Featured Member: Deborah DiMare, vegan & wellness design expert

What kind of work do you do/business do you run?

I’m the creator of The Vegan Design Specialty Certification Course. I’m a vegan and wellness design expert, interior decorator, author, educational speaker and global influencer for the ethical, healthy design movement.

I founded the ultra-luxury design firm DiMare Design  over 18 years ago and focus on materials and furnishings that are cruelty-free, sustainable and promote wellbeing.

What do you love about it?

Everything. I wake each day with tremendous purpose. I am proud that I am considered to be a vegan design influencer and have opened the eyes to designers globally about offering an ethical design specialty.

What’s your ‘why’ in life? What drives you?

I am showing consumers and design pros that animals need not suffer for beautiful and healthy furniture and décor.

Why are you a member of the Vegan Women’s Leadership Network?

I wanted to connect with like-minded business women.

What’s been the biggest highlight or ‘wow’ moment of your career/business/professional life?

Writing a book, lecturing and being interviewed by prominent publications. So much. I pinch myself daily. I am making change and that’s awesome.

How do you handle failures, fear and disappointment?

Learn from them. Examine them, understand why it happened and move forward. Don’t beat yourself up. But learn from them. Fail smart.

What would you tell your 16-year-old self?

Keep your eye on the eight ball and ignore the ones who tell you it’s not possible. Don’t get caught up in negativity.

Which women inspire you and why?

Love Michelle Obama, Gwyneth Paltrow. They go against the grain and are true to themselves.

What’s been the biggest obstacle you’ve faced and how has it helped mould who you are now?

Focusing and having a goal. There are so many things to accomplish. You must focus, hire people who are better than you and have a different skill set than you. You must stay focused on the goal. It’s scary as hell, but you have to do it!

What’s your super-power? What are you amazing at?

Never giving up.

What brings you joy?

Educating others about cruelty-free design. We are creating a slew of new courses: Vegan & Sare Baby and Kids Room Design for Optimal Mental & Physical Development; and Vegan Design for Children and Adults with Autism.

I’m good at taking complicated facts and simplifying them. I love teaching. I love selling furniture and décor I believe in. I love helping awesome companies get seen.

How do you define success, and how will you know when you’ve achieved it?

Making change for the better is my definition and opening the eyes of those who didn’t understand.

What’s your vision for yourself and your business/career for the future?

Continuing to grow my company, creating more education, more members, designing more vegan spaces, continuing to lecture and write another book. Lots of good stuff!

Anything else you want to tell us?

I’m originally from NY and have lived in Miami for 23 years. I love travel, have 4 children and a dog. I love my work and excited to be part of the Vegan Women’s Leadership Network.

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