Dating back to 1927, we have a very rich heritage of featuring iconic women through the years.  Marilyn Monroe, Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn just to name a few.  International Women’s Day comes once a year and is a big deal around our office!  We sat down with a few of our leading ladies to get inspired on what they love about being a woman and celebrating this special day.   

Adriana Autie

Social Media and Influencer Coordinator

Who are some women that inspire you and why?

It’s hard for me to pinpoint who exactly inspires me because all women inspire me every day. From seeing women holding the highest position in a company that once would be considered “male dominated” to seeing women around me fighting for equal pay and reproductive rights, I’m inspired by all women who are going against the grain and are unapologetically themselves.

Can you share one piece of career advice for women?

Follow your dreams and passions. If someone says no or doubts you, use that to fuel your fire and prove them wrong. You can do anything you set your mind and heart to.

How do you juggle work-life balance?

I try my best to relax when I’m not working by doing things I know will be enjoyable, which is normally eating a delicious meal and being with good company. I also try my best to have separation from work and my personal life by not looking at my emails afterhours or on weekends. Having the separation really keeps me sane and not feel stressed or worrying about things 24/7.

What’s your favorite Erno product?

A recent favorite of mine is the Pore Cleansing Clay Mask. My skin has been loving this recently! I have noticed such a difference in my pores and love how it doesn’t leave my skin dry. It’s been a game-changer!

What’s your favorite self-care ritual?

I absolutely love lighting a bunch candles and playing my favorite jams while I do a face mask and lay on my couch. That is my ultimate ritual for relaxation and self-care.

Saheli Nanavati

Global Brand Director

Who are some women that inspire you and why?

My mother, who is the strongest and most wise woman I know. She and my father moved from India to the US after marriage, and then she chose to raise us 4 kids alone after my father passed. She was only in her late 30’s and didn’t have the family foundation as she would if she moved back to India. But for her, the opportunity cost of raising us (3 being girls) was higher if she left.  She took the risk and became resilient - learned everything as she went, built a community, and focused on family, faith and hard work.  Whenever I’m going through a tough time, I remind myself what we can be capable of if we decide and focus on what matters to you. Thank you mom. 

How do you cultivate your self-confidence?

There’s a quote from a past boss and mentor, Jessica Herrin, that has always stuck with me – You don’t have to be perfect to start, but you have to start to perfect. This has helped me overcome my fear of failure and the pressure to have it all figured out before I start.  I’ve learned that doing something, even if it doesn’t turn out the way I want, is the best stepping stone to getting it right the next time. Also, it makes good stories.   

What does being a ‘strong woman’ mean to you?

The ability to be independent and do the hard things first (not last). It’s easy to procrastinate and do the things that come natural or easier to you first. Make time to do what’s uncomfortable first – that’s where growth and strength happens.

Can you share one piece of career advice for women?

You never know until you ask. It was a piece of advice I learned growing up with my mother, who always focused on curiosity and education first.  I remember vividly one day while shopping with her in my teens, my sister and I strolled up to the register to check out, and she asks the sales associate if this was the “best price”. My sister and I were so embarrassed thinking you can’t bargain at a department store (this isn’t the streets of India) so we ran out and waited for her. She came back and said shared how she got an additional 10% off and a free add-on.  My little mind was blown; I noticed more and more how she would always have the discipline to ask the question (whether it related to finances, education or a helping hand).  In our career – we get what we ask for – don’t be afraid to ask for that project, to reach out to that mentor, to ask for a career advance – you steer your life with your questions.

How do you juggle work-life balance?

It can be a struggle, especially now for me being new to NYC and new to Erno Laszlo; I’m a firm believer in you can have it all but you can’t have it all at once (Thank you Oprah). I focus on the things that matter to me right now and make the time for it.  Right now, it’s meditating for 15 minutes every morning, working out post work every day (I sign up for an evening class, so it makes me leave the office to not miss the class), and connecting with at least one of my loved ones before bed (the 3-hour time difference from Cali is tough!). I hope once I’m more settled, this list will expand and include exploring a new part of NYC multiple times a week! 

What’s your favorite Erno product?

I am addicted to the Pore Refining Detox Double Cleanse – it takes off all my makeup and makes my face feel fresh, in literally 1 pump and 1 minute. 

What’s your favorite self-care ritual?

I call it Self Care Sunday, where after my workout I treat myself to a steam and do multi-masking (Face mask, hair mask, lotion mask, you name it). It really is relaxing and a great way for me to flow into the next week.

 

Anne McFadden

Brand Ambassador

Who are some women that inspire you and why?

I’m constantly inspired by my sister and daughter. They are both incredibly strong women in their professional and personal lives. I’m lucky to have supportive family surrounding me.

What does being a ‘strong woman’ mean to you?

I’m a big believer of taking charge of my life and living it to best of my ability. You have to be strong to do this because there are always outside factors that try and tear you down.

Can you share one piece of career advice for women?

Find something you like to do as a career. True happiness will come from that. People are often so focused on the paycheck they forget to enjoy the day to day. If you are not enjoying the daily, you need to get out of your situation.

