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Highlights from Create & Cultivate Chicago

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to hear from a ton of successful entrepreneurs at the Create & Cultivate Conference in Chicago. I walked in with high hopes, and walked out with high motivation.

I’ve gathered some of my favorite quotes from different speakers below!

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According to Create & Cultivate’s website, they are “an online platform and offline conference for women looking to create & cultivate the career of their dreams.”

I couldn’t have said it better. The conference was packed with inspo from people who have turned their side hustle into a full-time job, creating the career of their dreams. Like the founder of Vital Proteins, Kurt Seidensticker who used to work at NASA. In my wildest dreams, I wouldn’t have imagined I would be in the same room as someone who worked at NASA. Kurt has always had the “entrepreneurial itch” (as he called it). One of his many projects included developing a collagen product that would help him with joint pain caused by running and biking. Eventually he realized the potential in the beauty industry, hired all the right people – and today Vital Proteins is one of the top beauty brands in the country.

The conference is divided into 2 tracks.

Track 1 was more entrepreneurial-themed, where Track 2 talked more about social media and creating your brand story. I was part of Track 1, learning about negotiations, management tips, what people learned when starting their own business, etc.

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One of many speakers for Track 1 was Ben Silbermann (co-founder and CEO of Pinterest) talk about why he originally started Pinterest, and how his mother still calls him when the site goes down.

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Pinterest started out as a place where I would collect things. … it held my rock collection… I didn’t even think about women using it to plan their wedding.

– Ben Silbermann, Co-Founder & CEO of Pinterest

 

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Everything I do, I’m so passionate about, so it doesn’t feel like work

– Shay Mitchell, Actress, Influencer and Youtuber

 

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As women, we tend to create our own glass ceilings. I wouldn’t raise my hand for the roles I wanted, so my manager never gave them to me.

– Gemma Lionello, Executive VP and General Merchandise Manager of Accessories at Home & Beauty at Nordstrom

 

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Think about where your customer is shopping. You’ll notice Summer Fridays mask is in a tube because we wanted it to be easy for social media flat lays.

– Marianna Hewitt, Influencer and Co-Founder of Summer Fridays Beauty Products

 

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One of the Keynote Speakers was Allie Webb, Co-Founder of Drybar! She told us about how she came up with the idea for Drybar, and how every detail was intentional. It was great to hear how her company is structured, as well. She is the “hair stuff”, her brother is the “business / realty stuff”, and her husband is in charge of branding. For Valentine’s Day, she wanted to put pink roses in the stores (because it was Valentine’s Day) and her husband said “no… if you put roses in the stores, they have to be yellow”. (I love branding). You can listen to her Keynote Speech C&C with Jaclyn Johnson on Jaclyn’s new podcast, WorkParty.

 

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I was sitting in a room full of men in suits who were like… ‘what’s a blow out?’

– Allie Webb, Founder of Drybar

 

C&C founder, Jaclyn Johnson said that she found a lot of the decor inspo for the conference on Pinterest.

I found a lot of decor inspo at this conference. Everything was branded and beautiful!

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Your success is such a testament to how important branding is.

– Allie Webb, Founder of Drybar

 

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There’s no set formula for success. We get sidetracked by others’ perspective of what success is

– Jennifer Hudson, Actress, Singer, Badass

 

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(I think I can call her JHud now. We shook hands so we’re pretty much BFF’s now.)

I love to people watch.

– JHud

 

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“If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would it be?” – Moderator
“Oh, I don’t know… let me think” – JHud
“Obama!” – Audience Member
“I did!” – JHud

 

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My bucket list is that I gotta get a new bucket. I was blessed to have achieved everything I wanted to by 30.

– JHud

 

During the conference, small-business owners had an opportunity to pitch their business plan to McDonald’s.

At the end of the conference, McDonald’s was going to choose a winner to receive $5,000 to go toward their business. McDonald’s ended up so impressed with the ideas, that they gave out 2 $5,000 checks to 2 different businesses! One of the recipients was We Are Boss Mom, whom I had the opportunity to meet with the night before at the Cocktail Hour! So happy for her!

 

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Then, of course they had a surprise check for $10,000 toward Jennifer Hudson and her sister’s foundation! It was such an awesome moment.

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The entire day was so amazing. It was everything I’d hoped for and more (three whole tote bags of goodies more!). If you ever have the opportunity to go to a Create & Cultivate Conference, DO IT. Their next conference is in Miami in December, and you can find more info on it here! Now, enjoy some more cute photos from the day, and pin your favorites!

