Brand & Grind
The entrepreneur life is a lot of things…all the things actually. However, two things I feel I’ve done the most of is Brand & Grind. The title of this post may be more spot-on than I anticipated. Let me explain…
BRAND: I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have phenomenal leaders from the moment I started my career. My first director, Jennifer Arvin, has stayed in touch with me since we worked together for 9 glorious months in 2011. She recommended me as a speaker at the American Marketing Association (St. Louis Chapter) Un-Conference, speaking on the topic of Personal Branding. I was challenged to speak on how to “communicate my value in a short amount of time.” I shared the stage with Ron Roy (Wines that Rock, Wellbeing Brewing) and Tim Dean (Coaching Dean) and we each shared some gems with a crowd of St. Louis’ best marketers.
GRIND: The ecosystem in St. Louis consistently creates opportunities to tell new stories from new founders. “Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting.” Two amazing entrepreneurs/founders I’ve met and learned a ton from invited me to speak on a Women in MedTech panel at Startup Grind St. Louis. Christian Johnson (MultiPass) coordinates locate events for Startup Grind and Melanie Igwe (Ilerasoft) moderated this one-of-a-kind panel. Frankly, panels can be boring and repetitive, but Melanie encouraged vulnerability and boy did that make a difference.
Brand & Grind on good people!