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The Pancake Princess Talks Building Authenticity Online feat. Erika Kwee ’16

Owl Have You Know

Season 4, Episode 11

Rice Business is known for producing top industry leaders and 2016 full-time MBA graduate, Erika Kwee is no exception. She's the creator, photographer and writer behind The Pancake Princess, where her colorful, mouthwatering “bake-off” blog compares popular baking recipes side-by-side to help readers and aspiring bakers find recipes that are just right for their tastes and skill levels.

Erika spent years building her blog at night while working a tech job by day. As a self-taught baker, Erika has staged under Michelin Pastry Chef of the Year winner, Kelly Nam, at the Michelin-starred Joomak Banjum. In 2019, the blog won Reader's Choice for Best Baking and Sweets from Saveur Magazine and in 2021, Erika was selected as one of Southern Living's Cooks of the Year.

She sits down with host Maya Pomroy ’22, and shares her journey from English major to baker, her favorite bakes, and how Rice Business was a key ingredient for her career in entrepreneurship.

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Episode Transcript

  • [00:00:00] Intro: Welcome to Owl Have You Know, a podcast from Rice Business. This episode is part of our Pivot series, where guests share stories of transformation in their lives and careers.

    [00:00:10] Maya: We know Rice Business is known for producing top industry leaders, and 2016 full-time MBA graduate, Erika Kwee, is no exception. The founder of the food blog, The Pancake Princess, and social media influencer, Erika shares her journey from starting out as an undergraduate English major at Rice to her hunger for wanting something more. We talk about how Rice Business was the key ingredient for her career in entrepreneurship and the taste of sweet success. Erika, thank you so much for being on Owl Have You Know.

    [00:00:43] Erika: Thanks so much for having me.

    [00:00:45] Maya: So, I have really been looking forward to this interview with you because, literally, you are what I want to be in my next life even though I can't cook, I can't bake, I can't operate a stovetop or an oven, but you can do all of these things because you are literally The Pancake Princess. So, you've started this blog called The Pancake Princess, which is very, very popular.

    You've got, like, 128,000 Instagram followers. You also are a Rice Twice graduate. So, you were a Rice undergraduate in English, and then you came back and got your Full-Time MBA in 2016. So, tell me about your super exciting life and what got you interested in baking. And then we'll move on to your other job and Rice.

    [00:01:40] Erika: That's so kind of you to say. I feel like I'm not doing that much. Like, there's plenty of people doing really exciting things. But I got interested in baking, I think it was my sophomore year of college when they, kind of, kick you off campus for at least a year. And I realized I really didn't know how to cook or bake even though somehow, I thought I'd, like, picked it up by osmosis from my mom and parents, but I really had not.

    So, that's when I first started, kind of, like, experimenting. And then I think it really took off after I graduated from Rice undergrad. And I just found myself with so much free time. And a lot of my friends had moved away so I really just spent a lot of time tinkering in the kitchen.

    [00:02:16] Maya: So, tinkering. So, that's actually what, like, engineers and doctors and other professions do as well. So, what was it that you first started tinkering with? Clearly, you needed to eat, right?

    [00:02:29] Erika: Yeah, I guess it was just, like, meal prepping. You know, I was going into the office five days a week, which sounds so foreign now, but, like, bringing lunch and, like, not being bored with that every day and, kind of, experimenting with, like, vegan and gluten-free recipes. I was reading a lot of food blogs, and that's what inspired me to start my own just because I loved, like, reading Smitten Kitchen, and Joy the Baker, and all the OG blogs so much.

    [00:02:52] Maya: What made you decide to start your blog? Just by loving everyone else's blogs and you're like, "Hey, I could do that."?

    [00:02:59] Erika: Yeah, yeah, I think it was a lot of that. I remember, technically, the blog started my senior year of college with another classmate. And the original name was going to be The Pancake Princess and the Protein Prince. Just clearly, we loved alliteration. And then that didn't last for very long, so I took my half of the name and just, kind of, continued with it. Yeah, and just really was, like, emulating a lot of the blogs that I really loved and admired.

    So, that was 2012. It took until 2017 before I started the current, kind of, premise of the blog, which is “bake off.” So, comparing, like, nine different recipes of the same item in the same day. Actually, that was from another Rice classmate of mine, who, kind of, inspired the idea. And we did one bake off together. And then he went back to New York. I was based in Houston at the time. And I just loved it so much that I kept doing it. And so, that's, kind of, what the blog has now evolved into.

