July 23, 2017
#ModernMuse: Social Entrepreneur Nikki Duong Koenig
This week’s Modern Muse Nikki Duong Koenig learned how to sew from her mother at the tender age of seven. Ever since, she has been inspired and motivated to help others through her passions, founding the stylish and socially responsible handbag and accessory company Cykochik Custom Handbags in her SMU dorm room 14 years ago.
According to Nikki, “Cykochik’s vision is to create a more compassionate, sustainable, and happy world for all living beings.” In fact, in 2013, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) recognized Cykochik on a global stage with the ‘Compassionate Business Award.’ Fashion and compassion all wrapped into one exciting line!
What we love about Cykochik and Nikki is the dedication to bringing together the creativity of local artists, environmental and animal-friendly materials, craftsmanship and community to a now global social enterprise that has truly made an impact on the world. Check out more of Nikki and Cykochik’s story below!
June 18, 2017
#ModernMuse: Soul Seeker Vonda Dyer
As Senior VP of Creative Services for Minerva Consulting, our latest Modern Muse Vonda Dyer helps organizations “get to the heart/DNA of their work and help them expand their influence and messaging through storytelling and integrated communication services.” Even in her spare time, Vonda helps individuals – singers, artists, fellow church members, family and friends – “find their voice and tell their stories with greater clarity and effectiveness.”
June 11, 2017
#ModernMuse: Catching Up with STEM Renegade Mess Wright
Back in December, we highlighted STEM Renegade Mess Wright as one of Modern Muses. She was in the midst of piloting her technology camp programs called Renegades of Code. Last week, we had the pleasure of joining Mess at the official grand opening of her newly reinvented Mess Labs science lab, tinker space and code studio! Read more
May 8, 2017
#ModernMuse: Renaissance Woman Laura Burford
Few people are able to balance well a multitude of passions with their everyday responsibilities. Laura Burford from Richardson, Texas, is one such Modern Muse whom we call a modern-day Renaissance woman. Mother, wife, entrepreneur and actress, this lady proves that sharing your gifts and inspiring others can come in many forms and even from one person at any age!
Here is her story in her own words.
“As an entrepreneur, I am proudly partnered with Shaklee Corporation. We are the number one natural nutrition company in North America and a global leader in our industry. For 60 years, and we have been known for the purity and potency of our products, our integrity, and innovation.
“In my Shaklee business, I guide others to improve their physical health and also, for those who choose to join our team, I mentor them in creating an income while crafting lives of meaning and purpose.
“As entrepreneurs, we offer women a vehicle for achieving their own goals of financial stability rather than being a cog in a corporate wheel. Our team is supportive of one another’s growth – inspiring each other to reach higher to achieve whatever dreams we have imagined.
“I also work as a freelance actor. I have taught acting and voice for the stage, co-founded a theatre company, and performed in several original one-person shows portraying notable women of arts and letters.”
April 16, 2017
#ModernMuse: Change Champion Jesse Ihde
Trade Last Founder Jesse Ihde is no stranger to what we here at UGauGrrl stand for. In fact, her organization, which works with nonprofits, conscious companies, activists, churches, artists, writers, entrepreneurs and leaders who desire to live a life for the sake of others, is all about inspiring, empowering and making and impact through those whose life revolves around our very mission!
Here is her story in her own words.
“The definition of the word Trade Last is to share with a person the affirming words you’ve heard about them from others, to give away a compliment.
“Here at Trade Last, we want to turn a mirror back onto you or your organization so you can find your center, define your core and move forward towards success that is meaningful. We want to be the wind at your back that gives you the courage, confidence and clarity you need to change the world.
April 2, 2017
#ModernMuse: Gender Wage Gap Advocate Jacqueline Twillie
Jacqueline Twillie is the Founder and CEO of ZeroGap and also the best-selling author of Navigating The Career Jungle : A Guide for Young Professionals. Her focus on the gender wage gap and empowering women is one that we just had to let her tell herself. You can see immediately why she is this Monday’s Modern Muse!
“A few years ago I learned about the gender wage gap through an the Levo League. I was in disbelief, but, after researching and learning the wage gap was real, I got ticked off and decided to do something about it. That’s when I began studying the science and techniques of negotiation up to three hours a day. Later, I began teaching negotiation workshops, and I knew I was on the right track with my life. I just couldn’t shut up about the wage gap and women needing to speak up and ask for what they are worth.
March 6, 2017
#ModernMuse: “Power Broker” Carmin MacMillan
February 20, 2017
#ModernMuse: Mother-Philanthropist-Activist Akilah S. Wallace
Dallas-ite Akilah S. Wallace has not one, not two, but three jobs. As Director of Development for Faith in Texas, this powerhouse leads fundraising efforts by connecting people and other vital resources to support multi-faith-based community organizing, addressing social justice issues to protect vulnerable communities including low and moderate income families, the formerly incarcerated/rehabilitated, undocumented immigrants, and black and Muslim people. In 2013, she founded Distinguished Ones: A Philanthropic Initiative “seeking to heighten the platform for philanthropy education and the next generation of Philanthropists of Color” throughout North Texas. But perhaps her biggest, and best, job is mother of two boys, whom she strives to be an example for of giving and perseverance. #UGauGrrl
January 22, 2017
#ModernMuse: Survivor Grace Lozada
This week’s Modern Muse Grace Lozada, who hails from Los Angeles, California, is 46 years old – and proud to proclaim it. The wisdom she has gained throughout the course of her life is definitely something to celebrate with every year that passes. After enduring a childhood with an alcoholic mother, alcohol and drug abuse, depression, and single motherhood on welfare, Grace found solace, strength and escape through her writing and photography. Starting from an early age, she literally wrote in her sleep.