Diversity Woman Magazine

FALL 2016

Leadership and Executive Development for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds

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d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m Fa l l 2 0 1 6 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 13 Popular Stars Lack Diversity K elsey Minarik turned a scary blood clot into a business op- portunity. Eight years ago, Minarik was flying cross-country to celebrate her 21st birthday in New York when one of her legs swelled up. It was a deep vein thrombosis, a type of blood clot that can be fatal if it travels to the lungs. Fortunately, that didn't happen to Minarik. But to guard against another clot Young Entrepreneur Kelsey Minarik Upfront > forming, her doctors advised her to wear compression stockings, which help prevent clots by applying pressure to the legs. Minarik, 28, soon discovered that most compression stockings are not fashion- able—they look like ACE bandages, she says. After trying several types over the course of a year, she decided to make some stockings of her own. So in 2011, she launched RejuvaHealth, an online business that designs, manu- factures, and distributes compression stockings, socks, leggings, and other products in a wide range of colors and styles. Minarik studied busi- ness management at the University of Cali- fornia, Irvine. But, she says, "I never thought I'd grow up to sell socks! e blood clot definitely took me toward a differ- ent industry." She's discovered that she loves the autonomy of being an entrepreneur. "It's really rewarding to see your ideas come to life," she says. Today, Minarik only needs to wear compression stockings when she is on a plane for more than three hours. But now that she's got lots of stylish ver- sions to choose from, she often wears them at other times, too. She says, "I love wearing them anytime I'm on my feet for long periods, like at trade shows and events." Versus A Heath Scare Becomes an Opportunty T he Q score has been described as the Dow Jones index of Hollywood—a measurement tool that rates celebrity star power, encompassing both name recognition and likability. Unfortunately, this year's Q score reflects the lack of diversity in Hollywood. The 2006 list included three women of color— Eva Longoria, Oprah Winfrey, and Queen Latifah—but the 2016 list features none. In 2016, only age diversity got a boost: the highest Q scorer is Betty White, who's 94. THINKSTOCKPHOTOS Next

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