Day in the Life: Kara Goldin, Founder and CEO of Hint Water - Glam

Day in the Life: Kara Goldin, Founder and CEO of Hint Water

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She's a mother of four, a former tech exec, a current brand CEO, and a dog lover, but we think the definition "a very busy woman" is most fitting for Kara Goldin. As the founder of the oh-so-delicious, zero calorie, preservative and unnatural sweetener-free Hint Water, developed in response to the growing number of drinks containing unnecessary additives and sweeteners, Goldin has the whole balancing act pretty much perfected. She's had years of practice, though, having been the Vice President of Shopping and E-Commerce at AOL in the past. Selected among only 10 other women as Fortune’s 2011 “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs,” her business smarts and inventive nature is inspirational. Future female CEOs, take note!

5:30 a.m.:

Wake up. Latte! Scan email quickly. After the dogs, Sadie and Buster, have been fed I throw on my workout clothes and head out the door with them (and my husband). We live in Marin and hike a few miles into the Marin Headlands. Its my meditation and daily exercise… I grab a bottle of hint® to keep me hydrated.

6:30 a.m.:

Run one of my kids to the bus to school. Scan more emails… Drink a protein shake or green juice of some sort (which I make—still has all the fiber). Grab a bottle of hint® for the road. That's two bottles under my belt before my shower!

7:30 a.m.:

Quick shower. While my kids are eating, I chat with them about the day ahead. Get dressed and head out the door to run them to school.

9:00 a.m.:

I'm usually on a conference call during my 30 minute drive into my office in San Francisco. Dogs join me on the drive and at the office.

10:00 a.m.:

Monday morning Senior Team meeting today! Excited about all of the amazing progress we are making on our e-commerce and subscription business. We also take a look at all of the great customer feedback—so nice to know who our customers are and their love for the hint® brand!

12:00 p.m.:

Lunch with the American Heart Association Go Red team! I am chairing their luncheon this year. We all agree that sugar and sweeteners are the number one indicator for heart disease. Its nice to be working towards similar goals.

1:30 p.m.:

Check in with the Marketing and Sales Teams. They always have something exciting to share!

2:30 p.m.:

Catch up on emails: over 1,000 today!

3:30 p.m.:

Working on major celebrity deal. Conference call needed to iron out more details. Can’t wait! Drinking a hint® while discussing.

4:15 p.m.:

Quick meeting with two of our great investors—Porter Gale and Leslie Blodgett. No particular agenda, just catching up and asking me how they can help. How great are they! And they try our newest flavors in the works... the advantages of being an advisor!

6:00 p.m.:

Home for dinner. Catch up with the kids on their homework and their day. I’m famous for asking them what they liked and what they didn’t like about their day. I think its important to celebrate both.

7:30 p.m.:

Hang with the family and with the dogs. Breathe!

9:00 p.m.:

Hug kids before they are going to bed. Come back upstairs to finish looking at important emails.

10:00 p.m.:

Read by the window or a little TV. Netflix is my favorite!

10:30 a.m.:

Sleep! I need 7 hours sleep minimum a night when I am not traveling. I go to sleep thanking “whoever” for allowing me my life and this day above ground. Thankful!