Hey Stiletto Gals!
I am excited to say we are walking a mile in the shoes of Manna Kadar of Manna Cosmetics. She is definitely a woman to watch and to get to know.
StilettoGal: How did you start your company?
Manna: I started in the beauty industry 18 years ago when I opened my first retail cosmetics store. Over the next 6 years, I expanded to 7 stores in 2 states while going to USC Full Time. After working with thousands of women, I recognized a need for long-wear, multi-functional makeup that is solution based. From that notion, Manna Kadar Cosmetics was born.
SG: What has been your biggest failure thus far and how did you overcome it?
MK: My biggest failure was losing a deal for mass distribution with a large retailer. At the end of the day, I recognized that I came up with every outside the box idea to try to salvage the deal, but it simply was not meant to be. This was a tough learning lesson, but moving forward, I have learned how to recognize red flags and negotiate favorable terms.
SG: What is your proudest moment in business?
I have proud moments everyday and they usually come in the form of an email or hug from a customer who says thank you for creating products that have changed their lives and made them feel confidant & beautiful. It is in these moments that all of the hard work pays off when I know I have changed someone's life.
SG: Stiletto Gals are all about giving back, what kinds of things do you do to give back to women?
MK: One of my mission statements I live by is to always give back. I am on the USC Board of Directors and chair the Women in Business Group where we put together events forward thinking speakers and relevant topics to propel women to the next level. In addition, I am an instructor and speaker at FIDM, helping to young minds of tomorrow's leaders.
SG: What are three tips that every entrepreneur should know?
#1: Be prepared.... to work harder than you have ever worked in your life, in all of your business decisions from executing your business plan, etc.
#2: Think Outside the Box
#3: "No" means "Not Right Now"
SG: What kind of shoe are you and why?
I am a stiletto girl. I am in the world of glitz and glam and I feel instantly transformed into a fierce, unstoppable women in stilettos. Not to mention, my petite 5'4" frame is instantly transformed into a statuesque goddess.
Manna will be with me at OC Fashion Week next week. For more information and tickets, visit the following link: