Before I started B-School, I was in love with somebody who suffered from addiction. I was married to him for ten years and he’s a wonderful man. There was a moment for me where I was in the bookstore and I was sitting in the aisle. I remember having tons of books all around me on ways that I could help him get better. I remember in a single moment, being aware that I was looking for the wrong book. I needed to find answers for me, to help myself, to help my kids. I didn't have the answers.
I was almost 200 pounds, and addiction is expensive, so I was broke, and I had no friends, because I was so embarrassed. So I called a homeless shelter and asked, "How many days can you take a mom and her three kids?"
That evening, I remember thinking that if I ever find the answers, I will spend the rest of my life helping other women. I did find the answers, but I didn't have the roadmap. I didn't know how to share what I had learned. That's when I found B-School.
It literally was from A to Z, taught me how to use my voice, my pain, and my victories to help other women. From the very beginning, from the first sale, we started putting money away and now we have this non-profit that gives legal help and housing and safety for women and children who are physically and verbally abused.
For me, my biggest wins, and I thought a lot about this, are these two. One was two days ago. I had the privilege of being invited to a meeting with a group of women who are part of the #MeToo Movement, who are activists and they walk picket lines and they sit in Congress and get laws changed for minorities. I was a part of that meeting. I just remember thinking, there's no way that I would be here without B-School.
The other greatest win I had was — it always makes me cry — I have a 14 year old daughter whose father is addicted to drugs and alcohol. Just about six months ago she told me in the car on the way to school that she would love to plan to take over my business one day. The fact that I've created something she’s proud of… That's my biggest win, my daughter.