Monica Royer, Founder and CEO of the children’s apparel brand Monica + Andy.
"My biggest inspiration was my daughter. My support was my brother, husband, and parents. Without all of them — in different ways — I couldn’t have done it. My advice for other women is to make sure you have a support network and a few great mentors. I’m all about telling people to go for it. However, it can take years to really get rolling and success is not guaranteed. Expect failures along the way. Above all else, believe in yourself."
"The number one value at Monica + Andy is empathy. Are you kind and empathetic? This is a must. Number two is judgment. Can you make good decisions? Number three (and a tough one for me at the onset because I came from a background where my job was to make sure I was well liked) is intellectual honesty. Can you be honest with your team and can they be honest with you? This is really key at a growing company. Number four, bring the positive energy. You need to bring the room up when you walk in. And finally, self-awareness. Are you aware of how the team and your co-workers perceive you?"
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