Colleen Wachob On Navigating Her Wellness Journey As An Entrepreneur

Decerry Donato

Decerry Donato is a reporter at dot.LA. Prior to that, she was an editorial fellow at the company. Decerry received her bachelor's degree in literary journalism from the University of California, Irvine. She continues to write stories to inform the community about issues or events that take place in the L.A. area. On the weekends, she can be found hiking in the Angeles National forest or sifting through racks at your local thrift store.

Colleen Wachob On Navigating Her Wellness Journey As An Entrepreneur
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On this episode of Behind Her Empire, mindbodygreen co-founder and co-CEO Colleen Wachob shares her perspective on managing stress and navigating self-worth as an entrepreneur and the importance of celebrating the wins in your business.

Wachob and her husband founded mindbodygreen in 2009, a digital media and lifestyle brand at the forefront of the wellness movement. To date, mindbodygreen has over 15 million monthly users and the Wachobs were pioneers in the industry.

“We wanted to kind of reframe the conversation, reawaken the conversation,” Wachob said. “When we look at wellness, and longevity, we're like it is literally our job to be at the forefront of this conversation and we don't have time for these protocols, for these routines, as parents as entrepreneurs, but regardless of what life stage you're at, how do we think about well being as something that we integrate into our lives and not something else that we add.”

Prior to building mindbodygreen, Wachob spent a decade at Fortune 500 companies like Gap, Walmart and Amazon. During this time, she was working long hours at Amazon and wasn’t listening to the sounds of her body. She suffered from a catastrophic pulmonary embolism at 32.

“As a woman especially with children, you always have to kind of listen to those signs from your body when something's out of whack,” Wachob said. “So I think I dismissed that in my brain even though I knew it could be part of this puzzle. But that started a really long healing journey for me, of looking at my entire life and evaluating what was working, where I needed to be shifting…My hope and having gone through that ordeal and kind of sharing it is that we, especially as women can get better about listening to the whispers in our body when something's off so that it doesn't take such a catastrophic event to make a change.”

This near death experience made her realize she needed to make changes in her life. Her first step was to prioritize her health and mental wellbeing which meant regular check-ins with herself — similar to how you’d run a business.

“If you have business objectives, business goals, KPIs, it's like why are you giving all of your valuable mindshare only to your business,” she said.

Wachob said that as entrepreneurs, you need to use those same frameworks and principles in running a business and apply them to your own life.

She added, “what's important to you is going to evolve not just through the decades of life, but through the quarters of life and I think prioritizing that time to check in and evaluate the type of life you want to have. We're only here for 4,000 weeks, we’ve got to make sure we make the most of it.”

Once Wachob was finally in tune with her body, she jumped right into mindbodygreen. She knew that it was going to be tough, but she believed in what she and her husband built.

“What was wonderful about those early days was we had blinders up to all of the naysayers,” she said. “It took about a year to get even just 100,000 unique visitors on a monthly basis.”

That’s why Wachob advises any entrepreneur looking to start their own business to understand their purpose because while the journey can be tough, the ‘why’ can help you overcome those obstacles.

“If our business was not connected to my life’s work and literally principles that have healed and transformed my life,” she said. “I don’t think I could do it… There are so many ups and downs on the journey and it’s not, to me, the physical work that I have any issues with… it’s more the mental mindset, that can expand in ways that at times are unhealthy. So if it was not a mission, that I was deeply connected, deeply rooted and deeply passionate about, I don’t think that I would be able to do this for 14 years.”

She understands that starting a company is difficult, but it’s important to celebrate all of your wins, big or small. Oftentimes, she said that entrepreneurs are so focused on the future and all of the things that can go wrong,that they forget to enjoy any of the victories.

“I get so excited about celebrating any type of win and any type of insight because it does lead to that momentum and discovery of new insights,” she said. “And unless you are part of a very well funded organization that can just throw a lot of money at problems, your business is likely not going to be one of linear growth and if you are experiencing that, you know one of my life lessons is I wish when we had those days, that I celebrated and enjoyed it a little bit more because I think when those moments happen, whether it be platform synergy, or whether it be an ad that's really resonating, a new partnership that maybe knocks it out of the park for you enjoy the win.”

dot.LA Reporter Decerry Donato 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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