Lora Haddock: Lora DiCarlo Founder

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My Native Admission Statement: I am stubborn, thoughtful, and often loud, most of the women in my line are. I like to observe people, to get inside the way others think and unravel what makes them who they are, what motivates them, what they’re afraid of, in the process I find more pieces of myself and unearth my own path. I realize that my own journey is not my own; it is crafted and molded by those who come and go in my life and how mine enters and exits theirs. I enjoy creating because there is not only my need, but the needs of others, and to create for others, first you have to understand them. in the whole world. I’m an “anatomy geek” and have over a decade of experience in healthcare, I became fascinated with the psychological, physiological, and anatomical aspects of the female orgasm. After an honorable discharge from the US Navy and enrolling in a pre-med program, I set off drawing on years of research and anatomical data that I had gathered from hundreds of women to design functional product specifications determined to produce the perfect orgasm. I founded Lora DiCarlo in 2017 and began my journey towards launching new physiologically appropriate health and wellness products for women and people with vaginas.

Career advice to those in your industry?

The only person that can stand in your way is yourself. People will try to deter you, sometimes distinctly, they may muddy your path, they may laugh at you for having dreams, and that’s when you push harder. That’s when you find allies and you surround yourself with them. That’s when you arm yourself with knowledge and determination. That’s when you stand your ground to fight the good fight because you belong here. Keep going because you never know when you’ll have an opportunity to change the world -- and I hope you take it.

Maria Miller: SPOT Co-Founder & President

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My Native Admission Statement: I would love for our customers to feel like we encourage and support them to live BIG, that they have taken an adventure or a risk they would have not done had we not been there. Spot is an ambitious startup penetrating the $558 Billion dollar life insurance industry by opening an entirely new channel of distribution and targeting a demographic, which to date, has been untouchable by traditional behemoths. On average, Americans under the age of 45 account for less than 5% of the total population with life insurance. That’s because life insurance wasn’t created for the actual wants and fears of the people Spot aims to serve and wasn’t designed for an adventurous lifestyle. Be good. Be kind. Know that you have an impact.

How did you get into the industry?:

I received a call from a Head Hunter and took an interview, even though I was not actively searching for a job. I never thought I would end up in insurance but loved the company culture and had immense respect for my leadership. The more I learned about the industry, the more passionate I became with helping others understand the importance of planning for the ones we love most. I simply took a chance. As for the entrepreneurship, a mentor of mine recommended the book, How Will You Measure Your Life?; after reading said book, I knew I wanted to do something that could impact many, not just a company’s bottom line.