Five Questions For … Carolyn Rodz, Founder of the Circular Board

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Crocker is the same deal. As long as I’m supporting the women, it’s calories for good.

X: If you could go back in time and get five minutes with any major historical figure, who would it be, and what would you want to say to them?

CR: Amelia Earhart for sure. I think that ability to take risks, I loved how she was a risk-taker, a pioneer, an advocate for women. She was an advisor and counselor later in life for women, really helping others to push forward. I’d love to have a cup of coffee or a cocktail with her.

I’d ask her what inspires her, what compelled her to literally put her life on the line, to forge new innovations, to be so committed to exploring and innovating. I think it’s pretty amazing.

She went down doing what she loved. What better way to go.

X: What did you want to be when you were a kid?

CR: Everything. I wanted to be a lawyer, a teacher, I wanted to be working in the business world. I was fascinated always by those big fancy buildings. I thought they were so cool and mysterious. I wanted to be an oceanographer, an author. I can pull notebooks out where I was exploring all of these career paths. I wanted to run a charter school.

If I could describe my 5-year-old self, curious is the first word that pops into my mind. There was an intense curiosity for knowing and learning how people operate and why they think and why they do the things they do. That can be manifested in so many different ways, which is why I love working with founders. I didn’t know this was a career possibility before; I could’ve saved myself a lot of time dabbling.

X: How do you define success?

CR: Success for me is impact. Our time on Earth is really short and it’s important—I tell this to my kids everyday—to leave this world better than we found it. Everybody does it in a different way, but if we all focus on that at the core, to me that means I’ve led a really successful life. That’s in every part of my life, with my children, work, random people that I meet and interact with along the way.

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