Did you know that major companies like Microsoft, Warby Parker, and Uber were started during a recession? But none of those companies did it during a pandemic induced recession. Joining Joe this week are a husband-and-wife team that did just that, Sara and Ben Jensen, the founders of skincare startup, Hugh & Grace. Sara and Ben discuss the inspiration for the company, the importance of hormone safe products and what it was like to launch a company in the middle of a pandemic.
About Sara and Ben Jensen:
By bravely sharing their story, Sara and Ben Jensen are changing the paradigm for skincare as Co-CEOs and Co-Founders of Hugh & Grace. Inspired by a 14-year personal struggle with unexplained infertility, they lead the first-ever self-care brand to address hormone disruption. Drawing on their individual journeys, they execute a core mission with empathy, acumen, wisdom, and an honest message.
Before venturing into starting their business, Ben worked at GE Capital, as part of a sought-after leadership program in Norwalk, CT. He became Managing Director of Beverly Pacific, LLC in 2012. At this $1 billion-plus Beverly Hills-based holding company, he handled acquisitions and led real estate and private equity investments throughout various categories and asset classes. During this time, he spent three years as COO and acting CEO for Wally’s Fine Wine, Spirits & Gourmet Market, fostering and shepherding its transition from a traditional retailer to one of the most elite fine wine and dining experiences in Los Angeles. In parallel paths, Sara has devoted her life to promoting causes she’s passionate about. She earned her MBA from USC Marshall and devoted six years to the USC business school as part of the major gifts team, covering 25 states and raising transformative gifts to promote higher education. All of these roads ultimately led them to Hugh & Grace.
Following the couple’s struggle with infertility for more than a decade, Ben and Sara endeavored to use their story to change lives and inspire hope. They conducted extensive research and started eliminating their routines of hormone disruptors and toxic chemicals, something they learned can cause infertility and many other serious conditions. After opening up about their journey, both of Ben and Sara’s sisters offered to be surrogates, leading to the birth of their children—a son Hugh and daughter Grace.
Inspired by the gift of their children, Sara and Ben came together to found Hugh & Grace, not just to create solutions to this significant issue, but also bring awareness, knowledge and share a message of hope. Hugh means heart, mind and spirit. Grace means goodness, generosity and love. Together, they represent the soul of Hugh & Grace, the company, and Hugh & Grace, the Collective. During 2019, they assembled a world-renowned advisory board and enlisted the talents of expert natural formulators to create Hugh & Grace. Having launched October2020 with a set of four hero products, the couple translates their journey into the framework for Hugh & Grace.
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