    [00:03:50] Maya: So, bake off. So, how do you, how do you do that? Walk me through it.

    [00:03:54] Erika: Yeah. So, a bake off is when I'll choose one kind of baked good. And then I'll scour the internet and try to collect as many recipes as I can find, and put them all into a spreadsheet, and just, kind of, compare and see like, are there themes of people are tweaking recipes with, like, heavy cream versus milk or, like, instant yeast versus dry active.

    And just, kind of, like, look at all the different factors, try to pick nine distinct recipes that have unique techniques or ingredients, and make them all in one day. And then I have usually around, like, 30 to 40 tasters come. And they taste them all. And then they rank them all. And I use that data to say, "Okay, here is, like, the crowd favorite dinner roll."

    [00:04:35] Maya: My children and I, we watch all of the Food Network competition shows, like, religiously, even Nailed It. Nailed It is a real big fan favorite where I'm like, I would, I would totally win on Nailed It because I'm really that bad at making anything. And my sweet family is like, "Oh, no, that looks so pretty." And I'm like, "Yeah." And I'm like, "So, how does it taste?" And they're like, "So delicious." And they're so lying. But my other question is, so The Pancake Princess, so why The Pancake Princess?

    [00:05:11] Erika: Originally, when the blog was going to be The Pancake Princess and the Protein Prince, the concept of the blog was that I would do, like, vegetarian recipes. My friend would do more, like, protein-focused recipes. And then we would both write about dessert. And we both loved pancakes. So, I think pancake really just, kind of, represents my love for dessert and, like, anything carby really.

    [00:05:33] Maya: So, you're actually from California. And you moved to Houston to go to Rice. So, tell me about growing up in California. You said that your mom was, sort of, your inspiration for baking.

    [00:05:44] Erika: Yeah. So, I grew up in San Mateo, which is northern California. And I didn't realize this until I was older, but we were so fortunate that my mom cooked pretty much every night. Like, yes, there were, like, pizza nights, but, like, the grand majority of the time, like, my mom was fully working and, like, taking care of the kids, but she would always cook a hot meal. And we would, like, always sit down for dinner together.

    My dad would also cook. Let me not make it sound like she did all of the cooking, but I think she did most of it. My mom, growing up, I think had, like, maybe, I want to say, like, five or six recipes that she would, like, bake regularly. It was, like, banana bread. She had a wine cake recipe. Like, these Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookies.

    And every time she would bake, I just remembered, like, loving it and just, like, wanting to like, make more cookies or, like, whatever. And I didn't even realize that there were so many other options outside of the few recipes that she would make routinely growing up. And so, I think, like, the signs were there when I was younger that I had this penchant for baking and food, but it wasn't until later in life that it, kind of, blossomed.

    [00:06:47] Maya: Did she invite you to bake with her when you were younger? Is that something that you did as a participatory, kind of, mother-daughter thing?

    [00:06:55] Erika: Yeah, I definitely remember making cookies with her. And I have some siblings, and we're all honestly obsessed with food and cooking. And my parents are, kind of, like, "Where did this come from?" Because it's not like my mom was cooking because she, like, loved it, like, now that she doesn't have to. She's, like, "Great. Like, if you guys will just cook for me, like, when we're home, like, that's great." But yeah, I think she would definitely involve us when there was opportunity. And we all loved it.

    [00:07:17] Maya: You came to Rice to study English. And then what were your plans after studying English? Were you planning on pursuing another degree, or was an MBA something that was always, sort of, on the horizon that you wanted to do? Or walk me through that journey.

    [00:07:32] Erika: Yeah. So, I had always wanted to be a novelist growing up. And then over time, that, kind of, evolved into wanting to be a journalist. And then as I neared the end of college, my parents were like, "Well, what about you find a job that can actually support you because... you know. Just, like, try a different route."

    And so, ultimately, I went into corporate communications, but as an English major, I think everyone, kind of, pigeonholes you and they assume that you're maybe going to go get, like, a master's in English and, like, go into academia or teach or go to law school. And none of those really appealed to me. My mom is actually a lawyer. And I just never felt the call to go down that route.

    But my parents, kind of, had the expectation that I would go get a master's degree in something. And so, kind of, by process of elimination, I ended on an MBA. And so, after doing corporate communications for a couple of years, I decided that probably wasn't going to be my life path. So, I decided to go back to get an MBA.

