The Funemployed: Courtney Rae O’Neal

DCFunemployment: Tell the people – Who are you?

Courtney Rae O’Neal of Courted!  “More than fashion – it’s a Lifestyle”.  Courted! is a personal styling service and fashion blog. At Courted! we help clients through personal shopping and mobile services to enhance or develop and execute their personal style.

DCF: What does being funemployed mean to you & what was your path to funemployment?

CO:  Funemployed means doing what you love. And that path for me is still being written…stay tuned.


DCF: Who was your first cheerleader?

CO:  Two of my former coworkers, I’d have to say, as each individual encouraged me to pursue different aspects of the business.

DCF: What experiences in your life prepared you for where you are now?

CO:  I believe that working in politics has benefited me as a business owner, because it has made me very resourceful.


DCF: Where do you get your inspiration and/or motivation?

CO:  Creativity. My own and other people’s. The circle of inspiration! (DCF: It’s important to have those people around you that fill you up!)

DCF: What does balance mean to you and how do find balance?

AO:  Balance to me means having the ability to not spend 90% of your time devoted to one person, at one place or doing one thing.

Balance is EVERYTHING.


DCF: What sacrifices did you have to make to get here?

AO:  I have just invested a lot of time, money, myself and now the buy-in of others.

DCF: What struggles have you faced as a women in your industry?

AO:  I think all stylists face the challenge of being taken seriously in their profession, but I am not working on just my individual reputation, as much as constantly working on developing a business brand. This feat has a learning curve, as well as natural challenges that anyone faces as they embark upon something new. Otherwise I find that in general, women shopping for themselves are more challenging as clients than men, but are more supportive as consumers and followers.


DCF: What is the early advice you didn’t listen to that you wish you had?

AO:  I really try to live without regrets, thus I may best be able to answer this by saying that perhaps I wish I had started Courted! sooner.

DCF: What was your greatest failure and what did you learn from it?

AO:  I have no specific answer. Each failure teaches you not to make the same mistake twice. We fail to fail better the next time.


DCF: What is your proudest moment?

AO:  Mmmm…. I’d have to say launch of Courted!’s site and the personal private wins for Courted! that no one else knows, except a few close Courted! insiders.

DCF: What’s next?

AO:  Courted! has recently extended its arm to design and released the “”BEEN WOKE”” t-shirt line. These Courted! exclusively designed tees for men & women feature the statement “”Been Woke Since”” and a select year or phrase.  The founder of Courted! is a contributor to Capitol Standard Magazine.

On Philadelphia’s WURD Radio station 900AM/ 96.1 FM Courted Style has a weekly segment every Thursday on “The Reality Check” –see social media for more details on topics and time.

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The Funemployed: Dr. Kristian Henderson

DCF: Who Are You?
I am Dr. Kristian Henderson, a Public Health Professor, a believer in #BlackGirlMagic, and am committed to all things wellness and self-love. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Yale and my Doctorate degree from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. I blend my academic knowledge, creativity, and unconventional philosophy to promote healthy, happy, and free lifestyles. No day is the same, from teaching public health at George Washington to leading yoga classes to mentoring entrepreneurs, I aim to redefine success and help others do the same.

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DCF: Why do you love what you do? What makes you funemployment?
KH: I was tired of complaining about brands neglecting black women, so I decided to create a platform that promotes and supports black women and their brands. I was tired of using toxic products that were negatively impacting my health, so I created a way to easily find better, healthier options. I was tired of just talking about the economic problems impacting black people, so I decided to find a way to circulate our dollars within our own community. I created what I felt was missing and that is why I love what I do. (DCF: Yasss be the change you wanna see!!)

DCF: Who was your first mentor and how did you find them?
KH: My Family is my village. My dad is an entrepreneur at his core and I got his spirit of dreaming of solutions and executing them. My mom is a risk taker, and she always empowered me to not be afraid of failure. My little brother is my biggest supporter; he believes in my dreams and my ideas before anyone else, and he is one of the few people that I take advice from. Their support and encouragement recharges me. (DCF: It’s so important to have a village or tribe that you can turn to, especially when you are building something new.) 

