Dr. Pooneh and Dr. Paris here!
It’s Women’s History Month, and we owe a lot to the women who have come before us.
To honor that, we wanted to take a moment to share some insights from our own journey as women founders.
Here are three life lessons that we may have learned in the office but have empowered us in our homes and hearts.
- Persistence is key
In the early days of Dr. Brite, we were NOT being taken seriously.
We spent sleepless nights and restless weekends searching for ingredient suppliers that would work with us, trying to cut through the blanket of trade secrets and minimum orders.
We’d personally call them and they’d pass us off and ask to have our manufacturer get in touch. They were shocked— they had never heard of a women-owned brand that manufactures in-house.
With persistence, we were able to convince them to supply us by the case rather than the truckload. And from those cases, Dr. Brite’s first batches were born!
- Follow your heart (really!)
We often hear, “owning a business isn’t for the faint of heart”.
And while that may be a cliché, we truly can’t stress it enough.
We can easily say that besides motherhood, building Dr. Brite has been the most challenging (and rewarding) experience of our lives.
But if our hearts weren’t in it, we never would have made it this far.
Knowing that the goods we make are not only for you and your family, but for our own children too, has always been our source of strength.
So take the time you need to reflect on what drives you, what you’re passionate about, and what your heart is telling you.
The obstacles are inevitable, and it takes heart to overcome them.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help
There’s an alluring idea of the “self-made” entrepreneur.
But in our experience, it’s more of a myth.
We would not be the women we are today, and would not have accomplished what we have, without the people around us.
There is no “self-made”.
Our family, friends, and you have carried us from Dr. Brite’s early days on a kitchen countertop to our world-class facility. And for that, we will be forever grateful.
The road to owning your business or crushing your career is bumpy, but if you are ready and willing, nothing can stop you.
We're proud to be women-owned, and we hope you take steps this month to support and celebrate the women that make a difference in your own life.
What lessons have you personally learned that empower you? We’d love to hear them!
Cheers to more women fulfilling their dreams,
Dr. Pooneh, DDS
Dr. Paris, MD
1. What is the theme for women's history month 2022?
This year's theme - Providing Healing, Promoting Hope - is both a tribute to the tireless efforts of the caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic as well as a recognition of the many ways women of all cultures have offered healing and hope throughout history.
2. What does women's history month celebrate?
Women's History Month is an annual celebration of women's contributions to history, culture, and society that has been recognized in the United States since 1987. It is held in March each year.
3. Is March women's history month Canada?
It is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, coinciding with International Women's Day on March 8, and during October in Canada, coinciding with People's Day on October 18.
4. Is women's history month a national holiday?
Yes, it is. It was President Jimmy Carter who originally declared the week of March 8 to be National Women's History Week in 1980 after the National Women's History Alliance advocated for the holiday to be commemorated as a national week.
5. Why was women's history Month created?
Women's History Month, which has been observed annually in the United States since the 1980s, grew out of a feminist push for equal access to jobs and education, which was one of the main demands of the Strike for Equality march, which drew thousands of people to the streets of New York City on August 26, 1970.