We had the good fortune of connecting with Kate Nowlan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kate, how do you think about risk?
I am a risk-taker and I get excited when I think about risk. By excited, I mean nervous, anxious, exhilarated, enthusiastic, and motivated. I love change so if a risk is going to bring about change then I am interested in exploring it. Risk has played a very positive role in my life. Some of the greatest joys of my life have come from the biggest risks I have taken. Alternatively, some of the risks I have taken that resulted in “failures”, have taught me the greatest lessons of my life. So, in sum, I LOVE risk.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am incredibly passionate about women in leadership. The GRACEDBYGRIT Foundation, a non-profit located here in San Diego, is developing the female leaders of the next generation. We are doing this by providing events, mentorship, coaching, and an athletic scholarship fund. We know that the longer girls participate in sports the greater chance of professional success they will have. This foundation was started to carry on the legacy of the GRACEDBYGRIT fitness apparel brand. The ethos of both the brand and the foundation is about recognizing our gritty moments and that learning how to push through them defines us and gives us our grace. This is even more relevant right now! We understand it is harder for women to get to the top in leadership and we are ready and committed to being a part of the solution.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am a North County woman so barely leave my bubble in Cardiff By The Sea. Activities I always do with visitors: beach walks, beach hangs, surfing, hiking Torrey Pines, hiking the lagoon or the new coast trail, and riding bikes along the coast. For food: Pipes for breakfast, Seaside Market for groceries, Roxy, Herb and Sea, and Buena Forcetta are my favorite dinner spots. I think the best thing to do in San Diego is head to the beach. You are always guaranteed to see some animal life and just breathing the salt air is good for the soul.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents deserve this shoutout. I am profoundly aware that a positive home environment and childhood is the foundation for successful people in this world. I grew up in a wonderful family filled with love, structure, and support. My parents always made me feel that I could go after anything I put my mind to and through hard work and perseverance, I could reach my dreams. They never made me feel less than because I was a woman or because I didn’t know something. Instead, they built me up, encouraged me, and were there to catch me when I fell. In fact, they taught me that failure was what made us stronger and learn the most. I couldn’t ask for better parents and am so lucky to be their daughter.
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