WATCH: Learn how to Bee Fearless & Bee You with Me & the Bees' Teen Founder & CEO: Mikaila Ulmer!
Hey #Heartbreakers! I had the most amazing time as the Host & Musical Guest for USA Girl Scouts Overseas' (first-ever!) Virtual Cookie Rallies this year! I'm so happy that you've been loving the replay interviews from our Cookie Rallies! Now it's time to meet an amazing Entrepreneur, Bee Ambassador, Philanthropist and Author...and she's only 16-years-old. Meet Mikaila Ulmer!
Mikaila Ulmer is founder and CEO of Me & the Bees Lemonade. When she was just four years old, Mikaila was stung by two bees in the same week. Her parents encouraged her to do some research on the bees rather than being upset with them. Upon discovering the important role that bees play in our ecosystem, Mikaila was determined to help them. Using her Great Granny Helen's flaxseed honey lemonade recipe, Mikaila launched her business from her home in Austin, Texas in 2009.
Landing a deal with Daymond John on the show Shark Tank was just the beginning of Me & the Bees' many business successes. Today, the award-winning lemonade is buzzing off the shelves of over 800 stores across the United States, including H-E-B, Whole Foods Market, Earth Fare, The Fresh Market and Kroger.
Now at the age of 16, Mikaila has shared her story with Good Morning America, NBC News, ABC 20/20, The Real, Forbes and TIME among others, and has been invited to speak on social entrepreneurship at prestigious gatherings including the White House and the United State of Women Summit, where she introduced President Barack Obama.
Mikaila Ulmer and Robin Roberts on the set of Good Morning America in NYC!
In our interview, you'll learn how to make a compelling pitch, how to talk to and meet new customers, tips for attracting new customers, how to turn a "no" into a "yes", ways to create a postitive and great experience at your Cookie Booth, tips for having great people skills, and how to represent yourself and the Girl Scouts organization professionally at your Cookie Booth. Plus, how to let your personality shine and tips for calming your nerves when you're pitching your product (aka your Girl Scout Cookies!).
Mikaila even shared some amazing and inspiring business tips from her new book, Bee Fearless: Dream Like a Kid! Mikaila released her book in August of 2020 and she wants to inspire YOU through Bee Fearless. Mikaila says, "I wrote this book to share my journey of starting Me & the Bees, teach entrepreneurship, and empower you to Bee Fearless." Order your copy of Bee Fearless HERE!
Mikaila's Hive LOVES her book and the tips to help you Bee You!
Mikaila is also all about social entrepreneurship (when you start a business to do good in the world!). In 2018, Mikaila launched her Healthy Hive Foundation where 10% of the net profits from the sale of her lemonade goes to saving our honey bees. She is on a mission to save the bees with her nonprofit where she teaches about the bees and does workshops, researches about the bees and pollinators, and does fun projects to actively protect bees and pollinators (like starting beehives and creating bee-friendly land with flowers and pollinator-friendly plants!).
Learn more about the Healthy Hive Foundation and what you can do to help.
Get to know Mikaila as we play..."Before the Cookie Crumbles!" - WATCH ON YOUTUBE:
More Fun Facts about Mikaila:
- In Mikaila's free time, she loves gardening, playing VR with her friends, and reading
- Mikaila has a pet dog and chickens
- Mikaila's room is decorated with a bee-theme - You won't bee-lieve how cute and on-brand her at-home "set" is!
Snapshots from Mikaila's Entrepreneurship Journey!
Mikaila landed a deal with Daymond John on ABC's Shark Tank!
Mikaila on the set of The Real!
Mikaila on the cover of Forbes during SXSW in her hometown of Austin, Texas!
Mikaila inspiring future female entrepreneurs in Singapore in 2019!
I spotted Me & the Bees Lemonade in my local Whole Foods and bought 6 bottles - Delicious!!
We can't wait to see where Mikaila's journey takes her next!!
Have an AMAZING Cookie Season - You've got this, Girl Scouts!!!
Check out more inspiring interviews from USA Girl Scouts Overseas' Cookie Rallies on my YouTube Channel! YAY!
love, the girl with the big pink heart™
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