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Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Elevate, Empower, Resources, Woman on the RISE | 0 comments

Woman on the Rise – Lauren Padawer

Woman on the Rise – Lauren Padawer





Alaska Glacial Mud Co.

Lauren Padawer | President + Founder

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Your 140-character pitch: Pure Glacier Derived Spa Therapy

Your Elevateher pitch! {your 90 second pitch about your brand}:

Alaska Glacial Mud Co. sustainably hand-harvests raw glacial mineral mud from the vast Copper River Delta where timeless glaciers have ground remote mountains into pure mineral-rich powder.  We manufacture a niche line of glacier derived spa therapy products for face and body for spa professionals and at-home use.

Your immediate region {within 100 miles}:  Copper River Delta, South Central Alaska 

Featured products &/or services:

Glacial Facial Purifying Mineral Mud Masque and Exfoliating Mineral Soap Bar

What do people think you do for a living?

Play in the Alaskan glacial mud and fish for salmon.

What do you actually do for a living?

Sit behind a desk (mostly) for Alaska Glacial Mud Co. and commercially catch wild Alaska salmon between May-September on a rad boat on the beautiful coastal waters of the Copper River Flats and Prince William Sound.

Tell us about your passions!

I love running both of my businesses, creating products, building a brand and working in the beautiful Alaskan landscape.  Outside of work I am passionate about spending time with my family, skiing the backcountry and eating lillikoi (passionfruit) in Hawaii.

Who|what inspires what you do?

I am deeply inspired by the abundant and healthy wild salmon in Alaska.  I want to make sure they return in perpetuity for all generations to cherish.

Was there a turning point in your life that led you to your current career?

I rafted down the majestic Copper River in 2001 and decided to move to Alaska.  The roots of Alaska Glacial Mud Co. started on that special journey while playing in mud on the banks of the mighty Copper.

If money weren’t a factor, what would you be doing?

I think I would be doing the same jobs, but I would try to make a bigger philanthropic impact.  And I’d have a plot of land bursting with delicious fruit trees.  I’d make jams and send more packages to friends and family.

How does your brand benefit your community and|or a greater purpose?

Alaska Glacial Mud Co. pledges 10% to local organizations that love, work and fight for protection of wild salmon and long-term health of the Copper River Watershed.

What’s in your Bucket List?

Traveling to Portugal, New Zealand, Madagascar, Sardinia, Slovenia. Having a family.

Knowing all you know now, what would you tell your 20 year old self?

Get a minor in business, you never know when your knowledge of marketing and finances will come in handy!

What’s you go-to stress reliever?

I love relaxing in a sauna after day of skiing more than anything in the world!

What is your strategy for turning a negative into a positive?

I always look for the blessing in disguise or the silver lining in a bad situation.  I try to learn something or glean something positive from a negative situation so that I don’t focus on the negative.

How do you perceive retirement?

I perceive retirement as the time when I can spend more time making art and growing my own food.  I try to incorporate aspects of “retirement” into my pre-retirement life because I don’t believe that you work and then retire (and you also never know when life can get cut short unexpectedly).  I believe I will continue to work until I no longer have the energy to do so.  I get a lot of satisfaction from my work.  So I see retirement as a time when I am financially stable enough flip the ratio between work and relaxation/play but it’s not one or the other.

Do you have a personal philosophy you’d like to share?

Pessimism is not an option.  You have to believe in something positive and that happiness is an attitude and a choice.  We’re all handed lemons sometimes; it’s how you respond to those lemons that make your life happy or sad.

What would you like your legacy to be?

I would like my friends and family to have felt my love through handmade gifts and homemade meals.  I would like the nonprofits to which I am dedicated feel financial supported and my community to appreciate any volunteer efforts or philanthropic efforts I have made to improve the community.  I would like generations after me to pick the fruits of vines and trees I have planted.