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Everyone meet Jill! “I’m a management consultant at BCG (Boston Consulting Group) during the week and a dog mom to @kissfroma_rosie on the weekends 😂 I’ve worked for BCG for 5 years, of which 2 I spent at Columbia for my MBA. At BCG, I help C-suite executives solve business problems. I focus on retail turnarounds. Right now, I’m working on a project to turn around a billion dollar retailer facing sales declines each year. Retail is my favorite - an interesting industry to work in with the digital disruption to brick and mortar. My other big passion is raising awareness of dog safety in an urban environment. I lost my first dog due to dog walker negligence so was inspired to turn the tragic event into something positive. Through @kissfroma_rosie I post safety tips, hold giveaway contests and run fundraisers all dedicated to the cause. Thank you for featuring me and Rosie! 😘”. Can we talk about what a boss Jill is?! Her dog 🐶 Rosie isn’t too bad herself 🐾
"I'm a dually licensed Physical Therapist and Occupational Therapist, specializing in multiple soft tissue and joint release techniques, as well as sport specific movement patterns, that works primarily with competitive pro and amateur bodybuilders and other athletes. I started my own business, Dr. Graz's Muscle Restoration, to serve this niche of clientele." . . As an IFBB Pro Fitness and Women's Physique competitor Dr. Natalie searched for professionals to perform these services on her and unfortunately couldn't find any nearby - that's when she started her mobile business! First she served local areas in Florida but her business started to grow through word of mouth! She currently serves athletes in multiple states, countries, large professional sports events, and across various sports. "Getting to work with some of the top athletes in my sport is definitely a high point. Their physique is their business/livelihood, and to be trusted to treat them is an honor. I was recently offered an office in one of the best gyms in the country, The Dragon's Lair in Boca Raton, to work with top coaches and pro athletes in IFBB, WWE, MMA, and rugby. It's surreal the caliber of clients I have the opportunity to meet, work with, and learn from. I am just as honored to work with the amateur athletes and non-athletes, alike. I learn and take something from each client, as they're all unique and from so many backgrounds. What drives me is seeing my clients happy, healthy, and succeeding in whatever their movement/performance goals are. To be a part of their journey; That's the rewarding part." . . Natalie's message to entrepreneurs is to BELIEVE IN YOURSELF! "Never settle working for a company or business model that makes you miserable. Create your own happiness doing what you love, on your terms. It's hard. It's draining. It's a lot of work... but it's all worth it.
“I’m an artist currently living in Charleston, SC. Most of my work is mixed media and painting; created for private collectors, galleries, interior designers, and consultants. I focus on the female form and find myself exploring the idea of femininity through the creative process. Just short of two years ago, I left my teaching career to pursue life as an artist full time. I found myself sitting in the classroom, telling my students that they could grow up and be anything they wanted to be— so why had I not followed through on my own dreams? I believe we base a great deal of our life decisions based on what others have told us, societal expectations and fear of failure. Art has always been my safe space as long as I can remember. A process that allows deep thought, experimentation, and healing. It began as more of a personal and internal need— learning more of who I am and what was needed to grow as both a woman and artist. In the process, if others can connect to my work and see a storyline worth falling in love with, feeling something at all— I am grateful. Remaining dedicated to my own authentic truth and being an advocate for others is truly the only end goal. As for being a woman entrepreneur, I find myself growing more confident every day in our own abilities to blaze a new trail. Women everywhere inspire me. There is an endless community of others ready to support and grow with you if you are willing to find it.” Follow her to see her amazing art and everything she stands for. Can we say talented?
Heather Cook is a Bus Marketing Manager at del Lago Resort and Casino in the Finger Lakes of NY. Heather first entered the casino industry in 2011 as a part time marketing representative, but in 4 months had found herself in a leadership role in the same department. A year later, Heather was promoted to Bus Marketing Sales Manager where she was able to increase her former property's overnight tour and travel bookings by more than 50% year over year. However, in 2017 that position was eliminated Heather moved to a marketing position that handled all marketing promotions at that property. . “I found myself pretty down at this time because I truly loved the bus marketing sales position. For a while I let that feeling of "not being good enough" rule my life. But lucky for me a recruiter hired by del Lago reached out via LinkedIn. del Lago is only a year and a half old, and at this time last year they were looking for someone to start their bus marketing program from scratch. I moved three hours north to Upstate NY to become part of a new and growing casino property! Right now I handle all bus marketing initiatives from promotions to sales to operations with the help of a very supportive marketing team.
