05 Oct S01:E10: Shattering the Glass Ceiling with glassybaby’s Lee Rhodes
It all started in a kitchen… While in the midst of her third battle with cancer, Lee Rhodes dropped a flickering tea light into a hand-blown glass vessel. The serenity in that moment inspired Lee’s life mission to create an exceptionally beautiful product while providing resources to help others on their journey to health and healing. That altruistic spirit would be the secret sauce which catapulted glassybaby to international notoriety, and earned Lee Entrepreneur Magazine’s prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award, becoming the first female to be honored with the illustrious title.
Lee’s success was hard-earned and well deserved. With 30% year-over growth and 2016 revenue projections over $20-million, glassybaby is a serious contender in the experiential/retail space. But, it wasn’t enough for the philanthropic entrepreneur to settle for pure profit alone. Lee wanted to give back in a big way, 10% of her gross revenue big! As a result, glassybaby has donated more than $5-million to date!
Lee speaks on the unique challenges facing female entrepreneur, and how she overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles. We break bread at Skillet Diner in Seattle where Chef Nick Novella has prepared a stunning fennel crusted fried chicken sandwich as well as a custom heirloom tomato and caramelized onion veggie-burger. Mmm! Are you ready to make a difference? Start by listening to this moving interview with glassybaby Founder & Chairwoman, Lee Rhodes.
Watch this episode on Youtube: https://youtu.be/ZFZQas53BOk
Learn more about our guest:
- Lee Rhodes
On the menu:
- Skillet Diner
- Fried Chicken Sammy
- The Veggie with Seasonal Heirloom Tomato
Tasty quote to chew on: “Stay authentic and real, it will make a difference. There’s nothing more powerful than that.”
Food for thought:
- Don’t underestimate the small things. They can have an ENORMOUS impact.
- Communication is the key to good collaboration.
- Pursue the things that you love, and money will follow.