Introduce yourself! Who are you?
I am so proud of the company that I have built! But besides running my company I also pride myself on being a wife, a mother, a good friend, daughter, and grand-daughter. I take all of these roles very seriously and when I’m in, I’m ALL IN. I may not be able to be all of these things at once, but I try my hardest.
Besides my work life, I am a Detroit native living in Chicago for the past seventeen years. I now call the northern suburbs of Chicago home and I live there with my amazing husband, Daniel (we met working at overnight camp over twenty-years ago!), my to daughters (ages 7.5 and 4.5) and our awesome dog Cooper. As a University of Michigan Alum I bleed maize and blue, but also have a soft spot for the Northwestern Wildcats where I went to graduate school. Fun fact: I have a passion for live music and attend about two dozen concerts per year.
What is one thing no one really knows about you?
Maybe I should not share this, but I have a REALLY good memory. I am good with names and faces…usually if you tell me your name once (for sure twice) I will remember it. I also remember conversations verbatim and can usually tell you where and when we had the conversation. I suppose I have a bit of a photographic memory.
What is your greatest fear?
Sharks. I hate the ocean. Also…getting lice. As the mom of two girls, getting that dreaded letter from school is the worst. (It makes me itch just thinking about it.)
Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
Someone (a MAN) once told me that as a mom I should not also be a business owner. His reason was that as a mom I already have a business to run (MY HOME). He didn’t know how I would be able to do both effectively. You can only imagine what I had to say to that. This came from a man who actually worked with me. He was on my payroll. He also said this to me during a hurdle I was trying to overcome at work, at a time when I was upset, vulnerable and feeling like maybe I wanted to give up. Do you want to know how it made me feel? It made me clear the hurdle. After a big F you, I found a solution and moved forward. (I also stopped working with him.)
Any of us can be whoever and whatever we want to be. I am a MOM. I am a BUSINESS OWNER. And I can BE SUCCESSFUL AT BOTH.
What message do you think every woman should hear?
I LOVE this from Chelsea Handler. She said, “You should give a f*c&. You really should. But only about things that set your soul on fire and get you to where you wanna be in life. Save your Fs for magical sh$T. ”
Sorry for the cursing, but I think that sometimes those words really help to drive home a point your’e trying to make. I love this quote because as a woman and as a mom and as a working mom, my time is limited. This really puts it all into perspective.
What is your favorite thing about where you live?
This holds true from my time living in downtown Chicago AND more recently, the last year and a half in the suburbs. My favorite thing about where I live is the community I have built for myself and my family. We are transplants to Chicago and we have no family here. I have made friends who are family (both in the city and ‘burbs.) It truly takes a village and I do not know what I would do without mine.
Why do you love to travel?
Right now I travel a TON for work and I love it for many reasons.
1. I get to go to the coolest cities across the country. I like each one better than the last. Now I have been to many of them multiple times and I am starting to have my favorites (restaurants, bars, hotels, etc) in each place.
2. I get to see my friends who are spread out across the country—and that is the BIGGEST work perk EVER.
3. Work travel allows me a few hours to myself that I probably would not otherwise have. Also, when I sit my butt down in that seat on the plane I am TOTALLY alone for 2, 3, 4 hours and THAT is amazing. I fly to the west coast and back in under 24 hours and I don’t care because I get 8 hours alone on an airplane 🙂
I will ALWAYS love personal travel because who wouldn’t want to see the world. The people, places, FOOD that is out there is magical to experience. I have been to four continents and almost two dozen countries. I can’t wait to add more to this growing list.
What motivates you most?
My daughters. Everything I do I do for them. I ALWAYS think about them when making decisions—work and personal. When it comes to work I want them to be proud. I want to show them that they can do ANYTHING they put their minds to. When I see them playing “Bump Club and Beyond” in the playroom—I know I am making the right choices. 🙂
How do you manage your work-life balance?
Help and support. I always say that as moms we are wired to want to do it all and we think that we can do it all on our own. We can’t, and we all need to get over that. It’s OK to ask for help. I started BCB so that I could spend more time with my kids. While I work more now than when I was in Corporate America, I definitely work differently and flexibly. Sometimes I work until midnight or 1am so that I can pick up my kids from school and go to the park or pool. We also have an au pair who helps fill in when I am not there. My husband and my mom have both been incredibly supportive of me and my company and have always stepped in to help when I need it.
Also, I have learned that it is ok to say no. You can’t do everything and you have to weigh what is most important to you. People will understand.
What is your favorite meal?
SUSHI! I can eat it every day of the week. Dessert is a toss up between ice cream (Dairy Queen is my favorite) and cookies (Summer House Santa Monica in Chicago is my favorite.)
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
I try to do something for myself every single day, even if it is just a few minutes. This is hard—especially with a family, a company, employees etc. but it is important. If I take care of myself, I find that I am better as a wife, mother, daughter, boss, friend, etc. I also find that if I take even a few minutes to myself I can clear my head, relax and move forward—regardless of the time of day. (Sometimes this happens at midnight.)
If you weren’t doing the job you have now, what would you be doing?
I am sure I would still be in advertising sales. I LOVED my job prior to starting BCB. I worked for some of the best publishers in the world: Time Inc., Hearst Magazines, MTV Networks/Nickelodeon. I loved the people I worked with and the entire industry. I probably would not have left if I didn’t start my own company.
Have you ever had an extraordinary experience? Describe it!
Many may expect me to describe the birth of my kids or something, and yes those days were amazing. I feel lucky that I have had many extraordinary experiences. However I really knocked one off my bucket list earlier this spring. I am a HUGE HUGE Bon Jovi fan. I have been on stage, I have been in the audience of their DVD taping of “Lost Highway,” I rode an elevator with Jon and Richie Sambora once when I was in Minneapolis. However I didn’t have a picture from that experience—it was before iPhones and social media. Recently I went to my 35th Bon Jovi concert at the United Center. My friends made fun of me, but I had a sign that said: Tonight is my 35th Bon Jovi Concert. I knew that Jon was going to come out and perform a few songs from a small stage in the audience, and I knew our seats were close by. When this happened, my friends pushed me up through the crowd right in front of where he was performing. When he came down off the platform he read my sign and gave me a HUGE hug and kiss. I got my picture AND a video. (You can see it all go down on my Instagram account.)
Lindsay Pinchuk is the Founder of Bump Club and Beyond