See why Candice chose entrepreneurship over corporate life
Candice began her career as a mountaineering instructor. This may have helped her keep a cool head as she faced large-scale business risk, years later. When Candice applied to graduate school, her leadership roles on extreme wilderness expeditions helped secure a place at Harvard Business School. A corporate marketing job followed, where she climbed, again—up the ranks.
In 2000, Candice became one of the first women to lead an IPO1 as one of the founders of iVillage.com. Today, she’s thriving in Colorado running Local Coffee House, alongside her daughter's design business.
Candice is one of the entrepreneurs who shares her story with us for our special video series, 'Flight Paths." Watch highlights from her interview.
How to approach risk: Don't look down
Graduates from Stanford in 1975
Becomes full-time wilderness and mountaineering instructor
Harvard B-School leads to Wall Street
Rises to VP of Marketing in strategy division
Gets hired by a mentor and media titan
Learns how to build companies
Gives birth at age 42
Welcomes daughter, launches cable network
Helps start iVillage.com in 1995
Becomes one of the ﬁrst women to lead an IPO, chairs private school board1
Thriving is a family affair
Opens popular coffee house in Aspen with her daughter
I’m not a big believer anymore in ‘just have an idea and jump.’
At one point in her career, Candice started calling on famous media titans and visited ﬁve of them. One hired her. With an executive coach’s help, she left her job on her own terms with an excellent reputation and a signiﬁcant exit package. She was beginning to understand how to navigate her chapters.
Deliberate on how you’re living in each chapter, and know what should change with the next chapter.
One day, Candice realized she had become an “Upper East Side society lady” and felt horriﬁed. She shed that role and “detoxiﬁed” by ghost-writing a satirical novel. At the same time, she earned a Master’s degree at Teachers College of Columbia University. With that, and her entrepreneurial skills, she helped co-found a school that now serves over 3,000 students.