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Abby Kaelin

Coffee or tea?

Tea!

Who is your girl boss inspiration?

My sister- she does it all and is a new mom, so the fact that she has many hustles while also caring for her family is truly inspiring.

What does it mean to be a girl boss?

A girl boss follows her passions and is relentless in manifesting her dreams.

What’s your favorite thing to do on your day off?

I really enjoy kayaking and being on the water.

Tell us about your business.

I am a photographer! I truly love photographing everything, be it family portraits, weddings, landscapes, fashion and advertisements. Capturing moments that will live on forever is magical.

What made you want to start your photography business?

I realized I am happiest when I live a life of passion and I am very passionate about photography. I can use it in a practical money making sense while also fulfilling my needs as an artist.

What’s your biggest piece of advice for other girl bosses who want to run their own business?

Find what you are most passionate about and run with it. At times it can get tough but if you’ve chosen something that is meaningful to you it will always be worth it.

How do you stay motivated when running your business?

I like to photograph my friends, it allows me to create work that is purely for me. I also like to work with other photographers because it’s a different flow and you get to see how they work.

How do you balance running a business with your personal life?

It can be challenging, but I try to keep certain parts of my day devoted to “me time” and recharging.

Why did you join the Eleanor?

I was looking for a space I could go to work because Starbucks just wasn’t working anymore. I also wanted a space where I could make friends and network. Once I learned that the Eleanor also had events that focused on creating a strong community and overall wellness, I was hooked.

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Breanna - Melanin Mamaa

Coffee or Tea?

Coffee

Who is your girl boss inspiration?

Rihanna

What does it mean to be a girl boss?

I feel as a girl boss it is leading the way for other women to do what they love and to help the next generation to grow the percentage of women in the entrepreneur world.

What’s your favorite thing to do on your day off?

My favorite thing to do when I’m not working is to hang with friends and checkout new and local businesses whether it’s food museums or boutiques!

Tell us about your business.

At Melanin Mamaa, LLC. Our mission here is to provide “ A whole new look to classy” and by that I mean being a brand that has exclusive pieces that you can not find anywhere else! We make sure to provide affordable accessories, without breaking the bank.

What made you want to start Melanin Mamaa Boutique?
I got tired of spending a crap ton of money on luxurious pieces. I know many want to look good on a budget and it was not just me who felt like this. So I started the boutique to give people luxury on a budget!

What’s your biggest piece of advice for other girl bosses who want to run their own business?

I would say get connected and extend your network. As an entrepreneur it can be lonely but it does not have to be! Go to as many networking events as possible! I have met so many of my friends and mentors through it! Do not be afraid to go alone most events I went alone to I enjoyed them more than me bringing someone!

How do you stay motivated when running your business?

I stay motivated by setting monthly goals, rewarding myself on goals I have reached! Lastly listening to podcasts and staying up to date on latest trends!

How do you balance running a business with your personal life?

I make sure that I make time for myself and friends and family so that I don’t burn out. So almost in a way I force myself to take a breather!

Why did you join the Eleanor?

I joined the Eleanor because I love the idea of being around power house women! Also Krysten the founder is such a sweetheart. She is awesome and I love being apart of the Eleanor cause she makes it personal, inclusive and unique!

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Caitlin Scott

Coffee or tea?

Probably coffee, though my current favorite tea is Earl Grey Creme by Art of Tea and I've been drinking it so much it's probably going to turn me into a tea person.

Who is your girl boss inspiration?

My friends are my girl boss inspirations. At the moment, I'm really inspired by my good friend Lauren Chan, who is launching her debut fashion line Henning later this year. Henning will offer fashion-minded workwear in sizes 12 and up. There are not many options for women above a size 12 to shop for stylish, quality workwear, so she decided to make her own line. She’s a total badass! I can’t wait to buy her trench coat because I really need a new one lol. My celeb girl boss inspirations are Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, and Reese Witherspoon—all amazing women who have fought to make the world a better place for women, and people in general, really.

