Ladderworks is a publishing platform of diverse picture books and online curriculum with the mission to empower over a million kids to become social entrepreneurs. Our current series features interviews by our interplanetary journalist Spiffy with inspiring Social Entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Builders, and Changemakers who are advancing the UN SDGs.
Hi everyone, Spiffy here, your one and only interplanetary journalist reporting from Planet Earth. I’m thrilled to be talking to Carrie SiuButt, the CEO of SimpleHealth. She is an entrepreneur working to reduce inequalities and make the world a better place through her work. Are you ready to be enlightened?
Spiffy: Thanks for joining me, Carrie! Tell me, what challenge are you addressing through SimpleHealth?
Carrie: Thanks for having me, Spiffy! At SimpleHealth, we are addressing equality for women's health. We currently offer different types of contraception to all people born with ovaries.
Spiffy: What motivates you to do it?
Carrie: I love that I can immediately see the impact of what we do. Patients write to us all the time that they either don't have time to see a doctor, don't have insurance, or can't afford their medication—we solve that problem, all from their own homes.
Spiffy: That’s amazing! What would you say is the impact of your work?
Carrie: We make contraception available to all peoples in a judgment-free format. All consultations are reviewed by doctors, and our patients receive their contraception at home in discreet packaging.
Spiffy: Is there anything else you would love to tell our audience?
Carrie: Always keep moving your feet forward, challenges will always occur. In times of crisis or when you feel you want to give up, just remember to put one foot in front of the other and keep on creating forward momentum.
Spiffy: Thanks for speaking with me today, Carrie—it’s been an honor!
Carrie Siu Butt is the CEO of SimpleHealth, which offers women contraceptive care. The company’s workforce is 72% female, 47% people of color, 46% LBGTQ, and 36% disabled. She hopes to amplify the voices of the disabled community by sharing her own experiences living with her disability, dystonia. Carrie is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, and received her MBA from Stanford University. (Nominated by Agatha Kluk from Perkins Coie. First published on the Ladderworks website on February 28, 2023.)
The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the interviewee and do not necessarily reflect those of Ladderworks LLC.
© 2023 Ladderworks LLC. Edited by Anushree Nande. Spiffy’s illustration by Shreyas Navare. For the Ladderworks digital curriculum to help K-3 kids advance the UN SDGs, visit Spiffy's Launchpad: Creative Entrepreneurship Workshops for K-3 Kids and their caregivers here.