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Photography: Sofia Alvarez | Wearing: Ronny Kobo's Viola Vardigan
Photography: Sofia Alvarez | Wearing: Ronny Kobo's Yeva Sweater & Angela Skirt
Photography: Sofia Alvarez | Wearing: Ronny Kobo's Yeva Sweater & Angela Skirt

Danielle DuBoise & Whitney Tingle Co-founders & Co-CEO’s of Sakara Life

Name: Danielle DuBoise & Whitney Tingle
Occupation: Co-founders & Co-CEO’s of Sakara Life
Hometown: Sedona, AZ
Currently In: NYC
Favorite Book: Women Who Run With Wolves & How Not to Die
Favorite Movie: What the Bleep Do We Know
Favorite Song to Dance to: Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac & Makeba by Jain
Favorite City: Sedona & NYC are tied


Q1: If your business/career could speak, what would it say?
You have the power to change your body, change your health, change your life. Food is the foundation for building your dream life. When you feel really good in your body and everything is functioning at its best, you can show up as your best self in all areas of life and manifest the life you want to live.

Q2: How do you balance your professional and personal life?
When you run a business personal life and professional life blend together. That’s one of the reasons you have to do what you love and love what you do. We are *almost* always on, but we feel such a strong calling to the mission to change the way that people relate to food and their bodies that we’re excited for it. Danielle brings baby Star into the office in the mornings -- she’s not just a Mom at home and CEO at work, but still a Mom at work and a CEO at home. But with an always on lifestyle, it’s extra important to book time for self care and for the people that matter most in your life. To be sure that you’re filling your own cup. Because if you aren’t filled up, then you have nothing to give to your team, your lover, your family.

Q3: What is one boss move you have made throughout your career that you are most proud of?
After completing our Series A fund raise we used the money to take over Blue Apron’s former kitchen in Brooklyn and build out another full kitchen facility in LA, thus allowing us to take our business nationwide. It was a big moment because this meant we could also feed our moms in Sedona, which we had said would be the moment when we would know we had “made it”.


Q1: How do you relate to Ronny Kobo as a woman and how does the brand speak to you?
Clothes don’t make the (wo)man, but they can give you an energy and change how you feel. Ronny Kobo pieces make us feel powerful yet feminine.

Q2: Where is your favorite spot to step out with your girls?
Danielle’s husband has a lounge in the Lower East Side called Et al. It’s got a great, sexy vibe and good music- we love to go there to dance our hearts out and let all the stresses of the day fall away.

Q3: How do you define sexy?
Sexy to us means empowered. It means feeling really good in your body, confident, strong, and standing in your power. We also think it means you’re tuned into your sexual energy -- which is the ultimate creative energy.

Q4: What is one thing you are insecure about, and how do you work to overcome it?
Over the years we have had insecurities around founding and running a company without having any proper business schooling. We’ve hired MBA’s from top schools like Harvard and at first were insecure about ourselves not having the same credentials. But what we learned was that we have our own set of skills, abilities, strengths and viewpoints that people who have gone to business school will never have and that our success actually comes from letting them do what they’re good at, and us leaning into those skills that only we have even MORE. Sometimes not knowing the “proper” way to do something allows for creative thinking and creative solutions. And if you’re in business, you know how truly important that is for success.

Q5: In a sisterhood/friendship, what is the one thing you find most important to maintain a healthy and strong relationship?
Trust. Communication. Active care for the other person.