Actress & Founder of The Honest Company & Honest Beauty
Jessica Alba has never allowed anyone to define her. Talented actress turned innovative entrepreneur and soon-to-be mother of three, she has proven to women time and again that they are always capable of evolving to follow their calling.
Trust your instincts, do your homework and put your
family first, always.
Her ever-expanding business, The Honest Company, was founded with the mission to empower people to live happy, healthy lives with safe, effective products that perform. Alba founded the company during her first pregnancy when she wasn't able to find non-toxic products that she trusted for her baby. Since then, her company has grown from baby products to household cleaners and even beauty, and we’re huge fans of everything she creates.
A dear friend to the brand, we spent the afternoon with Alba at her Los Angeles office to chat meaningful gifting this holiday season and reflect on the guiding philosophies behind her success. Her greatest insight? Trust your instincts, do your homework and put your family first, always. We couldn’t think of a better outlook to share with other multifaceted women who have decided to do it their own way.
As a female entrepreneur, what advice would you give to like-minded women?
Do your homework. Get a clear understanding of what it will really take to get your business off the ground. Set yourself up for success from an operational perspective by building a solid team—from the people that will help you execute on the day-to-day to those that will help secure funding to get it off the ground. Lastly, be bold enough to reach out to others who were once in your position, even if you don’t know them. Whether in your sector or another, they’ll have valuable insights that can only come with the act of doing.
My family is always my first priority… everything else is secondary. Period. And I try my best to live in the moment and take it one day at a time.
What has surprised you the most as an entrepreneur?
I’ve learned that I can trust my instincts—they’re generally right on.
What is Honest bringing that nobody else is?
I created Honest because I had to. I saw a huge white space in the marketplace; I needed a single brand that I could trust for products made with safety, efficacy, quality and beautiful design. And I knew I was just one of many parents looking for the same.
I’m passionate about the work we do because it’s transformative. We’re creating meaningful change by providing people with education, community and products that allow them to live happy, healthy lives.
How do you maintain a sense of priority in life?
My family is always my first priority…everything else is secondary. Period. And I try my best to live in the moment and take it one day at a time. I’ve found that when life is hectic, slowing down and being present helps me retain a sense of calm.
Who is your greatest female inspiration?
Shortly after I founded The Honest Company, I read a book that changed the way I looked at the world and my place in it: Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way: Timeless Strategies from the First Lady of Courage. Despite being born into unfavorable circumstances and facing incredible adversity, she devoted her life to advocating for those whose voices deserved to be heard: women, African Americans and veterans, among others. Her words, “Never allow a person to tell you 'no' who doesn’t have the power to say 'yes'” will stay with me always.
I’m passionate about the work we do because it’s transformative.