Robin spends time with another impressive entrepreneur about how she turned her wild dreams into a reality! Katia Beauchamp developed the Birchbox beauty subscription service while getting her MBA at Harvard, and built it into the multi-million dollar brand it is today through perseverance, passion, and listening to her gut. Listen to how Katia ignored the doubters and stayed focused on disrupting the beauty industry. She also talks about her difficult pregnancy- resulting in a 100-day stay in the hospital- and how she was able to keep her business in motion while going through this difficult time. Robin and Katia discuss the treatment of mothers in the workforce, and the subconscious bias that the corporate world often has for women that take time off to have a child. This episode is an inspiring look at how to push through and create the life that YOU want for yourself!
Katia Beauchamp, Co-Founder and CEO of Birchbox
Katia co-founded Birchbox in 2010, driven by a fascination with the business dynamics of the beauty industry and the massive opportunity to redefine the way people discover and shop for beauty online. Birchbox, which is best known for redefining the way people discover and shop for beauty and grooming by pairing a monthly subscription of handpicked, customized samples with relevant content and a curated e-commerce shop and spearheading the DTC subscription boom, has more than 2.5 million active customers, 300 beauty and grooming brand partners, operations in four countries, and retail experiences in select Walgreens locations across the US.
Katia holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in International Studies & Economics from Vassar College. Prior to graduating from business school, she worked in structured finance and commercial real estate. She has been honored with accolades including Advertising Age Women to Watch, CEW Achievers Award, Fortune 40 Under 40, Inc. 30 Under 30, Marie Claire’s New Guard, WWD Digital Innovator of the Year, and YMA Fashion’s Entrepreneur of the Year, among others. She is currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard Business School, where she meets with students and faculty as an official advisor on campus.
A native Texan, Katia lives in New York City (currently Long Island) with her husband and four children.
Katia on IG: www.instagram.com/katiawb
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