Why it was selected for “CBNation Architects”:
In this episode of the IAMCEO podcast, Emily Duong, a 22-year old entrepreneur and digital content creator, is the guest. Emily graduated from Chapman University and has a strong background in competitive sports, including figure skating and tennis.
After years of competitive skating, Emily discovered a passion for designing her own dresses. When she was 17, she turned her love for design into an eCommerce business, Elite Skate Wear, which she continues to manage and grow today.
In the podcast, Emily shares valuable insights:
CEO Hack: She recommends two books that she has found insightful: “Principles” by Ray Dalio and “The Daily Stoic”.
CEO Nugget: Emily advises being strategic about approaching business and keeping one's eyes focused on the goals at hand.
CEO Defined: For Emily, being a CEO means living life according to your own terms.
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Emily Duong Teaser 00:00
My ability to understand the skating community in itself really well has allowed, the brand to grow in strength and just in general, be able to stand out among the crowd of other dressmakers. Whereas we are coming in more of as a brand like, Lululemon or Nike where skaters just naturally want to be a part of that community and just buy from the brand because it's something that they're a part of, not just that they're wearing. If that makes sense.
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Gresham Harkless 00:56
Hello. Hello. Hello. This is Gresh from the IAMCEO podcast. And I appreciate you listening to this episode. If you've been listening this year, that we hit 1600 episodes at the beginning of this year.
And we're doing something a little bit different where we're repurposing our favorite episodes around certain categories, topics, or as I like to call them, the business pillars that we think are going to be extremely impactful for CEOs, entrepreneurs, business owners, and what I like to call the CB Nation architects who are looking to level up their organizations.
This month, we are focusing on operations. The systems will set you free. So think about systems, think about flow, sustainability, potentially working out in your morning routine, waking up early e-commerce, and different business models. Think of the operations in the models that basically set up the foundation to allow the creativity within organizations, but also to make sure the trains are running on time and things are going as they should.
Now, this is extremely important because we often can turn to the sexy parts of business and forget about the operations and how important that is. So I really want to focus this month on this specific topic. So sit back and enjoy this special episode at the IAMCEO podcast.
Hello. Hello. Hello. This is Gresh from the IMCEO podcast. And I have a very special guest on the show today. I have Emily Duong of Elite Skatewear. Emily, it's awesome to have you on the show.
Emily Duong 02:14
Thank you so much for having me.
Gresham Harkless 02:17
No problem. Super excited to have you on. And what I want to do is just read a little bit more about Emily so you can hear about all the awesome things that she's doing.
And Emily is a 22-year-old entrepreneur and digital content creator and a recent college graduate from Chapman University. Growing up on the East Coast, she was a competitive elite-level figure skater and USTA-ranked tennis player at the age of 18. She packed her bags to pursue her dreams of living in Southern California.
With 10-plus years of competitive skating experience, she found a niche and love for designing her own dresses at the age of 17 and created her own e-commerce business, Elite Skatewear.
Today she continues to scale the business as well as writing weekly on her lifestyle blog and growing her podcast Young and Ambitious. Emily, are you ready to speak to the IAMCEO community?
Emily Duong 03:02
I am ready.