An Interview With Candice Georgiadis

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As a part of our series about women who are shaking things up in their industry, I had the pleasure of interviewing Mitchella Gilbert, CEO of OYA Femtech Apparel.

Mitchella “Mitch” Gilbert is an inclusive product designer who is obsessed with womens health and sportswear. She attended the UCLA Anderson School of Management after earning a full scholarship to build her startup, OYA Femtech Apparel, a sportswear company fighting feminine health issues (i.e., yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, and UTIs) with patented designs and textiles. Mitch started OYA because she loved exercise, but suffered from recurring feminine health issues. Her OB/GYN explained that her issues were because of her tight, non-breathable, non-moisture absorbent leggings. Research has shown that leggings and other spandex-based womens sportswear create environments for pathogens to thrive, and after seeing that no sportswear company was addressing this issue, she went to work on a solution: a new legging that had a breathable, replaceable pad and panels that promote ventilation around the inner thigh. Our legging is now patent-pending. We are on our third collection of tops and bottoms that absorb moisture, decrease bacteria, and increase natural ventilation

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