How do you juggle work-life balance?

I really use time management in both my personal and professional life to find a balance.

What’s your favorite Erno product?  

The Transphuse Rapid Renewal Cell Protocol is my go-to everyday!

 

Iris Hung

International Liaison Associate

How do you cultivate your self-confidence?

I believe being an independent thinker is essential for cultivating self-confidence. We live in an information-saturated world, where we’re constantly reminded what beauty, success, and happiness are and these standards are usually dictated by social norms.  Too often we are consumed by the messages around us. We get worked up by our own insecurities and worries, and it makes us want to be someone else rather than being ourselves- a sign that says we have lost our self-confidence. When we feel the urge to conform, we should instead take a critical approach before making the decision. This is not to say that we should reject the existing ideas, but, more often than not, we’re so influenced by our inspiration that we forget about our uniqueness.

 

I also find helping others helps cultivate our self-worth and sense of purpose. Bringing smiles to people through a small altruistic behavior reminds us of that the simple joys in life satisfy us. And, of course, a good workout routine is always a great way to boost our self-confidence. It makes us feel stronger, look better, and gives us a sense of accomplishment, which in return fosters our self-esteem.

How do you juggle work-life balance?

I feel that work-life balance is more of a mindset. If we truly believe that what we do at work enriches our life and what we enjoy in life inspires what we can contribute at work, then we are always internally balanced and are able to immerse ourselves freely between work and life, as they both cultivate us to become a better version of ourselves. So, the key is to find something you really enjoy doing as your career and make sure your mind is well-nourished in your work environment. Also, don’t feel guilty when you need to disconnect yourself from a heavy workload. Dive into something complete irrelevant from what you do at work, meet a different crowd, and you’ll be surprised how much inspiration you can receive from different perspectives.

What’s your favorite Erno product?

My favorite Erno Laszlo product is Phormula 3-9 Repair Ceam. This cream is a game changer for my skin. My complexation has become so much better ever since I started using it, I can’t live without it!

Jessica Khrakovsky

New Product Development Coordinator

Who are some women that inspire you and why?

This might be a bit of a cliché answer, but I’ve always been incredibly inspired by Gabrielle Chanel. She was innovative and ahead of her time with her rebellious and outspoken persona, and she entirely redefined the beauty and fashion industry. Most importantly, she challenged the notion of femininity and what it means to be a powerful woman, opting to follow her own set of rules instead of conforming to societal expectations. Go Coco!

How do you cultivate your self-confidence?

Growing up, I think I often conflated self-confidence with external validation, and I would rely on others to help me mask my inner insecurities. I came to the realization that true confidence cannot come from others and that it must come from you! I’m discovering the ways in which inner and outer wellbeing play off each other, so sometimes I have more of a “look-good, feel-good” type of mentality, and sometimes it’s the complete opposite--sometimes it’s both, and sometimes it’s neither. It’s important to remember that no one feels confident always but accepting yourself and coming to terms with all that makes you is a step in the right direction.

What does being a ‘strong woman’ mean to you?

I like the way this question is worded because I think everyone interprets this concept for themselves and finds their strength in different ways. For me, being a strong woman has always entailed a sense of independence, and that concept of independence is always changing. Currently, this independence is about feeling a sense of security and comfort with myself, being able to confront myself, and learning how to spend time alone. Life self-confidence, strength starts from within and comes with self-acceptance.

Can you share one piece of career advice for women?

This might seem like a minor thing, but as a recent college grad who’s relatively new to the work force it’s something I think has really helped me recently. I (and I’m sure many other women growing up) have always used modifiers and intensifiers to cushion my language in email, but this is a habit I’ve really tried to shake in a corporate setting. I think it’s a tactic to seem agreeable and polite and to avoid sounding demanding but establishing more direct communication is just more efficient! Brevity and concision are key when it comes to corporate communication.

How do you juggle work-life balance?

In all honesty, this is something I myself am still navigating. The 9-to-5 lifestyle has been a bit of an adjustment, and as a Libra I tend to get really thrown off when things are not in balance. I try to structure my week so that I see friends after work for a workout class or dinner but am in bed by 10/10:30. I’ll also be sure to either keep a couple of weekday nights or weekend afternoons just for myself, and then see friends on Saturday night and family on Sunday. I try to listen to what my mind and body need and say no when I feel worn out; I’ve learned to be a little more forgiving with myself because in trying to do it all, something’s got to give.

What’s your favorite Erno product?

I love the new Pore Cleansing Clay Mask. I have combination skin so it’s difficult to find masks that work all over my face. I love this mask because I don’t have to spot treat and later—I know that it will both purify and hydrate in all the right areas and that my skin will look and feel amazing.

What’s your favorite self-care ritual?

I’ve of course always indulged in my skin care routine, but lately I’ve been enjoying doing Pilates and Yoga as new forms of self-care. I find that they really help me unwind and focus on myself and my breathing for a little (as well as getting in some exercise). It’s also one of the rare times that I don’t have my phone within an arm’s reach, so I’ve come to really appreciate moments where I can disconnect in that way.