Name: Nicole Centeno
Company: Splendid Spoon
Title: Founder and CEO
About Me: NICOLE CENTENO is a French Culinary Institute–trained chef and the founder and CEO of Splendid Spoon, the e-commerce business providing holistic wellness solutions for professional women. At Boston College, she studied diet therapies as treatment for illness and has taught cooking and nutrition courses at Columbia University. Centeno has cooked in New York City restaurants, managed a catering business and worked in media strategy at Conde Nast. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her two sons, Grover and Caleb. She is the author of SOUP CLEANSE COOKBOOK (Rodale, August 2016).
What are your skills?: Marketing, Operations, Writing, Other: please describe
What is your education?: Boston College, BS Biology, 2005
French Culinary Institute NYC, Grand Diplome de Cuisine, 2010
Interested in: Business, Collaboration, Mentorship, Mentoring, Friendship
Other interests: holistic living, female empowerment, connecting through food, philosophy, people, mindfulness, writing.
Why do you want to be a part of heymama?: I am inspired by this new era of female independence and empowerment. I believe we are in the midst of a renaissance for women, and being a mom boss is absolutely a part of this cultural shift. I hope to share my story to inspire others, and learn from the stories of others as our tribe grows and gathers strength.
On a more practical level, I feel I have learned a lot by building my business and having two children over the past 3 years. I have learned a lot of tough lessons. If there is anything from my journey that can help other women, I would love to provide that knowledge. I am very practical when it comes to business-building, and I'd love to partner with other business-minded mamas to help mama entrepreneurs reach their goals and gain more autonomy in their professional life.
What are your brand goals for this year?: Achieve $2m in sales. Maintain profitability at a unit level. Increase ALV (average lifetime value) by 50% by EOY.
Words you live by/quotes you love: You alone are enough. - Maya Angelou
The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. - Amelia Earhardt
Best advice you’ve ever been given?: Listen to your gut. Hone your intuitive skills.
Where can we find you?
Snap Chat: Niccent