Today’s deeply touching episode is with my friend, Cecilia Pagkalinawan, who is a badass businesswoman and serial entrepreneur. This episode is very raw and honest conversation where Cecilia opens up about losing her sister, Theresa, to an opioid overdose.
Cecilia shares how the devastating news of her sister dying impacted her to her very core and how the loss of her sister affected every inch of her life. It came at a time when Cecilia’s career was at an all time high, and she shares what happened after as her life come crashing down.
Cecilia shares how she fell into a depression, how she had to stay strong to keep it all together for her high-profile business, and how she struggled with the grief as her business started to fall apart because of the dot com crash.
Listen in to learn how Cecilia managed to find peace through all-natural healing methods, and the one piece of advice an empathetic friend that helped put things into perspective for her so she could face her loss one day at a time.
Cecilia Pagkalinawan is a serial entrepreneur and is launching her 4th startup BRWN which is a storytelling platform for and by people of color. Previously, she ran ecommerce and digital marketing for brands such as Burberry, Frette and La Perla and consulted with private equity firms in creating value and growth for consumer brands. She was named one of “Silicon Alley Top 100 Internet Executives” by Silicon Alley Reporter, “NY Woman Entrepreneur of the Year” by NAWBO, received Burberry’s “Rising Star Award” and was named by Inc. Magazine as one of New York City’s top 4 content marketers and a “Supermarketer.” Her startup appLOUD was called “Awesome, Terrific and Priceless” by Mac Observer and StyleTrek was named by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of “Top 100 Brilliant Companies.” Cecilia resides in Brooklyn with her son Mateo and rescue dog Shorty.