Collette DiVitto had trouble finding a job, so she created her own business.
Born in 1990 with Down syndrome. Collette grew up in Ridgefield, Connecticut, with a passion for baking. A class in high school led to her testing out several cookie recipes and she came up with an original cinnamon chocolate chip cookie. When all of her friends and family raved, “This cookie is amazing,” her first marketable product came to life, “The Amazing Cookie.”
After completing university Collette was ready to work and hoped that a move to Boston combined with her passion for baking would kick off a career. However, after being told time and time again that she was not a “good fit” for the job, she approached some local businesses with her “Amazing Cookie” and started getting orders.
As Collettey’s Cookies grew, her experience with seeking employment became a driving force in her mission to create job opportunities for people with disabilities.
“I was not only determined to show everyone how capable people with (dis)abilities are, but my mission is to open production facilities across the country and employ thousands of (dis)abled people! ONLY 17.5% people with disabilities were employed in 2015.” Most people with disabilities live on poverty level.”
At Kompletecare we believe that Collette’s success is due to some key attributes that she demonstrates:
- Beliefe in one’s self
Not content to wait for the approval of others, she backed herself to achieve the success she knew she had inside of her.
- Using her passion as motivation
We have all heard the quote ‘If you do something you love, you will never work a day in your life”, Collette’s passion is obvious and we can only assume it helped her overcome many things that may have discouraged someone without that type of passion.
- No I in team
By enlisting the help of friends, family, business owners and workers she has harnessed the power of the community around her to reach shared goals.
- Playing to her strengths
It’s obvious in the way she speaks about the business that she has focuses on the things she is good at to create the momentum needed to overcome the hurdles.