Lisa Mattam, two-time McMaster University graduate, never saw herself as someone who would become an entrepreneur. In fact, if you asked her a decade ago if she would ever branch out on her own, she would have said no. But, when she had the opportunity to open up her own consulting firm, she took it. And when she was confronted with a moral dilemma about her skincare routine, she took that opportunity as well.
“I remember the day I came home from work to find my two-year-old daughter slathered in my face cream. After laughing, I began to worry about what all those chemicals were doing to her young skin. That got me thinking.”
Mattam had lost sight of the rituals of her family, originating from Kerala, India and the ancient practices they nurtured for the balance and health of their body and minds. “If I wasn’t comfortable putting them on my daughter, it made me question, then why I am using them on myself?”
Wanting to find products that were organic, natural and plant-based, yet that were trusted in science to keep skin safe and healthy were not plentiful on the market and none contained the rituals of her youth. Mattam set out to create a skincare line that embraced her family’s heritage, yet held the science of the thousand-year old tradition of Ayurveda. more…
Deans’ Column – October 2015
Innovation is perhaps the most important undertaking of any organization to ensure long-term sustainability. At the DeGroote School of Business, innovation is a key part of our strategic plan and is one of our three values, along with generosity and collaboration. Increasingly, innovation takes place in the digital realm which presents certain challenges, especially to established businesses that did not develop in the digital sector as it has emerged.
Digital innovation is the raison d’etre of our new EMBA in Digital Transformation. I am very pleased to formally announce that the EMBA program has recently achieved final approval from the province and we will soon be accepting applications for the first cohort that will begin in September 2016.
In this edition of the Knowledge Magazine, you will find an article by Michael Hartmann, Principal at the Directors College, that addresses the issue of governance as it relates to digital innovation. Tomorrow night, October 6th, Michael will be joined by Gino Scapellati, Eugene Roman, Anna Paluzzi and Jordan Soloway at the National Club in Toronto in a panel discussion about governance in an era of digital innovation.
Finally, on a personal note, I want to congratulate Barb Pegg on 40 years of service at McMaster University and the faculty of Business. As a student advisor, Barb has helped countless students through their post-secondary careers and she is fondly remembered by so many of our alumni. We will be celebrating Barb’s anniversary at a special event this fall, and if you would like an invitation to attend, or have a story to share, please contact Greg Rombough (email@example.com).