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DCF: What’s your happy place?
KH: Yoga, my bathtub, or exploring a new country. (DCF: Love all of this!) 

DCF: Where do you get your energy?
KH: Adopting a healthy lifestyle has been key to maintaining my energy. I have a mostly plant-based diet, which means I eat tons of fruits and vegetables, incorporate green juices and smoothies, drink plenty of water, and avoid processed foods. I also workout at least three times per week, although some weeks are better than others. I am also very protective of the energy that I am around, managing the people and places that I interact with. (DCF: Yes protect your space and your energy!)  I truly believe in holistic health.

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DCF: What does balance mean to you and how do find it?
KH: Self-care, self-care, self-care. As an entrepreneur, there is always something that needs to be done, an email that needs to be written, a phone call to be made, or a website update to implement. It was really easy for me work 20+ hours on BLK + GRN in one day, but I quickly realized that working non-stop with no time for self-care wasn’t good for me or my business. I had to quickly learn how to outsource tasks that I didn’t enjoy (or that someone else could just do better than me) – (DCF: I am a HUGE believer in outsourcing, especially if you  and I had to reframe how I thought about downtime. Instead of seeing yoga, meditation, or watching a movie as a distraction, I started to frame it as necessary downtime. It helped me achieve balance, which has ultimately propelled my brand. (DCF: Scheduling self care can be just as important as scheduling that angel investor meeting because it helps you show up at your best!) 

DCF: What sacrifices did you have to make to get here?
KH: I had to let go. I had to let go of bad habits such as judging myself, caring too much about what other people thought, and eating processed foods. I have had to let go of people that I loved, not because I didn’t love them anymore, but because they didn’t serve me. I had to let go of who I thought I was, in order to allow myself to be who I really was. I had to let go of the narratives of self-sacrifice and embrace the ideas of self-love. Many of these things were difficult to let go, but I had to sacrifice my comfort zone so I could truly realize my personal mission. (DCF: Sometimes you have to get uncomfortable in order to grow!)

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DCF: What struggles have you faced as a women in your industry?
KH: Happiness was difficult to find while I was trying to outrun and outwork racism and sexism. Working in a corporate environment historically created by and for white men made it nearly impossible to escape bigotry. I had a choice – either I would fight to change the organization or I could create my own. I needed to take some risks in order to find happiness so I chose to build a company that is consistent with my values, supports black women entrepreneurs, understands the importance of self-love, and is built on holistic health.

DCF: What is the early advice you didn’t listen to that you wish you had?
KH: Slow down. I have a tendency to move fast. I rarely procrastinate and I truly live by the words, “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” But after wasting thousands of dollars, trusting people I shouldn’t, or investing my time into broken ventures, I realized that maybe I should hold off until tomorrow for larger decisions.

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DCF: What was your greatest failure and what did you learn from it?
KH: I love the idea of embracing failure to ensure that we learn from our mistakes, but it so hard for me to pick just one failure. I agreed to speak at a retreat, but I neglected to get a contract signed, and subsequently we didn’t have a clear understanding of the expectations. I have invested thousands of dollars in business ventures that I later decided were not a good fit for me. I have invested time in people and refused to let them go (even though I know I needed to), simply because I had already invested so much time and energy. The first lesson is always get a contract, the second lesson is do your due diligence before you spend any money, and the third lesson is value people for what they are, not what you need them to be, and let them go when it is time.

DCF: What was your proudest moment to date?
KH: I’m taking risks, caring less about what people say, and finding my happiness. I quit my corporate job, got a divorce, became a professor, moved to a new city, started a new company, and became a yoga instructor. I am truly living my best life and that makes me proud(DCF: Shed that old skin!!)


