In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re proud to shine a spotlight on the female entrepreneurs who have come through (or are currently participating in) reSET’s Impact Accelerator program. If you haven’t had Bare Life’s vegan, allergen-friendly hot cocoa, get some asap!

Meet Ali Lazowski of Bare Life

Ali Lazowski is the President & CEO of Bare Life, a Connecticut based startup that creates crave-worthy and allergen friendly foods and recipes, inspired by Ali’s journey with chronic illness. Bare Life started with a treat, an organic, gluten free and dairy free coconut hot cocoa mix, made from 5 ingredients.

 

reSET: What are some challenges you’ve faced and overcome as a female business owner?
Ali: One of the biggest challenges I’ve found is finding a healthy balance. There’s so much I want to accomplish and with my chronic illnesses it’s important that I don’t get too exhausted and end up in the emergency room, again. Then of course there’s getting outside, seeing the sun and hanging with friends. It’s all the competing priorities that makes if difficult. I’m definitely better at it then I was last year, so that’s progress.

 

reSET: How did participating in the reSET Impact Accelerator program help you and your business?
Ali: So much! In addition to the helpfulness of reSET’s wonderful mentor network and educational workshops, as a solo entrepreneur it’s the incredibly supportive community at reSET that has made all the difference. I’m always excited to go back there to hear about and meet with the thriving startups in CT as well as to have a space to share my own wins and losses.

 

reSET: Who are some of your female role models?
Ali: Sheryl Sandberg, I am so impressed by how she has thrived in a male dominated industry and how much she supports other female entrepreneurs/business women with her Lean in Foundation. And of course, Michelle Obama, because, do I need to say more?

 

reSET: What’s one piece of advice you have for fellow female entrepreneurs?
Ali: Trust yourself. This one is the hardest for me to do, personally, but it is probably the most important piece of advice I can give. Entrepreneurship is hard and many ventures fail, but I think that if you can trust your instincts and create something that you love, then no matter the ultimate outcome, it’s a win.