How has your story motivated you on days when there seems to be nothing to keep you going?

My journey with Just Jeannie and Pivotal Moments is deeply rooted in embracing change and pursuing passion. On tough days, I’m motivated by the knowledge that every step I take is part of a larger narrative of transformation and growth. Remembering why I started—the desire to inspire others and create a space for self-discovery—fuels my resilience. Each challenge is not just an obstacle but an opportunity to embody the change I champion.

In what ways, if any, did you have to pivot to ensure your vision was well executed?

Adapting and pivoting have been crucial in refining my vision into what Just Jeannie and Pivotal Moments are today. Initially focused on the luxury lifestyle, I recognized the need to integrate personal evolution and empowerment more deeply into every aspect of my brand. This shift meant aligning product offerings, like the candle line and the upcoming cookbook, more closely with the transformative experiences that define our brand ethos. Such pivots ensure that every element of the brand contributes to our mission of inspiring and empowering.

How do you showcase the empowerment of Women’s History Month every day?

Celebrating women’s achievements is woven into the fabric of Just Jeannie. I strive to empower women daily by highlighting stories of female pioneers, providing a platform for women to share their unique experiences, and curating content that resonates with the challenges and triumphs of women today. Each product, post, and personal interaction is an opportunity to honor the legacy of women’s contributions and to encourage our community to forge their paths boldly.

Who are some lesser-known female entrepreneurs of color from history that you admire and believe deserve more recognition?

Women like Bridget “Biddy” Mason, who emerged from slavery to become a prosperous landowner and philanthropist in Los Angeles, set a remarkable example of resilience and entrepreneurship. Mary Ellen Pleasant, often hailed as the “Mother of Civil Rights in California,” used her wealth to fight for equality and assist the Underground Railroad. From across the globe, Zhang Xin, a self-made billionaire real estate developer from China, reshaped Beijing’s skyline and is a symbol of the modern ‘rags-to-riches’ story. Carmen Velasco co-founded Pro Mujer in the non-profit sector, which has transformed into a major initiative supporting women’s health and financial independence in Latin America. Lastly, Kalpana Saroj, an award-winning entrepreneur from India, overcame immense social challenges to successfully turn around a failing company, demonstrating the power of perseverance and visionary leadership. These women, each from diverse backgrounds, have carved niches in their respective fields and used their success to empower communities and fight for social justice.

Reflecting on your own experiences, what are some effective ways male allies have supported you in your career journey?

Male allies have been pivotal in various ways, from amplifying my initiatives within larger networks to advocating for gender equity in industry spaces. Their support has often come through mentorship, sponsorship, and standing beside me to challenge the status quo. These actions help advance my career and set a precedent for how inclusive leadership can create more opportunities for women in all sectors.

How do you balance ambition and self-care as a woman in a demanding business environment?

Striking a balance is essential, and for me, it revolves around setting clear boundaries and prioritizing well-being as much as business goals. I integrate self-care into my daily routine, ensuring I have time to recharge and reflect. Recognizing that success includes personal well-being allows me to pursue my ambitions without compromising my health. This approach not only sustains my drive but also enriches my work and life quality.


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