Meet Meika Hollender, The Vagina Crusader.
Co-founder and Co-CEO of Sustain Condoms, Meika Hollender graduated from New York University’s Stern School of Business in the spring of 2013.
Meika first hit the scene at a very young age, modeling organic diapers. One would not have thought a young girl would dream of growing up to start a condom making company with her father, but it would seem that is just what she did. Which, being raised around the co-founders of a sustainable company named Seventh Generation, it would have seemed strange if she had gone in any other direction.
Co-founder and Co-CEO of Sustain Condoms, Meika Hollender graduated from New York University’s Stern School of Business in the spring of 2013. While at Stern, she worked side by side with both the school's administration and career development office, heading up and running the Social Enterprise Association. In this capacity, she helped to further the focus on social impact and sustainability, as it applied to the MBA curriculum and the process of career development.
Her resume also boasts stints at Sterling Brands, a design strategy and design firm, as well as being a Sustainability Associate with Johnson and Johnson. She also has the honor of being co-author of the book “Naturally Clean”. She frequently contributes to Refinery29, on such topics as sexual health issues and advocacy. Her most recent co-authored book, Get On Top—of your pleasure, wellness, and sexuality, is aimed at women and their sexual health.
Billed as a “smart, actionable guide for women to take control of their sexual health and learn about vital information in a pro-pleasure, safety first, sex-positive way from a leader in sexual education for the #GirlBoss generation.”
Meika tried branching out and experiencing the corporate world, specifically at her father’s request. However, in the end, she realized that her calling fell within the marketing of ethical, sustainable goods. Speaking on this very decision she stated “I grew up in this bubble where I thought all brands and products were created to do the right thing and be as safe as possible and make the world a better place. I realized very quickly that that’s not the case.”
So, it came to be that in 2014, along with her father Jeffrey Hollender and mother Sheila Hollender, she launched Sustain. The company is geared towards the production of products that are all-natural, that enable you to have safe sex for you, your partner and your environment.
In addition to Meika’s role as Marketing Director for Sustain, she also headed up the Get On Top campaign, which is aimed at encouraging 100,000 women to not only pledge to have safe sex, but to also get a conversation going on that very same topic.
When asked if there was any advice she would like to give to up and coming entrepreneurs or social activists, she offered:
“it is really important to admit you don’t know everything and surround yourself with people who do know the stuff that you need to know.”