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International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, age, economic or political. It’s a celebration where we unite as a global community to celebrate women, their endless drive, passion, impact and tireless effort in making a difference.

This week in celebration of International Women’s Day and our #GoldfadenMDForHercampaign, a movement to celebrate and support some incredible women doing great things and trailblazing leadership in the industry they are passionate about, we are so excited to be highlighting Lauren Kleban.

LEKFit founder and fitness enthusiast, Lauren Kleban, offers her favorite piece of advice for women trying to make an impact on their career. “Be confident in who you are and what you have to offer. Be passionate and resilient. Things will always go unplanned and you will need to reconnect with that passion often. Learn more about her story in our candid interview below.

Tell us the story of how you started your business?

I was a professional dancer prior to having children. I had taught dance-inspired fitness classes throughout my dance career so the transition from dance to fitness was a natural one. 

Which women inspire you the most and why? 

Every single woman who does LEKFIT. They keep me motivated to consistently create effective and efficient workouts.

What’s your advice to women trying to make an impact in their career? Be confident and who you are and what you have to offer. Be passionate and resilient. Things will to always go unplanned and you will need to reconnect with that passion often. 

First thing you do when you wake up, is? 

Check my phone. 

Last thing you do before you go to sleep, is? 

Check my phone. 

What will be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you?

I think the demand of doing and having it all will only increase. With the crucial, but never ending, presence of social media, I can only imagine the pressure that will ensue. 

What are the best decisions that you have made in your career thus far?

Remaining committed and authentic to my vision and brand while not allowing myself to be affected by competition. My second best decision was partnering with my husband and third was bring on Alex, our incredible operations manager. 

What are the worst? 

Hiring out of desperation instead of quality and ability.

What is your self-care routine? Daily LEKFIT sweat session followed by green juice and bone broth. Nightly epsom salt bath, weekly manicure and pedicures plus regular massages and facials. 

International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, age, economic or political. It’s a celebration where we unite as a global community to celebrate women, their endless drive, passion, impact and tireless effort in making a difference.

This week in celebration of International Women’s Day and our #GoldfadenMDForHercampaign, a movement to celebrate and support some incredible women doing great things and trailblazing leadership in the industry they are passionate about, we are so excited to be highlighting Sasha Plavsic, founder of one of our favorite all-natural makeup brands, Ilia Beauty.  We have long admired Sasha for what she has developed at Ilia and stand behind everything they stand for – Performance Driven. Effective. Safe. This is the heart of Clean Beauty. Because we love beautiful product that is created with care on the inside and out, and believe you shouldn’t have to compromise on performance, or luxury. Being mindful that not every natural ingredient is good for the skin, nor is every synthetic bad. It’s about finding a balance and falling in love with beauty all over again, so you can feel empowered by a sense of choice.

She has developed some of the most insanely gorgeous products and we are so honored to be able to sit down with her to find out more about her incredibly inspiring journey.

What is your favorite part about your job?

My favorite part about my job is to create products that I hope people will fall in love with and push the boundaries in what is possible for creativity in clean beauty. 

Which women inspire you the most and why?

Cher, because she achieved success in so many areas and truly is authentic in every way. Coco Chanel for her dedication to her craft and creating one of the most iconic brands in fashion. And most recently Emma Gonzalez, from the Parkland shooting and standing up for what she believes in.

What’s your advice to women trying to make an impact in their career?

Trust your gut, don’t give up, and believe in yourself. 

First thing you do when you wake up, is?

Nurse my 6 week old baby! And if I am lucky find my way to the shower with usually both kids. 

Last thing you do before you go to sleep, is?

Make a wish to get at least a 4 hour stretch of sleep (other moms will understand this answer). 

What will be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you?

Ensuring that history doesn’t keep presenting itself. I think it is a very interesting time to be a woman. Some things have come so far over the last half a century while others are starting to regress. I think it’s important to fight for what is fair and right without loosing what has already been won.

What are the best decisions that you have made in your career thus far?

To take a risk and believe I could create something from nothing. From there truly believing that there is a solution to every problem, because in a business there are many, and they constantly need to be solved.

What are the worst?

Listening to too many other people’s opinions and doubting myself. It’s important to work collaboratively, yet if you don’t listen to instinct it will come back with a vengeance.

What is your self-care routine?

A shower everyday, followed by a quick skincare and makeup routine. With a newborn that is a major feat. 

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International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, age, economic or political. It’s a celebration where we unite as a global community to celebrate women, their endless drive, passion, impact and tireless effort in making a difference.

This week in celebration of International Women’s Day and our #GoldfadenMDForHer campaign, a movement to celebrate and support some incredible women doing great things and trailblazing leadership in the industry they are passionate about, we are so excited to be highlighting Rachel Temko, founder of Whimsey & Row, an eco-conscious lifestyle brand founded in 2014 and based in West Los Angeles. Birthed out of a love for quality made goods and sustainable practices, our mission is to provide ease and elegance for the modern, creative woman (one of our favorites as everything is SO tres chic!).

Dive in deeper with us as we share an intimate sit down with Rachel on how and what keeps her motivated and inspired.

Tell us the story of how you started your business? 
Finally fed up with the dishonest and harmful practices within the fashion industry, I went my own way and launched Whimsy + Row in 2014. I was inspired to create a brand without excess waste and egos, so I decided Whimsy + Row would be an (eco)friendly, accepting, loving brand and community. We started by popping up at Flea Markets every weekend selling vintage. Yes, every weekend for 2 years we trucked a mini boutique full of whimsical goodies all over America. We started with vintage, then purchased other brands, which lead us to create our own eco-friendly clothing brand. 

Which women inspire you the most and why? 
I am inspired by women entrepreneurs and our customers the most. It takes a lot of passion and courage to start a company and make it successful, so I have a ton of respect for other ladies who are hustling just like me. Everything I do for the company is to help woman and their feedback is what drives me. 

What’s your advice to women trying to make an impact in their career? 
Everything important is worth fighting for! Don’t let “no” stop you, if you’re passionate about something, visualize it and don’t take no for an answer. Make it happen! You got this!

First thing you do when you wake up, is? 
Take three deep breaths. 

Last thing you do before you go to sleep, is? 
I stretch to unwind from the day.

What will be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you? 
They need to be conscious about the fashion that they’re purchasing. It’s easier to walk into Forever 21 than to seek out the brands that are sustainable and eco-friendly. The younger generation will need to take it upon themselves to be educated about the brands they support and the materials that they wear.

What are the best decisions that you have made in your career thus far? 
Always following my intuition, making our clothing line eco-conscious, moving to LA, Staying true to myself and remaining a kind/generous person, opening up our first storefront in West LA, and Hiring hard working badass ladies who believe in what we are doing!

What are the worst? 
Thinking I could do everything on my own. It takes a village!

What is your self-care routine? 
Yoga, massage, netflix & chill.