What does it mean to be a girl boss?

I think being a girl boss means you make decisions for yourself and pursue your own goals, regardless of what someone else might think. You do you!

What’s your favorite thing to do on your day off?

I’m definitely not one to sit still and do nothing because I feel like I’m wasting time. But I like to relax. When I’m not working, I’m probably watching Netflix, reading a book outside, catching up with friends, or putting a face mask on.

Tell us about what you do.

This question is so lol for me right now because I’m still very much in transition mode. My boyfriend and I relocated to Columbus from New York City a few weeks ago. He got a great job here, and I was ready to shake up my life a bit, so we packed our bags and drove to Ohio! I’m on the hunt for a new job, but I’m fortunate to be in a position where I can take my time and look for something I really love. Outside of looking for my next gig, I’m learning to program. I’m teaching myself JavaScript right now, and it’s been a CHALLENGE, but also very rewarding.

What was your favorite part of working for Love Stories TV?

Love Stories TV was the very first startup I worked for — I was the second hire! It was an amazing opportunity to define a new brand, establish the editorial direction and voice, and build an audience from the ground up. I feel really lucky that I was on the team in its infancy!

What was your favorite part of working for Cosmopolitan?

My favorite part of working at Cosmopolitan was having the opportunity to work with some of the most talented editors in the world every day. My former boss (turned good friend!) Elisa Benson, is a creative genius in every way, and she taught me the value of pitching great ideas, and being able to execute them. The editor of Cosmopolitan.com, Amy Odell, lead an incredible editorial team that tripled Cosmopolitan’s audience during her tenure. Together, we helped the magazine’s digital arm go from small to big, and then to total powerhouse. I’m so grateful to have been a part of it!

What do you plan to do next?

Great question, hah! I’m looking for my next marketing job here in Columbus, which has been exciting because there are so many amazing brands based here. I’m also learning to code and building a website for fans of women’s professional sports, which I’m really excited about. I’ve been talking about it forever, so it will be nice to finally get it live!

What your biggest piece of advice for all the other girl bosses out there?

You’re enough. This is something I have to remind myself, too. Know that you are capable/strong/smart enough to achieve your goals. Surround yourself with people who remind you of that when you need to hear it.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received in your career?

I don’t know how to sum it up into a Pinterest-worthy quote, but early on in my career I received a job offer from one of my dream media companies and the salary was super low. At the same time, I also had an offer from another company that was willing to pay me $15,000 more. I wanted so badly to take my dream job, but I decided to ask a friend of mine for advice. Without skipping a beat, he told me to take the better offer; if my dream company wanted me, they should pay me what I was worth, and clearly someone else out there thought I was worth more. He was right. I accepted the better offer, and my dream company came right back to me and matched it because they didn't want to lose me. I ended up with my dream job and a way better paycheck. So I guess his advice was: Don’t settle. "Knowing your worth" can be a hard thing to do, especially when you're first starting out your career. If it's helpful, think about it as having the courage to advocate for yourself. You can always change companies later in life, but your first salary will, at the very least, impact what your future raise or promotion is. Advocate for yourself during the initial offer if you can.

Why did you join The Eleanor?

I was so excited to learn that The Eleanor existed! I joined The Eleanor to meet and connect with like-minded women in Columbus. Plus, I previously worked with Krysten on a partnership when I was at Love Stories TV and I knew how amazing she was. I couldn’t wait to check out her latest venture. The Eleanor is such a great community of women and I’m so thrilled to be a part of it!

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Molly Bower

Coffee or tea?

Coffee! and lots of it!

Who is your girl boss inspiration?

Alli Webb founder of Drybar. She seems down to earth; shook up the typical salon scene; and turned it into a huge franchise success.

What does it mean to be a girl boss?

Empowering other women to reach their goals, while never sacrificing your own beliefs and ideals.

What’s your favorite thing to do on your day off?

What's a day off?? JK, sorta...on my days off I usually find myself at the park, pool or zoo with son. Or, taking a friend (aka employee, they are all friends) out to coffee, lunch or for drinks to catch up and hear what's new.

