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Meet a Brazen Member: Teresa Densmore

Author Teresa Densmore Published October 3, 2018
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Welcome to “Meet Brazen Member” an exclusive Brazen series featuring our Brazen Members. We are excited to share a little bit of their professional and personal stories with you!

 

Teresa Densmore is a Team Brazen Member and the director of Art Restart, a social enterprise which provides opportunities for women experiencing poverty to transform their lives through the sales of their art. Art Restart is a business of The Gathering Place, Denver’s only daytime drop-in center for women, children and transgender individuals experiencing poverty.

 

Art Restart

 

What is the inspiration behind your business?

The women we serve. Our artists are women experiencing poverty, some of whom are homeless. We provide opportunities for them to use their artistic talents to earn money. By helping them sell their designs, we enable them to take charge of their futures.

 

What do you love most about being the boss?

Paying our artists. For every product purchased, they receive a royalty check. It’s the most tangible experience of impact I can imagine.

 

Which of your personal attributes do you think equips you the most to be an entrepreneur and why?

My “get it done” attitude! And understanding that my “perfectionist” tendencies don’t mesh well with my entrepreneurship identity. Sometimes it’s best to just get it out there and adjust as you go versus waiting and waiting for it to be perfect.

 

What is the hardest part about being a female entrepreneur and how do you overcome it?

In my experience, the hardest part is meeting people who assume I don’t know anything about business. Well, I definitely know my business, my vision, and what it’s going to take to succeed. My passion for what I do eventually shows people I know about business. But the areas where I’m not an expert (hello financial scenarios), I seek out people to help me create rock star materials to prove I know what I’m talking about.

 

What is your favorite piece of business advice?

“Attract and repel.” Focus on those who are attracted to your business and don’t spend energy on those that don’t get it. The ones who do are much more important to the success of your business. Don’t be everything to everyone. Courtesy of Olivia Omega, Director of Brazen Denver.

 

What is your favorite app/software that helps you with productivity?

Asana helps me track progress on all of my projects.

 

What is your preferred accounting software?

QuickBooks

 

What service does your company outsource?

Accounting.

 

What is your favorite business / startup podcast?

Mixergy

 

What is the first position you hired?

Business Development

 

What is the most important piece of technology your company uses?

Shopify

 

What is your favorite book?

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

 

One skill you’d like to learn this year?

How to make a solid pitch.

 

What business woman or woman-led business do you admire and why?

Women’s Bean Project. A Denver social enterprise which hires chronically unemployed women and teaches them job skills. They sell great soup products while providing opportunities for women to become self-sufficient.

 

What is your favorite non-work related hobby?

Exploring new microbreweries!

 

What is your favorite quote?

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” Steve Prefontaine

 

Who from history would you most like to meet and why?

Jane Addams. She’s known as the mother of social work and devoted her life to women’s issues. I’d love to speak face to face about her philosophies.

 

How do you relax after a long day? Is there a small luxury you treat yourself to?

I listen to KUVO! A radio station in Denver which plays nonstop jazz and blues. On especially long days, I add a glass of wine to the listening session!

 

Besides social media and news sites, what website do you check often?

Evernote. My husband and I organize and share interesting articles with each other.

 

If you had an extra hour in every day, how would you use it?

Yoga and meditation to focus and refresh my mind.

 

How did you hear about Brazen and why did you decide to sign up as a member?

My colleague, Olivia Omega, was asked to launch Brazen in Denver and offered an opportunity for me to get involved. I am excited about Brazen because my company is in the growth stage and Brazen’s focus is a perfect fit for me right now.

 

How has being a Brazen Member impacted or changed your business?

The people! I have met so many amazing people! I’m building a strong community of women who support each other. I’m leaning from my colleagues and that has helped me improve my business and opened up opportunities and strategies I didn’t know about.

 

How has your business grown since you joined Brazen?

