International Women’s Day is an important day to celebrate the achievements of women, their contributions to society and to strive for a more inclusive, gender-equal world. Our founder, Jennifer Margolin, wants to give a shout out to all of the inspiring women out there who are carving their own paths and making a difference in this world.

 “I wouldn’t be where I am today without an amazing sisterhood of strong and inspirational women. They’re busy with their own families and careers but they’re always there for me - supportive, encouraging and the best sounding boards. That’s what it’s all about - looking out for each other, sharing advice and lifting each other up to be the best we can be. With a support network like that, there’s no limit to what we can achieve!”

We asked Jennifer to share some of her own experiences, insights and advice.

1. What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

It’s an important occasion to celebrate the achievements and contributions of women around the world. It’s an opportunity for us to take time out from our busy lives and come together to acknowledge the struggles and the wins. It’s about empowering women, supporting and encouraging each other, and knowing that there will be more to celebrate in the future.

2. What has been your biggest driving force as a woman entrepreneur?

Being able to see that when you put your mind to something, when you believe in yourself and keep putting one foot in front of the other, there’s nothing you can’t achieve. I also love that I am able to support other women through my business - either as vendors we choose to work with, or my team who are predominantly women, and also in the wider community.

3. Who has inspired you in your life and career?

My grandmother. She was smart, kind to everyone and welcomed people into her life with open arms. But nothing would get past her. She was tough and you never wanted to disappoint her.

4. What is the most important advice you have been given?

Don’t be a perfectionist as it will hold you back. Focus on doing your best and don’t be afraid to make mistakes as life’s greatest lessons are often learned from them.

5. What did you dream of doing when you were young?

I wanted to be a pilot.

6. What has been your proudest achievement?

Being a mother first and foremost. Next would be launching BYDEAU in a foreign place that I had just moved to without really knowing what was involved. But I knew I would figure it out along the way because I was confident that there was a need in Hong Kong for a flower and gift service with thoughtfully curated products that was affordable and easy to navigate.

7. Who and/or what keeps you sane when the going gets tough?

My amazing circle of friends - we’re always cheering each other on and sharing a good laugh. Silly dance parties with my daughter are an instant mood booster too!

8. If you could have dinner with 3 inspirational women, who would they be and why?

Barbara Corcoran - as such a successful entrepreneur and businesswoman there would be a lot to learn from her.
Ina Garten - I’m obsessed with her cookbooks and I admire the empire she has built.
Michelle Obama - she is constantly evolving and inspiring others along her path in life.

9. What is the most important message you want to send out to young women thinking about their careers or starting their own business?

Don’t wait until you have all the answers to start something because you will never have all the answers! Start now and don’t be afraid to ask for help along the way or to make mistakes. When you are in a position to offer help or advice to others, make sure to always take the time to do so.

10. What is the most important life message or advice you share with your daughter?

I always tell her she can do anything or be anything she wants to be. To go after her dreams and figure out a way to make them work. Life is too short to settle for doing what you “should” be doing. Go and live life to the fullest. Do what you want to do, what makes you happy and what you feel passionate about.