 

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Want some more girl boss inspo? Check out this interview with the co-founder of Lazy Ballerina Winery!

 

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Girl Power Wednesday: Meet Lauren, Co-Owner of Lazy Ballerina Winery

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For this second post in a series of many, I interviewed co-owner and Boss B: Lauren, from Lazy Ballerina Winery in Southwest Michigan. If you ever find yourself in the area, I cannot recommend this place enough! It’s cute, the theme is fun, the wine is delicious, labels are gorgeous – and Lauren hand letters the chalkboard menu! Everyone who visits loves it, and for good reason. Read on to hear more from Lauren, and make sure you follow Lazy Ballerina to stay up-to-date with events and new releases!

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Lauren: I’m 27 and grew up in the small town of Coloma in the southwest corner of Michigan. I’m co-owner of Lazy Ballerina Winery, a winery in Saint Joseph, Michigan which I opened with my cousin, Melanie, in 2015. In 2017, we opened a second tasting room in Bridgman, Michigan. I’ve been working in the Michigan wine industry for over 11 years. I graduated from Western Michigan University in 2013 with a Sales and Business Marketing degree. When I’m not working, I love to go to concerts, go wine tasting (duh), travel to new places near or far, eat delicious food (especially chocolate anything) and do CrossFit to counterbalance my eating and drinking habits. I’m a fiercely independent person who is always looking for the next adventure in life and the only person who has made me settle down is my loving, loyal boyfriend, Kyle of 2.5 years.

Q: So, what (or who) got you into wine?

Lauren: Melanie and I tell a fun story about our grandma who used to make homemade wine from grapes grown on the family farm. She would give us small sips as kids so we say that’s where our love for wine started. But truthfully, I thought it tasted disgusting at the time. I didn’t really try wine again until I started working at a winery in my hometown in high school. While working there, I mentored under the owner and winemaker and soaked up all of wine knowledge I could learn to try to be an expert in the field. He taught me the basics of wine making, all about various grape varietals, wine tasting etiquette and characteristics of different wines.

Q: When did you know it was time to quit your 9-5? Can you explain the mental processes you had to go through in that moment?

Lauren: I knew a few months into my “9 to 5” (which was more like 7 to 6) that it wasn’t for me in the long run, but I stuck it out for nearly 2 years. I was waiting for a good excuse and a better opportunity to leave. I was also waiting to figure out what a “better opportunity” looked like for me. I knew I wanted to come back to the wine industry and had hopes of one day opening and running my own winery so in the early months of 2015, I started looking for managerial positions at wineries around southwest Michigan. I had discussed with Mel some of the positions I was considering and the next day she texted me something along the lines of, “F*ck that place. Let’s open our own place.” I never once doubted my desire to open my own winery. I knew it was what I wanted to do. However, there was a lot of uncertainty about the future, especially financially which made me hesitant about taking the plunge, but you don’t accomplish anything worth talking about without taking a risk. The company I was working for wasn’t thrilled after they learned I would be starting my own business and leaving them, but they let me stay until weeks before our opening date later that year, and I was very grateful for that.

“F*ck that place. Let’s open our own place.” I never once doubted my desire to open my own winery. I knew it was what I wanted to do… you don’t accomplish anything worth talking about without taking a risk.

Q: What advice do you have for girls reading this, wanting to start their own business?

Lauren: Just do it! Do not let fear dominate your decisions. Believe in yourself and have confidence in what you can achieve. Your goals and ambitions can seem overwhelming at first and you will have uncertainty if you can really pull it all off. I promise, you can! As women we tend to feel a lot more self-doubt and insecurity, but trust me, self-doubt will kill a dream before “failure” ever has the chance to. Don’t let it.

Q: What are some of the biggest challenges you face, having a female-owned company?

Lauren: The wine industry, like many other industries, is male-dominated so sometimes you feel like you have to work harder in order to prove yourself and to get other industry members to take you seriously. With me being as young as I am (at least 20 years younger than most male winery owners), that can be even more of a challenge. We also have a very feminine name and theme so that doesn’t help, and I’m sure many men struggle to even walk into our doors.

Q: What goals do you have for your business?

Lauren: We have grown a lot in the 3+ years we have been open, so our goal is to see continued growth in the coming years so maybe we can take a consistent paycheck. A current short-term goal we are working towards is building a larger production facility so we can expand our product line into more unique wine styles, ciders and, who knows, maybe even spirits one day.