DCF: What are you currently conquering?
KH: I recently created BLK+GRN, the only premium purveyor of a variety of clean, all natural, black-owned products. Instead of complaining about brands neglecting black women, I created a platform that promotes and supports them and their brands. Instead of using toxic products that were negatively impacting my health, I created a way to easily find better, healthier options. Instead of just talking about the economic problems impacting black people, I decided to find a way to circulate our dollars within our own community.

DCF: What’s Your Social Media!!


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The Funemployed: Maria Moss

DCFWho Are You?
Maria Moss, Owner & Principal Consultant at Phoenix Leadership Solutions, LLC. Our goal is to work with companies to help support employee development through leadership and employee training sessions. We focus on building the workforce through strengthening the interpersonal and intrapersonal skills of all employees.

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DCF: Why do you love what you do? What makes you funemployment?
MM: I love what I do because it is in line with my personal mission of servitude AND I get to do it on my terms! I have been a fan of training and development since my earliest days and was literally a training groupie; attending any and every employee development course offered at my company. Years later the student became the teacher, as I later moved into a training role for several years and then in 2015 started my own consulting company doing exactly what I love everyday on on my own terms. It was not easy taking that leap into entrepreneurship, yet it has been the best decision I have ever made. I walk into a client site and I am usually working with people who are hungry for self-development, ready to learn new skills and improve their careers and lives. I get to not only teach them, but at the same time I get to learn about challenges facing employees in all different types of companies from federal government to non-profit…and everything in between!

DCF: Who was your first mentor and how did you find them?
MM: My first mentor was my first manager when I moved into a training role, Deidre “DeeDee” Williams. It was initially very informal as I looked at her as just my “boss.” Very early on, however, I realized that the talks in her office, the stretch assignments, chats about my future and occasional “blessing out” were all a part of a very valuable mentoring relationship that lasted until she left the company for a VP role in another organization. (DCF: It’s an amazing blessing when people just take you under their wing with no hesitation.) Dee Dee would be the first person I would go to when I was frustrated or excited at work. She would ask the right questions to help me find my own answers and provide lessons by sharing stories about her journey. Once she left we stayed in touch and when I was thinking of starting my consulting business, she was one of my first calls to talk it out and get advice.

DCF: What’s your happy place?
MM: My happy place would be in a room full of learners who are sharing and learning from each other! I don’t mind if I am the student or the teacher, just being in a group of energized minds is my happy place. (DCF: It’s amazing how interchangeable those roles are!)  


DCF: Where do you get your energy?
MM: My daughters! My husband and I have four super star girls who are my motivation and my inspiration for everything I do.  I had our oldest at the age of 18, my senior year of high school. There were so many people counted me out being a teen mom, and that was also my biggest motivation (DCF: So glad you ignored all the haters!). I wanted to make her life one of ease and to be able to say “in your face” to everyone that counted us out. Mission accomplished 🙂 Now, their support, excitement and encouragement keeps me going.  A couple months ago my 3rd grader had entrepreneur as a vocabulary word. She used it in a sentence and said “My mom is an entrepreneur, she has her own business where she is the boss.” I cried real tears because she came home so excited to tell me she used me and that she is also going to be an entrepreneur. That is my fuel on a cold day! (DCF: This is also a great example of why representation matters!)

DCF: What does balance mean to you and how do find it?
MM: Balance to me means having a designated time and place for what I need to be focused on. I realize that when I’m giving 100%, it will not necessarily be evenly distributed 50/50. Sometimes I’m back to back with clients and travel at about 90%, and I can only be a “Facetime mom”which to me is about 10%. I accept that and also know that there will be times where I am home, doing my room mom thing and volunteering at the school at 99% and may only glance over my business emails and plan a time to answer them at a later date which is about 1%. This to me is balance. Knowing that I can be successful at work AND at home life, be amazing at both…just not always at the same time.