The exposure I have received by being part of this group is amazing. We’re heading into our busiest time of the year and my connections have positioned us to have our best holiday season yet.

 

Have you become more bold since becoming a Brazen Member?

Yes! Having this community of support has empowered me to think even bigger!

 

What is the #1 benefit you feel you receive as a Brazen member?

The reciprocation of ideas and feedback. I now have a built-in community where I can receive feedback but I also have the chance to give back to our community and help others think through challenges. It’s a win-win!

 

Want to meet more incredible women like Teresa? Consider becoming a Brazen Member. 

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Meet a Brazen Member: Crystal Dyer

Author Crystal Dyer Published June 27, 2018
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Welcome to “Meet Brazen Member” an exclusive Brazen series featuring our Brazen Growth Group Members. We are excited to share a little bit of their professional and personal stories with you!

 

Crystal Dyer is the CEO of Gone Again Travel & Tours, which offers exceptional international travel packages. Her solutions are customized according to the individual or groups preferences and budget. Crystal aims to simplify the process so travelers can stress-less and travel more often. Crystal recently became a member of Brazen Chicago.

 

See how Crystal uses her business to introduce young people to travel, culture and history here: 

 

 

What is the inspiration behind your business?

Helping people stress less and travel more often. I was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago in the Bronzeville community. I was the middle child and very shy. I loved science and always visited the Museums of Science & Industry or Natural History and wanted to be an archaeologist and discover ancient relics and worlds. Guess being a travel agent is close enough huh!

 

What do you love most about being the boss?

Being happy!

 

Which of your personal attributes do you think equips you the most to be an entrepreneur and why?

I’m a great listener, sales and marketer, open for advice.  These have really helped me excel.

 

What is your favorite app/software that helps you with productivity?

TravelJoy CRM saved my life in the first few months opening my store.  Perfect match to keep up with my client data.

 

What is the hardest part about being a female entrepreneur and how do you overcome it?

Time management.  I set my phone alarm so I can leave the office on-time.

 

What is your favorite piece of business advice?

The business plan is a living thing open for adjustment.

 

What is your preferred accounting software?

QuickBooks

 

What service does your company outsource?

After-hours answering service, social media marketing.

 

What is your favorite business / startup podcast?

Ted Talks

 

What is the first position you hired?

Accountant

 

What is your favorite book?

Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain

 

One skill you’d like to learn this year?

Tai Chi

 

What business woman or woman-led business do you admire and why?

WVON Talk Radio Host Perri Smalls, a little lady with a big voice for awareness of injustice.

 

What is your favorite non-work related hobby?

Movies

 

What is your favorite quote?

“Water your mind to grow your soul.”
~Unknown

 

Who from history would you most like to meet and why?

Mahatma Gandhi, a soul of peace

 

How do you relax after a long day? Is there a small luxury you treat yourself to?

Ice cream

 

Besides social media and news sites, what website do you check often?

Travel Weekly and Crain’s Chicago

 

How did you hear about Brazen and why did you decide to sign up as a member?

Facebook. Met with Kristin Fox and feel this is the place to help mentor me and grow my business.

 

Have you become more bold since becoming a Brazen Member?

Yes!

 

What is the #1 benefit you feel you receive as a Brazen member?

Expertise of all the members.

 

Want to meet more incredible women like Crystal? Consider becoming a Brazen Member. 

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Meet Brazen Member: Casey Gardonio-Foat York

Author Casey Gardonio-Foat York Published May 8, 2018
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Welcome to “Meet Brazen Member” an exclusive Brazen series featuring our Brazen Growth Group Members. We are excited to share a little bit of their professional and personal stories with you!

 

Casey Gardonio-Foat received her Ph.D. in Art History from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts in 2012. Shortly afterwards, she launched her first company, Casey York Design, creating patterns, fabrics, and workshops for the quilting industry and expanding into artisanal, hand-painted quilts and home accessories. Her newest venture, Wink & Rise, draws on the latest research about sleep’s importance for health, productivity, and happiness in creating a new retail concept focused on premium sleep accessories.

