CEO with Down syndrome runs successful cookie company that helps others with disabilities get jobs

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In high school, she was bullied. After college, it was difficult to find a job. But through all the difficult times, Collette Divitto, has had one thing that makes her happy: baking. Divitto, who has Down syndrome, decided to channel her passion into a career, opening her own cookie company.

“So actually, I always loved baking, since I was 4 years old. From high school, I had been taking baking classes,” said Divitto, 31. “It was a hard time for me. I had no friends, I didn’t have a social life. I got bullied, I got picked on. And that’s why I had been taking baking classes.”

After high school, Divitto went to Clemson University in South Carolina, but after graduating, it was difficult for her to find jobs. So, she turned to her mom, who helped her create her own job: CEO of Collettey’s Cookies.

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Collettey’s Cookies, which is run out of Boston, was founded by Divitto in 2016 and has already brought in more than $1 million in revenue over the last five years. And if starting her own business in her 20s isn’t impressive enough, Divitto is also an author of two children’s books, is featured on the docuseries “Born for Business” about entrepreneurs with disabilities, and runs a nonprofit.

www.cbsnews.com/news/collette-divitto-ceo-down-syndrome-cookie-disabilities-jobs/

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