DCF: What sacrifices did you have to make to get here?
MM: I would say the biggest sacrifice for me was comfort. I was used to that 9-5 guaranteed paycheck life for so many years. When I made the leap to entrepreneurship, it was after twice losing a job. In college, I was fired from the job I thought I would work at forever for insubordination, by a manager I did not get along with. It was 8 weeks before college graduation and 2 weeks before I gave birth to our second daughter. It was a big shake up because I knew I could not run out and get a job at 9 months pregnant, and yet it gave me the space to mourn that job, celebrate my daughter’s birth, graduate from college and move into the industry I actually was studying for in college. Twelve years later, I was 5 years into my dream job as a Senior Leadership Development Specialist at a Fortune 500 Company traveling the world and leading our training department team, who served all the leadership training needs in a company of 10k employees. I walked in to a staff meeting in Oct 2015 to news that my position, along with several others, were being eliminated as a part of a company wide re-organization. I had the option to apply for other jobs in the company, yet none of them would be doing what I absolutely loved…training and development. In that moment, I again faced what I had come to feel was the myth of job security and comfort. I thought back to 2003 and all that I had accomplished since being fired, and reflected on the risks I would not have taken had that never happened. In that moment, I decided to forgo comfort and step out into my dream with the realization that the worst thing that could happen is I would have to go and get a job. Three years later, I am so glad that I sacrificed comfort for my dream.

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DCF: What struggles have you faced as a women in your industry?
MM: My industry is consulting and it was historically dominated by middle aged men, who moved into consulting roles after years of corporate work, and are often retired from at least one career. I’m coming in to consulting as a 30-something female who doesn’t have 20 plus years at an organization to fall back on as the basis for my expertise. I also tend to work a lot with manufacturing organizations, some of which provide military contracting and manufacturing work on planes, submarines and ships. This makes for interesting interactions as I have routinely held training sessions for as many as 50 people, where I was the only female in the room. In these instances, I do quickly work to build a connection and usually within the first two hours things are flowing smoothly. I often feel that I have to work against the misconception that I am not qualified to consult at some of the high levels, such as those of the C-suite, because I am younger and less career experienced than a lot of my peers. Several times I have had to tell that little voice to “shut it” and focus on showing up like I was supposed to be there. I am constantly learning to stay abreast of new business trends, working on my own professional development and I have gone back to school for my MBA with a concentration in International Business in order to stay competitive.

DCF:  What is the early advice you didn’t listen to that you wish you had?
MM: Some early advice that I wish I had listened to would be from my English teacher the late Mrs. Lula Bass. She always told me I was smarter and better than I thought I was. She never let me slack and she pushed me like no other. I think had I left my AP English class with Mrs. Bass’ firmly words firmly planted in my mind, I would have gone a lot further a lot quicker than I did. It goes back to what was comfortable and every time I got comfortable, I think I was also limiting myself.

DCF: What was your greatest failure and what did you learn from it?
MM: My greatest failure I would say was getting fired from that insurance job in 2003. I think from it, I learned that I needed to better temper myself towards the outcome I wanted. As much as my manager and I did not get along, had I had better emotional intelligence I could have navigated that situation better and possibly left on my terms which is what I was planning for after the birth of my daughter and graduation. From that failure I also learned that I can survive and bounce back from ANYTHING! That was a huge lesson as I really hit a low during that short period of about 8 weeks, both personally and professionally (lost job, baby on the way, partner arrested and sent away for 8 months, good friend died unexpectedly.) I was able to keep pushing and come through on the other side better than ever. In hindsight I am so thankful because that whole situation taught me resilience!


