Aug 17, 2021
This is the first guest I've had that really melted my old career and entrepreneur life together! Debi Yadegari is the Founder and CEO of Villyge, which is an employer-paid benefit that sets families up for success and helps employees to thrive. I was excited to chat with her and as we got further into the convo I was continually impressed and in awe of her!
Debi tells me about her first career path, as a big time lawyer! She had always wanted the big family and it up until a co-worker said otherwise, she thought she could have them both! After getting pregnant with her first, she found out first hand that there was not enough support for working parents (insert light bulb moment)! After having her next 3 kiddos in 5 years (yeah you read that right!), she started to dive into supporting working moms through corporate lactation support. As she started listening to her clients and their needs, the business started to expand their offerings.
Debi gets super honest about the change in perspective she's been forced to have through being an entrepreneur. We also chat about how their business is a little different than most as their end use is not always the one making the financial decisions. Finally, she talks about something that so few business owners do -- hiring and firing, and the mistakes made along the way! She tells me about the first time she had to fire someone and how it was different than previous roles.
Debi has started such an amazing brand to help working parents and the energy she has is something I need to find a way to bottle and take with me! If you are an employee or head the HR/Benefits department at a business, you should absolutely listen to this one! Make sure to check out Debi and the Villyge team's site and Instagram.