#18 Mariah Mansveld (YONI) about her journey from humanitarian, to care worker, to entrepreneur
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Mariah Mansvelt Beck always aimed to have a positive impact on the world. This led her to working for Doctors without Borders - at headquarters as well as in the field - to being a social worker as well as to giving yoga and meditation classes - something she still does. When Mariah was 30 she found out she was developing cervical cancer. This sparked an interest in her health and led her together with friend Wendelien Hebly to realize no ingredients were listed on the packaging of regular tampons, pads and liners. Together they started Yoni. Yoni is a fem care brand aiming to break open the taboo around menstruation and to provide healthy, sustainable alternatives to regular fem care. They now have organic cotton tampons, pads and liners as well as more sustainable options like the menstrual cup and period proof underwear.
For more information check out www.yoni.care
- what did you want to be when you grew up?
- so tell me about your company, work now.
- in times of robotization, polarization, AI; what keeps us, humans, on the right track when it comes to work that we value? (you may also make this personal, so what keeps YOU on the right track)?
- what did you have to learn most, to get there?
- what do you think future proof companies/leaders need, when it comes to capabilities or strategies? (fx. they need to dare and take risks in increasing uncertainty, or they need to become more inclusive)
- do you have a book, or a podcast or film or quote that inspires you a lot and that you could share with our listeners?
Ever considered to slow down, on your leadership journey? In this episode, Mariah Mansvelt Beck - cofounder of fem care company Yoni - argues that pausing may be a key future capability - to pause, before making a decision, but also to lower your pace on busy days. Or even: creating more space in your life. She practices what she preaches: after launching a company that would radically change the field of fem care, she now only works for Yoni 2 days, allowing more space for teaching Yoga, enjoying motherhood and inspiring change on many levels.
Roanne and Mariah discuss:
- Why chemicals are not for pussies
- How her health situation inspired her to start a fem care company
- Her background: from humanitarian, to care worker, to entrepreneur
- Why Yoni does not believe in fixed office times
- Why silence is scary
- Which meditation helps her through confrontational meetings and challenges