Q: What’s your favorite type of wine?

Lauren: My favorite is different by the day! I am more of a dry red lover. I love a good Cabernet or Bordeaux style. Our Midnight Swan is my go-to. It’s a dry, oaky blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. This summer, I have been drinking ALL the dry rosés.

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Q: What does a typical business day look like?

Lauren: There is no typical day, which I like. Every week our schedule varies. Many days I wake up and read/answer emails from home, then head into the winery to work on back office stuff or work the tasting room. We stay very busy with meetings, festivals, farmers markets, private events or craft nights in addition to the daily duties that we have to complete to keep our business running smoothly and successfully. It can be exhausting! But we have some fantastic employees!

Q: What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?

Lauren: Hopefully still working for myself where I can drink wine on the job. And hopefully owning my own home.

Q: Are you currently taking any steps to direct your path that way? If so, what?

Lauren: Sure. Saving money and being smart with my funds which includes a lot less shopping and taking vacations that are less expensive.

Q: Do you have any other tips for young entrepreneurs?

Lauren: Don’t let anyone tell you that you are too young or that you don’t know enough. Don’t let other people’s negative opinions of you overshadow your positive opinion of yourself. Don’t let your age keep you from standing your ground.

Q: I love your branding! I think you and Mel do a great job with brand consistency and naming. What inspired the Lazy Ballerina name and branding?

Lauren: Lazy Ballerina is the name for a trellis system that a wine grapevine grows on. We fell in love the with femininity and quirkiness of the name and loved that it was also wine related. Many of our names are inspired by ballet terms and movements and most of our wine labels feature a ballerina in a vineyard designed by my cousin (Melanie’s sister) Kelsey. The one and only Megan designed our logo which everyone loves to have in the background of their photos!

Q: What does success look like for you right now?

Lauren: As cliché as it sounds, finding true happiness in what you do is success to me. Many people don’t love their jobs. Our work is such a large part of our lives and our lives are too short to not enjoy what we do. There are stressful, frustrating days in this business, but at the end of it, I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else and that’s how I know I’ve found my passion. Of course, looking back at how far we’ve come in a short amount of time and seeing how much we’ve grown looks like success to me too. We have built something in our small community that people love, respect, want to be a part of and want to support and that makes me very proud.

Q: Who is your role model?

Lauren: My grandma (who we’ve commemorated with some of our wine names) has always been a role model in our business. She was strong, intelligent, extremely loving, but a take-no-shit kind of woman and I try to possess these qualities in my life and my business. My mother is also my role model. She’s probably the most selfless and thoughtful person I’ve ever known. She works in community development in our hometown, has raised three kids, takes care of her aging parents, her grandchildren – and well my father too, and she does happily without asking for anything in return. She shows genuine kindness to others even when they may not deserve it and that is hard thing for many of us to do.

Q: What “girl power” or empowering moment have you had recently, where you’ve just felt really proud of yourself?

Lauren: Earlier this year I started a women’s social/networking group called Women Among Women and I host monthly gatherings where women from our community get together to chat about some of our struggles we face as women and to inspire one another to achieve goals or overcome adversities. Just starting the group and getting people to attend was a proud moment because I tend to let ideas stay ideas thanks to whatever anxiety I let myself succumb to. I am very uncomfortable with speaking in front of others so this has been a learning and growing experience for me. It’s very empowering to be able to create a space where I see women connect with each other, and they aren’t afraid to let their voice be heard or share their personal struggles and successes in order to help other women. We leave feeling more positive and inspired.

Q: How would you say it’s been managing a staff? Any insights?

Lauren: We are blessed to have amazing employees, so they make it very easy. We hire a lot of part-time employees, so communication is very important especially when it comes to giving customers a quality and consistent experience every time they come in. Don’t assume your employees should know or care about something in your business just because you do. Communicate changes, expectations, and goals to your employees so they feel invested and they know how to deliver. Don’t forget to tell them when they did a good job at something. It’s easy to criticize, but we all need to be encouraged and need to know when we succeed at something. It’s no secret that employees won’t stick around if they don’t feel valued or appreciated.

It’s very empowering to be able to create a space where I see women connect with each other, and they aren’t afraid to let their voice be heard or share their personal struggles and successes in order to help other women.

Q: What are you watching on Netflix right now?

Lauren: I haven’t been watching a lot of Netflix. However, I just finished watching all 5 seasons of Younger on demand and have started over at season 1. Nico Tortorella is my current celebrity crush.

