EnrichHER FEATURED FOUNDER STORIES
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Sarah Chen has been a star since she was 9-years-old. By day, she was an ambitious student but by night she transformed herself into the tv host of the Golden Kids Club, an educational TV program in her home country of Malaysia. Through the experience, Sarah was given the opportunity to investigate world issues through a youth’s perspective and sharpen her interview skills. On air, she was interviewing senior managers of publicly-listed companies before she was old enough to enter her first real job interview.
Dr. Sanna Gaspard reminisces over memories of the enriched community and cultivated curiosity she experienced while living in the Caribbean island of St. Lucia as a young girl. During her formative years, the overall culture was focused on sending kids out to explore in between meals, creating a freeform playground to discover the environment around her.
For Jen Price, it all started at the young age of five when she anxiously awaited her father’s arrival home from a long day of work. As the afternoon sun began to fade and the front door cracked open with her father’s footsteps, Jen excitedly ran to the fridge and retrieved an ice cold Miller High Life.
Fast paced technology, the insatiable addiction to social media and a lack of in-person human connection have become a stark reality for most Americans. While looking to the future of Atlanta specifically, Jenn Graham created Civic Dinners, tapping into her passion for inclusivity and belonging.
A paradigm of femininity, Melissa’s mother radiated empowerment in her sleek suit and high-heels. While taking in the aesthetics of her mother’s bravado, Melissa realized the physical and mental challenges her mother faced as a businesswoman juggling her many responsibilities on a daily basis.
After the traumatizing experience of not being mentally prepared to perform CPR on her son, Felicia turned her life’s work of taking care of others into action by creating CPRWrap. This vivacious mother of three has proactively created a solution to address the 350,000 cardiac arrests taking place each year by inventing a revolutionary aid that simplifies CPR down to just four steps and is easy for everyone to use.
After a midwestern upbringing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Marissa Swanson packed her bags and moved to Atlanta, GA where she would create her budding entrepreneurial career creating the fashion app Toss. While Toss simplifies the task of “getting ready” for the fashion conscious millennial, the development of Toss has come with it its challenges when identifying capital resources that are in line with a women focused target market.
EnrichHER FEATURED FUNDER STORIES
As a young Jewish girl raised in the south side of Chicago by Croatian and Slovak parents, Helen Manich grew up knowing that she had the tenacity to dream and accomplish extraordinary goals. She leaned into her constant curiosity to ask questions and was pushed by her family to be successful in school and beyond.
Empathy, kinship and an inclusive community have been part of Penny Lee’s vernacular as a young minster’s daughter, growing up in, Palmer, Alaska. As Penny and her family established themselves in their community, her father would welcome the congregation of all different backgrounds into their home and thrived on a life of a service to others.
“Fearless Leader” and “Soul of a Serial Entrepreneur” are among the many engaging attributes of Black Girl Ventures founder and EnrichHER advocate, Shelly Bell. Needless to say, nobody puts Shelly in the corner.
In the venture world, less than 2% of all funding goes to women-led companies. This statistic remains true even though women-led companies outperform all males teams by over 63% and most new businesses in the United States are started by women.
When interviewing successful change makers, it can often be daunting to navigate through their illustrious career of different professional chapters. Hera Hub Atlanta owner and EnrichHER investor Violet Pearson is no exception to this rule and her story will empower you to chase after your dreams.