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Modern Muse

#ModernMuse: Social Entrepreneur Nikki Duong Koenig

Modern Muse Nikki 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! Read more

#ModernMuse: Soul Seeker Vonda Dyer

Modern Muse 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.”

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#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

#ModernMuse: Renaissance Woman Laura Burford

Modern Muse 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.”

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#ModernMuse: Change Champion Jesse Ihde

Modern Muse 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.


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#ModernMuse: Gender Wage Gap Advocate Jacqueline Twillie

ModernMuse 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.

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#ModernMuse: “Power Broker” Carmin MacMillan

Modern Muse Carmin MacMillan
When you think “power broker,” you probably think politics or economics. But when we talk about Carmin MacMillan and her work as Executive Director of the Wesley Mission Center in Mansfield, Texas, power broker takes on a whole new meaning.
Carmin builds strategies and leads a team that is committed to helping their neighbors who are experiencing financial hardship. With the help of the Wesley Mission Center, families work through their financial crises so that they can move ahead in their financial future. Coaching, employment help and supportive social networks are the tools to making this happen.
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#ModernMuse: Mother-Philanthropist-Activist Akilah S. Wallace

ModernMuse 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

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#ModernMuse: Survivor Grace Lozada

ModernMuse 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.

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