At Missoma HQ, we’re all about championing female success - whether it’s at work or at home.


Our founder, Marisa Hordern, recently travelled to LA for an intimate round-table with a group of inspiring, successful women to learn what meaningful success is to them (and get a few styling tips along the way). These creative women are killing the game across a range of different fields and we can’t wait to share their work, play and styling wisdom.

AKARIN KILDROW

Content Director at Uninterrupted

" MEANINGFUL SUCCESS TO ME IS CONTANTLY PUSHING YOURSELF. "

As director of content for athlete empowerment brand Uninterrupted, Karin not only has an enviable career but also rounds her week out with running (she’s part of the Nike Women’s Marathon Project), glamorous events, and somehow finds time to throw herself into a whole range of activities, from fishing to skiing.

When it comes to style, Karin loves a timeless look. “My style is very simple, classic, without a ton of patterns or colours.”It can be hard to find a balance at work between showing confidence while still letting a playful side through. “Jewellery adds a feminine touch that I can sometimes lack.”

For many people, reaching for success comes with a heavy dose of fear, but according to Karin, the key is not viewing failure as something to be frightened of. “Meaningful success to me is constantly pushing yourself to do more,” Karin explained. “There is not a lot of failure, but instead, learning from what happened and improving on it”. Reframing ‘failure’ as learning is definitely something we could all practise.

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SYAMA MEAGHER

Founder & CEO at Scaling Retail

" MEANINGFUL SUCCESS TO ME MEANS COMPLETION "

Syama has the ultimate multi-hyphen career. Not only is she the founder and CEO of the award-winning retail strategy and marketing agency Scaling Retail, but she also makes time to be on the board of directors for the Downtown Women’s Centre, aiming to end women’s homelessness in LA. She also actively contributing to Forbes.

Syama has also perfected the art of multifaceted style - why be one thing when you can be many? “My style is a lot of California with a whole lot of New York. It’s feminine and flirty, bossy and in-charge, hard meets soft. It is flirty but also vulnerable and powerful, sometimes masculine but always sexy”.

Before your head starts spinning, Syama says the key to her success is setting and reaching small goals. “Meaningful success to me means perfection.” In the literal sense that is - in Latin ‘perfectare’ means the completion of something.

“Success means completion of something I set out to do - breaking things down makes everything much more manageable and allows you to celebrate the small successes along the way, as well as the bigger milestones."

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REBECCA REARDON

Community Director at Summit

" MEANINGFUL SUCCESS TO ME MEANS TAKING SOME RISKS. "

Rebecca is no stranger to leadership, in fact, as director of community for Summit, she spends her days connecting communities of today’s brightest leaders through meaningful events. Her ability to talk to everyone from CEOs to young entrepreneurs is a skill carved out from her years of experience in community development (we can also confirm that she’s also an expert dinner party guest).

When it comes to styling tips, Rebecca had us at hello: “My style is pyjama chic, which is a great complement to gold jewellery because I am so laid back it brings some spice to my outfits - it makes it all pop and brings everything together”. We love the way jewellery has the ability to completely transform a look, from softening down a tailored outfit to elevating cosy casuals, and clearly so does Rebecca.  

It’s not surprising then that Rebecca relies on her carefully honed intuition to guide her through life’s challenges. “Meaningful success to me means taking some risks,” she revealed, “I’m a person that leads with my gut and I feel like in order for me to progress, it’s about taking a chance”. Not playing it safe clearly pays off sometimes!

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REBECCA REARDON

Community Director at Summit

" MEANINGFUL SUCCESS TO ME IS LOVE. "

As VP of the Feelgood Sales Group, Sarah knows what it takes to get to the top. Having climbed the ladder in the alternative field of legal cannabis distribution, Sarah has claimed her seat at the table in an industry dominated mostly by men. Despite being in an enviable position, she’s keen to point out that her sense of success doesn’t solely come from being at the top of her career game.​​

With such a personalised definition of success, it’s no surprise that Sarah’s style reflects her free-spirited views, or in her words “bohemian meets high fashion with a little bit of street”. Complete with eclectic pendants and blue lipstick, Sarah’s confident personal style is definitely a vibe.

Sarah appreciates the importance of taking a step back from society’s cookie cutter view of success. “Meaningful success to me is love, because I’ve had what society views as success but when you can invoke a lot of love and happiness and you can come from a place of pure joy you have reached success”. We admire the bravery it takes not to conform to the expectations of society and build a new version of success that truly serves you instead.

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ASHLEY ARONSON

Freelance Business Development Strategist & Creative Consultant

" MEANINGFUL SUCCESS TO MEANS BEING AUTHENTIC. "

As a freelance business development strategist and creative consultant, Ashley is well versed in the art of being your own boss. From juggling a roster of clients, to being top of her professional game, we can’t get enough of Ashley’s entrepreneurial spirit (and her enviable boss-meets-cool-girl style is no joke either).

When it comes to style, Ashley is all about minimalistic chic, “I like smart details and accessories that keep them guessing” she says. This playful attitude often has her reaching for “little pieces of gold that pop and say hey I really thought about this”, like a signature pair of earrings or classic coin necklace.

Ashley lives by the mantra of being true to yourself, affirming that “meaningful success to me means being authentic and living your truth”. A key part of this naturally involves knowing who you are, your likes and your values, in order to create meaningful goals. “As long as you maintain your authenticity, being true to yourself and working with integrity I believe you are successful”. We can certainly get on board with that.

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