Episode 85: Lorna Mutegyeki

This week, I sat down with Lorna Mutegyeki, owner and designer at Msichana, a stunning and unique line of clothing designed here in Edmonton and made to measure in Uganda. The word "msichana" means “young woman” in Swahili, a language dating back to the 18th century that was born of blended cultures including Africans, Arabs, and Europeans and is used in different countries across Africa to this day. I was deeply inspired by Lorna's business model, and by everything she shared with me during our conversation - I only wish we could have chatted for longer!

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Above quartet of photos taken from Msichana's Instagram page.

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Photography by Andrea Beça unless otherwise noted. 

That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. The network is growing as we speak, so make sure you check out all of the local podcasts who are a part of it!

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Just in case you missed the news, there will be no new episode of That's So Maven! next week as I am taking a week off to enjoy a vacation with my partner. When I return, the podcast is shifting its publication schedule from weekly to biweekly episodes to allow me (Andrea Beça, your host and creator of the show) more time to focus in on my own business. I'll make sure to remind you when new episodes are coming out, but you should also subscribe on iTunes and Google Play so you don't miss a beat, because there are many, many more amazing interviews yet to come!

Our next episode, coming out on Tuesday, March 6, features Esther Duval Hempel, owner and creator at DUVAL, a handmade leather bag and accessory company based in Edmonton, Alberta. 

See you in a couple weeks!

Andrea

Episode 84: Mandy Balak

This week, I sat down with Mandy Balak, founder of It's Date Night and The Ace Class, with whom I have been working to bring fantastic events like Babes Who Brunch to Edmonton. From the time she had a lemonade stand, Mandy knew she wanted to be a CEO, but she didn't necessarily think she'd be CEO of her own company...now she runs two businesses from her home base in Calgary - one of which is quickly spreading across the country!

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Photo by Stephanie Landry

Photo by Stephanie Landry

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Photo by Anastasiia Fursa

That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. The network is growing as we speak, so make sure you check out all of the local podcasts who are a part of it!

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This week's episode is brought to you in part by Alberta Women Entrepreneurs' Learning Day on February 20! This one-day conference features keynotes and workshops about human resources, operations, financing, marketing, technology, and mindset. You’ll get tangible skills, information, and access to expert resources to help build your business. Plus, it’s a great way to meet other entrepreneurs so you feel less alone in your journey.

That's So Maven! listeners can get 10% by using the promo code “Podcast” at checkout. Hooray!

In case you missed the news, That's So Maven! is now live on Patreon

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If you're not sure what Patreon is, it's an amazing way to support creators, and it functions a lot like a monthly subscription - in this case, to the podcast. 

Please check out the Patreon page to learn more, and to become a patron of the show. If you can't support the show financially, you can still help in a huge way by sharing the Patreon campaign on all your social media! I would be oh so grateful!

Thanks as always for tuning into the show this week! Next week, we'll meet Lorna Mutegyeki of Msichana, a clothing line and global village of women coming together to build bridges across the world: sharing cultures and building self-sustaining local communities.

See you next week!

Andrea

Episode 83: A Deep Dive into Mental Health with Nicole Perry

This week, I was re-joined by Nicole Perry, Feminist Counsellor Edmonton, to take a deep dive into the mental health of entrepreneurship. We had a fantastic conversation about making space for yourself, boundaries, stress, and how to say, "That's enough for today" when you know there's always work to be done.

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Listen to our chat here:

You can also tune in and subscribe on iTunes and Google Play!

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All photography by Andrea Beça.

That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. The network is growing as we speak, so make sure you check out all of the local podcasts who are a part of it!

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This week's episode is brought to you in part by Alberta Women Entrepreneurs' Learning Day on February 20! This one-day conference features keynotes and workshops about human resources, operations, financing, marketing, technology, and mindset. You’ll get tangible skills, information, and access to expert resources to help build your business. Plus, it’s a great way to meet other entrepreneurs so you feel less alone in your journey.

That's So Maven! listeners can get 10% by using the promo code “Podcast” at checkout. Hooray!

In case you missed the news, That's So Maven! is now live on Patreon

If you're not sure what Patreon is, it's an amazing way to support creators, and it functions a lot like a monthly subscription - in this case, to the podcast. 

Please check out the Patreon page to learn more, and to become a patron of the show. If you can't support the show financially, you can still help in a huge way by sharing the Patreon campaign on all your social media! I would be oh so grateful!

Thank you so much, as always, for tuning in to this episode of That's So Maven! Next week, we'll be meeting Mandy Balak, owner of It's Date Night and The Ace Class, with whom I've been working to bring events like Lady Balls, Wing Woman, and Babes Who Brunch to Edmonton! 

See you next week!

Andrea

Episode 82: The Nook Cafe

This week, I sat down with Lynsae and Marnie, the mother-daughter duo behind The Nook Cafe, a cozy new spot bringing accessibility and inclusivity to the heart of Edmonton. I've had siblings on the show, as well as many guests who run businesses with their partners, but it was super cool to have my first interview with a mother and daughter who work together!