    And honestly, I know a lot of people go back to get an MBA with a pretty good idea of where they're going to end up after. And I did not have that. I, kind of, went in hoping that, like, I would find a path that sounded good to me. And so, I think that some people like to get a little more experience under their belt before they go back to get an MBA.

    And I wish I had a couple more years, but I also think that it really opened up my eyes to how many different paths there are for someone who is in the humanities. Ultimately, I explored, like, brand management, a lot of different marketing roles, but ended up at HP in product management, which was something that I hadn't known existed before, and really feel lucky that I fell into that path.

    [00:09:07] Maya: You could have chosen any other MBA program, really, in the country. So, why did you choose Rice? Was it because of that familiarity that you already had?

    [00:09:16] Erika: To be honest, I thought I was going to do the part-time program and continue working as I got my degree. And then after talking to all of the advisors and people that I met through the different events, everyone was, kind of, like, "You're really a better fit for the full-time program because you want to change your career."

    And so, that's, kind of, what swayed me. I still was, kind of, like, on the fence whether I wanted to go in the first place, so I was like, might as well just apply locally. I already know I love Rice, loved my undergrad experience, had such a great experience with the academia and the professors and the students. And so, I knew that if I applied, I would love it if I got in. And if I didn't, I could just try again another year somewhere else.

    [00:09:57] Maya: Yeah. So, how did this MBA experience really influence your approach to your blog from a business perspective?

    [00:10:04] Erika: Yeah, that's a great question. I think that as I've gone full time with the blog, a lot of my fears around going full time as a food blogger were around, like, what if monetizing my passion just, kind of, like, sucks it away from me? Like, it's not joyful and I'm just bored and alone in my house, just, like, baking all day, because I really do love the social aspect and, like, the community aspect of, like, being on a team in a corporate setting.

    And I think that the MBA, obviously, this is true of any MBA program, is all about the networking. And so, that has really carried over into the food blogging space as well because New York is obviously a hub for tons of, like, food bloggers, restaurant bloggers, content creators, people in all types of food.

    And I think that being able to, like, build a network here has really helped for my own mental health as well as building these connections for this very diverse career that I now have of all these different income streams that are coming in. And everyone is always giving me, like, new ideas on what to try. So, I think that's one.

    The marketing courses that I took in the MBA really also helped when I think about how I'm trying to deliver value to my blog readers and the people who are consuming my content because it's really thinking about, like, who am I trying to serve and what are their needs and how can I best serve them? So, I think a lot of that, the marketing frameworks that I learned in the MBA, has helped.

    And then lastly, I think that there is a lot of negotiating that you have to do as a, I guess, just, like, an entrepreneur and, like, negotiating all the sponsorship deals that are coming in. If you don't have an agent, you're doing a lot of that yourself. And I think that a lot of the negotiation tactics that I learned in the MBA will, like, kind of, circle back. And it's not that I'm, like, actively thinking about, like, "Okay, I'm going to use this framework," but I think a lot of that just, kind of, has helped as I navigate this new territory.

    [00:12:01] Maya: You studied under Michelin star restaurateurs and folks that really are at the top of their craft. There is a Michelin pastry chef that you studied under. Can you tell me about her?

    [00:12:13] Erika: Yeah. So, when I got laid off from Yotpo, I had a lot of time to think about where I wanted to go next and what I wanted to do. And I was just out to dinner with a friend. And he was, kind of, like, "I know that this particular restaurant, their name is Joomak Banjum, they're always looking for people. And their pastry chef just won the Michelin pastry chef award of the year."

    And he was like, "Why don't you ask if you can stage with them?" And stage is, kind of, like, an internship in the kitchen. Usually, it's unpaid, but it's, kind of, like, in exchange for the knowledge that you're gaining working in the kitchen. Like, you know, they're giving you this incredible experience.

    And so, usually, chefs might do it as they're, like, trying out for a new role in another kitchen. And so, I was like, "I have no professional cooking experience. There's no reason why they would say yes to me." And he was like, "Just ask." And so, I did ask, and they said yes. And so, I did...

    [00:13:04] Maya: I like this friend. I like this friend a lot. This is a good friend. This is, like, the best friend ever.

