I’ve been a loyal cabi customer for about 5 years now. I can still remember buying my first pair of gray Ruby jeans in a size 4! And I was ecstatic! Sadly, those jeans are now too big, but I have replaced them with many new items that I love. Last August, at my personal stylist’s Preview Party she told us that the house she was building in Virginia was almost complete and she’d be moving away at the end of the season. We were all devastated. And then she started hinting that she’d like to bring on a new stylist to take over the local business. Although she’d been sharing cabi Career opportunities with us at every party I’d attended for the past several years this time I actually started to think about the pros and cons of joining the cabi team. Despite my love of the clothes and great respect for the company I initially dismissed the idea. I wasn’t sure I wanted to work evening hours, and truth be told, I was terrified of the prospect of direct sales. But at the next party I attended that season she asked me point blank if I’d be interested in selling cabi, and although I was still a little bit, scratch that, a lot, scared I told her I’d love to learn more.
For the next month or so she patiently explained the business, took me to career networking events, shared webinars and website information and walked me through the application process, and I found myself thinking that this was something I could do. I have a number of cabi pieces in my closet and they are the pieces I reach for over and over again. I can speak honestly to the quality and wearability of the clothes. I always looked forward to the preview events and parties, and attended serval each season. I had been modeling new pieces for the Preview Shows for the past several years and I always feel more confident when I am in my cabi. I couldn’t wait for the release of the new collections each season and got excited whenever I saw a cabi email in my inbox. After I crunched the numbers, I realized I would be able to make some decent money while not deserting my family. And so I found myself excitedly joining this amazing company.
Cabi describes itself as “a company founded by women, for women, and we are revolutionizing the way that women shop and work.” You can read more about the company here. What I find most attractive about this business, other than the fabulous clothes and flexible schedule, are the amazing women who are cabi stylists and the philanthropic nature of the company. Now, granted, I have only met a handful of cabi stylists thus far, but each of the women I have met is open, friendly, warm, helpful, gracious and welcoming, and appears to love her cabi career. There does not appear to be competition or cattiness, rather these women share their fabulous ideas and successes with each other and collaborate on how to make the most of each season. I honestly can’t wait to get to know them better.
Cabi also has a nonprofit foundation called The Heart of cabi, the mission of which is to empower and encourage women in need both in the U.S. and abroad. The Heart of cabi has donated over $43 million in clothing and each season designates one piece from the line from which all proceeds go directly to the foundation. In addition, through its W.E. Are cabi program, the company funds a microloan in the name of every new stylist who joins the company to an entrepreneur in a developing company to help her with her business. The mission is to pay forward the gifts of dignity and liberation and break the cycle of poverty once and for all. So far, cabi has made over 4800 small business loans in 54 countries throughout the world. My sister entrepreneur is Ama Sraha from Ghana and I am so proud that she has been able to build her own business because of my new cabi business. Through the W.E. are cabi Program and Opportunity International, she was given a small business loan that she is turning into a successful business selling snacks that are in high-demand from her customers at her market stall in Offinso. Ama was the first woman in her community to receive a loan and has been instrumental to encouraging other business woman to go after their dreams.
As you can see, cabi is about much more than clothes. The company’s core values of Integrity, Responsibility, Quality and Teamwork speak to me personally. These are the very same values I am trying to instill in my own children, and I believe the world would be a better place if we all remained true to ourselves and “own[ed] it to the finish.” As an individual, and as a coach, I am always seeking to “make it better” and seeking to make connections to others because “we are all in this together” and it’s better to work with one another than against.
So, you can see why I am so excited to be joining this amazing company. I’m also excited to be embarking on a new career, for the opportunity to earn some money, of course, but also to make some meaningful connections. And to help people discover their best selves. Of course, a couple days in the warm San Diego sun doesn’t hurt either.