Ms. Wylie is the founder ofBloomers Island, the brand that promotes a healthy lifestyle for children with the help of a colorful cast of garden characters called the Bloomers. Ms. Wylie has designed and invented innovative, licensed gardening products, including SeedPops that have been sold in over five-thousand stores in North America. Bloomers started in the schools where she and her team worked with thousands of children in North and South America.
Ms. Wylie grew up on a farm in Western Pennsylvania which is where she first developed her love for all things green. She received her B.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University in Agriculture Economics and Rural Sociology. She then went on to get her M.A. degree in International Economics and Finance from Georgetown University where she attended on a full fellowship. After graduate school, she worked at the World Bank in the Finance Department and then in investment banking where she was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug. She co-founded Maui Toys, an activity toy manufacturer and became a partner in the avant-garde street wear company, X-Large Clothing, with over 38 stores world-wide. After selling X-Large, she took a year off and decided to go back to her roots to start Bloomers.
Through all her business journeys, Ms. Wylie always wrote. She joined a writing group over fifteen years ago and has consistently practiced and honed her craft. She wrote curricula and activity books for the Bloomer's school gardening program. She has also written and presented for many conferences such as the California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC) and the Early Childhood STEM Conference. (EC STEM) to name two.
The first book in her "Bloomers Island" book series, published by Rodale Kids, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, was released in January 2018. Four more books in the Bloomers Island series have been subsequently released.
As a hobby, Ms. Wylie is a painter and her paintings and prints are included in many collections. She also enjoys sports, gardening, and communing with nature.