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Time to Rebelle (pt. 1)

Upon completing my biggest week of 2017 — professionally speaking — I took off to the mountains of North Carolina for this Thanksgiving week to hide in a cabin, watch the sunrise from the front porch, and sip tea while reflecting, reading and writing. In the midst of holiday cheers, end-of-year activities and Christmas parties we rarely take the time to look back on our accomplishments and say “Well done!” but you know what? 2017 has been an incredible year for RVA’s entrepreneurial community and I am not going to let that pass without mention. Here is a close-up of three projects that I had the pleasure to work on with some incredible teams to create more opportunities for entrepreneurs in Richmond in 2017:

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Team Rebelle September 2017

Rebelle Con

Rebelle Con has by far been the biggest event I have ever organized. My co-founder Shannon Siriano and I saw the female entrepreneurs we were working with through our personal businesses struggle with a number of common challenges, and figured that hosting a kick-ass conference to address these would be an effective and fun way to test our abilities as conference organizers. So we did what any entrepreneur with big questions does: We asked people who we thought would know the answer and to come speak about

  1. Self-care
  2. Community, and
  3. Creativity.
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Shannon Siriano opening Rebelle Con 2017
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Sustainable Nutrition for the Busy Babe, workshop host Yana and Shelly of Pure Roots Nutrition.

Would do again!

… and while we are waiting on feedback from attendees, here are a few things that I simply think we did well, and would do again:

  • One of the conference’s key elements revolved around charging what you’re worth and not underselling your services. I feel good about the value we provided.
  • And even for those who could not yet afford to buy a ticket, we had more than 60 volunteer openings that allowed anyone to join the entire day of programming as long as they were willing to roll up their sleeves for a few hours. We also gave away tickets at our Facebook Live to allow even more attendees to join the event free of charge.

The Future of Rebelles

As founders, Shannon and I started asking the “What next?” question early on. We knew from the beginning that even the most inspiring conference would only do so much to create lasting change in our community of entrepreneurial women. We are in fact exploring what we can do locally to keep the momentum going. In my dreamworld, Rebelle Con builds a local community of entrepreneurial females who grow together and support each other by doing business with one another, referring each other and collaborating. By charging what they’re worth. You all have heard it before: A rising tide lifts all the boats.

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Ecosystem builder for social change. Founder at www.socialventurers.com Meet me over at www.anikahorn.com for all things social enterprise!

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