Q: I love Younger! I’m also #teamJosh. Have you discovered any miracle wine-hangover cures lol?

Lauren: No… lol. I don’t usually get bad hangovers from [just drinking] wine. My general hangover cure is a few ibuprofen, a gyro, lots of water and a nap… and then maybe a mimosa or two.

Q: You host a lot of events! What’s been your favorite, and why?

Lauren: I love hosting wine and food pairing events! Our winemaker, Jason, is also a chef so he can cook up some amazing food and EVERYONE gets geeked about delicious wine and delicious food. I also love hosting wine club events because our wine club members are some of our most loyal customers, so spending time with them is very valuable to me.

Q: Where can people follow you and Lazy Ballerina?

Lauren: You can find Lazy Ballerina on Facebook: lazyballerinawinerymi and Instagram: lazyballerinawinery or www.lazyballerinawinery.com You can follow me on Instagram at laurenakcake.

 

I want to say thank you to Lauren for taking the time to do this interview! I know the hustle never stops, so I’m appreciative of your time! If you guys are interested in other posts like this, make sure to read more here – and be sure to follow Lauren and Lazy Ballerina on all of their social channels, and sign up for their newsletter!

 

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Girl Power Wednesday: My Interview with a Flight Attendant

Let me introduce you to KayLeigh Kennedy – flight attendant extraordinaire. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like, or if you’ve dreamed of your own office being 30,000 feet in the air, this one’s for you! Any questions for KayLeigh? Ask her on her Instagram @misskaykennedy or in the comments below!

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Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

KayLeigh:  I just turned 30 last year! I’ve been living in Chicago for the past 10 years and feel that I have just started living my best life. I’m 2 years into my new career of being a flight attendant after being in the bar/service industry for almost 15 years. I couldn’t be happier!

Q: What made you want to become a flight attendant? How long have you wanted to be a flight attendant?

KayLeigh: I have wanted to be a flight attendant since I was about 5. When I was little my mom and I lived in Southern California and my dad lived in Michigan, so every couple of months I would fly back and forth by myself. I remember the flight attendants being super nice, always happy, and made me feel really special. I knew that was what I wanted to be when I grew up!

Q: Which airline do you work for?

KayLeigh:  Southwest Airlines.

Q: What would you say sets Southwest apart from other airlines?

KayLeigh:  They are in the business of taking care of their employees first, in turn we feel valued and take care of our passengers. They give us the tools and freedom to use common sense and be ourselves to give our passengers a memorable experience to make them want to fly with us over and over.

Q: What are the basics of being a flight attendant?

KayLeigh:  First and foremost, you kinda have to be crazy (in a good way, ha). You have to be flexible and always on your toes. A typical schedule for us is 3 days on and 4 days off. Most trips are 3 days in length and on average will fly 3 flights a day, but it could be up to 5. You generally spend 18 hours on an overnight at a hotel that is provided by the company. Anything beyond this explanation looks like:

Flight Attendant Schedule

 

Q: Would you say that being a flight attendant is your dream job?

KayLeight:  Yes, absolutely.

Q: What’s your favorite city to visit while working?

A:  Anywhere I can get Jameson! More seriously, my favorite overnight so far has probably been New York City. It’s been on my bucket list and I was finally able to explore a little bit.

Q: Have you explored a city and found a unique statue/bar/restaurant/etc that people should check out?

KayLeigh:   This list could be endless, but off the top of my head…

In San Diego there is a restaurant called Mitch’s Seafood. Almost everything on the menu is caught locally and prepared that day. All I am going to say is: Halibut Tacos. It looks like one of the docks and is behind a tackle shop. It’s very unassuming and you most likely wouldn’t know it was there unless a local told you. For any Air Force enthusiasts, the Air Force Memorial is quite something in D.C. Also in the D.C./Dulles area – the Air and Space Museum. If you’re ever in San Francisco, the cable cars are really awesome to check out.

Q: What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?

KayLeigh:   Traveling as much as possible. I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a private pilot’s license.

Q: Are you currently taking any steps to direct your path that way? If so, what?

KayLeigh:  Well traveling is the easy part, usually once I pick a place I want to go, I am fixated until I go there. As for a private license, I have been asking questions of our own pilots, a lot of whom started out flying privately or know others that are private pilots to get an idea of what steps I need to take to get started.

Q: What tips do you have for young girls or boys who want to be a flight attendant?

