How to take a billion dollar idea and turn it into a reality, all while donating 10 million pads to girls in need with Molly Hayward, Founder of fem care brand Cora
Female Startup Club
Imagine not being able to go to school or work because you don’t have the products you need during your period. Imagine having to use dirty rags instead of tampons or pads and being forced to drop out of school in elementary - all because of your period. For millions of women and girls around the world - this is a reality. Enter Cora. Cora is a purpose driven fem-care brand that’s on a mission to build a better future for all women, all around the world, founded by Molly Hayward. Molly is one of those sparkly women I felt like I could chat to for hours about her mission over the last decade and what she’s managed to build with Cora. An elevated period brand for the modern woman, with a major social 1 for 1 give back scheme to girls in need. Since 2016, Cora has donated well over 10 million pads and has helped provide reproductive health education to roughly 15,000 girls in Kenya and India. This is one of the most inspiring women I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing and I hope you love the episode. LINKS WE MENTION: Cora's WebsiteCora's Instagram Molly's InstagramVitruvi ---- Female Startup Club is a platform designed for women-in-progress to learn and dominate through an insightful podcast, technical courses and resources. Check out our new course The Ads MBA to master the technical skills needed to launch and scale profitable Facebook and Instagram ads.
Nearly 25 million women live below the poverty line in the U.S., but menstrual products are not covered by food stamps. Additionally, 38 states tax tampons and other feminine hygiene products as non-essentials. In this episode, we speak with Molly Hayward, a founder on the frontlines of destigmatizing menstrual care. Molly is the founder and Chief Brand Officer of Cora, a company that sells organic feminine hygiene products, including tampons, pads, and more. Cora also provides menstrual products to women in underserved communities in the U.S. and abroad. Molly is also the founder of Blood & Milk, a community covering a wide range of women’s health issues. "Often, women and girls are left to fend for themselves and come up with alternative solutions to a basic level of care," says Molly. "I wanted to create a brand that reflected period care in a positive light. Looking ahead, we're asking: what's the next pain point that exists in the experience of life in a female body that we can address?"For more on the podcast, see the Beyond Capital Podcast website.
040 - Out with the Taboo with Molly Hayward from Cora
Let's tackle the taboos within the women's health industry. On this episode, we chat with Molly Hayward of Cora — the brand bringing healthy and organic period care to women around the world. Listen up as we talk about Cora’s origin story, and the five ways in which the brand are working to dismantle the taboos within the women’s health space.Learn more about Cora - https://cora.life
Meet Molly Hayward, the founder and CEO of Cora. Cora is a certified organic tampon company that provides menstrual products for girls in need around the world for every box of tampons that you buy. When Molly learned about the millions of girls around the globe who miss or drop out of school during their periods, she made it her mission to do something about it. We sat down with Molly to hear how she got Cora off the ground, managed to grow a company in a taboo area, and what advice she has for others.
This conversation was RICH with reality that a woman’s period, something that is natural, and divine, and LIFE GIVING, is the very thing that keeps us from education, opportunities, and basic rights throughout the world.
We are all meant to change the world… some people just get to working on it sooner than others. Today’s guest, Molly Hayward has felt called to speak up for and take a stand against social injustices since she was just a little girl- and since then she has never stopped. Molly is the visionary founder of Cora, a lifestyle brand giving women a modern method for managing their periods. Cora gives body-conscious organic tampons and sustainable menstrual products to girls in underdeveloped countries for every package shipped, using her business and her voice as an opportunity to speak for women who don’t have the chance to speak for themselves. Molly Hayward is changing (and in many instances creating) the dialogue about women and their periods- one that has been hushed beneath shame and cultural norms- on a global scale. I am honored to have her on the show today, so get ready- this conversation is going to change the way you see your body, your global sisters, and yourself. IN THIS EPISODE: Today’s guest, Molly Hayward [ 0:48 ] iTunes Review of the week: [ 3:10 ] How I found Cora and began using their amazing products [ 4:15 ] Where Molly’s desire to help others came from [ 5:11 ] How Molly turned a spark of inspiration into a thriving business [ 13:03 ] The startling truth about what’s happening to less fortunate women in our world [ 18:05 ] Honoring the seasons of our bodies and our lives [ 26:45 ] Why it’s so important to give back in our businesses, and to work with others who want to do the same [ 29:15 ] The story behind Blood + Milk [ 32:58 ] How to create a dialogue around what we’re experiencing during our periods [ 46:40 ] Why switching to organic products and respecting your body’s cues can help stop severe cramps [ 50:00 ] The most surprising thing Molly has learned on this journey [ 55:33 ] All you need to know about Cora [ 59:30 ] SOUL SHIFTING QUOTES: “It felt so deeply ingrained inside of me that I had to do this; that I had to feel the fear and do it anyway.” “The reason why it has taken this long for there to be a consciousness among women about this experience is because there has been this overriding stigma about it that has been ingrained in girls from an extremely young age.” “There is that moment in the deepest part of winter when the seeds for the next spring are germinating underground. What our society does does not honor- is that moment.” “You don’t devote your life to something for a paycheck; you do it because you know that it has meaning and it has greater purpose.” “Having severe pain, having severe discomfort, having a negative perspective on this experience is not natural. This is learned- this is culturally ingrained.” “Honoring my intuition and maintaining a positive perspective on everything is what moves this train forward.” LINKS MENTIONED: Start your subscription today by going to Cora.life! Check out Cora’s new venture, Blood + Milk Be sure to follow Molly on her personal Instagram @mollyrosehayward and on Cora’s @corawomen Did you hear something you loved here today?! Leave a Review + Subscribe via iTunes
