From Wonder Woman gloves to PMS treats … the fun never stops

LisaI decided to write a few thoughts as so much fun stuff has come on my radar in the last few days. Unfortunately I’m writing this at the last minute as the week has somehow gotten away from me. I wonder if any woman out there can invent a machine that zaps you every time you get off task. Not too painful, but rather a gentle reminder to focus…focus…focus. I was thinking to buy a pair of these Wonder Woman G-Loves workout gloves to use when I’m writing (seriously) but I thought the Swarovski crystals might prove more distracting than helpful. (more…)

Mary Molina: From the Food Bank to the Shelves of Whole Foods

mary-molina-heart-barsAnyone who signs their emails zip-a-dee-do-dah has got to be a happy person. And perhaps Mary Molina was born an optimist, but in all likelihood a little perspective brought her to her current sunny state. About four years ago, Molina was a food stamp recipient and a regular at her local food bank. But with some support and a lot of hard work and determination, mixed in with a little luck, today she is the proud owner of an all-natural, locally-sourced granola bar company.

Molina and her husband, Ernie, ran a small cellular phone outlet for more than ten years in Somers, New York. It was a family business — she did the books, he ran the shop — and all was good and well until January 2011 when everything came crashing down around them. Forced to close their doors and liquidate all assets, the Molinas and their four kids, all under the age of seven, were in dire straits within two months. (more…)

Tammy Dunn: From Travel Agent to Agent of Relaxation

Tammy Dunn

Tammy Dunn thinks she always had a massage therapist somewhere inside her. Still, she spent twenty years as a travel agent before she figured it out.

Regarding her career in the travel industry she says, “It was a job. When I went to school for it, I really thought it was what I wanted to do. But it never became anything more than a job to me, even after 20 years.”

She did consider massage therapy back in high school during the 1980s, but at that time it didn’t seem like much of a career option. There was little regulation of the industry and massage, fairly or not, was seen as something not-quite-legitimate. So Dunn never pursued the idea and largely forgot about it.

But later, well-entrenched in the travel industry, she experienced some stress-related health problems and began seeing a chiropractor and a massage therapist. Dunn worked with these professionals over the course of a year and saw the benefits of the work they did. “I realized how much I wanted to be part of that. It improved my life on so many different levels that I wasn’t expecting.” (more…)

Katie Mehnert: Seeing Pink among the Oilfields

Katie MehnertIt’s no secret that it’s a man’s world on the oilfields of Texas and around the world. But former energy exec and marathon runner Katie Mehnert has plans to change all that. In Pink Petro, she has created an online digital channel that aims to empower women in the sector through mentoring, networking, and sharing of information.

“I want to bring Silicon Valley to the energy sector as a whole to power a fresh approach to female development in what’s been a very male-dominated industry. Women need more seats at the STEM (science, tech, engineering, and math) table and Pink Petro will be a vehicle to that end. Together we’ll use our collective voice to reenergize the sector and its reputation,” she explains. (more…)

Julia Erickson: Pirouetting Her Way to a Better Barre

ericksonSo many little girls dream of becoming ballerinas, and Julia Erickson was no exception. But unlike most of us who eventually shed that dream, Erickson trained from the age of seven and worked her way up to become a principal dancer with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

Unlike many of the stories we share at Career 2.0, this one is not about leaving a job to pursue a passion, because dancing is Erickson’s passion. “Ballet is the love of my life,” she explains. “I would not leave my dance career for anything at this point.” Unfortunately, a ballet career is a finite thing, and there will come a time when Erickson will have little choice but to hang up her pointe shoes. So when inspiration struck, she was not about to look the other way. (more…)

Sonnika Coetzee: The Sweet Smell of Success

IMGP1309 (2)There is no such word in the dictionary, but Sonnika Coetzee calls herself an “Aromateur”. She knows, for example, that it takes about 9,000 pounds (4,000 kilos) of rose petals to make just 35 ounces of pure rose essential oil. It has taken Coetzee 16 years to turn her childhood love of fragrances and interest in science into a viable business, but today she is the owner of a successful aromachology enterprise.

“If I look back at the growing years I can see hours, days and months ticking away, developing products that never really brought in the money I expected. A lot of time was sacrificed that could have been spent with family or friends and spare cash that could have used to pay off car or home loans. But I’m a strong believer in not looking back at the business failures of yesterday lest you stumble over your successes of today. Keep moving forward.” (more…)