Inspire the girls in your life to start or run a successful business or organization with Career Girls + The Startup Squad’s new free webinar series!
Act soon as space is limited!
We’re pairing girlpreneurs from The Startup Squad and role models from Career Girls to discuss tips and strategies for success.
Join our host Lorena King each Wednesday from October 21st through November 18th, at 4:00 pm PT / 7:00 pm ET as two generations of entrepreneurs share their journeys.
Series Host Lorena King
Lorena King is a Live Events Producer working in a large Tech Company in Silicon Valley. She is passionate about education, equality and her Latinx heritage. She graduated at the top of her class with a B.A. in Multimedia Communications from Academy of Art University. She is a U.S. Army veteran and her career has led to work in production, media, government and tech. Lorena is in the process of establishing a non-profit organization, offering scholarships and mentoring to women and people of color.
Graphic Design – October 21st, 4:00 pm PT / 7:00 pm ET
Graphic Design – Role Model Kia Dolby
Kia Dolby is the owner of Kia Dolby Creative, a communications studio that specializes in branding, design, and marketing. Kia’s specialty is helping businesses and organizations connect with their customers through compelling content, great design, memorable messaging, email marketing, and social media. Kia has over twenty years of experience. She began her career working in marketing and design for several Atlanta-based marketing firms. She’s worked for Fortune 500 companies including IBM and AT&T, and the consumer goods company, Plaid Enterprises, a national manufacturer of craft, DIY, and décor products.
Kia attended Florida A & M University, where she studied design with a secondary emphasis in magazine writing, and Temple University. She loves sharing her insider’s view on design, creativity, entrepreneurship, and marketing. She used her diverse experience to launch Kia Dolby Creative. Kia Dolby Creative works with businesses and organizations of all sizes, from solopreneurs to mid-sized businesses. Her work includes creating email campaigns for retail and online businesses, designing graphics for events, and creating websites for coaches and entrepreneurs. When not working, she enjoys traveling, vegetarian cooking, home decorating and spending time with her husband, three boys, and dog, Zeke.
Graphic Design – Girlpreneur Sydney
I am a 15 year old entrepreneur! I design, make, and sell my handmade greeting cards, stickers, notepads and more. I also offer custom calligraphy services and invitational services. I love hand- lettering, modern calligraphy, photography, and digital design! I have sold my products at several business fairs, and I currently sell in one storefront. I am based out of Virginia and love traveling and running, along with lettering.
Candlemaking – October 28th, 4:00 pm PT / 7:00 pm ET
Candlemaking – Role Model Teri Johnson
Teri Johnson is an entrepreneur and adventurer who brings her experience to life through storytelling and luxury products. A life-long traveler, Teri has visited nearly 70 countries learning about the rich cultures of the world while working as a travel and lifestyle expert for various television and digital platforms. During her travels, Teri experienced an array of different scents and developed a passion and obsession for beautiful and evocative fragrances that have the power to transport you to a different time and place. This sparked an idea to create a luxury home fragrance company inspired by her neighborhood of Harlem, specifically during the Harlem Renaissance period. She founded the Harlem Candle Co in 2014 and now has 13 exquisite fragrances in the collection. Teri’s work with some of the world’s most innovative perfumers has helped her grow the brand’s popularity on an international level and has led to the brand’s launch in over 30 stores across the country.
Candlemaking – Girlpreneur Rose
I am 13 years old and I’m in the 8th grade in New Jersey. Five years ago, I formed Rose & Co. Candlemakers with my dad. My dad and I started making candles at home because of his allergies to the many toxins in paraffin wax candles. We made extra and gave some as a welcome present to our new neighbors. The candles were so popular, that I decided to have a candle sale at our house and then I moved the business to pop-up markets, artisan fairs and a website! I like to sell my candles to share my candle making talents with my community and bring people together. And, we donate a portion of our profits to charities that support Girls’ education everywhere! At Rose & Co. Candlemakers, we make handmade, natural, soy and coconut wax, eco wick, wonderful smelling, dye-free candles. I hope they will bring a smile to your face!!
Fashion Design – November 4th, 4:00 pm PT / 7:00 pm ET
Fashion Design – Role Model Erika Dalya Massaquoi
Designer Erika Dalya Massaquoi brings an impressive resume to her line, The Oula Company. She’s earned a PhD in cinema from New York University, taught at Yale, curated at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and served as assistant dean at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Eight years ago, when she moved from New York to Seattle with her husband and baby daughter and treasure trove of vintage American sportswear and textiles from her travels in tow, she couldn’t quite find a job to suit her experience, though. She started curating again—for the Frye Art Museum and Seattle Art Museum—but when a new friend encouraged her to start a business of her own, her fabric collection found new life.
