Breakfast and Keynote: Adeline Koh, “Portrait of the Entrepreneur as a Young Woman: A Letter To My Younger Self”
While Adeline Koh spent the majority of her working life building and navigating an academic career as a tenure track humanities professor, she has transitioned into starting her own small business, a small-batch, ethically handcrafted skincare company called Sabbatical Beauty. In this letter to her younger self, she muses about what she has learned in her academic career and how that translates into the way she runs her business today.
Adeline Koh is founder and CEO of Sabbatical Beauty, a skincare company that manufactures Korean-beauty influenced products in small batches. Sabbatical Beauty is founded with a political, intersectional feminist vision. We don’t see beauty as frivolous, but as a way of caring for ourselves that allows us to better care for the people around us. Everyone who works for Sabbatical Beauty is paid a minimum of a living wage. Before she started Sabbatical Beauty, Adeline was associate professor at Stockton College and the director of the digital humanities center, and has held fellowships at Duke, the University of Pennsylvania and the National University of Singapore.