Episode #193. Rebecca Minkoff created a personal brand from her creative passion, and not only did she do that, but she’s also taken it further to support female entrepreneurs and share her journey to fearlessness. Wouldn’t you love to pick her brain?! In this episode, you’ll get a look behind the scenes of Rebecca’s business and brand to find out how she keeps up with it all, why she’s all for the scrappy side of starting a business, and what you can do to bring a fearless CEO drive to your business every day.
In This Episode You’ll Learn:
- How Rebecca gets things done behind the scenes (her secret hiring tips!)
- The essential question for your next hire that will keep you in your zone of genius
- Why leaning into the scrappy side of building a business can be a huge asset
- What fear and vulnerability can bring to your customer feedback
- Rebecca’s unique take on burnout and how to get back to your passion
“When I decided I wanted to have my own company, I was like, ‘If I’m gonna work this hard, I want it to be my name.’ Then everything was about, ‘What do I think? What do I want? How do I want to design this?’”
“I have a mouth, I have a brand, and I have a platform. I need to use it for something far bigger than what I was doing just making women look great. Like, how do I make sure that her business is greater? How do I make sure she’s able to start a business or feel brave enough to ask for more if she works somewhere?”
“You have to get really good at discerning, ‘Is this person giving me criticism so that I can change and improve? Or are they criticizing me to just make me feel bad?’ When you’re getting criticism to improve, it’s done from a place of help. Then, that’s not scary. It still sucks, but you take a look in the mirror and say, ‘Oh, yeah, that might be right. OK, let me act on it quickly.’”
“I never had burnout just starting out, making no money, and working all hours. I loved what I did so much. Anyone here who loved what they do so much. It didn’t matter. You weren’t burnt out. You were fueled by your own creation and your own momentum. How you get back to that takes some self-reflection to figure out.”
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More About Rebecca:
Embodying 21st-century femininity in all its multidimensionality, Rebecca Minkoff encourages her audience to confidently own the many roles they occupy and their many moods and feelings. Since launching in 2001, the brand has established itself as a destination where functionality, modern femininity, and the current cultural moment converge. The collection spans handbags, ready-to-wear, footwear, jewelry, luggage and fragrance. Through products, content, conversations and experiences, Rebecca Minkoff is dedicated to creating the modern cultural and business narrative of togetherness and shared success. As of 2021, the global fashion designer became a bestselling author with her first book, Fearless: The New Rules for Unlocking Creativity, Courage, and Success. The book chronicles Rebecca’s story of hard work and determination with valuable life lessons that work as a roadmap to meeting challenges and overcoming fear.
A global industry leader in accessible luxury handbags, accessories, footwear and apparel, Rebecca Minkoff’s modern bohemian designs are inspired by strong, confident and powerful women who embody the effortless, free-spirited lifestyle.
In the Summer of 2018, Rebecca launched a podcast, Superwomen with Rebecca Minkoff. The podcast focuses on the incredible stories of resilience, failure and success by luminaries such as Katie Couric, Bozoma St. John and Jessica Alba. The podcast is consistently in the top 100 of her categories and has launched the #superwoman tribe across the world.
In September of 2018, she established the Female Founder Collective, a network of businesses led by women who invest in women’s financial power across a socioeconomic spectrum by enabling and empowering female-owned businesses. This organization has grown to over 9000 members and has supported women-owned businesses by giving them access to education, networks and mentorship. Companies in this collective have gone on to raise over 15m in seed funding and taken their companies to higher levels of success.
This year, in 2021, the global fashion designer became a bestselling author with her first book, Fearless: The New Rules for Unlocking Creativity, Courage, and Success. The book chronicles Rebecca’s story of hard work and determination with valuable life lessons that work as a roadmap to meeting challenges and overcoming fear.
Rebecca is married to director Gavin Bellour, and they reside in Brooklyn with their three children.