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tact, and I met that contact at a trade show, who introduced me to all of her contacts. IYA: Tell us about the development of the Stiletto Stick, a unique product in your line.

IYA: What inspired you to leave your career as an orthopedic surgeon to become a footwear designer? TARYN: I wasn’t unhappy. I felt that a lot of my creativity wasn’t utilized when I was a surgeon, but I knew I could apply it in the footwear industry. I wanted to have independence as a woman and I encourage women to own their own businesses. There are a lot of hours in owning your own business, but you get to make your own schedule. IYA: How did you start your own company? TARYN: I started my business through networking. My first contact was through a Barneys New York representative. I asked her if she knew anyone in Italy I could con-

TARYN: I knew all women weren’t able to purchase from my Haute Footure footwear collection, so I wanted to help all women and introduced the Stiletto Stick, a pain reliever for women who wear high heels, something all women can use. IYA: What advice would you offer to women who want to repurpose their skills and pursue another career? TARYN: It’s important to have a clear path of where you’re going. Hone your knowledge and the skill set you have in your current career. If you combine your passion plus the skills you’ve learned, you’ll have a higher rate for success. IYA: How do you feel about the career path you’ve chosen? TARYN: I love what I do because it’s great for who I am now. If you follow your convictions, you’ll always do the right thing.

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