Cayli Cavaco Reck Is Focused on Conscious Beauty

Yasmin Nouri

Yasmin is the host of the "Behind Her Empire" podcast, focused on highlighting self-made women leaders and entrepreneurs and how they tackle their career, money, family and life.

Each episode covers their unique hero's journey and what it really takes to build an empire with key lessons learned along the way. The goal of the series is to empower you to see what's possible & inspire you to create financial freedom in your own life.

 Knockout Beauty Founder Cayli Cavaco Reck
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On this episode of Behind Her Empire, Knockout Beauty founder Cayli Cavaco Reck talks about how her lifelong battle with skin issues prompted her to share her skincare journey with women around the world and, eventually, launch her own business.

Raised by parents who both worked in the fashion industry, Reck was taught to pick up on trends and think creatively and to lead with empathy.

“It’s really interesting to have that meeting of both directional and commercial, and art and commerce. And they were very skilled at that,” Reck says of her parents. “And I think it’s because they both put things that I really value—and I think that humans value—at the forefront.”

Reck’s mother was offered a fashion director position at American “Vogue” shortly after she discovered she was pregnant with her first child at 35.

Her doctor warned that taking on the job might be a problem and carrying a child to term may be a risk. However, Reck’s then-35-year-old mother took on pregnancy.

“I think that she took that as an opportunity to become an entrepreneur to go out on her own,” Reck says of her mother. “She recognized that in order to have the life that she wanted, and to create the life that she wanted to create, she probably couldn't do it at a magazine.”

Reck’s mother passed away when Reck was just 13, and Reck said she inherited her mother’s entrepreneurial spirit.

Five years later, Reck developed severe acne and began treatment using Accutane, a vitamin A derivative that can have serious side effects, and which she says spurred “emotional, intrusive” thoughts for her.

“I was insecure about my skin and feeling sensitive about my skin, and I don't ever want anyone to have to live with that,” she says. “It showed me that there's a large relationship between what you're putting in your body and how you're feeling,”

Years into adulthood (and off Accutane), Reck discovered that she had melasma.

“Sometimes we want the result to happen quickly, we actually end up throwing off the balance,” she said. “And so my whole vision around skincare is related to balance.”

Eventually, Reck started to share her personal skincare problems and research on Instagram. As more people reached out to her, Reck conceived of a pop-up series that she thought would last the course of one summer as a kind of proof of concept.

“I thought, ‘Wouldn't it be cool if there was somewhere for people to go and talk about these things?’,” she says. “it seemed like beauty was the foil for the communication and the conversation. So I sort of set out to create a community center.”

The pop-up wildly exceeded her expectations, leading her to quit her job and pursue Knockout Beauty full time. Taking a page from her parents’ book, Reck looked at the trends in beauty when organizing her business strategy.

“So it's looking at all the things that come into the picture to fill out what it is that you can accomplish based on what your specific opportunity is,” she says. “That really resonated with me when I started the business. I thought of it as ‘there's a need, and I'm filling [it]’. And so then I thought about it as, ‘How do I fill the need?’”

Instead of focusing on fear of building a brand from the ground up, Reck says she aimed to maintain an “abundant mindset” that helped her envision success.

Soon enough, her concerns about the risks and strain of pursuing Knockout Beauty full time subsided.

“If you handle hard [things] well, you become the person that people look to in crisis, who they look to for leadership. “ Reck says. “And I think that when you're somebody that people look to, you are able to create safety […] and that shifts your ability to change your mindset. Because if you feel safe, you can actually do a lot of things.”

Audience Engagement and Production Intern Jojo Macaluso contributed to this post.

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🚁 One Step Closer to Air Taxis in LA
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Joby Aviation, a pioneering electric air taxi company, has achieved a significant milestone by successfully flying a hydrogen-electric aircraft demonstrator for 523 miles with only water as a byproduct. This groundbreaking flight showcases the potential for emissions-free regional travel using vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, eliminating the need for traditional runways. The company's innovative approach combines its existing battery-electric air taxi technology with hydrogen fuel cells, paving the way for longer-range, environmentally friendly air travel.

For LA residents, this development holds exciting implications for future transportation options. Joby's technology could potentially enable direct flights from LA to destinations like San Francisco or San Diego without the need to visit conventional airports, offering a cleaner and more convenient alternative to current travel methods. The company's progress in both battery-electric and hydrogen-electric aircraft positions it at the forefront of next-generation aviation, promising to revolutionize urban and regional mobility.

Notably, Joby Aviation has already made strides in Southern California by securing an agreement with John Wayne Airport earlier this year to install the region's first electric air taxi charger. This strategic move sets the stage for LA to be among the initial markets where Joby will launch its electric air taxi service. With plans to commence commercial operations as early as 2025 using its battery-electric air taxi, LA residents may soon have access to a fast, quiet, and environmentally friendly mode of transportation that could significantly reduce travel times and traffic congestion in the region. In the not too distant future, LA might find itself in an identity crisis without traffic and excess smog 🤞🤞.