Everyone meet Molly. “My major at Ramapo College is Business Administration and my concentration is in Marketing. I take general business courses but go heavy on the Marketing courses. It makes for a well rounded understanding of the business field in general but still allows you to concentrate on an aspect you’re the most passionate about, which for me is Marketing! I joined Alpha Phi Omega, a National Community Service Fraternity during my Spring semester freshman year and it has been one of my best choices. After just one semester in the Fraternity, I was elected to Executive Board where I served as Secretary for a full year. Come this Fall, I will start my first semester as Vice President of Service where I will plan and execute all of the Service opportunities for our Fraternity. I am so excited to start this new position because of my passion for service and helping others. One of my favorite things about being part of Alpha Phi Omega is seeing the impact a smaller group can have. It only takes a few to make a difference. I also work for Ramapo College’s Social Media and Marketing department where I am a Social Media Student Assistant. I contribute to the colleges social media and help strategize content. I love working here because I have learned so much about the how’s and why’s of social media. I’ve also learned new skills such as photography, editing, and new ways of communicating. I am still learning of course and that’s the best part in my opinion. Social media is always changing so learning is so important and is something I’m passionate about. I’m still not entirely sure what my dream job is or what my future holds. If I had to say, it would be a job where I would be able to help others and make a difference while still being able to tap into my creativity and love for social media and Marketing is my dream job and where I see myself in the future, stay tuned!” Did we mention she also does social media for @thejuicehouse_ ? Molly is passionate and excellent at what she does! Look out world.
The women of Spotfront are our Co-Founder Melissa's new co-workers. "The diversity in this office was one of the first things I noticed when I interviewed here. Almost everyone speaks a different language and represents a different culture. This office is also almost 50% female - which is rare in #technology ! These women are so intelligent and hard-working - I'm honored to work alongside them! From leadership, to customer success, to Dev and Engineering, the #spotfront women are on the move in the #startup world."
“You’re never too young, to make a difference.” These are the words of wisdom, Madyson, an 11 year old (going into 6th grade) said to me after I left a work event late last night. As I drove home the words truly settled in and I for some reason was just in absolute awe. Earlier in the day yesterday, at her graduation, she won several awards for academic excellence in math, music and gym (as top female athlete), as well as the Presidential Gold Award. After hearing this, I was inspired to feature our first young femme, for #femmefriday. This is where it ALL begins. Madyson plays travel soccer (she’s in the finals for the NY state cup this Sunday), plays bass and sings rock music for school of rock (where she played with Amber Ferrari, a Long Island rock celebrity last summer and will again this summer). One of her goals is to decrease bullying. She tries to empower people at school when she has seen certain situations. She also draws comics regarding friendship and bullying and wants to make a difference in that area. She also is an advocate in teaching kids to recognize their own talents and being themselves. Speaking with her mother, another outstanding woman, I asked what she does to inspire and push her daughter. She replied: “I try to introduce her to different things to expand her point of view on the world and to expand her interests; she can relate to many different people. I especially stress the sports because it’s something lifelong to keep her healthy, happy-positive outlet.” Wow. Madyson will definitely be one of the next top females, to change the world.
Ricki Sanchez was first exposed to the radio industry when an RA in college told a few students to sign up and be on the schools radio show. She then received her first slot on air doing nights and she, "loved it so much that I never looked back." Ricki knew she had found her passion when a topic she came up with was selected to go on air and she was chosen to speak about it on #Elvisduran and the Morning Show! "The adrenaline rush is something I’ll never forget. I still get it and I haven’t been able to match that feeling in anything else other than radio." Working 3 jobs, Ricki has a dream of one day being an on-air personality. But opportunities are hard to come by in radio. "I wasn’t getting the opportunities I wanted, so I created my own with 20-Somethings Doing Nothing Podcast. 20-Somethings Doing Nothing is a podcast all about the daily things 20-somethings go through. We talk about everything from getting hammered with our friends, to philosophy, to online dating, to affording life on our own... and we do it all in a 30-40 min span. I’ve gained knowledge that I never would have and I’ve had a blast doing it (with a few stressful moments sprinkled in). It’s been my most fulfilling journey yet and none of it would have happened if I gave up."
