On Monday night, I had one of the most exciting and memorable nights
since I began my business in 2001. I was part of a very special program, 10,000
Small Businesses, sponsored by Goldman Sachs and the Tory Burch Foundation. We
were the first all-female, startup class to go through the 10K Small Business
Among the people there to honor us was senior adviser to the president ,Valerie Jarrett, and hearing her describe me as a entrepreneurial leader and world-changer was truly remarkable. At that moment, I wished that I had worn waterproof mascara!
There were classes on everything from leadership, financial statements and operations. We also had business advisers who helped us through the process of creating a plan for growth. Over the four months of the program, I filled in so many gaps in my business knowledge. Coming from an art background, most of my business education has been self-education, and of course I skipped over the parts that were not fun or exciting to me.
Now that I have graduated, I can say that 2013 is going to be a big year. I can't wait to share the journey with you!
Pictured from left to right are: Kristin Leu, of Leu Design, me, Tory Burch, Sylvia Fredericks of Bazillion Bags, Bren Bauer of Fortunata Living, Sandra Nieto of Sandra Baquero, Nneka Moseley of Nneka Saran Handbags, and Terri McCullough of the Tory Burch Foundation.
Above is a screen shot from the Morning Joe segment about the program that aired the next day. This is a still photo of me onstage receiving my diploma from Mika Brzezinski, Tory Burch, Valerie Jarrett, Arianna Huffington and Gray Cohn of Goldman Sachs. You can see the whole segment here.
There is also a blog post by Tory Burch in the Huffington Post, which can be found here. Can you spot me in the group picture?