WONDER WOMEN WEDNESDAY FEATURE: MEET KATIE STELLER FOUNDER AND CEO OF STELLER HAIR COMPANY
GIRLS ARE POWERFUL MINNESOTA LYNX NON-PROFIT OF THE GAME JERSEY SPONSOR
DETERMINED is Katie Steller’s favorite power word. “It shows strength,” says Katie. “It’s like a muscle; it’s going to get tested. When people meet hard times, instead of seeing that as something they’re doing wrong, see it as, ‘How am I going to be creative? How am I going to overcome this? How am I going to use this experience to continue living a life that’s in line with my values?’”
Living her values is exactly what Katie does. In addition to running a northeast Minneapolis hair salon, Katie and her team give back to the community through two initiatives: Steller Connect is a space for education, collaboration and community (stellerconnect.com), and the Steller Kindness Project shares stories of people who show up with quiet acts of kindness (stellerkindnessproject.com).
Katie feels connected to the Girls Are Powerful mission. She remembers as a child being told what she couldn’t do or shouldn’t do. “The moment I started to realize that others’ opinions were a reflection of themselves versus who I needed to be; it was so freeing. As a woman who owns a business, I recognize there are roadblocks in our way. Having things not work out and having doors closed gives you an opportunity to show your strength and stand up again. The younger we can encourage girls that they are valuable and they have value, the better it’s going to be for all of us.”
Proceeds from this sponsorship created a scholarship fund to support our 2019 Fall Programs: The We Are Enough Conference and the Mother-Daughter Fall Overnight Retreat.