Lives In: Montclair, NJ
Age of Kids: Miles is 6 and our two Golden Doodle pups are less than a year old
About Me: My work life began when I was around 9 years old and had an imaginary thriving business called JB’s Airport Center, which I operated from my garage. Because it meant so much to me at the time, and had a hand in shaping who I am, having my own business or working for myself was a constant nagging goal my entire career. When you are happily working for other companies, it feels like a daunting task to break away from the comforts of the known and jump off into the unknown, with eyes closed, clutching on to both hope and fear.
Hire Me For/I'm Good At: As a consultant, I’m hired to help shape companies’ next steps, whether it’s to help ideate projects, shape a new brand’s identity or increase sales and reach. I specialize in fashion, but am currently working on a beauty project, which has become my new obsession. I’d say my greatest strengths are my creativity matched with a business intuition and skillset.
Interested In: I love mentoring others, particularly young women, but also like connecting with people in general. Networking has such a negative connotation, it conjures a slick social climber, but when I started my own business, I quickly learned how important it is to expose yourself to how others think and interpret the future of industries around them (REASON I LOVE THIS SITE AND NETWORK!)
Mama Likes: I love to read, write, and be outside. Our neighbors (in Montclair) say we make hanging out in our front yard cool. Having lived in the city for so long, the novelty of having a front and backyard hasn’t gotten old yet so more times than not, we’re outside sitting on the porch with coffee, wine, or whiffle balls. I also really love to help people. My father was a teacher and I think I’ve inherited that gene so I think it seeps out in other places, like mentoring or helping my nephews with math, or giving advice to people just starting out.
Mama Inspiration: My own mom and sisters, Fiana Keleta VP of Alexander Wang Merchandising and mom to 3 year old Matias. Stacia Thiel, social worker + singer and mom to Ingrid and Harrison.
Words you live by/quotes you love: "Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women." – Nora Ephron
I love this quote that Nora Ephron said during her Wellesley commencement speech because I personally hate conformity. I think we have a lot of responsibility today for fighting for women’s rights and the acceptance of diversity. There’s a lot of shit that is being unearthed in America through this political cycle and makes me realize we have to fight harder.
Best advice you’ve ever been given: When you hear NO, you know it’s just the beginning of negotiating.
Worst advice you've ever been given: Can't think of any, but usually anything that starts with "You ought to"... reminds me of Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush.
What are three things people would be surprised to know about you? I’m shy. I love to dance, but have zero rhythm.
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