Magi Raible, President & Creative Director, LifeGear Design
- What piece of advice can you give to women just starting their own business?
Make sure it’s a business that you have experience in. Create a professional and personal support team. It’s important to have a couple of objective people (preferably a women) to act as mentors – to share challenges with and get advice from. And it’s important to have a couple of personal people that can share in celebrating your successes, can be empathetic and encouraging during challenges.
- What has been the key to your success?
Passion, perseverance, networking and determination. I also have an amazing team and support system personally and professionally.
- Please tell us about a woman that inspires you.
There are so many, but the first woman that truly inspired me was my grandmother. She was single when I was growing up, had an apartment in the city, belonged to the professional and business women’s association and had her own business as a designer/tailor/dressmaker in the 1950’s – 1960’s. She taught me to be strong, independent and have a good sense of humor.
- How many hours do you work a week?
Too many! Haha. About 60 hours working but it seems that I’m thinking about my business most of the time.
- What are some ways that you manage your work life balance?
I make it a priority to be home for dinner with my family. Mornings are my time – I get up early and try to have at least one hour to think, pray, exercise – whatever I need at that moment to rejuvenate myself. And we try to arrange at least one get-together with friends every week – It’s such a great distraction and it’s so important to have a little fun as often as possible.
- What does career happiness mean to you?
My happiness comes from making a positive difference in this world through creating jobs, creating great products, creating a fun and inspiring place to work.
- What percentage of your shopping do you do online?
- How do you stay motivated when you’re not feeling so inspired?
Reminding myself why I’m doing this, of the successes I have had and what the end-goal is. A lot of self-talk.
- What’s a dream you currently have for your business?
Growing sales beyond North America – I see LiteGear™ as a global travel brand.
- How do you give back?
I’m very committed to small local charities – such as local foster children, outdoor groups that get inner city kids out doors, and programs that protect and support local public parks. I also donate a lot of small bags to orphans and lepers in India at least once a year to keep their personal things in – they usually use plastic bags that they find in the street or trash. A friend of mine goes to India at least twice a year to take supplies – This year we sent about 200 toiletry kits to match up with donations of tooth brushes, tooth paste and washcloths – basics that these people don’t have. I’ve attached a photo – I never use these for PR because that’s not why I do this, but thought it would be fun to share with you.
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