In this episode of Women in Retail Talks, Women in Retail Leadership Circle Senior Content Strategist Ashley Chiaradio talks with Rochelle Weitzner, founder and CEO of Pause Well-Aging, a first-of-its-kind clean skincare company with products focused on the three stages of menopause. Listen in as Weitzner discusses her career journey, how her experiences prepared her to start her own business, and the inspiration behind founding Pause Well-Aging.

After experiencing her first hot flash, Weitzner decided she wanted to create clean beauty products for women who are dealing with the three stages of menopause, a consumer segment that the beauty industry traditionally ignores. She shares her mission to educate women about menopause and the challenges Pause Well-Aging has faced when marketing its products due to various stigmas and stereotypes associated with menopause. Pause uses the phrase “well-aging” instead of the term “anti-aging,” and Weitzner discusses why she feels it’s so important for the brand to be positive about the life stage of menopause. In addition, Weitzner shares why the company has partnered with Dotcom Distribution to enhance the unboxing experience for its customers, her advice for other women looking to start their own businesses, and her future plans to grow the Pause Well-Aging product line and offerings.

Pause™ founder Rochelle Weitzner is a seasoned C-suite executive and beauty industry veteran. Prior to launching Pause, Rochelle was CEO of Erno Laszlo, directing a major reboot of the 90-year-old luxury skincare brand by modernizing its product range and expanding its market. Before her tenure at Laszlo, Rochelle served as chief financial officer of Gurwitch Products, the global skincare enterprise best known for its Laura Mercier and RéVive skincare brands. Overseeing the global finance and accounting functions of the company, she drove a multidepartment reorganization that helped quadruple revenues and improve free cash flow, catalyzing record earnings. Rochelle served as a member of the executive committee and also led the information technology, legal, HR and administration teams. Prior to joining the beauty industry, Rochelle spent 19 years with International Paper, holding various senior roles, including vice president of finance for $1 billion-plus businesses within the group. Rochelle graduated from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business with a BSM in business and a dual major in finance and accounting. She earned her MBA from Vanderbilt University’s Owen School of Business. A native of Ohio, Rochelle currently lives in New York City.

Date: December 10, 2019

Credits: Rochelle Weitzner

Duration: 18:36