Health, Wellness + Career Tips From Female Founders

Last Update: July 20, 2023

To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, we asked a few of our favorite female founders to share their top health, wellness, and career tips. These women are working for positive change in unique industries, and encouraging other women to rise with them. We hope you’ll find them as inspiring as we do!

When you reflect on your business, what are you most proud of?

“I’m proud of creating a product that has helped thousands of customers stay hydrated and live healthier lives—whether they’re training for a triathlon, adjusting to pregnancy, or fighting a chronic illness.” —Lauren Picasso, Cure Hydration Founder + CEO

“In the last few years, our wines have made a bigger impact on the national and international markets, but my biggest pride is to continue a family winemaking tradition born in the early 1800s.” —Patrizia Cadore, Cadore Winery Owner + Winemaker

How do you unwind after a tough day?

“I love going for a long run. I’m an 11-time Ironman athlete, and long-distance running has always helped me clear my head and unwind.” —Suzie Yorke, Love Good Fats Founder + CEO

“While it might not sound like a wind-down, I get perspective after a tough day by spending time [with my kids in their] toy room. The stress of the day instantly gets overshadowed by watching the sweetness and innocence of children playing—it’s what I live for!” —Kaley Lillibridge Nichol, Sagely Naturals Co-Founder + Co-CEO

“I give myself the space, even if it’s just five minutes, to lay down and stare at the [ceiling] and repeat to myself, ‘Everything is happening for you not to you.’ This mantra has really helped me stay grounded.” —Tara Bosch, Smart Sweets Founder + CEO

Describe a favorite self-care or wellness ritual that helps you feel your best.

“I’m into hot yoga—it melts tension, detoxes my system, and makes me feel super chill. I take a Ginger Beet Gut Shot before class to help power me through, and another [one] after to replace salt, minerals, and electrolytes. I find that it really makes a difference.” —Kathryn Lukas, Farmhouse Culture Founder

“My favorite self-care ritual is the gratitude practice I committed to a couple years ago. I started with a five-minute journal, which was awesome for starting out! Now I keep my own journal that allows me more space to write and be flexible with entries.” —Jessica Mulligan, Winged Co-Founder

What advice would you give your younger self?

“Believe in yourself. Keep going and be resilient. At every level, you’ll hit walls. You will mess things up. You will have to do things that you are bad at. You will have people telling you that what you’re doing is dumb. Throughout all of that, you need to be able to keep going and not get knocked down. You need to keep pushing forward and not lose sight of your goals.” —Carly Stein, Beekeeper’s Naturals Founder + CEO

“I hear this advice a lot, but I wish I could tell my younger self to ‘Not sweat the small stuff.’ I’ve had many sleepless nights where I am worrying about things that never came to fruition. I think 90% of the things that caused me to lose sleep never amounted to anything.” —Silencia Cox, Motherlove CEO

What social, political, or environmental issue are you most passionate about?

“I’m passionate about encouraging healthy lifestyles for children, from the food they put in their bodies to prioritizing education to maintaining an open dialogue about challenges they’re facing. Biena is all about fueling our bodies with the good stuff—and that doesn’t only mean snacks. Fostering and encouraging creativity and entrepreneurship in children is also a passion of mine. Planting that seed early helps our kids see that anything is possible.” —Poorvi Patodia, Biena Founder + CEO

“Gender equality is an issue that is faced by every single woman in the world. Most recently, I’ve been passionate about promoting gender equality in sports. Cure donates 1% of sales to a nonprofit called SheIS to help advance their mission of bringing women’s sports into the foreground. It’s up to us—fans, business leaders, and athletes alike—to show the world that female athletes have stories worth telling. Women are worth watching, not for charity, but because there is true athleticism, entertainment value, and an opportunity to give young girls role models.” —Lauren Picasso, Cure Hydration Founder + CEO

“Women make a majority (90%) of all food purchase decisions for their families. Mission critical for me is helping women understand the power they have to change the food system for the better. Every time they buy organic products, they’re helping remove gut-disruptive pesticides and herbicides like glyphosate from our environments. And by healing the planet, we’re healing ourselves.” —Kathryn Lukas, Farmhouse Culture Founder

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Lily Comba

Lily Comba has never met a baked good she didn't like. When she's not baking, you'll find her writing, taking a Pilates class, or collaborating with the editorial and social team as a Senior Content Writer at Thrive Market.

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