I’m Libby Rothschild-- a female empowerment advocate, sales and marketing expert, registered dietitian, host of “Dietitian Boss” podcast, and founder of Libby Rothschild, LLC.
From accidental entrepreneur, to self made quarter millionaire within 6 months of going full time:
I feel strongly connected to the concept of “women helping women” based on my difficult upbringing. Estranged from my alcoholic father at birth, I was raised by my young, single mother, who struggled financially and emotionally to raise me and my older brother. I grew up seeing my mom play the role of both mom and dad, cope with loneliness, stress, mental health, and financial difficulties.
My childhood memories include three lessons from my mother's teachings:
#1. If you want money -- earn it
#2. Empower other women
#3. Ask for help
I took my mother’s 3 teachings and I actively apply them as a life mantra. I have been earning my own money and serving female clients since childhood. In middle school, I worked as a nanny, in high school I worked at a local bank, and in undergrad, I started a brick and mortar business. While studying nutrition in undergrad, I worked as an independent personal trainer and created and sold high end program packages to female clients for almost a decade.
Where I created significant income with my personal training business, I struggled with work-life balance, including self care, anxiety and holding down a romantic relationship, while working around the clock to earn an annual 6 figure salary. I wondered how other high income earning female entrepreneurs were able to manage a business and start a family. Filled with anxiety and fear, I looked for help, but the available business resources were predominantly male role models, who don’t understand the way women think, feel or experience life. Without adequate female mentorship, I felt stuck and alone, which I believe strengthened my limiting beliefs. I held myself back from growing my income potential and feeling fulfilled.
In 2015 I studied clinical nutrition and achieved my masters degree from New York University. After completing my dietetic internship, I continued to suffer from limiting beliefs, also called imposter syndrome. I felt I wasn’t ‘good enough’ to consider myself as an expert in the field. My mindset blocks felt similar to my feelings in my first career as a personal trainer. After classic stalling techniques, such as forcing myself to commit to 2 years of clinical experience, I decided to make a change. In 2015, I created multiple revenue streams as a registered dietitian, while working a full time clinical outpatient job. I also began consulting, teaching and speaking about nutrition for pay in my community (New York City). One year after landing several paid jobs I had dinner with a former female colleague who inspired me to share my personal journey and story online. I remember this idea felt incredibly terrifying.
My former colleague said, “You’re doing great things and making money Libby, but you’re not telling anyone but me. How come?” I remember feeling a combination of inspired and inadequate. After slight resistance, I decided to take my friends advice. Within 48 hours of our conversation I felt so inspired that I opened a business Instagram feed with the idea that I would communicate to other female dietitians about my income streams and business endeavors. I had this hope to inspire other women by sharing my success and finding those who are also successful. I grew a following on Instagram of 10k within a year of posting my journey and making connections online with like minded colleagues. The experience of sharing my story online attracted inquiries for coaching from fellow dietitians, which turned into an accidental business. Within 2 years’ time, my accidental business became a full time premium coaching business, aimed to serve fellow female colleagues and show them how to market, sell and create income opportunities, both online and offline.
My work has taken consistent effort to support women to give them the confidence, skills and knowledge they need to recognize their earning potential and celebrate their successes. Most importantly, my efforts aim to share the successes of other women, with efforts to eliminate gender inequality among female entrepreneurs.
You can connect with me daily on Instagram at @libbyrothschild. Every Monday, I air a new podcast episode available on “Dietitian Boss”. You can listen and read past episodes on my blog and join my email list for weekly emails to inspire you along your journey towards becoming a dietitian boss.