FIRST THOUGHT: Times are a-Changin'
We’ve been covering some hard-hitting topics lately. Let’s pretend we’re kids again with one of those “if you could…” questions. Here it goes: You have a long-lost relative that’s loaded and is ready to write you a check, no questions asked. But there’s a catch: You have to use that instant moolah for a business. If you could start one, what would it be? Pet grooming for the stars? Personal styling with a dash of interior design? Maserati test-driving? So often we’re stuck in the sludge of the drudgery. That’s the everyday tasks; the everyday habits and choices we don’t even think about. Today, be the kid looking out the window with a daydream.
WOMEN IN NUMBERS: 849
Now, maybe you’ve already done plenty of dreaming and are ready to spin it into a real biz. You’re in good company: In the United States, women start 849 new businesses every single day. Autonomy and flexibility are clear motivators, but I have to wonder: Is this trend due to the fact that we women are giving up on the traditional workplace?
WOMAN TO WATCH: Tiffany Scott, Founder of Sister Suppers
There’s a really weird myth that when you start your first real, big-girl job, you think your coworkers will turn into your best friends, or at least will dish on some hot gossip. Then, you roll into your new office, and there’s Kevin, Dwight, a Creed eating mung beans and you. Just. Can’t. Even.
That’s why it’s so important to not only rely on your workplace for professional motivation, but also for comradery. Enter: Sister Suppers. Founded by Tiffany Scott, the premise is a much-needed space for women to feel connected and understood. How does Tiffany do this? Through what she dubs “conscious conversations.”
With the tagline “nourished inside and out,” Sister Suppers has served up more than 111 monthly meals in California, Colorado, Texas, Ohio and Georgia. Here’s how it works: Certified hosts open up their home and serve up some wholesome grub. It’s a way to bring comfort to networking (which I’m pretty sure has always seemed impossible, right?)
As an entrepreneur, Tiffany would be the first to tell you that entrepreneurship can be a lonely gig. It can be daunting, to say the least, to head in your own direction on your own. Tiffany started in brand marketing for Speedo in her native Sydney, Australia, and later in sunny LA at Alternative Apparel. Now, with her other biz You Me She Collective, Tiffany delivers creative brand campaigns.
One of Tiffany’s mentors gushes about Tiffany’s gift for building community, while a colleague explains that Tiffany has a real knack for “bringing out the best in her team.” Part of what’s special about Sister Suppers is that it isn’t just about her; it’s about women who sign up and interview to be hosts; it’s about women who get out of their comfort zones; and it’s about the sisterhood they foster.
QUITE THE QUOTE
One unique woman who’s all about doing her own thing and sticking to it is pop star Madonna:
"As women, we have to start appreciating our own worth and each other's worth. Seek out strong women to befriend, to align yourself with, to learn from, to collaborate with, to be inspired by, to support, and enlightened by."