a powerful woman is someone who possesses a strong sense of self- worth and con idence, someone who is able to pursue their goals with determination and resilience. Someone who is not afraid to take risks or challenges, and who uses their voice and in luence to advocate for themselves and others. They also recognize the importance of building relationships and networks and understand that collaboration and teamwork are key to achieving success. I integrate these traits in order to build a great team and have great collaboration. Networking is a big one for me as you never know who you are going to meet and what value you can learn from someone or what value you can bring to the table to help someone else. EXELEON EXCLUSIVE EXELEON MAGAZINE 32
  • 34. Talk to us about your growing up years. What is your earliest memory as a leader / entrepreneur? Growing up I've always had the drive to be someone and make a difference in this life. I was in a ton of sports and played various instruments which taught me leadership and how to be a great teammate. I then also loved the idea of being in radio/tv so I started faux radio shows with my brother in my room and would do interviews and record full blown shows on a cassette player. ha-ha. It led me to start my radio career at the age of 14! From there, I was able to produce on ESPN radio and then became an On Air radio host on KissFM Austin, TX which is now IHeartRadio. I also voiced a lot of commercials which lead to meeting tons of amazing people and I was able to communicate with various people with multiple personalities. As an entrepreneur, you have to learn to adapt to situations and people. Talk to us about how the idea formed of starting Rejected Hearts Club? Honestly…My best ideas and thoughts come to me while in the shower. It's my place of alone time with my own thoughts. One day after a hard breakup I was thinking of what I would name a company to help others heal from heartbreak and loss. I realized that rejection is a universal experience that everyone goes through at some point in their lives. Overall, the idea of Rejected Hearts Club was formed as a way to turn pain into a purpose and help others going through similar experiences to get their hearts back one piece at a time. What is the message that you want to share through your brand and entrepreneurial journey? The main message that is promoted with RHC is to Love Yourself. It's okay to put YOU irst. It's important to remember that self-love is not sel ishness or arrogance. It's about valuing and respecting yourself, recognizing your own worth, and taking care of your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. When you love yourself, you're able to show love and compassion to others and make positive contributions to your relationships. Looking at your journey as an EXELEON EXCLUSIVE EXELEON MAGAZINE 34
  • 35. entrepreneur, what would you have done differently if you were to start again? I've always learned that failure leads to success. Therefore, every mistake that has been made as an entrepreneur has made me grow and learn. I wouldn't do anything differently; I would however have started building a community for the brand in the earlier stages. RHC has the power to build a great community for people to share their own stories and to ind love within themselves. What does a day in the life of Jamie Batiste look like? How do you ensure work-life balance? I'm sure most Entrepreneurs say there are never enough hours in the day. For myself, I am learning the art of delegating in order to be more ef icient and focus more on scaling the brand and stay true to my passion of design. What would be your advice for aspiring and emerging women entrepreneurs? Never give up on yourself - no matter what. Remember that failure doesn't de ine you but can be a great opportunity to learn and grow. Believe in yourself and be kind to yourself - because you are worth it and most importantly LOVE YOURSELF. The best way to reach success is to keep going despite obstacles, and to never be afraid to take risks. Finally, what does the future look like for you and your brand? What are you most excited about? Exciting things are happening for the brand and the community. RHC is a give back culture, so next up we are creating a show to have people talk about their breakups and how to heal. I want it to be a space for people to work through their emotions and learn to love and accept themselves despite rejection. It will be a place for people to learn about healthy relationships, boundaries, and self- care practices. EXELEON EXCLUSIVE WWW.EXELEONMAGAZINE.COM 35
  • 36. Creating a Future of Hope Alina Su It is said that there is no better exercise for the heart than reaching out to lift people up. It is liberating, empowering, and transformational. It is powerful! With the same intention of lifting people up and create a better future, Alina Su is spearheading a transformational vision through her company NovaXS Biotech Corp. NovaXS is a smart medical device startup building a drug delivery platform to make it easier for people to get access to quality healthcare. In this Exclusive Interview, the young and powerful entrepreneur talks about her journey, challenges, and her vision for the future. What according to you makes one a powerful entrepreneur? How do you integrate the same thought into your leadership? A powerful entrepreneur is someone who takes responsibility for human beings' wellness and EXELEON MAGAZINE 36 IN – FOCUS