Everyone meet Erin. Erin is currently fighting a battle against tickborne diseases. Around 4 years ago, Erin was diagnosed with Lyme Disease, Bartonella, Babesia and Mycoplasma. Prior to being diagnosed, Erin worked in Investment Management, a job she loved and thrived in. Her full-time job, is now regaining her health. “Throughout my experience I decided to embrace the positive and share my day to day trials and tribulations through Instagram. Thanks to my page, I have met tons of inspirational women who are all fighting their own personal battles.”
@allyssa_munro is a digital marketer and writer. During the day you can find her at @360i managing digital media campaigns for Shiseido (think: Bare Minerals, Laura Mercier, Buxom Cosmetics, etc.) and at night, producing career/lifestyle content. Allyssa is a big advocate for women advancement and makes it a point to attend/cover conferences that emphasize it. Attending the first ever @USOWomen hosted by the @WhiteHouse as a selected Changemaker and hearing from powerful women like Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Gloria Steinem has been Allyssa’s favorite event to date. "After not being able to find access to certain resources after college, I decided to expand my focus beyond the marketing realm and follow my childhood dream of becoming a writer. With the goal of providing inspiration and knowledge for those also trying to climb the ladder of success, I started freelancing for publications that had the same purpose in mind. In doing so, I’ve not only interviewed and highlighted some outstanding women like former EIC of @seventeen, @AnnShoketand @DressForSuccess CEO, Joi Gordon, but also had the opportunity to write for publications like @MarieClaire, Arianna Huffington’s @thrive @thoughtcatalog and more. I hope that through my freelance writing and career in digital marketing, I can continue to inspire other women to reach their full potential."
Anna Lynn Keeshan is a General Manager at Barneys New York where in her first year, exceeded her individual stores sales goals by 13% - almost $250k! She is also a Licensed Real Estate Sales Person at Cow Harbor Realty Weichert Realtor’s Northport. In real estate she is able to pursue her passion of helping others find their forever homes where they can raise families and grow in. If you are in your real estate search, contact Anna for assistance along the way at AnnalynnRE@gmail.com ! Along with her two full-time jobs Anna just recently started two side-hustles. With a knack and passion for interior design, @roedesignco features Anna’s personal home and design tips. She even refinishes her own pieces and shows you how to do so as well! Soon she hopes to include recipes, and gift-giving tips, so follow along for more info and to find out why I call her the Long Island Joanna Gaines! With @thesuiteli, set to kick off later this year, Anna features carefully curated bridal ideas and some of her favorite vendors and products for future brides-to-be. Aside from being a complete hustler and boss babe, Anna is an incredible friend, mentor, dog mom and wife. Cheers Anna!
Cory, the oldest daughter and sister of four girls, is also the wife to a firefighter and soon to be mom of 3! Cory is an attorney in North Jersey and has known since a very young age, just what she has wanted to be! Cory attended Rutgers University for both her undergrad and Law School practices. Right out of law school, Cory worked for a corporate law firm and knew, in her gut, it just wasn’t the right setting for her. She transitioned to a more personalized, yet insanely successful, law firm. By the age of 33, she became a partner and has only been going up since then! She specializes in personal injury, litigation's, and worker’s compensation, but also handles all different types of law such as business and real estate. She’s truly the jack of all trades.
Jessica of @jphannypackdesigns 🔥👏 Jessica started #jphannypackdesigns two years ago in Monmouth County, NJ when a friend asked her to help decorate their new family lake house. Ever since, #jphannypackdesigns has been featured in several weddings, engagement and baby announcements, homes, and classrooms where each piece is unique and made to order. Jessica enjoys working with her clients to design custom handmade décor for life’s celebrations... When Jessica isn't designing and creating, she is a middle school teacher in a local public school. She has been teaching for five years and loves infusing her creativity into the classroom. In her free time, Jessica enjoys traveling to find inspiration for her next piece of art... Don't hesitate to contact Jessica for all of your custom signage needs!
