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o2o Ep. 30 Rae Ripple - An Artist Looks at EO

Host Jesse Tyler is joined by Rae Ripple, who is a talented metal artist, fabricator, children's book author, motivational speaker, and contestant on Netflix's Metal Shop Masters.

Although not an employee owner herself, Rae is a brand ambassador for 100% EO Hypertherm. Rae shares her thoughts about employee ownership, how her visit to Hypertherm changed her views of how employee-owned companies and factories differ from non-EO. She also shares advice to young women entering the workplace, and how men should treat women at work and in life.

Rae also shares her inspiring background, including homelessness, domestic abuse, addiction, and how she has pushed forward to overcome life's challenges. She discusses the impetus behind her children's book "When I Grow Up."

The goal of this podcast is to have owner-to-owner discussions about a wide range of ownership experiences and culture topics, and to bring more insight into the individual ownership experience.

The Owner to Owner Podcast is produced by Bret Keisling for the EO Podcast Network.

About Rae Ripple

(in her own words from

Each person has a purpose. We strive for something to live for, seeking reason in every decision in each waking moment of life.

From the time I was born, I felt I had no purpose. At 14, I was homeless.

I struggled and bounced around from job to job. Waitressing, tow-truck driving, fighting fires, you name it – I tried it.

But the pain I felt since childhood didn’t go away. Until I picked up a paintbrush and started painting. I felt lighter with each brush stroke. But I needed more of a release. I sketched, I bent wire, I cut sheet metal pieces with tin snips, and spent months cutting, wrapping, and joining pieces by hand.

But nothing sufficed. Until I picked up a plasma cutter and began welding. I finally found my purpose – to create and share art with the world.

Now, I spend my days painting murals, CREATING METAL SCULPTURES, and helping out around the community. I try to share my passion everywhere I go, in hopes I can inspire, teach, or help someone else find their release and in turn, their purpose.

Want to follow along on my journey? FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM to see what’s new!

About "When I grow up."

“When I grow up” showcases a young, elementary age girl in her search for what she wants to do in her career someday. When she arrives at the library to begin her research, she is greeted with a new metal sculpture that piques her interest into welding.

What will Olivia choose? Learn more about her first experiences with welding and the trades. Order “When I grow up” by Rae Ripple here!

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This podcast is produced by Bret Keisling for the EO Podcast Network.


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