What do you get when you mix artful inspiration with CEO savvy? Sade Lythcott.
Sade Lythcott heads the National Black Theatre in Harlem, where she was born and raised. The daughter of Barbara Ann Teer, the theater's founder, Lythcott began her career as a fashion stylist. When her mother passed away unexpectedly in 2008, she stepped in to run operations, and what was intended to be a temporary solution has turned into her life's work and passion. Growing up surrounded by such icons as Nina Simone and Maya Angelou, Lythcott has emerged as a fashion risk taker, expressing herself as an artist through her wardrobe. Not one to follow the trends, the self-proclaimed vintage hunter delights in obtaining uncommon items that have history and craftsmanship. "Sometimes I buy the most impractical things I know I will never wear—I see them as art," Lythcott admits. However, she says, it is her mother and aunt who influence her most. Her advice on finding work-life balance: "I meditate twice a day for 20 minutes to center, to shed the stress of the day."