Name: Gail Lee Gardner
Company Name: She Was Made LLC
Title: CEO & Founder
Lioness: How long have you been in business?
Gardner: Since 2012.
Lioness: Why have you chosen to dedicate yourself to this particular business?
Gardner: My purpose in life is to help you live yours. Our life experiences and understanding of why we as women do what we do stems from our childhood. When we become aware of our decisions and understand the power we have when it comes to making decisions, we then are able to overcome obstacles and maneuver through life as we should.
Lioness: You could have worked for anyone and would have been successful, why become an entrepreneur?
Gardner: Becoming an entrepreneur has been destined for me. I was born into a family where my parents were entrepreneurs. As a teen, I never desired to be an entrepreneur because I saw first-hand how much work was involved. I even vowed that I would never own my own business. However, when you have a calling on your life, there’s no way to getting around it. It’s one thing to be passion-driven. There’s another level of life when you’re purpose-driven.
Lioness: What was your last, “why did I go into business for myself” moment?
Gardner: My last moment of “Why did I go into business for myself” was in August 2016. One of my employees ( a woman ) at my 9-5 “side hustle” falsely accused me of harassment. Why was this the moment for me? Had she been confident in knowing who she was and what she had, there was no way she would’ve accused me of harassing her. Think about it. Why would anyone do such a thing? Plus on top of that, it’s another woman feeling intimidated by a woman. There’s no reason for it, other than she just didn’t know who she was and what she had. Moments such as this keeps the fuel burning for me to show women there’s no such thing as competition. You are your own person no matter what.
Lioness: Every female professional should have ________.
Gardner: Their own personal library of books they read.
Lioness: If you could steal some business mojo from another mogul, who would it be and why?
Gardner: Jay-Z. First off he’s a man who is not driven by emotions. Businessman first. I would steal his way of thinking. Everything we do in our life whether it’s business or personal, it all boils down to the way we think. The way we think determines our decisions. Our decisions create our outcome. Our outcome is a result of our way of thinking. When you look at his accomplishments from beginning to end, and his relationship with Beyonce … BOOM! It was his way of thinking that assisted his wife into becoming a businesswoman and a greater version of who she is which in turns adds value to their relationship as a whole when it comes to their business and life.
Lioness: What is your business motto?
Gardner: Use what you have today, to empower tomorrow.
Lioness: If you could give other entrepreneurs three tips, what would they be?
Gardner: Work on personal development. Read books that will create results. Work on being spiritually grounded.
Lioness: Has there been a piece of technology or software that has been a lifesaver to you?
Gardner: Google Voice. This free number service has been my lifesaver through my rough years. There is power in being broke. When I first started out, I couldn’t afford a cell phone bill and many other things I was once “used” to. Being broke forces you to become creative and make things work. Google voice is a free number service. You can make calls directly from your laptop. Check voice mails and text. All for free.
Lioness: What is your goal for the next year?
Gardner: My goal for next year is to see how many more women I can serve and help them get what they want. It’s all about educating, empowerment and helping women gain exposure both ways. If no one knows who you are, you don’t exist. I love it when women can see the value She Was Made brings and see results in their lives.
Lioness: When someone is telling their friend about your business, what do you hope they say?
Gardner: I hope they say, “She Was Made has helped me level up in my personal and business life.”
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