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Listen to our chat here:

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Photo provided by The Nook Cafe

Photo provided by The Nook Cafe

Note: The above shots were taken during filming for my upcoming documentary web series pilot, featuring past guest Alexis Hillyard! Learn more HERE

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All photography by Andrea Beça unless otherwise noted.

That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. The network is growing as we speak, so make sure you check out all of the local podcasts who are a part of it!

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This week's episode is brought to you in part by Alberta Women Entrepreneurs' Learning Day on February 20! This one-day conference features keynotes and workshops about human resources, operations, financing, marketing, technology, and mindset. You’ll get tangible skills, information, and access to expert resources to help build your business. Plus, it’s a great way to meet other entrepreneurs so you feel less alone in your journey.

That's So Maven! listeners can get 10% by using the promo code “Podcast” at checkout. Hooray!

In case you missed the news, That's So Maven! is now live on Patreon

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If you're not sure what Patreon is, it's an amazing way to support creators, and it functions a lot like a monthly subscription - in this case, to the podcast. 

Many think That's So Maven! is my job, but that's not the case! Like everyone on the show, I am an entrepreneur, and I donate all the time required to create That's So Maven! every week - between 15-18 hours per week, with a total of over 1,100 hours donated so far

Please check out the Patreon page to learn more, and to become a patron of the show. If you can't support the show financially, you can still help in a huge way by sharing the Patreon campaign on all your social media! I would be oh so grateful!

Thanks so much for tuning in! Next week, we're taking a deep dive into mental health and entrepreneurship with Nicole Perry - Feminist Counsellor Edmonton! This one's such an important topic to discuss, so make sure not to miss it!

See you next week!

Andrea

Episode 81: Louise Casemore

This week, we're back in Calgary for the last conversation I had during my visit to Calgary in December. Louise Casemore is a long-time friend and generally amazing and inspiring human who recently moved from Edmonton to Calgary to become an Artistic Associate at Ghost River Theatre. We talked about life in the arts, work-life balance (if there is such a thing) and self-care, and feminism.

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Listen to our chat here:

You can also tune in and subscribe on iTunes and Google Play

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All photography by Andrea Beça.

That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. The network is growing as we speak, so make sure you check out all of the local podcasts who are a part of it!

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This week's episode is brought to you in part by Alberta Women Entrepreneurs' Learning Day on February 20! This one-day conference features keynotes and workshops about human resources, operations, financing, marketing, technology, and mindset. You’ll get tangible skills, information, and access to expert resources to help build your business. Plus, it’s a great way to meet other entrepreneurs so you feel less alone in your journey.

It’s only $99 until January 19 and That's So Maven! listeners can get 10% if you use the promo code “Podcast” at checkout.

In case you missed the news, That's So Maven! is now live on Patreon

If you're not sure what Patreon is, click the image above and check it out. It's an amazing way to support creators, and it functions a lot like a monthly subscription - in this case, to the podcast. 

Many think That's So Maven! is my job, but that's not the case! Like everyone on the show, I am an entrepreneur, and I donate all the time required to create That's So Maven! every week - between 15-18 hours per week, with a total of over 1,100 hours donated so far

Please check out the Patreon page to learn more, and to become a patron of the show. If you can't support the show financially, you can still help in a huge way by sharing the Patreon campaign on all your social media! I would be oh so grateful!

Thank you so much for tuning in! I am hoping to return to Calgary very soon to interview many more of the amazing femmes who live and own businesses there! If you know someone who would make a great guest on the show from Calgary (or anywhere else, really), get in touch and let me know so that I can add them to my ever-growing database!

Next week, we're back in Edmonton to meet Lynsae Moon, who co-owns The Nook Cafe with her mom, and who has so much wisdom to share about food and accessibility and so much more.

See you next week!

Andrea

 

Episode 80: Kyle Fairall

This week, I sat down with Kyle Fairall, founder of Queerflex, Canada’s first non-profit gym centred on creating safer space for LGBTQIA2S+ folks in the fitness world through personal training, public education and direct advocacy. We had a great conversation about so many things, from building - and sometimes demanding - space for the queer community to the importance of asking someone's pronouns to how to sustainably run a non-profit and beyond. 

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Listen to our chat here:

You can also tune in and subscribe on iTunes and Google Play

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All photography by Andrea Beça.

In case you missed the news, That's So Maven! is now live on Patreon

If you're not sure what Patreon is, click the image above and check it out. It's an amazing way to support creators, and it functions a lot like a monthly subscription - in this case, to the podcast. 

Many think That's So Maven! is my job, but that's not the case! Like everyone on the show, I am an entrepreneur, and I donate all the time required to create That's So Maven! every week - between 15-18 hours per week, with a total of over 1,100 hours donated so far

Please check out the Patreon page to learn more, and to become a patron of the show. If you can't support the show financially, you can still help in a huge way by sharing the Patreon campaign on all your social media! I would be oh so grateful!