    [00:13:10] Erika: I was so scared. I was sweating. I did not want to do it. And he really pushed me. And I was, I was like, I guess when you're uncomfortable, like, that's when the most growth happens. But they did say yes. And so, I staged with them for a few months. So, I would go on at noon. And she would just have, like, a whiteboard with, like, five tasks written out.

    And they might be, like, making a mousse, making a bagel foam, like, piping something, cutting up fruit, basically helping prep for whatever dishes they were preparing. And then sometimes, they would take me up for service. So, I would go from, like, the downstairs, like, basement prep area, up to the restaurant where they would be, like, plating the caviar, plating the desserts, and, like, bringing them right out to the customers, which was so crazy to me because once again, I had no restaurant experience, so this was all new to me.

    If you've seen The Bear, it's, like, a much less aggressive version of The Bear, like, definitely nowhere near that level of stress. Everyone was so nice, actually. Like, I was, I was surprised. But there's definitely that kitchen lingo of, “behind, hot.” Getting used to that was, kind of, a new experience, but ultimately, I just had an incredible time learning from them.

    I have so much respect for people who work in kitchens because it is absolutely exhausting. Like, 12-plus hour days on your feet doing a lot of manual labor, and ultimately, your food is just going to be consumed by someone. So, I really admire the art that they're turning out. And I still work with them today, but in a social media capacity because I realized that pastry kitchen life is probably not for me.

    [00:14:43] Maya: Yeah, that doesn't sound like something that would fit your personality for sure. Let's back up. So, what did you say when you asked if you could stage with Kelly? I want to know what you said because I think that that would be really, really helpful. It takes a lot of nerve and courage.

    [00:15:02] Erika: Well, we were actually at the restaurant. And she was, like, over at the bar and so we just, kind of, asked our server like, "Oh, can I just talk to Kelly?" And I said, "I think your desserts are amazing. I'm a local food blogger and I was wondering if it would be possible to stage with you." And she was like, "Yeah, here's my card." And that was really it. Like, I just emailed her after that, and she was, like, "Come in on this day. Bring non-slip shoes." That was pretty much it. I was shocked at how...

    [00:15:28] Maya: That's phenomenal.

    [00:15:30] Erika: Yeah.

    [00:15:30] Maya: Just ask, right? There's a quote that says, "If you don't ask, the answer is no 100% of the time," right? You had nothing to lose.

    [00:15:38] Erika: I really did learn that from this experience. I was absolutely shocked that she said yes so easily.

    [00:15:44] Maya: And then here you are today. And if you hadn't asked that question by the encouragement of your friend, you might be somewhere completely different.

    [00:15:51] Erika: That is so true.

    [00:15:53] Maya: So, if somebody's thinking about starting a blog, how do you start? And how do you generate that buzz and that following and that energy? Like, how would you start doing that?

    [00:16:05] Erika: Oh, that's such a good question. Honestly, I think starting a blog today would sound very intimidating to me because the environment just seems so saturated. But on the other hand, people are starting blogs and Instagram accounts and TikTok accounts every day. And lots of people are having great success.

    So, I think it's really about thinking about what you're super passionate about, like, what is going to keep driving you to, like, do it consistently, really light that fire, because it's easy to, kind of, write a few posts and then fall off because, like, maybe you're not that excited about the topic. But then, I think, thinking about, like, the unique value or the point of view that you're bringing to the table. Like, what sets you apart?

    Why would someone want to follow you versus any of the other millions of bloggers out there? There's tons and tons of resources now about how to start a blog. Like, Food Blogger Pro is a really popular resource. They have a free podcast and then they have a membership site that I think is geared towards, like, people just, like, starting out in the blogging world.

    So, I would definitely look up their stuff, and also just, kind of, Google for other food blogger resources because there's so much more now than there was 10 years ago when I started about, like, how to technically start a food blog. If you're interested in trying to make ad revenue off of your blog, there's a lot of, like, SEO resources on how to optimize from the very beginning because I have tons and tons of old posts that are terribly written and not optimized at all for SEO.

    But if you start with good basics from the beginning, I think that will make a huge difference and lead you to success faster. Think about what makes you passionate, like, what value you bring to the table. And then really just, like, do some research.

    Does it sound like something that you'd be excited to do when it gets into, like, the technical nitty-gritty? Like, are you trying to make it a money-making business or are you just doing it out of passion? In which case, maybe it's super easy to start, and you just want to, like, publish recipes for your friends and family.

    [00:17:58] Maya: What changes have you made to the blog over the past 10 years?

