"I've always been part risk taker, a bit impulsive...so actually, never felt it was crazy until you know years later, and I look back, and I'm like oh my God" It's that bold mindset that had Chloe Chanudet studying abroad in Brazil at 19, interning in China after college and joining a 10-employee, lingerie start-up, who's goal was "to go after Victoria Secret!" In this episode of Brand Insider: BTS, the AdoreMe CMO talks about what motivated these choices and continues to drive her today. She also talks fashion inclusivity, food blogging and what she really wants for Valentine's Day.
"I was told by someone I was working with that I had to leave a little bit of Micky at the door." That bit was her emotions, something Bonobos' CEO, Micky Onvural, eventually realized was truly bad advice and credits bringing her "full self" to work as a driving force for her success. Micky talks about why we should embrace our warts, recommends disrupting yourself before someone else does, and even admits to a dual personality at work...we considered calling her Maria.
"If you're trying to fit in then you're not yourself, you're trying to be somebody else or somebody else's perception of you, and that's not what being human is for me." Leslie Garrard is TomboyX's brand new CEO, and as excited as she obviously is, she seems to be taking her new high profile role all in stride. Leslie talks about risks worth taking, leadership- both personally and professionally- and why "a group of diverse people solving a business problem will far exceed a bunch of Harvard MBAs"...she went to Stanford!
"When you push and do it and try something new, great things can happen." It's that adventurous spirit that Alexis Kerr says led her to her most recent "great thing"- - becoming vice president of the Mahogany Brand at Hallmark Cards.
"My path has not been linear at all, but I think the part that has been the enabler behind that is really just the willingness to say yes." To say yes to opportunities that Gayitri Budhraja, e.l.f. Cosmetic's Vice President of Brand, didn't always recognize in herself but fortunately her bosses did. Something she continues to pay forward with her team at e.l.f.. A team that launched one of the most successful brand TikTok campaigns ever- - hitting 1 billion views in a mere six days!
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