Entrepreneurs who make a difference are inspiring: they combine a personal passion with professional success. One such person is Valerie Johns, the Founder and President of Jizo and Chibi (
), a line of Buddhist-inspired jewelery that is beautiful and spiritually authentic. The latter is a key point of distinction from other brands, since Valerie offers people something different, something better. That is, her products resonate with the culture and traditions of Buddhism while appealing to people of all interests and faiths. Her training as a therapist and author also complements her work as an entrepreneur, because she wants to help people. I know of few companies with this level of personal outreach - and sincerity! - which explains the success of her business and the accolades she enjoys from consumers worldwide. I recently had the privilege of speaking with Valerie, and I encourage readers to learn more about Jizo and Chibi.