Jordana Kier is the co-founder of LOLA, a women-centric brand that focuses on making safe and accessible reproductive health care products for women. Kier started the company back in 2015 after meeting co-founder Alexander Friedman and talking about tampons and what they’re of.
After realizing that they contain things that can be toxic, the two had the idea of making a product with only all-natural ingredients. Not long after, a company addressing every reproductive life stage for women through their products was born. LOLA eventually branched out to more categories, like natural condoms and other sexual health offerings.
Committed to being transparent with its products and practices, the two CEOs went the extra mile by teaching female anatomy and reproductive health to their male investors during the company pitch. Under their leadership, it has launched LOLA Gives Back, which donates feminine care products to low-income females. Additionally, the company has partnered with non-profits like “Period Equity” and “I Support Girls.” The former aims to eliminate tampon tax in the U.S., while the latter helps provide hygiene products to homeless women, of which LOLA has already donated more than five million products to.
As the company co-founder, Kier focuses on operations, supply chain and finance. She is also the author of “The Spot by LOLA,” the company’s very own blog. Jordana graduated from Dartmouth College and received her M.B.A from Columbia Business School. She also worked at Rent the Runway and Quidsi and was included in Forbes 30 Under 30 2016. Kier is a Native New Yorker and spends her free time enjoying competitive sports and going on road trips.
Jordana Kier, Lola - Why We Recognized Her:
Leading with kindness can be as simple, and difficult, as building a company to create healthy reproductive care for women that is safe and accessible. That’s exactly what these forward thinking altruistic entrepreneurs did, and they really didn’t know if it would make that much money or not. The real impetus was because it was the right thing to do.
“Don’t start with starting a business,” Jordana explains. “Start with a problem that really pisses you off! LOLA started with a simple question — what’s actually in a tampon? But once we uncovered the lack of ingredient transparency and information available to women, we knew we had the foundation for a business. It was all-consuming and we were adamant that we would innovate to find a solution for ourselves, and for women everywhere.”
The tenacious team is "reinventing feminine care. Starting with high-quality, natural ingredients that you can trust.” Although per our lead in this article that should be called “returning” to ingredients we can trust. Other popular brands of feminine care use chemicals such as rayon and polyethylene. Consumers have allowed them to include these ingredients which we don't even understand the impact of in women’s bodies. Lola is the first brand to completely eliminate all the noxious chemicals in their products.
Once these founders finally got rolling with this business they focused a great deal of their attention on convenience for the modern women to get period supplies delivered to her house whenever she may need them. In fact, the founders tell a personal and hilarious story, surely relatable to any women, of being unprepared and scrambling to find tampons while living in New York, where as they say, “we can get anything delivered to us at any hour of the day, but yet when it came to our periods it seemed like we were always running out to the drugstore unprepared bleeding in our pants.”
They also had the courage to publicly share such revelations. But that mission of convenience, while still important, pales in comparison to the crucial element of health.
“We exercise, we eat well, we try to take care of our bodies and yet here we were every single month using a product that we had no idea what was in it,” they declare. “It's kind of crazy we use 10,000 tampons over the course of our life that's every single month for 35 or 40 years putting a product inside your body and you literally don't know what's in it”
When they dug into it, they found so many chemicals, dyes, and stuff you cannot even pronounce in everyday tampons and period care products. So, they committed their company to pure cotton tampons, ingredients everyone could understand, a newsletter to support even more knowledge, and all the necessary products to make reproductive wellness accessible as well to the everyday woman. They give women what women really need.
Their commitment to women is simple and true or as they put it, “As we grow, we’re committed to building a brand that addresses every life stage to make reproductive health informative and supportive, instead of lonely and confusing.”
These two CEOs are even more impressive when you look at how they support women in general. Lola partnered with “I Support Girls” a non-profit that helps bring homeless women supplies such as bras and hygiene products. They’ve already donated more than 5 million period products. These two CEOs went a full extra mile when they teamed up with another organization called “Period Equity” to demand change and to eliminate the tampon tax in our nation.
Clearly Alex and Jordana really care about women. They understand that women care immensely about what they put into their bodies and that feminine care product manufacturers shouldn’t be any different. It’s amazing that this has not been the status quo, but they are creating a precedent for other companies to be transparent and caring as well, not only with women but hopefully all of us.
Tenure at Current Position
|LOLA||April 2014 - Present||Quidsi Incorporated|
|Columbia Business School|