  • 37. creates a better future. Powerful entrepreneurs design the future, align their own vision and act on it daily. Rome wasn't built in a day and building our future will not be any different. Creating positive change in the world is what powerful entrepreneurs do every day. As a leader, I am an action-oriented type. I outline and execute a strategy that makes my vision a reality. Instead of sitting around and philosophizing about how to change the world, I focus on creating real changes like the many patients we help every day at NovaXS. Talk to us about your growing up years. What is your earliest memory as an entrepreneur that you can remember? Growing up, I remember being very curious and always asking questions. I love school and being in the lab. Since starting my company NovaXS, I've considered myself a researcher and student before a businessperson. That being said, I am also a problem-solver and a good entrepreneur who focuses on solving a problem, not selling a product. WWW.EXELEONMAGAZINE.COM IN – FOCUS 37
  • 38. My earliest memory of this is when I had to balance three different roles as an entrepreneur, researcher and student. My , morning started with attending my classes and simultaneously inishing my breakfast while reading industry-related news and improving the company's product design. I would brainstorm in the afternoon, go to the lab to research regenerative medicine and discuss , drug-device combinations with my professor and our scienti ic , advisory board from Harvard, ex- P izer, UC Berkeley. I would then talk to investors about new updates and receive feedback and make a second round of edits on my pitch deck. I would sit in MBA classes in Biotechnology Entrepreneurship and Business Case Analysis at 9 PM. Finally, I get to go home to think back and summarize all that I did today. I always ind myself sleeping with my glasses on, with a pen and book in my hand since I barely have time to sleep. I learned how to become a good business leader from my dad and grandpa, who were serial entrepreneurs their whole lives. They had a large impact on me being the entrepreneur that I am today. What prompted your interest and subsequently your foray into healthcare and tech space? My inquisitive nature and imagination worked hand in hand with my love for science. Wanting to understand my sister's medical condition pushed me to study bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and obtain a degree in Public Health and Bioengineering. Today I am a Ph.D. student at Harvard Medical School, furthering my education in Biological and Biomedical Sciences. As a student, I lourish in the lab studying gene editing and degenerative diseases. Throughout my lab work, I've noticed how people navigate the healthcare system and often cannot access the necessary care. What led you to start NovaXS, BioTech Corp.? What was the pain point you wanted to address through this platform? When I was growing up, my sister was diagnosed with a chronic condition requiring her to make a one-hour round-trip to the nearest hospital every day for three years to get multiple shots. Looking back on my childhood, I re lect on the time I spent inding ways to support my sister through her treatments. I am naturally curious, and I remember thinking of ways to improve such an agonizing process. When I realized my sister is not alone in the struggle to access quality healthcare, I wanted to use my expertise for good and take action. Did you know that one in four adults and two in three children have a needle phobia and that 50% of medications for chronic diseases aren't taken as prescribed? My goal is to make healthcare treatments more accessible. I assembled a team of my classmates, professors, mentors, and friends to start NovaXS Biotech Corp, a smart medical device startup building a drug delivery platform to make it easier for people to get access to quality healthcare. What have been some of the biggest challenges in your journey as a young Entrepreneur, Investor, and Inventor? One of the biggest challenges has been ighting the stereotypes people have about me. As a young female entrepreneur, my ability is often questioned, and I have to go above and beyond to prove that I deserve a seat at the table. But I remind myself that these stereotypes are not true and are projections of others' insecurities in themselves. I acknowledge when I am being treated unfairly and do not let it prevent me from doing my best work. I am determined, strong, and capable of doing anything I set my mind to. What does a day in the life of Alina Su look like? How do you ensure work-life balance? A goal of mine is to have a long- lasting career helping people access quality healthcare, so I realize the importance of a healthy work-life balance. To start my day on the right foot, I meditate with a peaceful mind and catch up on the latest news. Creating a ritual for my morning routine sets me on the right track and keeps me motivated. I am the most creative in the afternoons, which I set aside for collaboration with my team. Since my team is all around the world, I usually have meetings with our partners EXELEON MAGAZINE IN – FOCUS 38
