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Raise Her Up: Kendall & Justine Barber

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In 2012, Kendall and Justine took a leap of faith by quitting their career jobs to start Poppy Barley. More than learning how to run a successful and nationally recognized business, they have learned how to listen to themselves.

Raise Her Up - Justine and Kendall - Poppy Barley
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“Believe in yourself and then work your a** off.”

–Justine

Justine

Justine

“Believe in yourself and then work your a** off.”

Raise Her Up - Justine and Kendall - Poppy Barley

Day job:

Co-CEO at Poppy Barley

What I'm reading:

I'm re-reading (for the 100th time) the Harry Potter series. I find it very relaxing to read fiction.

What I'm listening to:

Drake on Spotify

Workout of choice:

Currently, barre & pilates.

What I'm doing when I'm not at work:

Being a mom to my two boys (Jude 2.5, Elliott 7 months) or trying to carve out a jiffy of personal time.

Unpopular opinion:

Older kids should be allowed to play outside by themselves in most cities and neighbourhoods. (Probably older than 5, though exact age TBD as mine are so little)

Raise Her Up - Justine and Kendall - Poppy Barley

Kendall

Kendall

“Every role I stepped into had no roadmap, no previous way of doing something—I love that.”

Raise Her Up - Justine and Kendall - Poppy Barley

Day job:

Co-CEO at Poppy Barley

What I'm reading:

The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

What I'm listening to:

Podcasts New York Times—The Daily Dear Sugars Boss Files with Poppy Harlow

Workout of choice:

Running

What I'm doing when I'm not at work:

Chasing my 1-year old or baking chocolate chip cookies.

Unpopular opinion:

TVs belong in basements. No exceptions.

“Every role I stepped into had no roadmap, no previous way of doing something—I love that.”

–Kendall

Raise Her Up - Justine and Kendall - Poppy Barley Raise Her Up - Justine and Kendall - Poppy Barley

The What

What is the best piece of career advice you have ever been given?

Kendall: Pay close attention to the work you do first and note what projects sit on your desk the longest. Create a career around the work you always do first. Justine: Believe in yourself and then work your a** off. Raise Her Up - Justine and Kendall - Poppy Barley

What was the worst?

Kendall: Find a female role model. Justine: Don't take breaks in your career to travel because the gaps will be a red flag on your resume.

What motivates you to put your all into your work each day?

Kendall: The PB team (super talented!) and a deep rooted belief in our company's purpose. Justine: The people and the fact that I love 80% of the work. Raise Her Up - Justine and Kendall - Poppy Barley

What one thing would you like to see change in the modern workplace to make it better for women?

Kendall: A reform of Employment Insurance while on maternity leave. There needs to be space for a woman to work part-time and still receive EI—it should not be an all or nothing. Justine: I agree with Kendall on a reform of Employment Insurance while on maternity leave AND I think most employers could be a lot more flexible for most positions, with flexible schedules and work from home days. This would help women balance kids and work better, and in turn create happier and more productive employees. Win-win. Raise Her Up - Justine and Kendall - Poppy Barley

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The Rosemont Mary-Jane Ochre Suede - Poppy BarleyThe Yonge Pump Black Embossed Python - Poppy Barley
The Meghan Cutout Black - Poppy BarleyThe Rosemont Mary-Jane Leopard - Poppy Barley

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