Prestigious Women Awards Honorees: Vanessa Valera Nolte
Vanessa is the cofounder of Holstein Housewares, a brand of functional small kitchen appliances. She has been the recipient of awards and recognitions including winner of OWIT South Florida International Woman of the Year; and winner of EY Entrepreneur of the Year Florida Family Business, among others.
She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Miami and has traveled the world in search of culinary and business inspiration. Holstein has been sold in more than 20 countries, spreading the message that “the best memories start in the kitchen.”
Favorite quote: “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, but it is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” — Winston Churchill
Fun fact: Competed in horseback riding and dancing as a child.
How do you unwind after a long day of work? A succulent meal with my three kids and husband (and a glass of wine) because the best memories start in the kitchen!
What challenges have you faced in your career, and how did you overcome them? We see challenges as a growth opportunity and not a problem. As an entrepreneur, you face challenges on a daily basis. This is part of business and what makes each day a different adventure. We overcome them by finding alternatives and a chance to change a process if needed.
What has been the most monumental moment of your career thus far? Winning alongside my brother Diego, EY Entrepreneur of the year for Family Business in Florida.
Who are your role models? Parents – My dad is a successful entrepreneur and my mom is simply a brilliant woman and the coolest grandma.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten? Respect history but don’t look back, and always embrace the future.
What advice would you give a young woman at the start of her career? Surround yourself with genuine people and experienced mentors who want to see you succeed.
How does being a woman has impacted your career? It has been empowering and I have been lucky enough to help other women entrepreneurs through programs including but not limited to the University of Miami Business School and Babson College’s WIN Lab. Working alongside my brother has been a dream come true. We respect and trust each other!