DCF: What was your proudest moment to date?
MM: My proudest moment to date was when I was starting my consulting business and after coming up for air, realizing that my daughters (ages 12, 10 and 6 at the time) had been watching me and had started some businesses in the neighborhood at the same time (babysitting and dog-walking). It was the realization that they watch me even when I am not thinking they are, and I am their model in every form. When I worked at the Fortune 500 company, they said that was where they were going to work when they grew up. When I decided to start a business, it expanded for them their version of what was real and possible. Now they talk about businesses and entrepreneurship all the time as a new option. I was so proud because despite the awards I’ve won, travel I have done, magazines I have been in….my legacy is the most important thing to me and seeing that entrepreneurship spark in my girls so early let me know I was on the right path to raising some truly amazing game changers.

DCF: What are you Currently Conquering?
MM: I am currently working on developing a Business Training Program for high school students. Having had the opportunity to work with some pretty amazing organizations both domestic and abroad, I want to help students develop some of the skills they may not be taught at home to help them be successful. Right after college I went into working with troubled juveniles and noticed that a lot of the challenges they faced were not necessary around intelligence but more around life and relationship skills. (DCF: There are multiple types of intelligence, troubled kids are often very smart, just underexposed).  Things like how to communicate their frustrations effectively, business etiquette, interpersonal communication, emotional intelligence or even simple things like how to shake hands and or dress for an interview. These are invaluable life and business skills that a lot of schools near me are asking for, so this year I will be running my first pilot at Beach High in Savannah, GA with the support of several staff members and we hope to grow it from there.

My other passion is travel and so I am also working on travel goods and services targeted at the “Girl’s Trip” travelers! To launch in the Spring of 2018, GirlzTrippin will initially provide recommendations and assistance with booking excursions, later moving into travel goods and full service travel booking.

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DCF: What’s Your Social Media!!
IG:  @Phoenix_leadership
Twitter: @PhoenixLead1
LinkedIN: Maria Moss
IG: @GirlzTrippin

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The Funemployed: Dr. Ashley Elliott

DCF: Who Are You?
Dr. Ashley Elliott. I’m the owner of Vivid Innovations Consulting, LLC. I am a mental health clinician, author, and motivational speaker. (DCF: Drop that wisdom on us!)

DCF: Why do you love what you do? What makes you funemployment?
AE: I love being able to make an impact in someone’s life. People trust me with their personal histories. They come to me and reveal their ups, their downs, their struggles, their vulnerabilities, their fears, and their dreams. I’m always honored to be allowed into such a personal space with clients. To be so raw and uncut with your emotions and thoughts, and then allow me to help you acquire the tools you need to live the life you desire, that’s huge. (DCF: Vulnerability is such a beautiful and fragile thing, I love how you describe it.)

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Today in Black Fashion History: Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley (1818-1907)

Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was born into slavery in 1818 in Virginia. As a talented dressmaker, Keckley gained a powerful network of supporters and was eventually able to buy her freedom from her St. Louis owners for $1200 (more than $30K today!!) in 1852. In 1860 she packed up her family and moved to Washington DC, where she was able to establish her own dressmaking business. This is where she first met Mary Todd Lincoln, the future FLOTUS. After President Lincoln was elected in 1861, the FLOTUS hired Keckley to be her personal stylist and dressmaker and the two women became close confidants. While very little consensus exists on which designs can be attributed to Keckley, The Smithsonian and several other collections across the country have a pretty good idea of which dresses are hers due to her simplistically streamlined design style, which was not very common in the Victorian era. Check out this article by The Smithsonian for more information, and stay tuned for my next post about the iconic black designer, Ann Lowe!

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Celebrating Black History through Fashion

Happy Black History Month! *Note from Morgan – Alex is a friend of DCFunemployment who is going to take on us a journey this black history month through fashion!! She will be popping in a few times this month to share with us.  Enjoy!!*

While I am always proud of my heritage, I believe this month is especially important for shining some light on black excellence and achievement that otherwise may not receive the recognition it deserves.

To celebrate, I’ve decided to share some of my knowledge throughout the month on black fashion history and influential black designers! If you saw my last post then you know this is something I am extremely passionate about, and I hope to provide some inspiration for other young designers of color so that they know that they do, in fact, have a place in this industry. Let’s get to learnin’!

