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Woman Made: Stephanie Kienle-Gonzalez

Woman Made: Stephanie Kienle-Gonzalez

8th Mar 2018

Mom-on-the-go Stephanie Kienle shares with us her passion for her career and the driving force behind it all: her family.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?

My name is Stephanie Kienle-Gonzalez. I’m currently VP and COO of Philux furniture. It’s a family business, and my sister and I are second generation working for the business. I’m really enjoying the creative aspect, but also handling the operations and sales and marketing of the company.

I’m happily married, and a mom of two, a five year old and a soon to be one year old next week.

Has your career changed significantly post-kids? How so?

I feel like my career hasn’t slowed down, it has actually accelerated. For some reason thats the direction its going in and I’m very grateful for it. However, I feel like time management is something that is key to trying to be the best version of yourself at work and at home. And so I think its really been a balancing act since I’ve become a mom.

How have you created the perfect work-life balance?

It’s still a work in progress. It’s something I work on everyday. I think it’s really knowing how much to allocate at work and to carve out those quality moments with family. These are moments that are irreplaceable and invaluable and so I really feel like its important that you carve out that time. Life moves too fast, and with children you see it go even faster.

What have you found to be most rewarding in both aspects of your life?

At work, it’s really been seeing the fruit of my labour and working with the team. This has been really rewarding for me; slowly but surely building the Philux team and bringing in people that share the same energy and vision as the brand. It’s very rewarding to share that experience, the ups and downs of work and the day to day challenges with my work team.

As for the family, what is really rewarding is the simple moments; the moments that are least expected, and moments that aren’t necessarily caught on camera but warm my heart.

How do you think women (especially working moms) are making strides in your industry?

I feel like women are not afraid anymore to take risks, and I think thats very important. It comes in small things, and also in the bigger picture. I feel like its very important to be confident with being able to take risks, and to be confident with learning from them if you fall. At the end of the day, you have to learn from your mistakes, and that’s part of growth.

What advice can you give women who are aspiring to be Girl Bosses like yourself?

Get to know who you are, and be okay with who you want to be. Whether or not you want to break the glass ceiling, you should be confident with that choice. It’s knowing who you are, where you want to be and having that confidence to really drive your career and take steps towards your goals in lives. To ultimately live a purposeful life.

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