Kim Malek

There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’ve got a great idea, sitting on it, and then seeing someone else doing it—successfully. That’s exactly what happened to Kim Malek back in 2010. The marketing executive had been going back and forth on her idea of creating an artisan ice cream shop for years. Then boom! She opened the New York Times and read about someone else doing it. “I was literally enraged!,” she recalls. But she turned that anger into action. She cashed in her 401k to open a Salt & Straw ice cream shop in Portland, Oregon with her chef cousin, Tyler. With Tyler creating never-before-heard-of flavors like Honey Lavender and Goat Cheese Marionberry Habanero, the shop was an overnight success, ultimately spawning 18 more up and down the west coast. Kim shares with Linda the lessons she’s learned along the road and another pretty amazing thing that was going on at the same time she was growing her company: she married and adopted three fosters kids, ages 2, 4 and 5. Talk about a Super Woman.

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