Apr 14, 2021
My guest this week is Adisyn Pyles, co-founder and
CEO of Freeleaf, an international social enterprise making
beautiful products while providing employment and holistic care to
at-risk, abused and exploited women.
2:29 – Adisyn 101
- She moved to China in 2011 and started Freeleaf in
2016. She knew she was passionate about women’s empowerment and
6:30 – Starting Freeleaf
- Adisyn didn’t want to start a business and she had
no business experience, but she knew she wanted to serve vulnerable
- She wanted to highlight traditional art and design
as part of her business.
10:11 – How her products have evolved
- She started with home décor and wanted to create
something unique, brighter and statement pieces.
13:11 – What has surprised Adisyn
- There have been so many surprises along the way,
including how difficult the job is at times and how tough it is to
develop a product. She’s also surprised by the community they’ve
development at the company.
15:53 – What she loves about China
- Although she's an introvert, she loves the pace,
energy and opportunity in China. There’s such fast movement.
17:25 – Leaving China
- Adisyn and her family decided to leave China when
Covid hit last year. They expected to be in the U.S. for a couple
weeks until the pandemic was over, but it has taken longer.
26:23 – The core of her business
- During Covid, Adisyn has had to focus on the core
of her business and the core of her family and let go of larger
expectations, hopes and pressures.
29:42 – Her staff in China
- Adisyn has kept in touch with her staff in China,
but it has been challenging. They have faced a lot of the same
problems working women in the U.S. face, including finding
childcare during a pandemic.
34:08 – On the horizon
- Adisyn wants to develop new products, but the
process has been taking a long time. She wants to create more home
37:30 – Get to know you
- Child’s movie that scarred her for life? Bambi, The
- Favorite Chinese dish? Spicy shrimp
“I knew I was passionate about women’s empowerment
and poverty alleviation.” – Adisyn
About Adisyn Pyles:
Adisyn Pyles is the co-founder & CEO of Freeleaf,
an international social enterprise making beautiful products while
providing employment and holistic care to at-risk, abused, and
exploited women. Combining her passions for women’s rights,
collective freedom, and finding beauty amidst chaos, Adisyn
co-founded Freeleaf alongside JiaYi Lan in 2016.
With an MA in International Community Development, a
tenacity for excellence, and a commitment to sustainability, Adisyn
has led the Freeleaf brand through considerable growth—employing
over 20 women in the last few years, being recognized by the
Kerring Foundation as one of the top 5 social enterprises in China,
and being highlighted as a female founder by the Spanx Red Backpack
Adisyn and her family have had a wild year, being
displaced from their home in China by COVID since January and
welcoming their second son in October. They are currently living in
Austin, TX waiting out the pandemic and eagerly looking forward to
returning to their lives and work in Asia.