Tell us about your business.

Oasis Face Bar is an open concept facial bar with 30 minute targeted treatments to address aging, hyperpigmentation, acne, men's skin, and sensitive skin. We're not your momma's spa. We've turned up the music, serve wine, and have made getting pampered accessible to all. Our 3rd location is slated to open in July and soon we'll be offering franchises.

What made you want to start Oasis Face Bar?

After spending about 5 years in my first spa Skin Oasis, the sleepy music was starting to drive me crazy. Plus I had just had my son, and didn't have time for hour long services for myself. I wanted to create something that was cutting edge (for our area - I didn't reinvent the wheel), available to everyone, and to change the current skin care landscape. So, we ditched the small private rooms, nixed the sleepy music, tossed out the robes, and swapped out cucumber water for wine...and Voila! Oasis Face Bar was born. Oh, and we slashed prices in half. We focus on one thing, and one thing only...facials - and, we do it well!

What’s your biggest piece of advice for other girl bosses who want to run their own business?

Best quote I ever heard was "Comparison is the Thief of Joy". SOOOO TRUE!! If you find yourself going down the rabbit hole we call Instagram my advice is to STOP. Have a vision...stick to it, and don't pay attention to what the others around you are doing. That girl...you know.. the one with the perfect boyfriend/husband, on vacation in Paris for 3rd time in the last month, with Louis luggage in tote, has a story we aren't seeing. I promise you that. Be laser focused, but surround yourself with like minded people that will lift you up and not tear you down. Be prepared to work your ASS off. And be prepared to make sacrifices, LOTS of them.

How do you stay motivated when running your business?

I write down all my dreams down on a piece of paper. I have a 3, 5 and 10 year plan. But I also have smaller goals that I can accomplish to keep my going. I like listening to podcasts like "How I Built This with Guy Raz - NPR". Hearing other peoples success stories (and struggles) helps keep me on track!

How do you balance running a business with your personal life?

Ummm...I'm not the best authority on this topic. #nofilter ...my marriage has suffered the more business has grown. Best advice is to find a partner that has your back and can be your cheerleader and not your naysayer. There may come a time where they take 2nd or 3rd seat in your life, and if they aren't too insecure and understand it's only for a period of time, you'll both come out on top!!

Why did you join the Eleanor?

I love what the Eleanor stands for..and Krysten is pretty awesome! While I haven't been able to be as involved as I'd like to be, I believe in what the group stands for, and want to support and be a part of it...even if sometimes it's only in spirit! Business is my love and passion. Some people knit, some scrapbook...I build businesses. I want to surround myself with others that do the same or want to do the same and share the same passion!

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Alice Gantman

Coffee or tea?

Coffee. Definitely coffee but I am a sucker for sweet tea.

Who is your girl boss inspiration?

Other local badass babes killing it in the Columbus community such as Dani Sage of Good Vibes Hive / Amanda Crichton of Fulcio / Rachel Kerr of the Beauty Boost.

What does it mean to be a girl boss?

To me, being a girl boss means building an authentic and organic community with heart, focused on real human beings.

What’s your favorite thing to do on your day off?

I love to read and tend to my plants

Tell us about your business.

We are a vinyasa yoga studio that believes, beyond anything else, that genuine community always comes first. We create an authentic space that is all inclusive to anyone who is looking for a home that feels like big city magic in a small studio space. Our community thrives off of all the amazing individuals that bring their flare and personality to the studio.

What made you want to start Heartfelt Yoga Studio?

Heartfelt Yoga was born out of a need to continue to hold space for the previously existing yoga community. As time went on, the community shifted to be more in line with the mission and vision of Heartfelt Yoga, bringing together those that practice more than just the physical aspect of yoga and those that are interested in other spiritual healing elements and modalities, such as Reiki, Tarot, crystals and so on.

What’s your biggest piece of advice for other girl bosses who want to run their own business?