When it came to developing The Oula Company, Erika looked to her roots and her values as a foundation. “I wanted to create a brand that had a lot of heart; that was authentic; that was honest,” she says. “So that when I say that it’s sustainable, it is sustainable. And when we talk about things like cultural inclusivity, Oula absolutely embodies that—and it speaks for itself.” She sources small-batch Ankara wax fabrics for their durability and tradition, using them to create flattering, versatile silhouettes reminiscent of the tunics and caftans her mother wore in the ’60s and ’70s during the Black Arts Movement. The Oula Company’s frocks—many of which are one size fits all—can be dressed up or down, worn everywhere from the school drop off to date night. “I want to inspire a particular type of iconic, natural beauty,” says Erika. “And every silhouette that I create is based on that.”
Fashion Design – Girlpreneur Ashlyn
Ashlyn is now 12 and has been draping her own clothes ever since she discovered sewing at the age of 6! She has been picking out her own outfits since she was 15 months old. Her mom finally gave up on what she was going to wear by the time she was 18 months old. She also loves oil painting, Chinese brush painting, calligraphy and she is constantly illustrating her fashion illustrations. She plays Zither and ice skates. Her recent obsession is skateboarding. Plus, she is just like any other little girls who are obsessed with hearts! Her out of the ordinary creativity will inspire and surprise you.
Pet Care And Treats – November 11th, 4:00 pm PT / 7:00 pm ET
Pet Care And Treats – Role Model Dr. Araba Oglesby
Dr. Araba Oglesby focuses on the best of both Eastern and Western medicine. Her commitment to gentle and compassionate care for her patients sets her apart. Witnessing her patients thrive through holistic therapies is her passion.
Dr. Araba has worked in the veterinary world for over 25 years – from participating in an early animal care / veterinary care program at the Philadelphia Zoo as a junior high school student to managing stock and keeping the kennel at a Philadelphia area general practice before starting her training as a veterinary assistant in the same practice. Moving to California for college, Dr. Araba continued her pursuits in veterinary medicine working as a veterinary technician, then lead veterinary technician at Linda Mar Veterinary Hospital in Pacifica. Her field work was conducted in the rain forests of Belize focusing on the Black Howler Monkey.
Araba grew up in Philadelphia, but has lived in San Francisco for most of her adult life. Outside of veterinary medicine, she enjoys cooking, eating at the various wonderful restaurants in the Bay Area with friends, wine, hiking/camping, as well as spending time with her boyfriend, James, and her three cats (Niko, Phinneus and Miles).
Pet Care And Treats – Girlpreneur Ava
Ava, founder of Ava’s Pet Palace, is a 13-year-old kidpreneur. She started this company because she recognized the need for healthy pet treats made with quality and tasty ingredients. As a dog and a cat owner herself, Ava believes that every pet owner should have the option to buy organic and natural pet food that prioritizes the health and wellness of their four-legged friends. Ava’s mission is to educate pet owners about pet treats and help them explore options that simultaneously promote animal health and taste-bud satisfaction.
Media – November 18th, 4:00 pm PT / 7:00 pm ET
Media – Role Model Audrey Cooper
Audrey Cooper is Editor In Chief at New York Public Radio WNYC and formerly the Editor in Chief for the San Francisco Chronicle – the first woman to hold that position. She loves her career because it gives her the opportunity to “speak truth to power” and make a positive difference in people’s lives. It is important for journalism to reflect the entire community, therefore she encourages girls, especially bi-lingual and girls of color, to consider careers in journalism to make sure their voices are represented. Her advice is that learning to be persistent but not annoying is a valuable skill to develop as a journalist.
Media – Girlpreneur Alejandra
Alejandra is Founder/Chief Reporter/Creative Director of KidNewsMaker. She came up with the idea for KidNewsMaker when she was 11-years-old. She is an award-winning journalist and hostess who has been seen in several film and television projects. Allie has worked on ‘The Walking Dead’, ‘Stranger Things’, ‘Little’, ‘Legacies’ and plays the young version of former ‘In Living Color’ Fly Girl and acclaimed dancer Jossie Harris’ daughter in ‘Mixed Emotions’, a role she credits to helping her embrace being AfroLatina.