Month: January 2016

Originally from the Caribbean island of St Lucia, Mala Bryan is a model based between Miami Beach, USA  and Cape Town, South Africa.  She recently created and launched her own company, Malaville, and started it off with a line of black and brown skin toned dolls with kinky/curly hair.

Her brand philosophy: 

Have passion… passion can drive success!

What does being Queen Bee mean to her? 

Inspiring and empowering those around you.

Her advice to aspiring female entrepreneurs:

  • Don’t think too much about pleasing people; do what you feel is okay.
  • Tap into your intuition – see what the world needs and create something that you would love to help change the world in a good way

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Kristen Robinson is the Social Media Head Coach of KR Design and is known as the Military Spouse Business Mentor. Kristen helps entrepreneurs with their social media struggles and help them build their social media presence to grow their email list to launch online. She has a passion for military spouses and helps them build online businesses that create flexibility and freedom within the military lifestyle. As a US Marine Corps military spouse, Kristen started her company, KR Design, to create a business to support her husband’s military career while constantly moving from one location to the next. She loves her business because it allows her to do what she loves from anywhere in the world.

Her social media philosophies: 

  • Engagement is critical:  content is king but engagement is queen and she rules the house.
  • If you’re going to take the time to be on a platform, take the time to learn about it.
  • Be consistent.

Her advice to aspiring female entrepreneurs for conquering social media:

  • Focus on engagement and relationship  building
  • Create a centerpiece (e.g., blogpost, etc.).  Then re-purpose content for social media
  • Mix it up (e.g., promotions, inspiration, etc.)
  • Plan and schedule content in advance –
    • Find two to three hours per week to create content in advance
    • Find desired images to accompany content
    • Schedule postings
  • Use a tool to automate and schedule posts
  • Respond to comments
  • Be consistent

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Malene Barnett is the president and design director of Malene B. Carpets, a company specializing in creating handcrafted custom carpets for prestigious residential and commercial environments. Working together with Interior Designers and Architects, Malene creates timeless masterpieces that enrich any setting.

Her brand philosophy:  Be worldly; live boldly!

Where does she find inspiration?

  • From traveling and the people around her.  She loves to tell the story of places she’s been….

Her product development process:

  • Get inspiration from photographs
  • Create a vision for new product
  • Develop sketches and create artwork
  • Create samples (strikeoffs)
  • Launch!

Her moment of clarity: 

Stick with what you have been developing as a brand and what people are expecting from you.

What does being Queen Bee mean to her?

You are one who’s not afraid to take any chances.  You’re a risk taker.  You’re strong.  There will be doubts but a Queen Bee listens and allows herself to move through all of the fears knowing that she will be supported with whatever decision that she makes.

 

Her advice to aspiring female entrepreneurs:

  • Do the research.  Really know all the players in your industry.
  • Just start your business; don’t be afraid to start!

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Luxurious carpets from Malene B.

 

 

Kayla Beckmann is the owner of Small Fox Media, a media house specializing in TV, film and social media services.

 

Her Philosophies

  1. Know your self worth.  Never settle for anything less than what you think is good for you.
  2. Her favorite quote:  “Do your thing. Do it unapologetically.  Don’t be discouraged by criticism.  Pay no mind to the fear of failure – it’s far more valuable than success.  Take ownership.  Take chances and have fun.  And no matter what, don’t stop doing your thing.”  (Anonymous)

 

Biggest Challenge

Figuring out how to get her business started from an administrative standpoint

 

Her strategies for getting inspired…

  • Collaborating with creative people
  • keeping lists of her ideas

 

Kayla’s advice to aspiring female entrepreneurs:  

Make a plan and just do it!  You’ll never really feel prepared.

 

Question to consider:

When it comes to  business, what’s my “big hairy” goal?

What’s my step by step plan for accomplishing my goal?

 

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