Meet the Mastermind Members
The strength of our community lies not in our numbers or growth, but in the quality of the relationships developed and knowledge shared to lift everyone up. These women are your peers. They are committed to personal and professional growth and to sharing of themselves.
Below each woman shares what they bring to the mastermind. We encourage you to connect on social media, send an email to say hello, set up a coffee date, and hold each other accountable for growth!
HEIRLOOM EVENT CO
I bring two years of business ownership experience and I ask really good questions!
Featured on Green Wedding Shoes – 2017/02
Creative thinker, quick decision making, innovative ideas, marketing and management skills, design concepts.
EMILY ROSE INK
I am always willing to share my experience with building a social media presence, my design skills, and I am also good at helping people come up with creative business ideas. I have a unique drive and hustle that can be motivating for others.
Featured on Oh So Beautiful Paper – 2017/07
Hired New Employee – 2017/05
Featured on Chicago Tribune & NPR for Dear Women Project – 2017/02
Launched Semi-Custom Collection – 2017/02
Participated in Chicago Indie Wed – 2017/02
FEAST & IMBIBE CATERING
I bring a lot of experience and skills. We now have 15 employees, a huge commercial space with subletters, licensing, hearings with the city council, trademarks, three separate entities, becoming a certified woman owned business (which is not a simple process – but leads to government contracts). I’ve learned in the last few years a lot about navigating through business; all sorts of things, I never thought I’d never have to deal with, and that they don’t teach you in school.
JENNIFER KATHRYN PHOTOGRAPHY
I will bring 8 years of experience in business. My strongest skill set is communication with clients, building relationships and providing a custom experience for them. I have also honed my styling skills and have an eye for aesthetics, so I am happy to provide that kind of feedback when necessary.
Marketing – I have 4+ years consultant experience.
Foremost, I would bring my experience as a mother and as an artist to the community. I have longstanding experience supporting others in crisis and am able to bring a genuine presence and listening ear to the group. My trust of the creative process allows me to recognize overarching themes as so much of this creative work unfolds in its own time. I’ve done a lot of inner work and benefit from recognizing the stories I told myself that kept me stuck for so long. I have a lot of compassion for women who struggle with perfectionism.
Launched New Website – 2017/04
I’m good at sales;-) I also have a lot of corporate experience and lessons learned that I can share to give people different perspectives. I’m also a big cheerleader for my friends/clients/friendors/etc. I believe in lifting each other up and celebrating wins.
I have experience both in the creative industry and in the field of policy and academia.
Having run a non-profit, fashion blog and now my consulting business, I’m eager to share my insight from the challenges and successes I had over the years. I love to problem solve and will help in any way I can coming up with creative solutions for any obstacles others may be facing.
I bring experience as a fine craft artist (metal jewelry) selling at art fairs and wholesale; brief experience as a retail shop/gallery owner; writing press releases and articles for my gallery and for our neighborhood association’s quarterly newsletter magazine; arts event planning and volunteer coordinating in a volunteer capacity as board member of arts groups, etc.
A sense for helping other business owners make decisions to keep the look of their brands cohesive. A knack for deep listening and the passion to help other creatives solve the problems they are having in their business.
ELISA PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY
I think professionals in every industry could use knowledge and feedback about photography. I read a lot about small business ownership. I’m open to sharing any knowledge I have! In case you need archaeological skills or 4th grade math tutoring, I have those too.
HELLO PAPER WORLD CO
I have been running my business full time since 2014. I have experience in e-commerce, the wedding industry, branding, packaging, education, podcasting and so much more. I know I can help other business owners take their business to the next level and when I commit to helping people I give it my all without holding back and without needing something in return.
SAVANAH SUMMER - LUXURY HAIR & MAKEUP
I’ve owned my business for 5 years now and have experienced a lot in those years.
BOUDOIR BY TRACY BROWN
I am pretty confident in my business side. I have had a lot of training in that!
I have worked in a corporation as well as a small business, so seeing both sides shed light to common problems. Skills include: listening, problem-solving, graphic design, marketing, and brand development. Giving back to the community has always been important to me.
K.M.HUTTON - MODERN STITCHERY
I think being an attorney and a small business owner of a creative company, allows me to see and value all of sides of the business building experience. I’m extremely creative and love helping people thru roadblocks. But I also am pretty practical about the nuts and bolts of good business practice.
I’ve learned over the past 3-5 years what has gone well and not as well in online business. I’ve had launches that have succeeded and Facebook ads that were a bust. Depending on those in the group, I believe I have some insight into what has worked and what I wouldn’t do again. I’ve used several software programs and apps. I’ve conducted client interviews and I’ve wasted time doing things that weren’t actually in line with my business. I also love being an encourager. If I can encourage anyone that what they are doing is going to matter in 6 months, I would love to do so!