Rachel Winard was a professional violinist before going to Columbia law school, at which point she received her Lupus diagnosis. She finished law-school and went to work for a firm when the auto-immune disease took it's toll on her mental, emotional and physical well-being. This forced her to take a step back from her high-stress career and focus on self-care. At the same time, she found that her skin became extremely sensitive and sought mild ingredients for skin care. This is really the start of Soapwalla Kitchen, a proud member of the LGBTQ community, who create products for your health rather than products to help you look a particular way. Soapwalla has a workforce in which half the employees proudly self-identify as queer. In addition to 10% of their net proceeds this year to organizations including the Astraea Foundation, the Ali Forney Center, and SAGE, the company will also be marching in both NYC and Brooklyn Pride.
We sat down with her to discuss her company, her contributions to the LGBTQ community, and the hardships she has faced on her journey through entrepreneurship.
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