Q&A 4Her: Dr. Agnes Olszewski PhD, CEO and Founder of Herborium Group
Dr. Agnes Olszewski, a founder and CEO of Herborium Group (HBRM), a Botanical Therapeutics® Company, has over 20 years experience in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector. She’s used her knowledge and passion for medicine to help introduce the company’s flagship product called AcnEase. The all botanical treatment reportedly boasts a success rate of 96% in treating and preventing acne is men and women of all ages and skin tones.
Dr. Agnes shared some thoughts on her entrepreneurial journey with us in our latest Q&A. Read on for more!
What is the unique problem or situation your product or service solves?
We are a Botanical Therapeutics® Company. We address health needs and concerns using Natural Medicines that comply with modern standards of science, are validated, safe and efficacious while they also are sustainable (do not break any environmental concerns). Our mission also includes educating our customers about natural medicine pros and cons and providing the real life support.
Our flagship product AcnEase® is a unique, all botanical treatment for acne, with up to a 96% success rate, that helps both women and men of all ages and skin color. Please note that over 60 million people in the USA have acne and the average age of the acne sufferer is now 26.5 years old (five years older than just a decade ago!). Acne is not just seen in teenagers any more; it is not just a skin problem but also often a psychological problem for those who suffer from it.
What in hindsight would you say you underestimated about this particular industry or running your own business and why?
How difficult it is to change stereotypes about health, treatment, natural and “classic” Medicines and … how costly this is.
I am a proponent of Integrative Medicine, which means I believe that the future belongs to bridging different treatment (and prevention) options from genomics to natural medicine providing that they are safe and efficacious, and can benefit the individual in need. This means in practice a confrontation with both sides – traditional medicine and herbalists, as most of representatives of both sides, think their approach is the only right one.
What is the best business related advice you have ever been given?
Build Contingency Plans.
What were the hardest barriers in getting your idea off the ground?
Time and Money. I started part-time and funded the beginning myself and through friends and family.
What do you enjoy best about being an entrepreneur?
Seeing people happy with results of our products and ideas and seeing the business grow with my ideas.
Do you feel becoming an entrepreneur has helped you grow as a person? If so – how?
Yes. I became more resilient. Learn to take rejection or/and failure as a critique not a personal calamity; learn to be more patient.
Where can people learn more about your company?
If you had to share one final thought with our audience of thousands of women in business, what would it be?
Just dream it – and go get it. No one can stop you but… you.
Here are 5 Rules of Business by Dr. Agnes
- 1. You need a dream to have a vision but you need contingencies to make your dream a reality
- 2. Do not deny who you are -to be successful does not mean you need to break your oven values
- 3. Be passionate – but not over-bearing: it is your dream and others need to work with you to make it a reality
- 4. Remember that if you always win 100% – someone needs to lose 100% and this is NOT a recipe for a success but a recipe for a disaster
- 5. Love your work-it will become your life; love your life more so you still have it