The brilliant Michelle Kennedy with Kennedy Art and Entertainment Law blew our minds with golden nuggets of legal wisdom at October's workshop. If you missed it, make sure to reach out to Michelle at Michelle@kennedyartlaw.com with all of your questions and she'll take care of you.
In the meantime, read on below for a few sound bytes from a great workshop:
As an intro to next week's Product Hunt event, Big Door Network's Jessica Frech wrote us a few good words.
Every month we invite trending startups to show off their products to potential users, marketers, entrepreneurs, creators, and like minded individuals in an effort to gain user feedback. November's meetup is even more significant since partnering with BRAID to feature female founded companies.
In witnessing the recent national divide, we are now being called “to build that better, stronger, fairer America we seek” (from Hillary Clinton’s Concession Speech for the 2016 Presidential Election). Part of that responsibility includes shining a light, with bullhorn in hand, on the neglected or suppressed.
I could spend a quick thirty minutes in US Census Bureau records citing a list of numbers and variables that reflect the current situation of females in executive business roles, or I can assume that you hold a set of values that include awareness and discernment on the side of compassion, understanding, and fairness (I’ve chosen the latter). And rather than focusing on the struggle right now, I’d like more to quickly chat about why being a “female” founder matters.
Every time a female founder is given the opportunity to share their story, a safe space for change is created. The spirit of breaking the status quo becomes less intimidating. Fears calculated by opposition are put back on the shelf. Action is encouraged. Communities are strengthened. Bravery is enlisted. The attributes required to start a business are unleashed in this “safe space” whereas before, they may have been suppressed by layers of “but you’re a mom”, “you can run a home, but you can’t run a business”, and “how many women actually get paid the same as C titled male executives” kind of rhetoric. If these are all solutions produced from one female founder’s story, then we need to do everything we can to cultivate more places, events, and situations where female founders can stand in the spotlight.
So show face. Take up the bullhorn. Yes, being a female founder matters.
“I believe we are stronger together and we will go forward together. And you should never, ever regret fighting for that” (from Hillary Clinton’s Concession Speech for the 2016 Presidential Election).
Check out the list of kick-ass, women-ran startups below that’ll be featured at November’s Product Hunt meetup below:
When: Thursday, November 17, 2016 // 7pm - 8:30pm
Where: Big Door // 78 West Center St. Provo, Utah
Why: To test trending products and give feedback to the founding team.
Who: Fuze, Fair Kind, Musana, Salis Skincare, and Aunt Flo
Hosted by Big Door, sponsored by San Diablo Churros
Save your spot here.
Meet the fabulous Evelyn Haupt, a local fashion illustrator with enough passion for life to fuel a steam engine. Read on below to learn more about this rad Braider!
How would you describe yourself in 10 words or less?
I wear black and I like to dance.
Tell us about the brand that you are hoping to grow.
I am a fashion illustrator. As a freelance artist, my ongoing mission is to build myself and my skills. I love minimal design, simple color palettes, and the use of line. My subject matter ranges from female portraiture, clothing and accessories, and the occasional pattern.
What inspired you to start?
Working in fashion illustration has been something I have wanted to do since grade school. I earned a bachelor’s degree in illustration, and upon graduating I have worked with individuals, photographers, authors, and fashion brands. The world I work in revolves around fashion, beauty, celebrities, and pop culture. I love this glittery material world.
If you have a mission, goal, or vision for your brand, what would it be?
My overarching goal is to show my young daughter (and others) that she can pursue the dreams that most speak to her, no matter what.
Who is your target audience?
I hope that my work catches the eye of beauty brands, design houses, illustration agencies, and consumers who enjoy fashion as much as I do!
What’s the biggest challenge and biggest success that you’ve experienced so far with your brand?
Finding the mental balance between raising my daughter and growing my business has been one of my biggest challenges. I love being a mom and I also love being a fashion illustrator. Balancing these two different parts of myself is something that I work at every day. As far as success, I would say the biggest one is related to my biggest challenge. I feel like I have succeeded in allowing myself to love the things that I love even though it might not "make sense." Letting my passions guide me has led to projects and partnerships that have not only brought my joy, but have also accelerated my business’s growth.
What do you hope to learn and who do you hope to meet at Braid workshops?
Braid Workshop has been so helpful in providing a place for creative and entrepreneurial minds to meet. I hope to continue to learn more about and from other Braiders. Hearing about other people’s dreams and telling them about my dreams really inspires me.
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