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Meet Jessica Mulligan of Winged in South Bay

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Mulligan.

Jessica, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I found myself working in the natural products industry right out of college and loved working in an industry that promoted a healthy way of living that more and more Americans were adopting. I spent the first twelve years of my career at NeoCell, the first ingestible collagen brand in the US. I started as an entry-level account executive and rose through the ranks eventually leading sales, marketing and innovation efforts. It was a great adventure, and one I felt very blessed to be a part of. To be selling a product that could genuinely help people feel their best, I realized this I was what I was determined to do for the rest of my life and my early career experience would lay the groundwork for funding my future business, Winged.

At NeoCell I had learned so much, but an important lesson was to create products that offer a solution to a specific problem while providing true value and service. If you can get that right, you have a purpose-driven brand, in my opinion. Also, tying your business to philanthropic efforts is a way to keep your team always in a service-oriented mindset and feeling positive about what they are doing on a daily basis.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
After twelve years, NeoCell was sold to a large CPG company and seemingly overnight almost everything I had built over the years abruptly changed. As many of us do, I felt ownership over my work, and it was a hard but necessary lesson that the only constant is change. In a short period of time (three months), the brand was sold, the owner of the brand (who was my mentor) passed away unexpectedly, and many employees were laid off. My long-time boyfriend and I split up and my dog, Frank the Tank, passed away after 16 years as my sidekick.

Everything that was my identity was rapidly stripped away and I was forced to ask myself “what’s next?” That period and all the change that it brought caused debilitating anxiety that lasted for a solid year. It manifested in all aspects of my life — my sleep, my relationships and my ability to perform at work. Through this difficult and uncomfortable time, I found healing with CBD and other adaptogenic herbs. I dove deep into the research and learned how that the body has an endocannabinoid system and by balancing it, one could have better stress responses. The relief I had found was so palpable, I was sleeping through the night for the first time in almost a year and my general feelings of constantly being overwhelmed became a thing of the past. I felt comfortable in my own skin again, which I hadn’t felt in a long time. And it was from here that Winged was born.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Winged – what should we know?
Winged is a product line that I founded which is specifically formulated for a woman’s body. In developing our product line, my team spoke to hundreds of women and asked: What do you need to help you be the best version of yourself? We heard them say the same things over and over again—they need support with balance, sleep, mood, and stress—so we formulated specifically for those conditions. In our unique formulations, we use full-spectrum CBD extract and went one step further by adding nutrients that specifically support women such as evening primrose oil, black cohosh, chaste tree berry, and lemon balm.

When a woman wakes up in the morning without feeling overwhelmed or anxious, she is capable of anything. She is unstoppable. We want to give her more of those mornings—a solid foundation from which she can take flight. That is Winged.

What role has luck (good luck or bad luck) played in your life and business?
Luck has played a pivotal role in my life. The good luck of being at the right place at the right time, and being able to seize opportunities has worked in my favor. But more importantly, the seemingly “bad luck” has helped shaped my path. If something doesn’t work out, whether a job, a relationship or a community you don’t feel welcome in, truly it’s the universe saying, “Nope, I’ve got something better in store for you.” We must remember to surrender, have trust and watch what unfolds on both the personal and business side.

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