 

Wink & Rise celebrates the Art of Sleep, encouraging consumers to both appreciate sleep as a cornerstone of a healthy and productive lifestyle and also to enjoy it as the luxury it is. We do this by offering a thoughtfully curated selection of today’s very best sleep-related products and by aggregating the latest research and writing on the benefits of restful sleep and how to achieve it. Just as the concierge at a fine hotel helps guests to access the best a city has to offer, we seek to help our customers find and enjoy their best sleep, so they can make the most of their waking hours.

 

What is the inspiration behind your business?
We love to pamper ourselves with delicious food, spa-level grooming, and boutique exercise, but we haven’t yet learned how to truly enjoy sleep, even though it is a fundamental cornerstone of living well.

 

What do you love most about being the boss?
Bringing an idea (and it’s attendant visual expressions) to fruition.

 

Which of your personal attributes do you think equips you the most to be an entrepreneur and why?
Creativity. According to the StrengthsFinder assessment, my primary strength is “Ideation” (or, as I sometimes self-deprecatingly refer to it, “Daydreaming”). I’m energized by developing and pursuing new ideas. 

 

What is your favorite app/software that helps you with productivity?
I’m a new convert to QuickBooks, although I also rely on Adobe Illustrator heavily.

 

What is the hardest part about being a female entrepreneur and how do you overcome it?
Being assertive

 

What is your favorite piece of business advice?
Everyone can have a great idea; successful entrepreneurship is about persevering in making those ideas reality.

 

What is your preferred accounting software?
QuickBooks 

 

What is your favorite business / startup book?
Trading Up (Michael Silverstein and Neil Fiske)

 

What service does your company outsource?
Manufacturing

 

What is your favorite business / startup podcast?
The E-Commerce Masterplan podcast

 

What is the most important piece of technology your company uses?
My computer: I use it for keeping track of ideas and to-dos, product research, scheduling, communication, sales, bookkeeping, design, and pretty much everything else.

 

What is your favorite book?
Consider the Lobster, David Foster Wallace

 

One skill you’d like to learn this year?
I’d like to finally become skillful at bookkeeping.

 

What business woman or woman-led business do you admire and why?
Tory Burch: Not only did she develop a successful lifestyle brand from scratch, her foundation is dedicated to helping other women entrepreneurs succeed and grow.

 

What is your favorite non-work related hobby?
Cooking

 

Who from history would you most like to meet and why?
Luisa Roldan, the first professionally successful female sculptor (in 17th century Spain!) and a subject of my dissertation. 

 

How do you relax after a long day? Is there a small luxury you treat yourself to? 
Talking with my kids about their days. And perhaps the occasional glass of champagne or scotch.

 

If you had an extra hour every day, how would you use it?
Reading: there’s so much great information at our fingertips these days, and I’d love to have an extra hour to indulge in absorbing more of it.

 

How did you hear about Brazen and why did you decide to sign up as a member?
I joined Brazen when it was still Prosper Women Entrepreneurs, as a member of a Growth Group, in order to network, learn from other women business owners, and gain a sense of accountability that would help me follow through on ideas.

 

How has being a Brazen Member impacted or changed your business?
I’ve built a network of amazing, supportive local women business owners, and gained access to fantastic professional resources.

 

How has your business grown since you joined Brazen?
With my first venture, Casey York Design, I grew from a quilt pattern designer to the producer of a line of couture home accessories. I’m also launching a new venture, Wink & Rise–dedicated to premium and prestige sleep-inspiring products–this spring!

 

Have you become more bold since becoming a Brazen Member?
Absolutely!

 

What is the #1 benefit you feel you receive as a Brazen member?
Access to professional consultants in areas in which I have no previous experience (such as IT, legal services, etc.), and the opportunity to meet and get to know other local women entrepreneurs!