317: Molly Hayward: The Purpose Driven Entrepreneur
Healthy Wealthy & Smart
On this episode of the Healthy Wealthy and Smart Podcast, Molly Hayward joins me to discuss passion as the driver for entrepreneurial success. Molly Hayward is the visionary female founder of Cora, a San Francisco startup and disruptive consumer brand pioneering products that fit women’s lifestyles, prioritize their wellness, and empower women globally. Molly was the first entrepreneur in the now-trendy menstrual management space to establish a modern, healthy, socially conscious brand, presenting the issues of healthier products and women’s global social justice to the mainstream female consumer. In this episode, we discuss: -The story behind Cora: from idea to successful subscription business -How passion and perseverance disrupted the feminine product industry -The importance of removing unessential daily tasks as your business grows -How to position a product to enhance quality of life and foster a worldwide community -And so much more! Molly sought to create a mission driven company with Cora and has successfully helped women in developing countries continue their education during their monthly menstruation. Molly stresses, “Girls education and female empowerment is completely essential to economic development and poverty alleviation.” Most entrepreneurial opportunities begin when you yourself find a need not being served in the marketplace as Molly reminds, “It does start from a problem that you yourself experience.” From Molly’s experience, she shares that, “It’s critical to get started because it’s such a learn-as-you-go process.” Entrepreneurs tend to want to do it all and are eager as momentum starts to grow. In light of this, Molly advises, “Try to narrow your focus early on and do fewer things better rather than try to have your hands on every potential opportunity.” Passion for your vision will help you as an entrepreneur navigate the many twists and turns on the road to success. Molly recommends, “Do what you love and trust that things are going to continue to move in the right direction.” For more information on Molly: Molly Hayward is the visionary female founder of Cora, a San Francisco startup and disruptive consumer brand pioneering products that fit women’s lifestyles, prioritize their wellness, and empower women globally. With body-conscious organic tampons, an elegant user experience, and sustainable menstrual products given to girls in developing countries for every monthly supply shipped, Cora represents the smart, chic, and conscious woman of today and is transforming the experience of womanhood on a global scale. Molly was the first entrepreneur in the now-trendy menstrual management space to establish a modern, healthy, socially conscious brand, presenting the issues of healthier products and women’s global social justice to the mainstream female consumer. Forbes writes, “Serial entrepreneur Molly Hayward has a fresh take on feminine hygiene, reimagining everything from the absorbent materials to the packaging, with a deep commitment to social justice." At 28 years old, she has been featured in major television and media outlets, and garnered awards for her innovative and holistic approach to elevating women globally through for-profit business. Molly has a deep knowledge of menstruation in both its commercial and cultural contexts, and has been described as a visionary badass with soul. Learn more about Molly and Cora at www.cora.life. Resources discussed on this show: Molly Hayward Twitter Molly Hayward LinkedIn Cora Twitter Cora instagram Cora Website Thanks to our sponsor for today's podcast Net Health! Thanks for listening and subscribing to the podcast! Make sure to connect with me on twitter, instagram and facebook to stay updated on all of the latest! Show your support for the show by leaving a rating and review on iTunes! Have a great week and stay Healthy Wealthy and Smart! Xo Karen
A New Period: Building A Socially Conscious Business with Molly Hayward, Cora
When you buy tampons, are you making a conscious choice? Do you opt for the same pink-labeled box your mother handed you in seventh grade without second thought, eager to get home before it's too late to consider ordering take-out for dinner.Molly Hayward is redefining the way women are learning about menstruation, purchasing products and giving back. She's the co-founder of Cora, a modern feminine product brand that delivers tailored tampon orders to subscribers.Hayward is at the helm of a global movement to change the language around periods. For every Cora subscription, a month's supply of pads and education is given to girls in India and Kenya. In this episode, we speak with Hayward about social entrepreneurship, the power of partnerships and accessibility.Got questions about this episode or have a story you want to share with the world? Email us at email@example.com.
Episode 93 – Disrupting a Very Old Market with Cora Founder Molly Hayward
Tara’ guest this week is Molly Hayward, the founder of Cora, a lifestyle brand giving women a modern method for managing their periods. Cora is changing the way women are thinking about their bodies with organic tampons, an elegant delivery experience, and sustainable menstrual products given to girls in developing countries for every monthly supply […] The post Episode 93 – Disrupting a Very Old Market with Cora Founder Molly Hayward appeared first on What Works.
For Women Here and Abroad, Molly Hayward is Building a New Kind of Business
Women Who SWAAY Podcast - Weekly Conversations With Women Challenging The Status Quo
Molly Hayward was searching for her next step when she travelled to Kenya and saw the devestating consequences of limited access to feminine hygiene products. Girls all over the world miss out on their educations and resort to unhealthy alternatives for tampons and pads. Period products in the US are no better: they have a host of chemicals in them that are linked to health problems. From these revelations, Cora was born: an all-organic tampon company that delivers right to your door, while giving sanitary products to girls in the developing world. Molly talks about building a socially conscious company that not only designs for the best user experience for her customers in the US, but also supports social enterprise in the developing world.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.