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Meet Lindy Huang Werges of Integritas Resources+ Zen Yoga Strap in West Los Angeles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindy Huang Werges.

Lindy, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My career began over 25 years ago in corporate finance & accounting with global, publicly traded companies before I transitioned to the executive search and staffing industry where I was an integral part of the growth and expansion of the Greater Los Angeles metro market offices for a multi-billion-dollar global executive search & staffing firm.

In 2005, I joined the start-up world and led the launch of the finance and accounting lines of businesses for two boutique executive search and staffing firms. In 2014, I took the plunge and launched my own firm, Integritas Resources, Inc., a specialized finance & accounting executive search, recruitment, & staffing firm. Our company achieved over 356% top-line growth within its first two years in business and is well-cemented into our community philanthropically. Our clients include some major entertainment studios, creative agencies, tech start-ups, and real estate / asset management firms, as well as services industries.

While growing Integritas Resources, I practiced Restorative / Yin Yoga weekly with some friends, which led me to design a unique 3-loop tiered yoga | progress strap to assist my dear friend Julie, who had been struggling in her practice and achieving deeper stretches. What began as a desire to assist a friend enjoy her practice and progress in her yoga practice transformed into Zen Yoga Strap, Inc., an ecommerce business that has assisted yoga practitioners and certified yoga instructors, athletes, and professionals in achieving deeper, more meaningful stretches safely and regularly.  

Philanthropy

Philanthropy is a big part of who I am and is integrated into the DNA of our companies. I believe my career and company successes are attributed to my “pay it forward” mentality. My philanthropic advocacy efforts focus on providing educational resources and internships for under-resourced teens and young professionals; and professional development and mentoring to women entrepreneurs and business women.

Throughout my career, I have been a dedicated official and unofficial mentor to countless women professionals and entrepreneurs. Many in our community have referred to me as the “ultimate connector” and known to truly “show up” for my fellow professionals and mentees by providing them with the necessary tools and resources to advance both in their career and personal life. For anyone who has had the opportunity of engaging with me, they most likely have experienced receiving emails from me, commonly known as “Lindy Style,” where soon after the meeting, they will receive on average six to eight different emails of all of the ways they can engage professionally, philanthropically, certification processes, and/or articles of interest.

Over the last 20-years, I have volunteered and/or helped fundraise for organizations such as the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles, Step Up Women’s Network, and What A Pair! (a non-profit to benefit breast cancer research). I currently serve as a mentor for Women’s Accelerator (a high-touch mentor / mentee professional women’s network); am Co-Chair for Fulfillment Fund’s Scholar Bridge Board (a non-profit in its 40th year that empowers under-resourced teens through education);  am the Vice-Chair for the SoCal | Los Angeles Forum Leadership for Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (“WBENC”; the nation’s largest and most recognized certifying agency for women business enterprises); and a Founding Advisor for TuesdayNights (a professional women’s networking group for entrepreneurial women coupled with social impact). I am also a supporter of Mount Saint Mary’s University’s Center for the Advancement of Women and a champion / partner of Take the Lead Women’s Inaugural 50 Women Can Make a Difference in Media and Entertainment Cohort.

Philanthropy presents itself in many forms. At times it is through established non-profits. Other times, it is through gestures that help make someone’s life a little more pleasant. Giving back to the community runs deep for me and over the years it has become a family affair. Many times, we volunteer as a family. With a large family of seven kids, we have a variety of skills and resources to offer the non-profits we support. In turn, it has been the most rewarding experience for us as a family.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Being an entrepreneur certainly has its obstacles and challenges including unexpected legal and employee issues, as well as lack of capital.

Within our first six months we were sued by my former employer. Although we prevailed in this legal matter, it was a two-year distraction that negatively impacted our growth trajectory and bottom-line. Luckily, we had great revenue growth and were able to absorb the additional costs.

One of the main challenges of a start-up is obtaining capital. Without established credit history as a company, it was difficult to obtain capital financing, which required us to effectively manage our cost ratio and self-capitalize our companies.