 

Connect with Casey and Wink & Rise on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and on winkandrise.com.

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Meet Brazen Member: Catherine Nkonge

Author Catherine Nkonge Published March 20, 2018
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Welcome to “Meet Brazen Member” an exclusive Brazen series featuring our Brazen Growth Group Members. We are excited to share a little bit of their professional and personal stories with you!

 

Catherine Nkonge is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Masters of Education in counseling from the University of Missouri Saint Louis. Her specialization and focus is in career counseling/coaching with substantial experience in providing career development services to individuals and in workshop settings.

 

Catherine is the owner of Hazina Career Services which prides itself in providing excellent career development services to individuals in workshop and class settings for groups. Their services address: career exploration, transition, fit, dissatisfaction, uncertainty, integrating career and educational goals, the job search process, resume development, interview skills and more. HCS strives to provide insight, knowledge, skills, and tools needed to tackle your career concerns.

 

What is the inspiration behind your business?
I love and enjoy helping career professionals gain the insight, knowledge, tools and skills to address their career concerns. It is energizing and fulfilling when a client realizes they can do something about their career concern and that they are not stuck. I tell my clients, “your career concern matters, let’s do something about it.” And working together we do! Helping others find meaning and purpose in what they do is the inspiration behind my business. I love it!

 

What is your favorite book?
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.

 

Who from history would you most like to meet and why?
Nelson Mandela. He is a true man of integrity and character. He was a great example of personal sacrifice for the greater good.

 

One skill you’d like to learn this year?
Utilizing Google classroom, Zoom, Skype and also salsa dancing.

 

What is your favorite non-work related hobby?
Gardening, walking in the park, and leisure reading.

 

What is your favorite quote?
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do and He will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3 

 

Which of your personal attributes do you think equips you the most to be an entrepreneur and why?
I am self-driven. You have to be able to push yourself to get things done because no one is coming around to make sure you get them done.

“You have to be able to push yourself to get things done because no one is coming around to make sure you get them done.”

 

 

How do you relax after a long day? 
Chilling out watching a favorite show like This is Us or Blackish

 

What do you love most about being the boss?
The creativity I am able to incorporate in developing the services I provide.

 

What is your favorite app/software that helps you with productivity?
Microsoft Word Suite.

 

What is your favorite piece of business advice?
Reading and applying marketing concepts from Book Yourself Solid (illustrated) by Michael Port.

 

What is your favorite business / startup book?
Book Yourself Solid by Michael Port.

 

What service does your company outsource?
Website design and hosting.

 

How did you hear about Brazen and why did you decide to sign up as a member?
I was part of the initial Growth Group cohort. I was just starting my business and thought the support of other women entrepreneurs would be great.

“I was just starting my business and thought the support of other women entrepreneurs would be great.”

 

 

How has being a Brazen Member impacted or changed your business?
It has provided me the opportunity to connect and network. It is empowering seeing other women work and go through similar challenges as myself. It helps me realize that I am not alone.

 

What is the #1 benefit you feel you receive as a Brazen member?
Opportunity to connect and network and exposure to resources I might not be aware of.

 

Connect with Catherine and Hazina Career Services on Facebook and Twitter, and check out their website at www.hazinacs.com

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Meet Brazen Member: Katy Thomas

Author Katy Thomas Published February 14, 2018
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Welcome to “Meet Brazen Member” an exclusive Brazen series featuring our Brazen Growth Group Members. We are excited to share a little bit of their professional and personal stories with you!

 

 

Katy Thomas is the founder of GiG{a}BiT Rocks, a tour planning platform for independent artists. It can be utilized for a “power weekend,” national, and even world-wide tours. GiG{a}BiT Rocks’ method focuses on connecting artists to one another. They believe that having a solid local artist in each tour-stop city is key to touring success. A local artist understands their scene and can also bring out their fans while the touring group is building their national or regional presence. Everyone returns the favor and Presto! We have a big beautiful community of musicians elevating each other to the next level.

