The Funemployed: Kimberly Wattrick

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Hi! I’m Kimberly Wattrick, the founder of Summit To Soul – a new athleisure boutique on Barrack’s Row. I started playing tennis when I was 4 years old and have been an athlete ever since. I love any and all sports, have tried (and secretly enjoyed) every fitness craze imaginable, and own more yoga pants than I should admit (DCF: You are not alone sister!!). I’m also a finance nerd (CFA) and international relations junky (SAIS’er). I came up with the idea for Summit To Soul about a year ago, and it truly combines all of my passions into one beautiful place.


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The Funemployed: Liz Reed

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Liz Reed – co-creator of Cuddles and Rage

Liz Reed started making comics with her husband, Jimmy Reed, in 2010 as a creative outlet from her nine to five. Cuddles and Rage started as simple doodles between questions at bar trivia and grew into a full-time career. Her work is best known for being disturbingly cute with a strong focus on food humor. Cuddles and Rage has been featured on HelloGiggles, BuzzFeed, and the Washington Post. Liz and Jimmy’s debut picture book, Sweet Competition, which came out November 1 with HarperCollins.

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The Funemployed: Carmen Curtis

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My name is Carmen Curtis. I’m the founder of AIReal Yoga, the only brand of aerial yoga accredited by the Yoga Alliance. I’m also the owner of The Aerial Studio. It’s a production company and aerial theatre company. We have a studio in Ventura, CA where we offer classes in the aerial arts, cirque performing, acrobatics, parkour and yoga. It’s a fun form of fitness, a community space, a recreational training space and also a professional training space for those that are interested in professionally performing for cirque or in the aerial arts. I’m also a mom, I have two amazing children. My husband is Gregg Curtis. (DCF: You are a women after my own heart aka a wearer of many hats!!)

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The Funemployed: Monica Barnett

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Monica Barnett, Chief Image Curator at Blueprint for Style.


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The Funemployed: Lauren Friedman

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My name is Lauren Friedman and I am an author, illustrator, and stylist. I am the author of 50 Ways to Wear Denim and 50 Ways to Wear a Scarf, and the creator of the My Closet in Sketches project.


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The Funemployed: Rosana Vollmerhausen

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I am Rosana Vollmerhausen, the founder and chief stylist of DC Style Factory. We are a full-service personal styling company based in the DC area. We audit closets, shop with and for clients, help define personal style, and make life easier for hundreds of men and women each year. We also produce style workshops, give style talks, host area fashion events, and provide pro style advice that appears in local media (Bethesda Magazine, The Washingtonian, The Washington Post, NPR, WJLA News Channel 8).

RV: We believe personal is for everyone regardless of age, size or budget. If key wardrobe pieces make sense for who and where you are, a put- together and polished personal style is accessible to anyone who wants it.  I am married with three kids ages 11, 8 and 5. I have a middle schooler and a kindergartner this year, which is definitely keeping me on my toes!


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The Funemployed: Darin Michelle

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My name is Darin Michelle (full name Darin Gilliam). I am a Lead Designer for the Symmetry Agency and 19FIFTYTHREE, blogger at and, and a lover of music and fresh baked doughnuts. (DCF: She’s also the rock star that designed the DCFunemployment logo and the soon to be revealed logo for As It Happens!!)


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The Funemployed: Susannah Marlowe-Galan

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Susannah Marlowe-Galan – owner – Alumbra Photography

I follow Jesus.
I’m a mama to two crazy little girls (and a little boy coming soon!), and wife to my handsome husband Josue.
I love salt and vinegar chips and coffee (not together, silly!), foreign language, my backyard hammock, DIY remodeling our home with my husband and our little helpers, and games of all kinds (but especially the loud, yelling, laughing kind).

I own Alumbra Photography and Unveil by Alumbra; two photography brands that are committed to photographing people authentically and beautifully and capturing seasons of life so that they may be remembered for generations to come. (DCF: Her work is AMAZING!!! She makes you look good!!)


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The Funemployed: Christine Swanson

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I (Christine Swanson) had an interesting and circuitous trajectory. I had a stellar beginning, earning my MFA in Film from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. I was selected by NYU faculty as the Willard T.C. Johnson Fellow, the most prestigious fellowship given to the student who has achieved high standards in his or her work. CNN identified me as one of the most promising filmmakers to emerge from NYU’s graduate film program since Martin Scorsese, Ang Lee, Oliver Stone and Spike Lee (her directing teacher) – (DCF: no pressure lol). I have developed, written and/or directed movie projects for HBO Films, Magnolia Pictures, State Street Pictures, TV One and Faith Filmworks. I am also a professor at the MFA Screenwriting Program at the University of Georgia as well as an advisor to the Film and Television program at the University of Notre Dame, my undergraduate alma mater. My upcoming feature, “Buffalo Soldier Girl,” is written by best-selling author and 2015 Texas Writer of the Year, Sarah Bird, as an original work inspired by historical facts. The screenplay is also a winner of the Meryl Streep Writer’s Lab Screenwriting Competition.

Recently I co-wrote and directed, “The Miki Howard Story” which broke network ratings as the most watched original movie in the network’s history.

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The Funemployed: Kenya Bryant

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Kenya Bryant, One in the Oven: Women’s Business Incubator, Head Vision Enthusiast and Owner

“She believed she could so she did” encompasses the vision behind One in the Oven. We carry something so important that it needs to be pursued now. It could be a dream to teach English to students in Costa Rica or a vision for a business that will change our community. We each have a vision inside of us that if pursued, even if we fail to achieve it fully the world is better off because we tried (Tim O’Reilly). One in the Oven is an incubator where women are growing in empowerment; which already exists deep inside them to fulfilling dreams and crafting reality to where life is given to their visions that are continuously placed on their hearts. It’s where women can run, succeed and establish the foundation for long term growth. It’s where passions are birthed, ideas incubated and businesses transformed from thoughts to entrepreneurial reality. There’s support, resources and mentorship to embrace every woman’s desire and move it to the next level, where she can meet an eager world’s needs. What’s your dream? What vision are you holding and how can One in the Oven help you bear it to life?


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