Kendra Scott, Founder and CEO of jewelry company Kendra Scott Design. She first launched the company following the birth of her son. As a single mother with two young sons, she financed the early stages of the company with just $500 and using her house’s extra bedroom. Today, the multi-million dollar brand is sold in both major retailers and over 1,000 boutiques worldwide.
"Family is absolutely the most important thing at Kendra Scott. Not only are each of our families extremely important to us, but we treat each other as family. No matter how busy or overwhelmed we may be, I always put my family first and I encourage everyone on my team to do so. Secondly, at Kendra Scott there truly is no greater joy than that of giving back to others in need. Having philanthropy at the core of our company just adds to the positive atmosphere. We involve ourselves deeply in national charities including Dress for Success, The Go Red Campaign for Women, the National Down Syndrome Congress and Susan G. Komen, as well as local charities in the cities that our stores are located in.”
"One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned is to always ask for help. Doing so is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength. Throughout my business career, I’ve learned that personal connections can lead to opportunities, and people actually enjoy the opportunity to lend a helping hand. I know this is true because I’ve been on both sides of it. There is always someone out there who’s been in the same situation or dealt with a similar challenge that you are currently facing. Seek that person out and ask for advice."
"If you’re ready to take the leap and start your own business, then go for it! Don’t let your mind be bogged down by the negative 'what if’s' prompted by the naysayers around you and inside your head. Inevitably, your idea will be knocked down and people will tell you ‘no,' but learning to quickly pick back up and move on is such a valuable lesson. When someone does say ‘no,' think of it merely as a suggestion and an invitation to get creative!"
Staples, Photograph via Chicago Tribune