  • 39. overseas in the evenings. After those meetings, my workday ends, and I get to indulge in my guilty pleasures. One of my favorite things to do after a hectic day is to read a good book and escape for a while. What would be your advice for entrepreneurs and business leaders in the healthcare space? I would tell entrepreneurs to connect with others and prioritize building relationships with clients and investors. It requires time and patience, but if you can create long- lasting relationships in this industry, you will be able to ind ways to make your business relationships mutually bene icial. I also recommend enrolling in accelerator programs like mHub MedTech Accelerator and Berkeley SkyDeck, which give business leaders access to resources and mentors to help ine-tune product development, leadership strategies, and much more. Finally, what does the future look like for NovaXS? What are you most excited about in the coming years? One day our app will help people with chronic illnesses self- administer treatments and provide their doctors' data on treatment monitoring. The app will connect to an injector that doesn't require needles. You just hold it to your skin, and pressure pushes the medicine into your body. More injectable therapies are looking for more effective and convenient delivery methods that improve the patient experience. NovaXS is taking a patient-centric approach to make self-injections easy and centering our work around remote healthcare optimization. For the millions of people who deal with chronic conditions like diabetes or growth hormone de iciencies or for hopeful families going the IVF route, I hope that NovaXS will play a role in making their lives easier. Alina Su Founder & CEO NovaXS BioTech Corp. WWW.EXELEONMAGAZINE.COM 39
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  • 45. very hard to start from scratch and work my way up as a business owner and a service provider. The main thing I would do differently would be having mentors very early on in my career to help guide me better. What would be your advice for women entrepreneurs who are struggling? The main advice I would give for women struggling to take a risk and leap of faith in their business is to trust yourself and give it your all. When we believe in ourselves and give it all the motivation and nurture our business, everything else comes together. There are multiple advancements being made in the beauty and cosmetic space, what do you think is the future for the industry? As many things are changing in the beauty and cosmetic space, I believe this industry will have a lot more technologies that we can help treat our clients and therefore we need to stay on top of education and products to provide the best results and treatments. Finally, what does the future look like for you and your brand? My brand has so much coming. As I plan to rebrand and grow my team, I see Lola's Beauty Bar becoming a medical spa as I inish school and become an Aesthetic NP. I am most excited to see my clients take advantage of these amazing treatments I will be offering and seeing all my hard work pay off. “We are the #1 Skincare Salon of Tampa Bay because we offer the best quality products, luxury treatments, and an amazing customer experience.” EXELEON EXCLUSIVE WWW.EXELEONMAGAZINE.COM 45
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  • 50. avita Channe, the former sports presenter Kand TV personality, is making a mark as a successful entrepreneur with her latest venture, Sip Channé, comprising an award- winning line of Rosé and Blanc varietals that are created and imported from Provence, France. As a best-selling author, speaker, and in luencer, Kavita's journey from being a broadcaster to a business owner is nothing short of inspiring. In this interview, we will take a closer look at her journey, her vision for Sip Channé, and how she is inspiring women entrepreneurs to take that leap of faith in themselves. Talk to us about your growing up years and the in luence your family had on you to eventually become an entrepreneur. My ancestors are from India, however, I draw my inspiration from all over the globe, including East Africa, where my parents were born and raised. They eventually moved to the UK for their education, and this is where they met… and I was born. I'm the middle child of two sisters so there was always excitement around my house. My mom gave up her accounting career to be at home with us. My father was a robotics engineer working for a company, however, after a health scare with my little sister he then started his own business in the nutrition space. From my teenage years, I watched my father run his own business from home. Over the years, I witnessed many ups and downs, but we always were provided for and had all we needed and more. I believe that is why being an entrepreneur is not scary at all for me. It actually feels familiar. What is scary is having to be in an of ice doing things I do not enjoy day after day. I did that a few times in my 20s and was not so excited about life at those times. I actually felt trapped in certain ways. So eventually I started my own business in my late 20s and have never stopped creating since then. What according to you makes for a good wine? How have you integrated that into your brand - Sip Channé? We don't aim for “good” wines—only GREAT wines or why bother!? A great wine is a wine that you enjoy drinking glass after glass and it's really relative to the person's taste. For me, whether red, white, or rosé—I love dry wine! Also, my favorite wines are usually French, however, that's not to say I don't buy wine from other areas. I tried a Shiraz, the other day from Australia, that I absolutely loved—and I typically don't like Shiraz. There was just something about it that was so different and delicious without being overpowering or too strong compared to some I've tried. And I guess that is where our brand, Sip Channé comes in. We wanted a wine that was easy to drink while still being elegant, crisp, and hitting all the right notes of a beautiful EXELEON MAGAZINE 50
