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Cora Founder Molly Hayward Has a Global Vision

As the founder of Cora, an organic tampon subscription service and women’s wellness company, Molly Hayward makes sure her company stays true to its mission to create beautiful and healthy period products. But that’s not the whole story. Cora’s business model also works to increase access to health education and period products for adolescent girls in developing countries. These products help them stay in school, and that greater purpose helps drive Cora. It’s this global vision that keeps Molly exploring new horizons professionally and personally. Read on for her insight and inspiration.

What inspired you to launch Cora?

I was inspired when I learned that millions of girls in developing countries lack access to period care and will stay home from school during their periods as a result. I wanted to create a modern brand of thoughtfully designed products for women here in the US and tie that back to giving products – and health education — to girls in need around the world.

Image Courtesy of Molly Hayward

What business advice do you want to share with women?

Stand for something bigger than your product or service. Engage with an issue or a problem that sits at the heart of the human experience. Dig deep to find the true issue you are solving for people, and integrate that into the way you show up in the world. It seems counter to the philosophy of profit making, but at the end of the day it’s what will attract people and hook them to your brand.

Tell us about the last adventure you took.

My last adventure was in the South African bushveld with my friend Boyd Varty at his family’s beautiful game reserve, Londolozi. We spent the days tracking leopards, elephants, lions, rhinos, and other game by Land Rover and on foot. Nothing says adventure like being feet away from powerful wild animals who could end your life in an instant if they wanted to.

What’s your most valuable travel hack?

Own several beautiful, comfortable, wrinkle resistant pieces that you always feel amazing in and leave the rest at home. Stick to the essentials so you can travel light! It will keep you focused on taking in your surroundings, rather than how much your back hurts from lugging a heavy bag.

Image Courtesy of Molly Hayward

There’s something so magical about flying when you think about what a privilege and feat it is, so I love listening to more instrumental, ethereal, or world music to get me into that expansive mindset.

Any great advice for solo travelers?

Don’t let yourself fall into the loneliness that is fed by isolation. Be outgoing. Talk up the people on the bus, plane, or barstool next to you. Keep your itinerary full, and be open to the magic of even the most casual connection with fellow travelers or locals along the way.

What’s your favorite Summersalt travel piece?

The 24-Hour Jumpsuit! I’m obsessed. Easy, beautiful, sexy is my wardrobe mantra, and that piece ticks all boxes and more!

Got any go-to podcasts or albums for passing time on a plane?

I love to stare out the window and daydream on plane rides. There’s something so magical about flying when you think about what a privilege and feat it is, so I love listening to more instrumental, ethereal, or world music to get me into that expansive mindset. The Blood and Milk playlist on Spotify is my favorite.

What do you never travel without?

A sense of humor.

Let’s talk about “going places.” What’s on the horizon for you?

I’m putting myself out there more this year as a thought leader, so you may be seeing me on stage at your favorite conferences and events! Also, I’d love to spend some extended time in Africa and India this year. Those journeys truly feed me.

Running a business can be tough, but what do you find most rewarding?

Hearing women say to us that we’ve completely changed their perspective on their periods and their bodies. From shame and loathing to a feeling of power and pride. And of course, the fact that we’ve now given millions of period products to girls in need around the world.