 

What is the inspiration behind your business?
My husband and all the wonderful musicians I’ve encountered as a result of him. Indie musicians work so hard. They are writing, practicing, recording, hauling gear, planning, and also holding down full time jobs to pay the bills. I wanted to create something that would save them time, create more reliable revenue and ultimately make being a full-time musician a reality. 

 

What is your favorite quote?
“Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is tired morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.”

-George S. Patton

 

Which of your personal attributes do you think equips you the most to be an entrepreneur and why?
I’m a problem solver and very self-driven

 

What is your favorite piece of business advice?
Be productive, but don’t forget to have fun.

 

Besides social media and news sites, what website do you check often?
Entrepreneur.com

 

What do you love most about being the boss?
Being creative, listening to people and figuring out solutions. 

 

What is your favorite book?
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

 

One skill you’d like to learn this year?
Learn French

 

What small luxury do you treat yourself to?
Facials

 

How do you relax after a long day?
Glass of wine and a good book

 

What is your favorite non-work related hobby?
I love checking out new restaurants

 

Your favorite vacation spot?
North Shore, Oahu

 

Favorite non-office space to hold a meeting?
Outside on a patio when it’s nice

 

What is your favorite game?
Scattegories

 

Who inspires you?
My family

 

What is your favorite sport or physical activity?
Running or sand volleyball

 

If you had an extra hour every day, how would you use it?
Reading or spending time with family and friends

 

 

 

Connect with Brazen Member Katy and GiG{a}BiT Rocks on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and check out their website at www.gigabitrocks.com

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Meet Brazen Member: Susan Stewart

Author Susan Stewart Published October 17, 2017
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Welcome to “Meet Brazen Member” an exclusive Brazen series featuring our Brazen Growth Group Members. We are excited to share a little bit of their professional and personal stories with you!

 

What is your favorite book?
The Glass Castle

 

One skill you’d like to learn this year?
Tiling

 

What business woman or woman-led business do you admire and why?
Sheryl Sandberg- I was inspired by her book Lean In.

 

What is your favorite non-work related hobby?
Taking our dog Sadie for a walk with my husband.

 

What is your favorite quote?
“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. ” -Albert Einstein

 

Who from history would you most like to meet and why?
My grandmother. She died before I was born and I often wonder what she was like.

 

How do you relax after a long day? Is there a small luxury you treat yourself to?
A glass of wine and a game of spider solitaire on my phone. I also get a massage once a month.

 

Besides social media and news sites, what website do you check often?
Containerstore.com

 

If you had an extra hour every day, how would you use it?
Prayer/quiet time in the morning before everyone else gets up in the morning. It helps me prepare for my day.

 

What is the inspiration behind your business?
I was always helping friends with organizing and decorating and my husband suggested I do it for a living. It’s awesome getting paid to do what you love!

 

What do you love most about being the boss?
Setting my own schedule. Getting to decide when and how much I work.

 

Which of your personal attributes do you think equips you the most to be an entrepreneur and why?
Tenacity. There have been a few times over the years that I’ve wanted to throw in the towel but I do not give up easily. My tenacity has allowed me to push through a recession, a relocation of my business (from Phoenix to St. Louis) and 2 rounds of breast cancer since I started Perfectly Placed.

 

What is your favorite app/software that helps you with productivity?
Acuity – my scheduling software. It sends reminder texts/emails to clients before their appointments.

 

What is the hardest part about being a female entrepreneur and how do you overcome it?
Boundaries. I want to please everyone and often that means putting myself last. My friends and husband have permission to get on me about it. I’m trying to be better about not feeling guilty about having fun or resting.

 

What is your favorite piece of business advice?
Take 25% of every sale and set it aside for taxes. I wish I had followed this advice. I would have saved myself a lot of pain.

