Joan Barnes | Play It Forward - Story of Gymboree | Book Review by Lisa Woodruff CEO of Organize 365
On Mondays, I will be posting a podcast recording of previously recorded book reviews. These are books that have impacted me that I want to share with you. On the last Monday of every month, my book review will highlight a female founder or business owner. Most of these women started a company from their homes with less than $10,000.
In September, I reviewed a female founder story in the book Play It Forward: From Gymboree to the Yoga Mat and Beyond by Joan Barnes. When my kids were little, I loved the Gymboree brand, and I was super excited to dive into this book. This story was so interesting to me because she had some many different avenues for sales - service, clothing, franchises, and then an IPO. After Joan sold her company, she started a second company. She also included her personal struggles during the story, and I love hearing about the real life of real female founders.
You can also watch this as a video review on YouTube.