    [00:18:02] Erika: Well, I think the biggest change was just focusing on bake offs instead of, like, one-off recipes. Although, I'm hoping to, kind of, circle back because a lot of people like to see, like, after baking nine recipes in one day, like, what would be your ultimate, like, apple cake or lemon bar or whatever? Like, can you combine different components from the recipes and different techniques to, like, make your ultimate lemon bar?

    And so, that's something that I'm hoping to spend more time on. But besides that, I had my blog custom designed by a blog designer, which, from a technical aspect, like, definitely took my blog to the next level, but also from just, like, a personal confidence standpoint, like, I feel like it looks better and it's something that I'm more proud to show people instead of something that's just, kind of, like, out of the box.

    Like, you know, it doesn't really look that different from anyone else. And then yeah, lately, my biggest focus has been optimizing for SEO. So, there's so much to learn there. I went to a conference. I've been doing a SEO blog audit. So, lots to fix there.

    [00:18:57] Maya: In terms of personal branding, could you give some advice on what you have learned about that? Because some people have a real hard time trying to brand themselves and to market themselves. And so, what's some advice that you can give to folks?

    [00:19:14] Erika: I don't know if I have a ton of, like, great insight for this, but I think a lot of people talk about being really authentic. And so, I think that is where my brand basically came from. It's, like, my own inherent interest in finding the best recipes on the internet.

    And I think I was very lucky in that a lot of other people had that same interest of, like, learning the recipe, like, the composition breakdown of ingredients between all the recipes I was testing and being interested in reading, like, all 60 paragraphs that I might write about chocolate chip cookies.

    Like, I think that never ceases to amaze me that, like, so many people are, like, willing to read these essays that I write on baked goods. But yeah, I think branding, at least from an organic standpoint, is thinking about what you stand for, what you're interested in, and what you hope that people will take away from it, and just letting that, kind of, shine through in everything that you do.

    [00:20:04] Maya: Okay. Your favorite bake offs, what have they been?

    [00:20:08] Erika: Okay. I always say cinnamon rolls because it was one of the hardest because balancing all of the yeast rising times, and then second rise, and then the bake time was so complicated, but I felt so accomplished once I was done, and my house smelled amazing.

    And I just love cinnamon rolls, so, like, eating them was incredible. And then I'm a huge fan of chocolate cake, so doing that one was, like, a dream come true. And oh my gosh, I mean, they're all... I was going to say so good, but I've actually baked goods that I don't like, like cheesecake. That was, kind of, a struggle for me.

    [00:20:44] Maya: Oh, not a cheesecake fan. I don't like cheesecake either. There's a lot of people that really, really do. I'm with you. I'm not a cheesecake fan. I mean, no shade to the cheesecake lovers, but I'm not one of them.

    [00:20:56] Erika: Exactly. Like, I did it for the fans who had been asking for it for years. And I mean, it's just, like, a tough baked good to master anyway, and it requires a huge investment of, like, lots of cream cheese, like, lots of butter, like, lots of time to bake this thing for an hour. So, that was a challenging one.

    Oh, the mac and cheese bake off was really fun. I haven't done a lot of savory bake offs but when I do, it's, like, such a nice change because, like, honestly, eating nine of anything in one day is going to leave you feeling, kind of, bad especially if it's, like, very sugary. But mac and cheese was, like, so fun. Loved it. Love mac and cheese.

    [00:21:29] Maya: So do my kids. My hat goes off to the ones that can really put a different spin on mac and cheese because there's so many different kinds of mac and cheese. I've got a mom friend, and she won't share her recipe. And she's like, "I'm sorry. It's in the vault. I'm not going to share that with you." And so, my child comes home and she's like, "I need to go over there all the time." It's, like, protected. It's like the Coca-Cola recipe. "I'm not sharing my mac and cheese recipe with you." And when she listens to this, she'll know who she is.

    [00:21:57] Erika: Oh, my God, I'm so curious now. I wonder if I could, like, reverse engineer it. I grew up on, like, Annie's white cheddar mac and cheese, and my siblings and I would ask for it every single day. Our babysitter would be like, "Do you want anything different for lunch today?" And we'd be like, "No, just Annie's." We ate it every day, all summer.

    So, actually making mac and cheese from scratch was new to me. I think my mom would make it once in a while. But trying nine different types, it's just so fun to see what else is out there. Like, there's so many different cheese mixes and the texture difference. If you bake it for a long time, if you just broil it, it's, kind of, like, creamy and stovetop-y. That was a really fun one.

