#ProfessionalGal Haley Pavone is the brains behind Pashion Footwear, a fashiontech startup that has created the world’s first fully convertible high heel. Yep, you read that right! We have your attention now, don’t we ladies?
After a nasty accident on the dance floor, Haley’s entrepreneurial spirit went into overdrive and the idea for Pashion Footwear came to fruition. We recently caught up with Haley to pick her brain on what it’s like being an entrepreneur and how she does it all at just 22. Here’s what she had to say:
What is the most important aspect of building a successful business?
You need to be utterly obsessed with every inch of what you are trying to build. Creating a business is by no means easy, but if you are truly passionate about what you do, you will love the process through all of its many ups and downs.
What is one piece of advice you wish someone had given you at the beginning of your career?
Things will go wrong from time to time, and that is not a reflection on you – that’s the nature of the process. The true measure of who you are is how you choose to overcome it.
How do you deal with setbacks that occur in running your business?
I refuse to see a setback as a hard stop. I live by the motto “when one door closes, go through the window”. If you are creative and determined, there is always a way to get things done…you just have to have the perseverance to find it.
How do you achieve work-life balance?
I insist on drawing a very firm line between my work time and my personal life – which has been no easy task since, as a startup, many of my early employees have been friends of mine. I’ve made sure to build a company culture that supports and respects the need for a healthy balance. After all, 64% of my company is under 22 – and I have no intention of burning anyone out so young in life. After all, if people don’t enjoy being at work and see it as a hindrance to doing what they truly enjoy, the quality of their work is not going to be stellar. I truly believe that a business will only be as successful as its employees are enthused. A crucial aspect of maintaining that enthusiasm is protecting that balance with vigor. I intend to always do just that.
Where do you see your company in the next 5 years?
Pashion Footwear will become a dominant player in the women’s global footwear industry – continuing to put out new product lines that further advance the combined practicality and style of convertible high heels. We will finally put the much needed female perspective into the development of high heels, and change the game for decades to come.
Who is your role model, and why?
My role model is my mentor, Michele Magee. Much like me, Michele started out in her professional entrepreneurial career in her early 20s. She was, more often than not, the only female voice at the table. She never let being a young woman stop her for one second from always pushing herself to the next level – continually striving to achieve her goals. When Michele sets her mind to something, there is no doubt that she will achieve it. I have endless admiration for her dedication, perseverance, creativity, leadership and, above all, fairness and goodness of heart. I hope to someday have the same reputation.
Is there a motto you live by?
There are two mottos that govern my life. “Work hard, play hard” and “Don’t get even…get better.”
What is your go-to piece of professional workwear?
Of course, some absolutely stylin’ convertible high heels from Pashion Footwear! As someone who wants to look professional in the office but has to park a half mile away each morning, the ease and convenience of a removable high heel truly can’t be beat. It’s two shoes in one – and quite literally the best of both worlds.
What song do you listen to when you need a confidence boost?
“That’s My Girl” By Fifth Harmony
Saving women’s feet, one convertible heel at a time!
Visit pashionfootwear.com to learn more about this innovative line of women’s footwear and how to pre-order on Kickstarter.