 

What is your preferred accounting software?
Quickbooks.

 

What is your favorite business / startup book?
Organizing From The Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern

 

What service does your company outsource?
Accounting

 

What is your favorite business / startup podcast?
Story Brand

 

What is the first position you hired?
Organizer

 

What is the most important piece of technology your company uses?
Label maker

 

How did you hear about Brazen and why did you decide to sign up as a member?
I met Jennifer Ehlen and she told me about Brazen.

 

How has being a Brazen Member impacted or changed your business?
I’m pretty new to Brazen but I’m excited to be a part of the Growth Groups. I’ve always wanted to do something like this.

 

 

What is the #1 benefit you feel you receive as a Brazen member?
Being a part of a Growth Group. I’m so glad to have peers with whom I can problem solve.

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Meet Brazen Member: Cyndi Demick

Author Cyndi Demick Published August 29, 2017
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Welcome to “Meet Brazen Member” an exclusive Brazen series featuring our Brazen Growth Group Members. We are excited to share a little bit of their professional and personal stories with you!

 

What is Mamakea?
Mamakea provides in-home assembly of flat-pack (ready to assemble) furniture such as IKEA, Wayfair, Pottery Barn, Target, etc.

 

One skill you’d like to learn this year?
Cold Calls

 

What business woman or woman-led business do you admire and why?
Maxine Clark is one because she is local and it has been fun to watch this business from the beginning through growth and to its incredible international position now. It is what we all dream about.

 

What is your favorite non-work related hobby?
Crafting–needlepoint, wet felting, beading

 

What is your favorite quote?
“Be who you are…Say what you feel…Those who mind don’t matter…and those who matter don’t mind. Dr. Seuss

 

How do you relax after a long day? Is there a small luxury you treat yourself to?
My favorite relaxation is a glass of wine and watching a baseball game. I occasionally schedule a massage–for medicinal purposes.

 

Besides social media and news sites, what website do you check often?
IKEA!

 

What is the inspiration behind your business?
The big picture inspiration was being laid off for the fourth time in my career and wanting to have more control over my own destiny. When I started to look for ways to go into business for myself and asked myself “what do I enjoy doing?”, it was a joke to say assembling furniture. But as I researched it I found that other metro areas with an IKEA actually did have similar businesses.

 

What do you love most about being the boss?
Finally getting to implement the good ideas I have always had.

 

Which of your personal attributes do you think equips you the most to be an entrepreneur and why?
I have strong intuition which helps with running the business and great customer service.

 

What is the hardest part about being a female entrepreneur and how do you overcome it?
The difficult parts of being an entrepreneur don’t seem related to being female. The only female related issue is knocking on a door to do service and having the customer look behind me to see who else is showing up to use these tools.

 

What is your favorite piece of business advice?
Don’t under-price yourself. I used to tell other small business people this all of the time, but it is still very difficult to take my own advice.

 

What is your favorite business / startup book?
The Goal

 

What service does your company outsource?
Bookkeeping

 

What is the most important piece of technology your company uses?
Power Drill

 

How did you hear about Brazen and why did you decide to sign up as a member?
I was referred to Brazen by a friend who has worked in the entrepreneurial environment in St. Louis. He has been very supportive and has given me good advice, so I trusted him on this.

 

How has being a Brazen Member impacted or changed your business?
The help in problem-solving is great, but the accountability built into Growth Groups is the most impactful thing for me.

 

How has your business grown since you joined Brazen?
One of my Growth Group objectives led me to getting some broadcast publicity on “Show Me St. Louis”. This increased my business by 50% or so.

 

Have you become more bold since becoming a Brazen Member?
Yes. Knowing there are others who are or have been in the same position gives me more confidence that I am not in the wrong place.

 

What is the #1 benefit you feel you receive as a Brazen member?
Networking and problem solving in a group rather than by myself.

