Originally from Hickory, North Carolina, Hilary Johnson is SHEro to her fellow tribe of strong female entrepreneurs killing it in every aspect of their business. Now residing in Charleston, South Carolina, she is the owner and creator of Hatch Tribe, an online platform that focuses on helping women entrepreneurs grow their business. Her two pronged approach – Connection and Cultivation – helps women find other entrepreneurs to lean on and support one another, as well as assisting them in building the right skillset to be better bosses and shortening the learning curve via exclusive content, mentor workshops and webinars.
What’s the very first thing you do in the morning?
First thing I do in the morning…I stretch, guzzle a ton of water, turn on NPR and get in the shower.
What song are you listening to now?
“Lemon” by N.E.R.D. ft. Rihanna.
What are you toasting to in 2018?
At HatchTribe, after about six months, we were able to celebrate the launch of our Hatch. Tribe Member Circle. Every month we roll out different content for the members’ benefit. It has only been a month since we launched, and we are still learning what works and what doesn’t, but this has been a big dream of the company for a while.
Who is your favorite motivational speaker?
This may sound a bit cliché, but Tony Robbins. He’s the king of motivational speaking. He curses a lot, like me, and his messages are very relatable.
What does success smell like?
I define success as independence and freedom, all surrounding this notion of choice. I believe I’m successful because I’m living the life I want to have. Before I started Hatch Tribe, I worked in consumer products for about 10 years, and felt like I was living someone else’s definition of success. I stepped away from corporate, and started my own business in event and large festival production, but had such a shitty experience owning my own business and didn’t have a “tribe” to turn to when I needed support or help. So I sold the company, and focused on working and supporting other women entrepreneurs with their goals and dreams. Hence, the birth of Hatch Tribe.
Social media platform you can’t live without?
I cannot live without Instagram!
What country do you plan to visit this year?
Traveling is core to my being and I have this need to explore and go on different adventures. I’ll be traveling to Europe this year, Croatia, the Netherlands or Italy. Last year, I traveled to South America.
Tell me about a good memory that is associated with a smell or scent that you remember.
The smell of antique furniture. My great grandmother on my father’s side had an antique jewelry box from the 1900s, and it has been passed down from generation to generation to generation. Whenever I open it, it smells like her, her house, and it’s almost like I stepped into a time machine. I can close my eyes and see her and visualize the house.
What is your favorite type of wine?
I love red wine and don’t follow any of the pairing rules either.
What's your favorite food to pair with your favorite glass of wine?
Red wine goes great with seared salmon, spinach and quinoa.
What book are you currently reading?
“How to Get Shit Done: Why Women Need to Stop Doing Everything So They Can Achieve Anything” by Erin Falconer.
Fill in the blanks:
Love smells like… cooking in the kitchen.
Happiness smells like… fresh cut grass.
Mystery smells like… hot summer nights.
Life smells like… fresh air and sunshine.
What’s the last thing you do before you close your eyes?
I read. Reading really helps me decompress from the day and helps me wind down. It’s also great with a glass of red wine. ;)