There are many words that might describe Miki Agrawal such as “entrepreneur” and “author,” but the word that most readily comes to mind is “unstoppable.” Miki is the powerhouse author behind the best-selling book Do Cool Sh*t, a guide and manifesto for those seeking to forge their own entrepreneurial trail. She is also the co-founder of THINX, an undergarment company that might be characterized as panties with a purpose. THINX underwear are specially designed to be leak and stain resistant in order to give women the maximum amount of comfort and confidence during “that time of the month.” In addition, Miki and THINX have partnered with AFRIpads so that for every one pair of underwear purchased, THINX gets 7 washable, reusable cloth pads into the hands of a woman or a girl in the developing world. One brief conversation with Miki is proof that she’s only getting started.
If you could describe yourself in one hashtag, what would it be?
#nevergiveup. It’s so important to just keep going if you truly believe in what you are doing.
Tell us about a girl in your life who rocks.
Antonia Dunbar is one of my best friends and she is my business partner. She and I don’t see eye to eye on certain things and we are learning a lot about our strengths and weaknesses as business partners (while still maintaining a great friendship). She rocks because she is a first time entrepreneur and is learning how to be comfortable with uncertainty and that takes courage. It’s easy to have a job with a steady paycheck that someone else is paying every week or two. It takes courage and a lot of strength of self to go off the beaten path and find strength in the mission at hand and build something from ground up.
I am glad to be building an important company (THINX) that will support millions of girls and women in years to come with Antonia.
What are your dreams/goals/ambitions?
My dream is to play a big role in gender equality around the world and giving young people, especially girls, the confidence to start businesses and pursue their dreams. I also know I can help be a part of the solution for the big obesity pandemic that is blanketing our world.
I think my actions speak louder than words.
I have opened 3 restaurants (called WILD) that are all farm-to-table, gluten-free pizza places to give people a place to eat their favorite food (pizza) but in a healthier way with healthy ingredients.
I helped my twin sister launch the Super Sprowtz, which is a children’s multi-media show to get kids to “eat their super powers” (aka vegetables) – it now reaches 1 million families per week.
Most recently, I co-founded a company called THINX - an innovative underwear solution to keep girls and women safe and confident during their monthly cycle as well as support girls in the developing world at the same time.
I wrote a book called “Do Cool Shit” so that I could help provide a roadmap for young people to go from Step 0 to Step 1 in business and life and how to “turn the light on in your eyes.” (I can’t believe it hit #1 Bestseller!!)
What are you most proud of?
All of the above!! I am just excited to keep going and do as much as I can!!!
What piece of advice changed your life?
Nobody, but YOU, has the control over your life’s destiny. You can shape it however you see fit if you have enough passion to take action.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself GIVING MORE!!
What is the number one item on your bucket list?
Build a company that matters with people who care.
Who has been the biggest female influence in your life and why?
Radha, my identical twin sister. We were born in the womb together and I can’t imagine life without her. For my entire life, she has pushed me to be my best (even if we still sometimes bicker like children) and I admire her fighting spirit more than anyone I know. She is building a great company that matters (Super Sprowtz) and I am so proud to be her twin! She is also one of the most creative people I know. I’ll always want her on my team! From the womb to the tomb! J
What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken and what did you learn from it?
The biggest risk I took was not to listen to my dad to become a doctor. It was the first thing that forced me to find my voice and passionately express what I care about.
Why are you THAT GIRL?
I am THAT GIRL because I never give up.
*Interview conducted and compiled by Sheila Moeschen, IATG Senior Editor
Images courtesy Miki Agrawal