Beau Wangtrakuldee is the Founder and CEO of AmorSui, the first professional apparel line that protects and empowers female scientists. Over 1.3 million female scientists risk their lives going in to work every day, where they are exposed to toxic chemicals and flammable materials.
Although there has been a significant increase in chemical safety in laboratories in recent years, accidents still occur in the lab more often than you might expect. AmorSui thinks differently about how to approach chemical safety and promote compliance. Her team developed well-fitted and stylishly-made protective clothing that women scientists want to wear, with or without a lab coat.
We asked Beau to tell the Tribute community a bit more about her, and why she decided to found AmorSui.
How old are you?
I am 30 years old.
Where were you raised?
I was originally born and raised in Thailand, in a city called Phitsanulok. It’s not a tourist town so you’ve probably never heard of it, but it sits in between the capital Bangkok and Chiang Mai, a famous tourist destination in the northern part of the country.
What you want to be known for?
I want to be known for being a strong supporter and advocate for female scientists. Although women make up 50% of the world’s population, less than 30% of the world’s researchers are women according to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Numerous studies have found that women in STEM fields publish less, are paid less for their research and do not progress as far or as quickly as men in their careers.
I was a female scientist among male colleagues and advisors once, and often dismissed and disrespected as being less capable. My vision is to build AmorSui to be the brand that creates a community for female scientists.
Our friends, colleagues, and mentors who wear AmorSui would be able to connect and empower each other. Our team will also provide content on AmorSui’s website that offers professional training, career development, and health education for female scientists.
What made you decide to start your venture? Tell us about YOUR WHY.
The idea of AmorSui came from my personal experience in 2014, when I was burnt by a chemical spill even though I was properly clothed with a lab coat on. I sat on this idea for four years while saving up enough funds to start this business. In January of this year, I finally reached the point of my life where I was able to support this side business, so I registered AmorSui, LLC and went for it!
Did you leave a cozy Corporate job? Or start a side hustle?
AmorSui is currently my side hustle. I am a consultant working in a corporate setting full-time. It has never been my plan to pursue AmorSui full-time until the business becomes profitable enough to support my living expenses. It is hard working two jobs, but I am glad I am doing it this way. It is nice to know that there will be a paycheck coming to pay for AmorSui’s vendors and continued developments.
What inspires you to keep going when the going gets tough?
My journey to start this business has been on an accelerated course. Within seven months, I put my team together to develop the prototypes based on interviews with female scientists and we are now launching our product on iFundWomen and talking about it with everyone. It has for sure been a difficult and stressful experience, but it is reassuring that we are on the right path at the same time. I received messages from backers and female scientists from all over the world telling me that AmorSui’s products are needed. I even sold our Rosalind Franklin pants to a female scientist from New Zealand! I use any support and feedback, even negative ones, to fuel my motivation to keep going. My campaign on iFundWomen is almost at 30% funding and I won’t stop until I get reach my goal.
And finally, we asked Beau to answer these three questions.
My favorite self-care routine is...
Sleep. Since I have two full-time jobs, it is very difficult for me to sleep enough and to go to sleep. I tried to relax one day on the weekend to just let myself sleep until I feel like waking up.
The last book I read was ….
The last book I read was Stephen King’s IT, which I have not finished. I was looking for a book to read during my most-recent flight to and from Thailand, and the recent film adaptation of the book had been in theaters around that time. To be honest, I have never been a huge book reader. I like to watch TV and listen to podcasts, as the background noise sometimes helps me to focus. I often listen to Marie Forleo TV while working on AmorSui.
My best advice to fellow female founders is…
Keep pushing your limits. It is the only way you will learn and grow. I pushed mine by starting AmorSui and I continue to push my limits every day as a leader and advocate. I learned so much in the past seven months of growing AmorSui and can’t wait to see what our future holds!