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Fuel Innovation: 7 Unforgettable Team Building Experiences in LA
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In today's competitive business landscape, team building activities have emerged as a crucial tool for fostering a positive work environment, enhancing productivity, and crucially, improving employee retention. Studies have shown that such activities help employees feel valued, with one report indicating that 93% of those who felt appreciated were more motivated at work. Importantly, team building events may improve retention rates, as employees who feel connected to their colleagues and company culture are more likely to stay long-term. With these benefits in mind, let's explore some of the most engaging and effective team building activities available in Los Angeles.


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Pickleball is a fantastic team bonding activity because of the easy-to-grasp rules and gentle pace make it perfect for everyone, regardless of age or fitness level. The game thrives on communication and teamwork, as players must collaborate and strategize to outplay their opponents, boosting team cohesion. Plus, the lively, fast-paced action sparks friendly competition and laughter, creating a fun and spirited atmosphere that brings everyone closer together. Los Angeles boasts numerous pickleball courts that are easy to rent if you have your own equipment. If you need additional assistance organizing your pickleball outing, there are plenty of full-service companies ready to handle every detail for you.

Resources: Pickle Pop, Corporate Pickle

Escape Room

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Escape rooms are a great way to build camaraderie. They require participants to work together, combining their problem-solving skills and creativity to overcome challenges and puzzles. The immersive and time-sensitive nature of escape rooms fosters collaboration and communication. Additionally, the shared experience of tackling complex tasks and reaching a common goal helps build trust and foster positive emotions among colleagues.

Resources: The Escape Game, 60Out

Day Trip to Catalina Island

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Catalina Island is a perfect day trip for a team because it provides a break from the usual work environment, allowing team members to relax and connect in a new setting. Shared experiences during the trip, such as exploring new places and participating in fun activities, help build stronger relationships and foster a sense of camaraderie. There are numerous team-building activities such as an arboreal obstacle course, an island tour, scavenger hunts and more.

Resources: Catalina Island Group Activities

Top Golf

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Topgolf is an excellent team building event because it provides an inclusive, relaxed atmosphere that accommodates players of all skill levels, fostering personal connections and improving team morale. The unique blend of competition and entertainment creates an ideal setting for building trust, enhancing communication, and revealing hidden skills among team members. Additionally, Topgolf offers structured team building packages with guided activities, discussion prompts, and lessons on culture, change, collaboration, and strategy, making it a versatile and effective platform for strengthening relationships and boosting overall team performance.

Resources: Topgolf El Segundo

SoFi Stadium Tour

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A SoFi Stadium tour offers a unique, behind-the-scenes experience of one of the world's most advanced sports venues, allowing team members to explore exclusive areas like premium suites, team locker rooms, and the player tunnel together. The tour provides a shared, memorable experience that can foster camaraderie and spark conversations among team members, regardless of their interest in sports. Additionally, the stadium's state-of-the-art features and impressive architecture can inspire creativity and innovation, while the group setting encourages interaction and collaboration, making it an engaging and enjoyable activity for teams of various sizes and backgrounds

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Corporate Volunteering

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Volunteer work serves as an excellent team building activity by uniting employees around a shared, meaningful cause, fostering a sense of purpose and collective accomplishment. It provides opportunities for team members to collaborate in new ways, often revealing hidden strengths and leadership qualities that may not be apparent in the regular work environment. Additionally, engaging in community service can boost morale, enhance the company's reputation, and instill a sense of pride among employees, leading to improved workplace relationships and increased job satisfaction.

Resources: Habitat for Humanity, L.A. Works, VolunteerMatch

Corporate Improv Sessions

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A corporate improv class encourages spontaneity, creativity, and quick thinking, skills that are valuable in the workplace. It promotes active listening and collaboration, as participants must work together to create scenes and respond to unexpected situations, fostering better communication and trust among team members. Additionally, the playful and often humorous nature of improv helps break down barriers, reduces stress, and creates a shared positive experience that can improve team morale and cohesion long after the event.

Resources: Improv-LA, Groundlings, Improv for the People

🎬 Paramount and Skydance Are Back On
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Happy Friday Los Angeles! Hope you all had a fantastic Fourth!!

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Paramount and Skydance Media have rekindled talks to merge after negotiations abruptly halted in June. The proposed deal, contingent on approval from Paramount’s board, aims to combine Paramount’s extensive media holdings—including CBS, MTV, and Nickelodeon—with Skydance’s film expertise showcased in hits like "Top Gun: Maverick." This merger signals a potential transformation in the media landscape, positioning the new entity to compete more effectively amid challenges from streaming services and the decline of traditional cable TV.

Led by Shari Redstone, Paramount’s controlling shareholder via National Amusements, the deal represents a pivot towards revitalizing Paramount’s strategic direction amidst financial struggles and shareholder concerns. The involvement of major investors like RedBird Capital Partners and David Ellison underscores the financial backing aimed at stabilizing Paramount’s operations and addressing its $14 billion debt burden. Importantly, the agreement includes provisions to protect National Amusements from potential legal challenges, addressing previous hurdles that stalled earlier negotiations.

The deal also includes a 45-day period for Paramount to explore alternative offers, highlighting continued interest from other potential buyers like Barry Diller’s IAC and media executive Edgar Bronfman Jr. This flurry of activity underscores the significant stakeholders’ interest in Paramount’s future and its potential as a key player in a rapidly evolving media industry.

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