Erin Johnson is an entrepreneur and founder of GLISTEN, a holistic wellness practice dedicated to helping women gain self-awareness and tap into their truth through mediation and mindful nourishment. Her passion is helping to guide women to radiant, glowing health in mind, body and spirit so they can share their authentic gifts and talents with the world. Prior to founding GLISTEN, Erin spent the last 12 years in New York City in marketing roles in the media/publishing industry. Most recently she was the Senior Manager of Customer Insights and Planning for The Economist magazine for 7 years and before that was a Planning Manager at Forbes magazine. She is currently pursuing a certification in holistic nutrition from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Erin holds a BA in Economics and International Relations from The University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from New York University where she specialized in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Erin currently resides in San Diego, CA.
What is your current job?
I am the founder and sole proprietor of GLISTEN, a holistic wellness program in San Diego. The mission of GLISTEN is to teach people how to meditate and eat rightfully to gain self-awareness, inner peace, and clarity. I run the company, develop our marketing strategy, and manage all of the client relationships. I am starting to host workshops and will be hosting two in November.
What is your professional background?
I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where I majored in economics and international relations. I started out wanting to go into medicine and was a premed student at first. I was interested in history and political science, but I also wanted to help people. After college, I worked in both the private and public sector before I made a career transition into the media industry. I worked at Forbes for four years where I learned more about how to run a business through overseeing daily operations, budgeting, and financial forecasting. For the past seven years, I worked at The Economist and they sent me to the NYU Stern School of Business where I earned my MBA in marketing and entrepreneurship. I moved to the West Coast last year and worked as a consultant for The Economist for a few months before starting GLISTEN.
What inspired you to start GLISTEN?
I learned how to meditate and it changed my life. The root word of meditation, meditari, is to heal, which aligns with my original intention of going to school to become a doctor. After working in the corporate world, I felt a pull to really help people. I want to use everything I have learned throughout my career to help others find what they want to do. Through the power of meditation, I am able to help people find inner peace, improve their overall health and well-being, navigate a career change, improve their relationships, and face the issues in their daily lives. Starting GLISTEN has been a full-circle journey for me.
What are the risks of being an entrepreneur?
Living in the unknown; you do not always know what the answers are going to be. It was a risk for me to ask The Economist if I could work as a consultant on the West Coast. You have to be comfortable living in the unknown and have the courage to go after your passion. Allow risk to be in your life and trust that you will be able to navigate through it by attracting what you need to be successful.
What advice would you give to an aspiring entrepreneur?
You must have a deep belief in the vision and passion for the mission and brand. It has to be a deep-seated belief in what you are selling. If you do not believe in your mission, no one else is going to believe in it. Most importantly, you have to step outside of your comfort zone.