 

Follow Cyndi and Mamakea on Facebook at @MamakeaInc and check out their website mamakea.com.

 

Cyndi has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering as well as an MBA. She has spent most of her career in engineering consulting and food manufacturing. She am a single mom and after being laid off for the fourth time in her career, decided it was time to control her own destiny.

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Meet Brazen Member: Ronke Faleti, Kulumama

Author Ronke Faleti Published May 3, 2017
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Welcome to “Meet Brazen Member” an exclusive Brazen series featuring our Brazen Growth Group Members. We are excited to share a little bit of their professional and personal stories with you!

Tell us about Kulumama!

Kulumama is functional fashion for modern moms. We curate multi-use accessories from female artisans around the world that women can enjoy while pregnant, breastfeeding and beyond. Our mission is both local and global.

What do you love most about being the boss?

Being the boss has a lot of responsibility…creating a vision that people can follow is an honor I don’t take lightly.

What small luxury do you treat yourself to?

Kettle corn popcorn in the evenings while catching up on “This is Us” or “Suits”

One skill you’d like to learn this year?

Social Media Prowess

What is your favorite piece of business advice?

JDI (Just do it!)

What is your favorite app/software that helps you with productivity?

Google calendar

What is the inspiration behind your business?

Life as a mother

 

Follow Ronke and Kulumama on Facebook @Kulumama and visit their website www.kulumama.com

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Meet Brazen Member: Chrissy Fogerty, Fauxgerty

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Welcome to “Meet Brazen Member” an exclusive Brazen series featuring our Brazen Growth Group Members. We are excited to share a little bit of their professional and personal stories with you!

What is Fauxgerty?

At Fauxgerty, we create cruelty-free garments focused on sustainability through recycled elements and ethical production in Saint Louis and Los Angeles. Our mindful garments have a minimalist, contemporary aesthetic while marrying luxury with ethical fashion.

What is your favorite book?

Miracles at Work by Emily Bennington

What business woman or woman-led business do you admire?

My mom (owner of Savvy Surrounding, an interior design firm) and sister (owner of Kate and Company, wedding design firm) both run successful businesses and I admire their commitment to their brands, family and love of their art.

What superpower do you wish you had?

To teleport – I hate flying! Plus, I want to be able to have by Chloe (in New York City) whenever I want.

What is the inspiration behind your business?

I really wanted to be a positive influencer in whatever path I chose in life. Bringing a mindful mission to fashion allowed me to partake in an industry I love and be proud of my presence in it.

What is your favorite non-work related hobby?

One of my favorite things to do is to cook Italian meals that take all day to prepare.


Follow Chrissy and Fauxgerty on Facebook @FauxgertyApparel, Twitter and Instagram @fauxgerty and visit their website www.fauxgerty.com

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Meet Brazen Member: Lindsay Obermeyer, LBO Studio

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Welcome to “Meet Brazen Member” an exclusive Brazen series featuring our Brazen Growth Group Members. We are excited to share a little bit of their professional and personal stories with you!

What is LBO Studio?

LBO Studio is a social media agency. We help small business owners maximize their marketing time and dollars, thus providing them with the mental space to focus on their passion. With daily targeted time on social media, you will see an average 25% jump in traffic. At LBO Studio we make you look better online!

What business woman or woman-led business do you admire?

My mother was an entrepreneur. She raised her family while launching two businesses.

What is your favorite quote?

Mine is less a quote rather than a life philosophy. I live by The Golden Rule or law of reciprocity is the principle of treating others as one would wish to be treated.

One skill you’d like to learn this year?

I’d like to learn how to use 3D printers

Which of your personal attributes do you think equips you the most to be an entrepreneur?

I love challenges of all types.

How do you relax after a long day?

I love to crochet while watching Gilmore Girls.

What is your favorite piece of business advice?

Believe in yourself. I have to remind myself of this one upon occasion.


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