Chronically sick as a child, actress and founder of The Honest Company, Jessica Alba, only dreamed of leaving her hospital bed to achieve great things.
Now at the age of 35, she is the co-founder of a company that sells safe and effective baby, home, and personal care products, and is valued between $1 billion and $1.7 billion. Here are her insights from today’s Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit panel at Faneuil Hall.
On Being the Fourth Youngest Person on Forbes’ Richest Self-Made Women in America List:
“I don’t know why I’m so embarrassed about that. It is weird we are still talking about equality in 2016. Women have to take a seat at the table. I think I used to let people's ideas define me. Now, I own my power and take the position that's rightfully mine.”
On Her Own Health:
“My parents had me when they were teenagers. My dad was in the military to pay for our lives and get an education. My parents worked 2-3 jobs. I had chronic asthma and allergies and multiple surgeries on my kidneys. I dreamed about being anywhere and anyone else. I wanted to have superpowers as a sick kid...and that is probably why I have played a superhero on screen a few times.”
How Being a Mom Changed Her Viewpoint:
“I used a new laundry detergent when I was pregnant with my first child at age 26 and had a terrible allergic reaction. I was horrified at the idea of this little person being sick. As I did research I realized how many harmful untested products are in everyday household cleaning products.”
On Lobbing Congress for Chemical Reform:
“I was forced to make it a partisan issue and it really isn't. I had a non-profit [to advocate for chemical labeling] and I built a for profit business around it.”
On Bouncing Back After Reports of Chemicals in The Honest Company’s Products:
“Customers championed us. We have a subscription business model. We've transformed people's lives. It keeps us more committed and focused on our mission.”