  • 51. Provence rosé. I am really proud that we have accomplished the two beautiful blends with our Channé Rosé and Channé Blanc. When I sip our rosé, I literally feel like I'm back in the South of France with a gorgeous hat on, a beautiful sundress and espadrilles to pair strolling through the most beautiful villages, cafes, and restaurants eating the most delicious French fare. It's such a vibe. We've won two gold medals this year for our Channé Rosé, which makes me ecstatic and proud. Our Channé Blanc is my new favorite. This blend just launched in Aspen where they truly have the most fabulous white wine lists (and 'by the glass') at so many amazing restaurants there. It's truly white wine heaven and our Blanc is such an elegant and food-friendly addition with a classic Provençale pro ile. Both of these wines are no sugar, no additives, and low in sul ites. From being a sports presenter, TV personality, best-selling author, to being a wine entrepreneur, what has been the journey like for you? The journey has been nothing but amazing! I have loved every minute of everything I've created and accomplished… even the not-so-great moments. I feel like greatness is formed within us when faced with any adversity. Those moments of adversity are what help us learn and grow into a stronger, wiser, and better version of ourselves. The funny thing is I never know what I'm doing, however, I know where I want to go which is half the battle. You can igure out the rest on the way. So, if there's something you want to do, I would say to de initely go for it! Looking at this journey, what would have done differently if you were to start again? With working in television, I would've started much earlier instead of trying to be somebody that I'm not because of what society thinks I should be. I didn't think that I was attractive or blonde enough or “girl next-door” enough to go for the roles I wanted—and that is such BS. I wish I would've told myself to create the roles that I wanted. Don't wait for someone to hire you. Create the position and hire yourself! That's what I ended up doing with sports. I didn't have a background in sports, so I created a YouTube channel which eventually led to Fox Sports and working in the NFL. In terms of my children's book, Frederick the Hamptons Frog, I wish that I would've given myself more time to plan and strategize for our launch. You really do need a team around you and so often I am doing a lot of the load myself which can lead to burn out, which leads me to the same with Sip Channé. Last year I took a leap of faith and added a few key team members. It's amazing what you can do when you have people around you that are in it with you, care about what they're doing, and are excited to be doing it every day. That's WWW.EXELEONMAGAZINE.COM 51
  • 52. so important! Shout out to Jonathan Chabat, my amazing COO, who is such an integral part of our business. We are both working parents and truly collaborative as well as love what we do—which is key! As a female entrepreneur in a male-dominated industry, what have been some of the biggest learnings for you? I've always been a female in a male dominant industry, whether it's sports, wine, or any business, in general. I try not to focus on being the minority and just focus on the goals at hand. Obviously, there are going to be some awkward or uncomfortable moments for most female entrepreneurs—for example, when people assume I am an ambassador for my brand as against a Founder—however I would say that I have experienced much more supportive and collaborative moments that outweigh any not-so-great ones. The lesson? Make our weakness our strengths and keep it moving! What would be your advice for women entrepreneurs who are struggling to take that leap of faith to start their business? My advice would be to just go for it. If you're not doing it, somebody else will—so why should it not be you? If you need capital, there are key people and some great funds that speci ically look for female-led companies to invest in. Take that leap of faith—even if it's scary. This is your life, and you don't want to leave this earth with regrets. I want everyone to experience excitement and happiness every day with what they do. If that's not you, you need to make a change ASAP! Finally, what does the future look like for you and your brand? What are you most excited about? It's so exciting to see us go from three states to seven in one year. To see people enjoying rosé in the winter in gorgeous ski towns like Aspen to the summer in buzzing places like the Hamptons or enjoying rosé year-round in places like Florida or Nashville…it's a fabulous time! And to think I was advised not to launch a white wine and was told to stick to rosé. I am so glad I did not listen and trusted my gut. Our Blanc is truly one-of-a-kind and enjoyed in so many of my favorite places which we will be adding in so many more to come. We are also going to be launching other products as well as opening more states. Just because we can't be in the French Riviera at this very moment doesn't mean we can't feel like we are—and It's my goal to share that gorgeous South of France / St. Tropez vibe with all of you—which is why we do this!!! Also, don't forget to follow us on Instagram and sign up for our newsletter on our website. We have some amazing events coming up and hope to see you there! ExeleonShort One Book Entrepreneurs Must Read – I haven't read it yet, but I want to… “The Virgin Way” by Richard Branson One Productivity Tool / App that Everyone Should Use – Google Workspace One Podcast / Course that you would Recommend – MasterClass One Movie / Show that you would Recommend – The Pursuit of Happiness One Quote that Motivates you the Most – If people aren't laughing at your dreams, then you're not dreaming big enough. One Investment Advice that you Follow – Invest in what you know and love… and this not only refers to your money, but also your time. EXELEON MAGAZINE IN – FOCUS 52
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