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Meet our founder

Kristen Carbone founded Brilliantly in 2017, four years after she had a preventative mastectomy and silicone implant reconstruction. Her mother, Lisa, died of metastatic breast cancer at age 49. After years of expensive and emotionally taxing screenings, finding a lump, and learning more about her potential hereditary risks, she took action to prevent breast cancer.

 

In the years following her mastectomy, Kristen faced a profound shift in her identity and connection with her body. She was also constantly cold. Turned out, she wasn’t the only one dealing with this discomfort—a relatively common result of implant reconstruction. After countless failed attempts to jerry-rig a quick fix, she set her mind on designing a sustainable solution to help women like herself feel physically better. Through conversations with other women, she also recognized that the opportunity to help women feel better was much bigger. She wanted to broaden the scope of what’s out there for women navigating life after an experience with breast cancer.

 

Kristen spent the first fifteen years of her career in the arts, curating, and developing programs and partnerships with nonprofits and corporations. As she got into the thick of designing, patenting, fundraising, and planning the future of Brilliantly as a platform for products, services, and community engagement, she realized that this endeavor—Brilliantly—was what she wanted to do full-time.

 

Today, she lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with her kids, Liam and Sylvia, and spends her days and nights writing articles, brainstorming her way through packs of Post-it notes, making lists, hosting get-togethers, occasionally chilling out in yoga classes, and getting this business off the ground.

 

Kristen is dedicated to building a brand, vision, and community that embody her mother’s essence: beautiful, smart, authentic, supportive, no bullshit, and—above all—warm.

 

It’s been an amazing journey, and she can’t wait to hear what you think. Feel free to email her anytime at kristen@brilliantly.co.

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