@laurahuertas_, is a NYC based wedding photographer and full time design student. She grew up with a camera in her hands & shot her first couples session about 5 years ago. She started by shooting events, restaurant interiors & newborns but weddings are where her passions for photography truly developed. She was fascinated with the connection between the photographs she was capturing and the memories. She left her job in 2016 and took on the role of being her own boss at 22. "Taking on the responsibility of running a business & going to school full time, was something I never thought I was capable of." Between a lot of books, educational workshops, google searches, & making mistakes, she learned what it really meant to be your own boss. That it means sometimes having to work 70 hours in a week, being your own bookkeeper, making deadlines for yourself, and just taking on 10 different roles on top of simply being the owner. "Today, I can officially say I’m completely booked for 2018 with 34 amazing couples and I can truly say that the decision of opening my own business, has been the most rewarding experience. For anyone that doubts themselves when it comes to being a woman entrepreneur, just know we’ve all been there.. I still have those days. But keep pushing, because you’re capable of anything you set your mind to!”
Gabrielle Bolin is the owner of @fitbygab_ and is an ACE-certified Personal Trainer and the founder of Fit By Gab, an in-home and online personal training and nutrition service for women. She offers individual, private, group, corporate and online training programs with workouts that allow her clients to achieve their goals no matter how busy their schedules. "My background in the entertainment industry led me to realize what a miserable existence so many women lead, constantly feeling badly about themselves, competing with one another and feeling unable to find the time to work on themselves. I combined my love of fitness, coaching and self-improvement and created a fitness program for women that would check off all of the necessary boxes to help even the busiest ladies. Gabrielle built her business around her feminist values. "I truly believe that women need to be confident, strong, independent and deserve at least 30-minutes dedicated to their health and fitness."
Carly, is the manager of @thejuicehouse_, a juice bar located in North Jersey. She helps to keep 2 locations and about 40 employees smooth sailing! Inventory, sales, productions, and working anywhere around 70 hours a week, etc are just a FEW of the things Carly does on a daily basis. Along with being certified as a yoga instructor, and a huge animal lover, Carly is an amazing worker, great role model, mentor, friend and all around amazing soul! With hundreds of sales a day, physically helping customers, guiding employees, and making sure two locations are running, she sure does keep a cool go with the flow mentality. You go Carl!!!! @carlyprowe.
Welcome Mia Alicata! @mca923 👏 Upon discovering she couldn't be a professional class president, Mia began her career in a customer experience & community engagement role @Poppin. Two years later she started @BuzzFeed on the Strategic Insights & Analytics team & was promoted in under a year. As Head of Retail Insights, Mia works with sales and creatives to put forth the best branded retail content possible & with the commerce team that brought you Homesick Candles, Social Sabotage & @buzzfeedtasty kitchen supplies. Mia started her wedding & event planning company, @handmadebymca, in 2015 specializing in day-of coordination & ensuring a stress-free day. Keep an eye on @HandmadeByMCA for an exciting announcement soon!
Brigette [ @briggie_cass ] who is a Senior Manager in Benefits, for corporate @lorealusa Brigette manages health and wellness plans for L’Oréal and manages benefit plans for 10,000 employees, across the country. She ensures everything works as expected and ensures employees are serviced and vendors operate accordingly. On her free time she loves investing in inspirational books, @soulcycle , and trying out new essential oils for her diffuser 💁🏻♀️ She’s a great support system and great at listening and giving advice.
Jenn Paonessa has been working in the sports industry for 10 years and was nominated by Co-Founder, Melissa Goncalves. Jenn attended Manhattanville College where she received a BA in Management while playing D3 Field Hockey. With a golf Pro dad, a go-getter mom and an entrepreneur for a brother, one can say Jenn was born and bred with confidence and tenacity in her veins. She first discovered her passion for sports business while working at ANC. Starting her career there in 2009 as an Account Coordinator, Jenn quickly climbed the ranks to Manager of the Department within a short 3 ½ years. In 2013 she relocated to Durham, NC to be an Account Manager at Sports Media Technology and then moved to selling corporate partnerships at the Durham Bulls Baseball Club – making her incredibly well-rounded in the sports industry. Her most challenging role came in 2016 when she accepted the position of General Manager at IMG Spartan Sports Marketing at UNC-Greensboro. There, she oversaw the sponsorship sales for UNCG Athletics. This made Jenn one of just 4 Female General Managers in the Country for IMG and the youngest to ever fill the role at UNCG. At the time of her hire, UNCG was not in a good place. There was lost revenue and clients were unhappy. Focusing the first 365 days of her career at UNCG on repairing relationships and building connections, Jenn was able to change history for them by hitting their local revenue goal and pushing the property to 95% overall sales [with little to no lost revenue]. UNCG went from being last in their region in revenue dollars to the first locally and second overall for IMG. This month she was deservingly promoted and will begin her relocation to Atlanta to be the Associate GM of Georgia Tech. Follow Jenn’s Journey on IG - @Jennpao & stay tuned for future Femme Radio episodes and you may be lucky enough to hear Jenn’s full story!
