Taking the Leap

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Summary

April Zeilinger is helping to keep her husband’s family legacy alive in the challenging arena of American textiles. She is not only the Vice President of Operations but also the heart and soul behind the Brand Awareness and Marketing for the company. April is the creator of Foodie Yarn, a fun yarn line that is dyed the colors of food and launched it during the pandemic. Zeilinger Wool Company is a fourth generation fiber mill producing thousands of pounds of natural fibers per week into yarn, socks and other items enjoyed within the craft and wool lovers market. April worked 20 years in financial institutions before leaving everything that was comfortable around her, for half of her salary and took the risk to join her husband Jon in his family business. The business had no presence on social media and a twelve year old website to start her entrepreneurial journey. She is a self-taught business gal who never wants to stop learning with a certificate in leadership from Great Lakes Bay Hispanic Leadership Institute through Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, Michigan. In this episode, April shares how she came into her own and stepped up in her career journey.

Show Notes

April Zeilinger is helping to keep her husband’s family legacy alive in the challenging arena of American textiles. She is not only the Vice President of Operations but also the heart and soul behind the Brand Awareness and Marketing for the company. April is the creator of Foodie Yarn, a fun yarn line that is dyed the colors of food and launched it during the pandemic. Zeilinger Wool Company is a fourth generation fiber mill producing thousands of pounds of natural fibers per week into yarn, socks and other items enjoyed within the craft and wool lovers market. April worked 20 years in financial institutions before leaving everything that was comfortable around her, for half of her salary and took the risk to join her husband Jon in his family business. The business had no presence on social media and a twelve year old website to start her entrepreneurial journey. She is a self-taught business gal who never wants to stop learning with a certificate in leadership from Great Lakes Bay Hispanic Leadership Institute through Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, Michigan.         


In this episode, April shares how she came into her own and stepped up in her career journey. 


Key Learnings: 
  • A break-up with your job isn’t fun, but you have to break-up sometimes.

  • You will experience resistance, so get ready for it. 

  • Don’t let fear guide your decisions. 

  • When you work with your spouse, you learn to have a mutual respect for each other’s strengths. 

  • Learning to take knowledge and experience it in action is true learning. 

  • No one tells you how to be an entrepreneur; you figure it out. 

  • Ask people, especially women, where they see their career going. 

  • Write good things to yourself and speak them to yourself. 

  • Two things to do to grow in your own leadership abilities? Spend time by yourself and be curious.


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To learn more about Bob’s two books, find them on Amazon here: The Leap and Love Your Work.

What is Taking the Leap?

The Taking the Leap Podcast is where you can learn how to launch your full-time career in this part-time gig economy. No matter what career you’re in, you have the potential to be the best version of you and overcome whatever obstacles stand in your way. And now here’s your host, the CEO of Bonvera, Bob Dickie.