Please tell us about Integritas Resources, Inc. + Zen Yoga Strap, Inc.
Integritas Resources, Inc. is an Award Winning Southern California based specialized finance & accounting executive search, recruitment & staffing firm. Our company provides strategic diverse staffing solutions on a direct hire, contract, contract-to-hire, and project basis within corporate finance & accounting departments.

In the same way we believe businesses achieve financial health and integrity through its people, we also believe communities thrive because of a symbiotic relationship between its people and its local businesses, thereby achieving wholeness, integrity, balance, and health.

Our consultative and strategic approach focuses on ensuring corporate culture fits; fully vetted candidates including 360o professional references and verification of the legitimacy of the provided references for accuracy; and continuous client and candidate engagement post placement, which result in lower industry turnover and overall costs for our clients.

We believe the best way to make a positive economic impact is to support our local businesses and bring opportunities or ideas to them to help them stay relevant and thrive in an ever-changing economic climate.

We shop, purvey, and dine at local, minority, and/or women owned businesses as much as possible. The last three years, 19% of our total procurement spend was allocated to local minority and women owned businesses.

Zen Yoga Strap’s unique 3-loop progress | yoga strap is an ergonomic stretching accessory for professionals, beginners or advance practitioners, and/or athletes to not only incorporate regular stretching in bite-sized chunks into their daily routine but also achieve safer and deeper, more meaningful stretches at home, at work, or while traveling. The strap is a great tool and resource for corporate wellness programs and desk-bound employees.

To make the most impact as a small company within our community, we regularly bring in under-resourced first-generation college students from the Fulfillment Fund, so we may personally develop and mentor them as well as assist these young women land the most ideal role upon graduation from college. To date, we have brought on five of these students from the Fund and successfully transitioned them onto excellent starter careers. We could not be more proud of these young women.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over, I would have done more research into office leases and obtained our own office space versus staying with an executive suite situation, which is quite costly versus direct leases.

Achievements

Lindy Huang Werges is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and advocate for women’s initiatives and gender parity

Scholarships + Executive Mentor Programs

 

  • The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
  • Building a High-Performing Minority Business (2018)

 

Scholarship Recipient by The Financial Services Roundtable for Supplier Diversity (FSRSD) & Guggenheim Partners, LLC.

 

  • UCLA Anderson School of Management
  • Management Development for Entrepreneurs (MDE) (2016-2017)

 

Scholarship Recipient by WBEC-West (Women’s Business Enterprise Council – West)

 

  • Toyota Financial Services | Executive Mentorship Program
  • 1 of 5 Southern California Female CEOs selected to be mentored by a Toyota Executive for a one-year period (2016-2017)
  • The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth | Google
  • Digital Excellence Program for Minority Entrepreneurs (2016)

 

Scholarship Recipient by Google

Awards

 

  • Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition – Nov 2011

 

Step Up Women’s Network / Brad Sherman (Member of Congress)

In recognition of outstanding and invaluable service to the community

 

  • Leaders in the Workplace Award – May 2004

 

YWCA / David Frommer (California State Assembly)

Companies

  • Integritas Resources, Inc. + Zen Yoga Strap, Inc.

Company Address

 

  • 12304 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA  90025

 

Phone

 

  • 310.584.7295

 

Email

 

  • lhwerges@integritasresources.com

 

Social Media Handle

 

  • @lhwerges

 

Industry

 

  • Integritas Resources, Inc.: Specialized Finance & Accounting Executive Search & Staffing

 

  • Zen Yoga Strap, Inc.: Unique 3-Loop Tiered Yoga | Progress Strap

Years with the Company

 

  • Integritas Resources, Inc.: 4 Years

 

  • Zen Yoga Strap, Inc.: 2 Years

Pricing:

  • Zen Yoga Strap 3-Tired Progress | Yoga Strap – $19.95
  • Zen Yoga Strap 3-Tired Progress | Yoga Strap 2-Pack – $35.91
  • Zen Yoga Strap 3-Tired Progress | Yoga Mat Strap – $12.70

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
Andrew Chenault Creative; Tom Werges

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