Fully believe in yourself 100%

How do you stay motivated when running your business?

Taking time off is essential. Whether it is a vacation or just making sure you close the laptop down every evening to spend time with loved ones, you need time off to center yourself and remember why you're doing what you're doing in the first place.

How do you balance running a business with your personal life?

I am not sure there is a way to balance work and play as a business owner. However, I hold myself to strict a strict boundry of taking two days off from work.

Why did you join the Eleanor?

I joined the Eleanor because I feel at home with ambitious women wanting to change the world.

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Isabella Bonello

Coffee or tea?

Depends! Usually coffee in the morning, and tea in the afternoon if I need an extra boost.

Who is your girl boss inspiration?

There are so many! Right now, my good friend Lalese Stamps. Look her up! www.lolly-lolly.com

What does it mean to be a girl boss?

To work your butt off to do what you love!

What’s your favorite thing to do on your day off?

Spend time with friends, preferably outside, and eating or cooking good food!

Tell us about your business.

I’m a baker by trade, and have always dreamt about my own place. I figured I had to start somewhere, and I couldn’t decide exactly what I wanted to make because I love exploring and trying new things. So, I figured I would make something different every week, for every pop up, and try to guide people to try something new that they may not have tried before!

What made you want to start Three Bites Bakery?

I want to share my love of food with as many people as I can possibly reach!

What’s your biggest piece of advice for other girl bosses who want to run their own business?

Just do it! Honestly, you’ll never know how successful you can be if you don’t try.

How do you stay motivated when running your business?

I remind myself of what I’m working for and that I’m pursuing what I’ve always wanted to do, since I was just a kid.

How do you balance running a business with your personal life?

It’s hard, but I make sure I have time every week with friends and family, even if it’s just dinner or a drink. I’m a firm believer in balance, and you don’t want to live just to work. You have to enjoy life too!

Why did you join the Eleanor?

I loved the idea of being part of a community of strong, hard working women! It’s incredibly motivating!

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Stephanie West

Coffee or tea?

COFFEE ALL DAY EVERY DAY lol

Who is your girl boss inspiration?

I have so many incredible women in my life who are these strong, single-mom, business owners who are KILLING it and they all inspire me so much. They know who they are ❤ I can’t say someone “famous” when I have these women in my real life.

What does it mean to be a girl boss?

It means taking charge of your own destiny and not relying on anyone (especially a boy) to create the success, love and happiness in your life. A girl boss writes her own story.

What’s your favorite thing to do on your day off?

I love to do anything outside… hike, take my kids to the park, sit on my front porch with a hot coffee or a cold beer and listen to some good music and I’m OBSESSED with the night sky.

Tell us about your business.

I’m a wedding photographer with a home base near Lancaster but I work mostly in Columbus, which is why I wanted to be a member at The Eleanor. I’ve been a photographer for 11 years with a focus on weddings for the last 3.

What made you want to start Stephanie West Photography?

I just wanted to make some extra money when my kids were babies… I started taking photos of family and friends and it just snowballed and the better I got (and the more, and better, equipment that I bought) I started getting busier and busier until it was an 80 hours a week career 😊

What’s your biggest piece of advice for other girl bosses who want to run their own business?

Start treating it as a business from the very beginning. Even if you don’t intend on it being a full time “job” at the start. Getting the bookkeeping and all the tedious “business” stuff in place in the beginning will make it easier when you take off and go full throttle.

How do you stay motivated when running your business?

Motivation is fleeting for me. Some weeks I’m a workaholic and I go, go, go. And some weeks I just want to spend all day every day laying by the pool with my kids. I try to keep my goals in mind and do at least one thing every day that moves me toward those goals… following inspiring accounts on social media is helpful, having a good circle of supportive women who are also business owners, and watching them hit goals and get excited and motivated about their own businesses is DEFINITELY motivating as well! And having a place like The Eleanor where you can meet those women and get to know them, and just having a space that itself is inspired and encouraging and motivating.. we have SO MANY resources.