    [00:22:30] Maya: So, who are your baking heroes if you were to pick two?

    [00:22:34] Erika: That is really hard. I would say Joanne Chang from Flour Bakery. She has won a number of my bake offs. I think, like, the apple pie bake off, pumpkin pie bake off, banana bread bake off. Like, I think her recipes are just really classic and delicious. I've never had a pie crust like hers before. She uses egg yolks and milk, I think.

    And it's, like, really flavorful, because sometimes, you get a really flaky pie crust that looks beautiful, but it just, kind of, tastes like nothing. And hers is just, like, buttery, light, flavorful. So, I think I would have her as one. And then Deb from Smitten Kitchen isn't solely a baker, but, like, I just grew up with all of her recipes.

    And when I say grew up, I mean in my young adult phase. But I think that she is just, like, so warm and, like, really approachable in the way she writes. And it just makes you want to, like, get into your kitchen and make whatever she's making, so definitely an inspiration.

    [00:23:29] Maya: Yeah, for sure. I want to go look up that pie crust recipe because that sounds like something that... I need to start broadening my own horizons. You definitely inspired me to do that with just this conversation. And then I also wanted to ask, so being from Houston, are you familiar with Crave Cupcakes?

    [00:23:45] Erika: Oh, yeah. Mm-hmm.

    [00:23:47] Maya: Okay. So, Elizabeth Cooper is a really good friend of mine. And so, she started Crave. And we were talking about how, you know, she just decided one day that she's like, "I'm just going to make a bunch of cupcakes." And she follows you, which is, which is something that I noticed. We have all these mutual friends. So, Crave is one of our favorites. So, it seems like it's a saturated market, but it's really not.

    [00:24:09] Erika: Yeah, yeah. I'm a huge fan, or I was a huge fan of Crave when I lived in Houston. And that is honestly so flattering. Like, I have tried to, like, reverse engineer a Crave cupcake recipe and, like, it did not go well. So, she's doing great things over there. I really admire that.

    [00:24:24] Maya: She is, she is. And I love the way that she changes the recipes based on the seasons. And whenever we go to someone's home, we always try to bring a box of some Crave cupcakes because they're one of a kind. They're so unique and different. So, I'll let her know that we had this great conversation. One more question. So, what are your goals for the future for the blog and for yourself? And what do you plan to do? Like, what do you see five years from now?

    [00:24:50] Erika: Great question. One of my goals is definitely to write a cookbook eventually, probably not anytime super soon, but down the line. I would love to make this blog content creation business a sustainable thing that can keep going for many years.

    And I'm not even sure what that will look like because I think the landscape is changing so rapidly and there's so many different ways that you can, kind of, make a living in this sphere that, like, I could tell you I might try with, like, these three ways today, but that would probably change next month or next year. And then I would love to do... I think it was called Recipe for Success in Houston. It's, like, an organization.

    And they're all about, like, educating kids about food. And they have, like, a garden. And they do a lot of, like, outreach to schools and, like, cooking classes for kids. I think doing something like that down the line would be really amazing if I could, kind of, combine, like, my love for food and, like, help kids who might not have the opportunity to know what cooking is or what a garden looks like, down the line. So, that idea is not super fully fleshed out, but I think something in the realm of food and education would be really fun.

    [00:25:56] Maya: Awesome. Well, Erika, it has been a pleasure to talk with you. And I am so excited about what the future holds for you. And definitely, like I said, you inspired me, and I'm sure our listeners, to get into that kitchen and start experimenting and baking together.

    [00:26:11] Erika: Awesome. Thank you so much, Maya. It was great chatting with you.

    [00:26:15] Outro: Thanks for listening. This has been Owl Have You Know, a production of Rice Business. You can find more information about our guests, hosts, and announcements on our website, Please subscribe and leave a rating wherever you find your favorite podcasts. We'd love to hear what you think. The hosts of Owl Have You Know are myself, Maya Pomroy, and Scott Gale.

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T. Canady Barton

Season 4, Episode 12

With a background in chemical engineering, T. pivoted to cloud strategy and delivery, working for major companies like Google. She's now pursuing entrepreneurship with BlackBoxx, redefining care packages. T. talks about joy and passion in her career, satisfaction in entrepreneurship, and shaping her legacy.