First, let’s talk about some history. Have you ever heard of the term “Sunday Best”?

While the history of African Americans in this country began through slavery (starting in 1619 when the first African slaves were forcefully brought to the Virginia colony), fashion was still very important.

During the week, slaves wore old simple “work clothes,” often hand-me-downs or clothing that they made from the fabric scraps of slave owners. But on Sundays, they were generally permitted to attend church with other slaves. The role of religion and church and their influence on black fashion began during slavery, but this tradition has continued even into today!

The term “Sunday Best” came from these times. With protestantism spreading in the new colonies, the concept of “saving negroes from their heathen religions” became popular. This was also incredibly controversial at the time, as some believed that once slaves converted to Christianity, they had to be given their freedom. Eventually, slave owners found a way to have legislation passed that negated that idea, allowing them to keep their slaves even after they converted.

In order for slave owners to be considered “good Christians,” their slaves had to have at least one good outfit for church on Sundays. Slave women who were able to sew would often use scrap materials to fashion their own pieces for themselves and their families for church. This became an opportunity for black women to differentiate themselves using clothing during church, which was the only time they were permitted to be social. This tradition of “Sunday Best” can still be seen today through beautifully-made formal outfits for women, often accompanied by ornate hats in church.

While this is most common in black Baptist churches in the south, black women from all over the country put on their “Sunday Best” every week, showcasing their gorgeous styles with the pew aisles as runways. Some of my fondest memories growing up are of my late grandmother bringing my sister and I to church with her, and pretending to pay attention when I was really just mesmerized by the beauty around me. How could you not be?!

*Note from Morgan, I grew up with this fabulous hat lady!!

Thanks for reading along and learning with me! I can’t wait to share my next article for Black History Month where I’ll be writing about Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley (1818-1907), a slave-turned-designer who bought her own freedom and became the personal dressmaker and stylist for Mary Todd Lincoln. Stay tuned, and stay woke!


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The Funemployed: Jihan Thompson of Swivel Beauty

DCFunemployment: So… Who Are You?

Jihan Thompson, co-founder and CEO of Swivel Beauty, a new app that makes it easy for black women to find the right hairstylists for their hair type (natural, relaxed, braids, locs, etc). Prior to starting the company (with my best friend Jenny Lambert), I was a magazine editor for nearly 10 years, working at publications including Glamour, Marie Claire, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

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DCF: Why do you love what you do? What makes you funemployment?
JT: Swivel has always been a passion project of mine. I’ve always wondered why it was such a struggle to find the right stylist, whether I was new to a city, traveling, or just wanted to switch up my look. (DCF: Seriously, it’s like trying to find the holy grail).  So, finally, after getting fed up, I decided to create the solution I wish existed. This is my dream business, which means every day feels like funemployment. (DCF: Thank you! Cause we were all struggling/suffering with this one!) 

DCF: Who was your first mentor and how did you find them?
JT: I’ve had so many great mentors. But the first was probably one of my first bosses early in my magazine career. She was a dynamic, natural leader and she saw my potential early on and encouraged me to me to take on assignments that might have appeared above my title or position. As a result, I learned to take risks really early in my career and they always paid off. (DCF: Taking risks is so important otherwise it’s very easy to get stuck and never try anything new.)

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DCF: What’s your happy place?
JT: My happy place: Working on Swivel. Seriously. Sitting on my couch, brainstorming ways to grow and build this business makes me incredibly happy(DCF: I love that you are doing what you love and also helping out black women). Starting a business is tough, but I love what I’m creating.

DCF: Where do you get your energy?
JT: Talking to our customers! Every time someone tells us about a really great hair day they had because of a stylist they found on Swivel, I’m instantly recharged. We’re doing this to fill a need we know black women have — so when we get feedback, it pushes up to keep going and growing. Also, sleep. 🙂 I try to prioritize sleep (not always successfully-see below), because I’m not the type of person who can do well on just a few hours. When I sleep well, I’m fired up the next day. (DCF: Sleep is so important, we all definitely could use more of it!)