How do you balance running a business with your personal life?

This is THE HARDEST thing for me!! I have 4 kids, I’ve been on a health journey for the last year (I’ve lost 70 pounds) and I have this business that has really taken off and been crazy successful in the last two years so it’s like a big triangle for me. I feel like I can always keep two points on the triangle going but the minute I try to add that third point, something falls to the wayside. I’m in a really trying time in my life and I feel like keeping two points going at once is a success for me, with what I have and what I know right now, so I’m just accepting that as it is and when I can get all three points going at once, I WILL. *shrugs* if you can keep all your balls in the air at once, you’re my hero ❤

Why did you join the Eleanor?

I wanted a place where I could go and work during the day, and meet other boss girls and I also needed an office space, of sorts, IN Columbus, where I could meet clients and other business women for meetings and hangouts. I love the location of The Eleanor now, with Wonder Bar downstairs. Who doesn’t love to work with a cocktail in their hand?

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Jess Vossler

Coffee or tea?

Coffee

Who is your girl boss inspiration?

I'm really into Michelle Obama and Amy Porterfield right now.

What does it mean to be a girl boss?

Being a girl boss means being unapologetically yourself. To feel confident as you create, develop, lead, and grow. A true girl boss knows that there is plenty of room "at the top" and does her best to help others succeed.

What’s your favorite thing to do on your day off?

Long runs, exploring a new area of town. Then enjoying a great meal with my husband and/or friends.

Tell us about your business.

Second Mile Marketing is a collection of digital marketing innovators driven by relationships and focused on results. We're called Second Mile Marketing for a reason- we want to go the distance for our clients (we prefer partners) by cultivating remarkable experiences and long term relationships. We work with clients on all things digital marketing from email marketing to digital advertising, from paid social to content marketing.

What made you want to start Second Mile Marketing?

I was undergrad Fine Arts: Photography and then I got my MBA. While I was getting my MBA, I realized that business at its core is really just creatively solving problems. I also was blessed with the opportunity to be a member of the first inaugural Jacksonville Women's Lacrosse team and that experience was very entrepreneurial in nature. I got to learn to shape and set culture and lead and influence others which were skills that I knew I wanted to transfer into my own business at some point. After working in the marketing world for a few years after college, I knew that I was in the correct industry but need to market products and services that I believed in and aligned with my values. So my partner and I started Second Mile Marketing.

What’s your biggest piece of advice for other girl bosses who want to run their own business?

Only start a business if you love solving problems. I work as a digital marketing professional for any company. But as an entrepreneur, no day is the same and you really spend most of your time coming up with creative solutions. I would also say that once you start a business, expect that there will ALWAYS be high highs and low lows and commit to staying the course.

How do you stay motivated when running your business? I have an awesome business partner, Hannah Lee, who balances me so well and keeps me motivated. I'm also very internally motivated. I have set some big goals for myself and the business and my internal drive pushes me to pursue those goals daily. My husband also is an amazing support system and helps me get back up when I'm defeated. I also prioritize my health in order to stay energized for the business. I eat relatively healthy, work out daily and I am religious about getting 8 hours of sleep.

How do you balance running a business with your personal life? I think the first thing with balance is that it looks different for everyone. I know that balance for me and my biz partner looks different. Like I mentioned before, I prioritize my health always. I also try to set up systems that help me clock out so I don't feel like I'm always working. Sometimes there are projects going on where I HAVE to work late and sometimes I have time to kill and I'm excited about doing some work on a Saturday. I also make sure that my husband knows that he is a priority and I make sure that when we're together in the evenings and on weekends he gets my undivided attention. I will say as a business owner my mind is pretty consistently always on in a way that has never happened before when I worked for someone else. My hour of exercise daily helps me check out and destress.

Why did you join the Eleanor?

I was looking for a community in Columbus. My business partner lives in Knoxville and my team is spread out across the Southeast. I really wanted a way to get connected with like-minded women! The Eleanor has been great!