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There's such a stigma around menopause that even doctors misdiagnosed Catherine Balsam-Schwaber's pre-menopausal symptoms.

The CEO of Kindra — a Los Angeles-based menopause wellness brand that just closed a $4.5 million seed funding round — said when she was nearing 50 she could feel changes in her body. She didn't recognize that it was menopause because she didn't know enough about the hormonal changes women go through and neither did doctors.

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This week, hear from Aishwarya Iyer, the founder CEO of Brightland, an artisan oil and vinegar brand started in 2018.

Iyer began her entrepreneurial journey after doing some research on possible causes for her upset stomach—which led her to learn more about cooking oils after cutting dairy and gluten from her diet. She discovered that 70% of olive oils Americans consume are either rotten, rancid or has been adulterated — diluted by other inferior quality oils — and no one was talking about it.

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On this episode of Behind Her Empire, hear from Rebecca Minkoff, co-founder of her namesake lifestyle brand. Her company sells handbags, clothing, jewelry and footwear, and has expanded to include the podcast she hosts, titled "Superwomen," and a network called The Female Founders Collective that celebrates the work of women founders.

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