Emily Zaffos started interning at @stevemadden as a junior in college. She graduated from college a semester early and landed herself a full-time role. She worked her way up the chain into a position that is responsible for assisting in the development of a product line that is representative of the brand. At the company she studies markets, shops retail, and interacts with customers to establish trends. She assists in sourcing and choosing materials such as leather, fabric, and ornamentation for samples. She also provides technical packages consisting of specs and materials, which are sent to overseas development teams. She then presents samples as envisioned and attends trade shows. Aside from frequently traveling across the world and making kick ass shoes, Em is truly a great friend, a gem, and family girl. She’s also into making gluten free and dairy free foods that she makes her fiancé test 💁🏻♀️. Follow Emily on Instagram at @eshmems
Nominated by her younger sister Christie, Annie studied International Business at Central Connecticut State University while she was on a scholarship to play Division 1 soccer. She started her career as an Account Manager for a digital marketing agency. Through networking and a track record for an impeccable work ethic, she landed a job working in E-Commerce for #anntaylor #loft, a leading women’s fashion specialty retailer. Beginning as an Email Marketing Coordinator, Annie quickly moved her way up the ranks and in just 3 years was promoted THREE times and is now the Manager of Digital Marketing Strategy for LOFT. Annie is currently in charge of managing 6 employees and credits being able to cultivate their careers through mentorship as one of the bonuses of management. Annie was the focal point of LOFT’s Fall, “Dear What to Wear” campaign which was released via LOFT emails, Instagram and LOFT.com. One of her exciting new projects for LOFT is working through the digital client communications framework and creating a new way to speak and engage with the consumer online. Annie’s career doesn’t just stop there – in the Fall of 2017 she enrolled in the University of Connecticut to get her Master’s of Business. Although Annie seems like she’s all work and no play – don’t worry. Her co-workers would say she takes office karaoke “very seriously!” Who’s up for the challenge?! You can find Annie on Instagram @Annieeeefreer
Karyn Toffolo is the founder of @happybellystrong a wellness service that encompasses the total package of mind body and spirit. She was nominated by her amazing friends, @youdownwitrpt. “I am a personal strength coach boot camp and boxing instructor and a nutrition coach. I create pop-up boot camp and nutrition events on a monthly basis where I collaborate with other strong lady entrepreneurs in the wellness space. My attitude is that everyone can be successful without feeling as a competition or threat. I want to empower everyone not just my clients to be able to achieve their goals. Femme to me means being unapologetically YOU. Stand tall and be vulnerable in a world that is quick to pass judgements. It’s really easy to get lost in the chaos of social media of who you are and what your potential is. Be proud of who you are and work really hard at what you’re passionate about. Share it with the world.” FOLLOW @happybellystrong she is one hell of an inspiration and bad ass #femmetrepreneur
Arielle celebrated the 4 year anniversary of The Juice House on January 4th 2018. Arielle created and opened The Juice House when she was just 23 years old. In only 4 years, Arielle has grown The Juice House to be a pillar in the New Jersey community with 3 locations (and possibly a 4th coming soon). Arielle has hosted events that benefit the Leukemia Foundation and the Elizabeth Coalition for the Homeless as well as a number of additional community outreach initiatives. Arielle has shattered the notion that you can't be a successful entrepreneur when you're young and she continues to shed light on why the future is female. Congratulations on 4 years, Arielle! You can follow both Arielle and The Juice House on Instagram: @thejuicehouse_ @ari_yelle