Margot was one of the kindest, most giving human beings I’ve ever known. I met her through work, and as a marketer, was impressed with her uncanny ability to take trends from one world and see how they applied to another product category.
Margot was a serial entrepreneur. She started “Warm Fuzzies” the first scheerling slipper company, “The Chapman Sisters Calorie Counter” the first portion controlled great tasting fast food place for working women in downtown Chicago, “Swirlz” one of the first cupcake stores, and she was my first friend or associate to recognize the potential of social media. When everyone was saying “I don’t get it,” Margot dived in.
What got to her was a series of illnesses, including misdiagnosed gluten intolerance, that drained her financially and emotionally. Then the economy hit the skids and she could no longer find much work as a new product consultant. She just couldn’t take it any more. To this day it still bothers me that I missed the signs and didn’t rush back to Chicago to check on her.
Margot, I miss you every day.