Khine Zaw, owner of Khineder Creations in Emmaus

1. What is the biggest lesson you have learned or obstacle you have overcome?

K: The biggest lesson I have learned is not to make any decision out of fear. Of all the obstacles I had to overcome, the most challenging one was learning to trust my gut and telling myself, “When in doubt, take a step back and give yourself as much time as you need. You’re in charge.”

2. What are you most proud of in your career?

K: Being able to be of service to my community 

3. What do you wish you had known when you were starting out?

K: I wish I had given myself more time to study and understand the culture, trend and dynamics of owning a small business. 

4. What inspires you? Do you have a mantra, favorite quote, specific role model?

K: People that are passionate about life and living it to its fullest inspire me. My mantra is “If there’s a will, there’s a way.” My father is my role model. He is the most dedicated, disciplined and driven person that always inspires me and everyone around him to be good. 

5. How do you give back or stay engaged in the community?

K: I regularly speak at local and international conferences that serve as a platform to share knowledge and information, and connect communities with researchers and entrepreneurs like myself that are working with women and children that survived atrocities. I also volunteer whenever I can and donate a portion of my income to women’s shelters and organizations that help and support survivors of sex trafficking, such as Truth for Women and Valley Against Sex Trafficking.

6. How do you unwind?

K: Listening to music. I also love hiking and going for nature walks.