Zoey Mann is a fourth generation jeweler and President of Fox’s Seattle. She graduated from Whitman college with a Degree in Theater and Elementary Education and joined the family business full time after earning her Degree in 2003. After working in Fox’s Seattle for 10 years, Zoey took over as the majority shareholder and President in 2013. She’s a member of Seattle Executives Association, and the Women Presidents’ Organization. She was also on the board of the Seattle Children’s Theatre for 14 years.
On a personal note, Zoey and her husband, Jordan, have three kids aged 3 to 11. She has been through a lot in the last few years, having battled BRCA1 genetic mutation after finding out that she was a carrier of the gene when she was 36 and her youngest was only nine months old. She had a preventative oophorectomy and hysterectomy four months later, and a radical breast reduction after a year. In March 2020, she had a preventative double mastectomy with her husband by her side. When she woke up, guests were no longer allowed and non essential surgeries were cancelled as an effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Oftentimes, when people inherit or take over the leadership mantle in their family’s businesses, they tend to do what the leaders before them did as opposed to creating their own course. Zoey Mann made the same mistake during her early days in their family business, Fox’s Seattle, until she realized that they were in a bad place business-wise. It was then that she decided to pivot and make several changes which turned out to be very much in their favor.
Zoey currently works with a number of designers and jewelers who ensures that she supplies top quality products to her clients. After taking over the leadership of the company, she not only moved the business to a new location but she has also changed its business model, leading it to the growth and expansion that it currently enjoys.
In this episode of Lead Like a Woman, Andrea Heuston is joined by Zoey Mann from Fox’s Seattle to talk about jewelry and conquering adversity. They’ll be discussing the changes Zoey brought about in their family business, how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the company, and how they’re supporting their employees and community today. She also shares her experience of overcoming BRCA1 gene mutation and how this has affected her personally and professionally. Stay tuned.
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