KayLeigh: Airlines are hard to get hired with, so don’t give up if you don’t get hired on the first try. Some flight attendants applied a few times before being accepted. If you’re a redditor, join some flight attendant subs. There are also Facebook groups you can join for those that have applied to airlines. Next time you’re taking a flight, talk to a flight attendant about a typical day, find out if it’s right for you. It can sometimes be a mentally and physically exhausting job, it’s not for everyone. If you are a home-body or only like sleeping in your bed, or eating near a bathroom this may not be the career for you.

Q: Since you’re on the go constantly, what’s your favorite gadget that you use every day?

KayLeigh: Power bank, ha! And a book, always.

Q: What does success look like for you right now?

A: Success for me has always been about being happy and a productive member of society. I feel that the world defines success in absolute terms of order, ie graduating college, getting hired in your field, making money, buying a house, marriage, kids etc. But I feel that if you are happy regardless of what you’re doing, you have achieved ultimate success.

Q: Who is your role model?

KayLeigh: This is not specific to one person. I admire anyone who has the courage to stand up for others, whether they have a voice or not. These are the people who are humble, and don’t take life for granted.

Q: What “girl power” or “empowering” moment have you had recently, where you’ve just felt really proud of yourself?

KayLeigh: So I mentioned that I just turned 30. Well, I wasn’t like most you hear about who dread the inevitable and you find them sometime during the party in a corner crying. I was talking to a fellow flight attendant and she asked how old I was so I told her. Her follow up questions were standard, as we get a new crew to work with every trip. She asked if I was married/significant other, I said I have a boyfriend living in Germany. She asked if we had kids, I said no. Her questions continued as such (you know what I mean with the guilt trip, bio clock and all). I used to get defensive about my life and come up with reasons why I wasn’t married or had kids, etc. and I finally decided that it doesn’t matter, I don’t need those things to be happy or successful (see previous question, haha). I create my own happiness, not that other flight attendant or anyone else. Do you know how freeing it felt to be able to say that to her and mean it? I wasn’t rude to her or dismissed her opinion but a simple, “that’s not where my life is right now and I am okay with that.” It empowered me to come to that conclusion and I felt proud of how I got there. I had to do a lot for myself growing up and it made me who I am. A strong and independent woman who is trying to follow her dreams. (*snap snap*)

Q: What is the most interesting thing you’ve seen on a flight?

KayLeigh: I had a woman once come on the plane and she basically had a custom made “seat cover”. She wiped everything down with sanitizer first, her tray table, seat and window. Then she pulled out a seat cover and placed it over the seat to sit on and she put a plastic cover on the tray table. She also laid a small mat on the floor for her feet. All while wearing gloves and she brought her own glass to drink out of.

Q: What are you watching on Netflix right now?

KayLeigh: I just finished Newsroom (highly recommend). I am restarting Grimm and I just got into Suits.

Q: The constant change in air and weather has to affect your skin. What skincare products do you use?

KayLeigh: Oh my gosh, that is an understatement. Drink water, water and more water. And a consistent skin care regimen. Wash, pat dry, moisturize, repeat. And a damn good face mask at least once a month. Also, did I mention to drink water? Here is list of the products I use to keep a fresh, rested look even when I don’t feel that way. It’s important to have an SPF in your daily moisturizer as well. The mask I use is ahhhhmazing and you can channel your inner Iron Man while wearing it!

 

Wash:  Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme+Global Anti-Aging Instant Refinishing Facial

Repair/moisturize:

Morning: Estee Lauder DayWear Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant 24H-Moisture Creme SPF 15

Night: Estee Lauder NightWear Plus Anti-Oxidant Night Detox Creme
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex

Masks:  Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask

And DRINK WATER!

Q: What is your favorite place you’ve ever visited? Even if it’s outside of work?

KayLeigh: Hands down, Ireland. Ireland was at the top of my bucket list ever since I could remember. I didn’t know a damn thing about it other than I needed to be there. It was everything that I imagined and more. The countryside is peacefully gorgeous (just like all the pictures you’ve ever seen). The cities are quaint, welcoming and rich with history. I cannot wait to go back.

Q: Where can people follow you on your travels?

KayLeigh: Instagram is where you can find me @misskaykennedy. I am newish to Intasgram so I am trying to post more of my travels, but I also incorporate a lot of my daily life too. Not only am I a flight attendant. I am a traveler, lover of whisky and a cat mom.

 

Make sure you follow KayLeigh to keep up with the flight attendant life! If you’re interested in more travel, she and I visited Belize this year – make sure you check it out!

 

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Interview with a Flight Attendant