Catch up on this week’s industry chatter with these click-worthy links:
- Is advocacy a selling point? It is for non-toxic skincare company Beautycounter, according to a feature appearing in the April issue of Fast Company. The piece takes a closer look at Founder and CEO Gregg Renfrew’s mission to clean up the cosmetics industry, and how the company’s Consultants are bringing the message home.
- According to Founder Jessica Herrin, Stella & Dot is not a jewelry company, or even a technology company. “We’re a people company first,” the chief executive said in an interview for HuffPost. In addition to sharing the “secret sauce” that has helped the brand grow, Herrin explained why being kicked out of class by a high school teacher was a defining moment in her life.
- Behind every successful person is, often, another successful person who has provided vital mentoring along the way. That was one takeaway from the 25th annual Dynamic Women in Business conference at Harvard Business School, where Tracy Britt Cool, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway-owned Pampered Chef, was one of the keynote speakers. Addressing the crowd of aspiring business leaders, the young executive credited business mogul Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, with providing time and advice that helped shape her promising career at the company.
- In his first book, Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain, ViSalus Co-Founder and CEO Ryan Blair shared his journey from gang member to successful entrepreneur. The direct sales executive and investor spoke to Equities.com about marketing to millennials and other business strategies found in his forthcoming book, Rock Bottom to Rock Star: Lessons from the Business School of Hard Knocks.