DCF: What does balance mean to you and how do find it?
JT: Let me get back to you on that. 🙂 (DCF: Hahaha touche!) As a first-time founder, I’m honestly still learning how to find balance. There’s always more to do, even if the deadlines are self-imposed. We have big dreams for Swivel, so it means long hours are required right now. But I will say, it’s great to have a cofounder. We check in with each other and make sure we can cover when one of us needs time off to recharge. It’s important to take time for friends, family, and self-care, so I feel my best when I can work a full, productive day, but still call it quits and do something unrelated for a few hours.

DCF: What sacrifices did you have to make to get here?
JT: I read somewhere, that when you’re launching a company, you can only pick three from this list: work, sleep, family, friends, and fitness. I think that’s so true, it’s impossible to give your all to every category because launching a company consumes so much of your time. Time is so precious so I really try to prioritize my family and friends, but that often means sleep and fitness take a hit. (DCF: You’ve got the right idea, balance where you can!)

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DCF: What struggles have you faced as a women in your industry?
JT: I don’t have to tell you that women, and particularly women of color, are less likely than men to get funding for their tech startups. We’re now beginning to raise money for our company, so we have to be aware of the obstacles we might face.

DCF: What is the early advice you didn’t listen to that you wish you had?
JT: I wish I had started my company sooner. It’s easy to say, “Oh, I can’t leave my job..I can’t do x, y, or z.” But now that I’m on the other side, I so wish I had taken the leap earlier. (DCF: We often get in our own heads with these things but I’m so proud of you for making the leap!)

DCF: What was your greatest failure and what did you learn from it?
JT: This is a tough one! I’ll get back to you on it.

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DCF: What was your proudest moment to date?
JT: Swivel was profiled in The New York Times last December (DCF: see above). A total pinch-me moment. So many people have ideas, but to see it come to life and to get that level of validation is still one of my proudest moments.

DCF: What are you Currently Conquering?
JT: SWIVEL is growing in DC soon! We’re actively signing on stylists and salons. So, if you know anyone good, have them fill out this survey! Thank you!

DCF: Let’s Get Social (Media)!!
Instagram: @swivelbeauty
Twitter: @swivelbeauty
Facebook: SwivelBeauty

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The Funemployed: Leslie Wong and Alexis Jenkins of Burgundy Fox

DCF: So… Who Are You?

Leslie Wong and Alexis Jenkins are the co-founders of Burgundy Fox, an e-commerce brand on a mission to empower and celebrate all women. (DCF: Yasss to more of this in 2018!). After experiencing how uncomfortable and antiquated it was to shop for intimate apparel, they started Burgundy Fox to create an inclusive approach to beauty and a seamless shopping experience. They have a collective 15 years of background in marketing and customer experience for consumer facing brands and creative facing businesses including Rising Tide | HoneyBook. They are the hosts of a weekly iTunes podcast, Seamless, that shares the stories of women who inspire mind and body confidence in us all. Leslie lives in Chicago, loves listening to business podcasts and can finally handstand (on a good day). Alexis lives in NYC, is an avid follower of fashion and was a competitive tap dancer (as a child). Connect with them through @burgundyfoxco, @lesliewong15 or @officially_alexisjenkins.

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The Funemployed: Cara Peterson

DCF: Who Are You?
Cara Peterson, Badass Creative/The Effortless Perfection Myth, I am an artist and aspiring author. My art is mainly linoleum printmaking and collage, and my book is about the gender issues millennial women face while in college.

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The Funemployed: Riley Sheehey

DCF: Who Are You?
Riley Sheehey, Make Things Co. (more than likely soon to be Riley Sheehey Illustration) (DCF: Both are great name!) Freelance watercolor artist/illustrator.

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