The wonderfully brazen and bold Mae West said, “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
It’s with that spirit in mind that I’m excited to join Brazen St. Louis as its first full-time Executive Director.
I have spent my entire career either directly or tangentially working for gender equity, which simply won’t happen without the economic empowerment of women. Brazen St. Louis is empowering more women entrepreneurs and business leaders every day – and it’s the tip of the iceberg. I’m so thrilled to be part of it and join you on this journey.
I thought I’d answer some questions to start:
What’s My Background?
My work experience has spanned a variety of leadership and management positions in nonprofits, government, campaigns and a multi-media advertising and public affairs agency. In those roles, I’ve had the opportunity to define new organizations and initiatives and help build them from the ground up.
Through the years, I’ve worked to advance and empower women through work such as strategic consulting for women’s and civil rights organizations, electing women to public office, mentoring and sponsoring women inside and outside the office, and volunteering my time in women’s leadership groups. My work has been largely focused on action – taking concrete steps to help more women advance in their careers and chip away at the leadership gap that still exists in almost all arenas.
What will I be doing?
As the first Executive Director, I will be responsible for leading all efforts related to Brazen St. Louis (a 501c3), including operations, administration, membership, events, program management and community partnerships. In short, I’ll be running the St. Louis regional “branch” of Brazen.
What about Jennifer Ehlen and Aimee Dunne and Brazen Global?
Now that Brazen St. Louis will have a full time Executive Director, Jenn and Aimee will be directing their focus on the expansion of Brazen Global, its for-profit parent company. They are actively exploring opportunities to help more women entrepreneurs grow their businesses in other cities around the country. Stay tuned for more on this!
Anything else to add?
Yes! Please connect with us. As I take on this new role, I look forward to meeting Brazen STL members in the region to see how we can best help you advance your business. I’ll also be reaching out to others in the community to support our efforts, and of course grow our amazing network of members. In the meantime, please “like” our new Brazen St. Louis Facebook page, subscribe to our newsletter, and sign up for a Brazen membership…and invite a friend to as well.