That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. The network is growing as we speak, so make sure you check out all of the local podcasts who are a part of it!

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This week's episode is brought to you in part by Alberta Women Entrepreneurs' Learning Day on February 20! This one-day conference features keynotes and workshops about human resources, operations, financing, marketing, technology, and mindset. You’ll get tangible skills, information, and access to expert resources to help build your business. Plus, it’s a great way to meet other entrepreneurs so you feel less alone in your journey.

It’s only $99 until January 19 and That's So Maven! listeners can get 10% if you use the promo code “Podcast” at checkout.

Thank you so much for tuning in! Next week, we're heading back to Calgary once more for the final interview I completed during my December visit. We'll be meeting Louise Casemore, Artistic Associate of Ghost River Theatre, for a fantastic conversation on life and work in the arts.

See you next week!

Andrea

Episode 79: Kourtney Branagan

This week, we're heading back to my mini tour of Calgary in December to meet Kourtney Branagan, the creative behind Agnes in August, through which she produces gorgeous string art, most of which is inspired by the amazing Rocky Mountains. 

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Listen to our chat here:

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All photography by Andrea Beça.

That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. The network is growing as we speak, so make sure you check out all of the local podcasts who are a part of it!

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Also, a quick reminder that you can now support That's So Maven! on Patreon. Pledge as little as $1USD/month (approx. $15CAD/year) and get behind the scenes sneak peeks, Maven swag, and more! 

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Thank so much for tuning in! Next week, we're moving from making mountains to moving mountains - or at least kettlebells - when we meet Kyle Fairall, founder of Queerflex, Canada's first queer-centred non-profit gym offering accessible fitness for the LGBTQ community!

See you next week!

Andrea

Episode 78: A Deep Dive into Rebranding with Claire Theaker-Brown

First off, Happy New Year! Welcome to 2018! Something big is happening for That's So Maven!

That's So Maven! is now live on Patreon

If you're not sure what Patreon is, click the link above and check it out. It's an amazing way to support creators, and it functions a lot like a monthly subscription - in this case, to the podcast. 

Many think That's So Maven! is my job, but that's not the case! Like everyone on the show, I am an entrepreneur, and I donate all the time required to create That's So Maven! every week - between 15-18 hours per week, with a total of over 1,000 hours donated so far

Please check out the Patreon page to learn more, and to become a patron of the show. If you can't support the show financially, you can still help in a huge way by sharing the Patreon campaign on all your social media! I would be oh so grateful!

And now, back to our regularly scheduled blog....

This week, I sat down with Claire Theaker-Brown to have an open and in-depth discussion about the process of rebranding your business. Claire is the owner of Unbelts, which completed its rebrand in July of 2017 after many years of operating as Flatter:Me Belts (the name of her business at the time of her last interview on That's So Maven!

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You can listen to our chat here:

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All photography by Andrea Beça.

That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. The network is growing as we speak, so make sure you check out all of the local podcasts who are a part of it!

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Thank you so much for tuning in to this week's deep dive! Next week, we're continuing on the tour of Calgary I took last month and meeting Kourtney Branagan of Agnes in August, to talk string art, mountains, and being an entrepreneur in Calgary. 

See you next week!

Andrea

Episode 77: Ashley Janssen

This week, I sat down with Ashley Janssen, who co-owns Code and Effect, a software and app development company, with her husband, Dana. They've been in business together for a long time, and faced many huge challenges, from a full rebrand to a cancer diagnosis and beyond.

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Listen to our chat here:

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All photography by Andrea Beça Work.

That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. The network is growing as we speak, so make sure you check out all of the local podcasts who are a part of it!

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Thank you so much for tuning in! Just like that, we've reached the last episode of 2017. I don't think it would be possible to truly express my gratitude to everyone who has been on the show, and to everyone who has listened. There are big things coming in 2018, and I am very, very excited to share them with you very soon! 

Next week, we'll be re-joined by Claire Theaker-Brown, owner of Unbelts (formerly Flatter:Me Belts), for a deep dive into rebranding - what it takes, the risks, the costs, and everything in between! I'll also have a very exciting announcement for you then. For now, my lips are sealed!

See you next week! 

Andrea

Episode 76: Kristen Dyck

This week, I sat down with Kristen Dyck, our very first Calgary guest, and owner of AVRO Creative. We met at ATB X, where Kristen's business is part of an entrepreneur accelerator program, to talk about personal brand strategy, starting a business after having a baby, and what the entrepreneur community in Calgary is like.

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Listen to our chat here:

You can also tune in and subscribe on iTunes and Google Play!

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All photography by Andrea Beça Work.

That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. The network is growing as we speak, so make sure you check out all of the local podcasts who are a part of it!

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Thank you so much for tuning in! Next week, we're back in Edmonton to meet Ashley Janssen, co-owner of Code and Effect, to hear about what it's like to run a tech business as a femme in a heavily male-dominated industry. 

See you next week!

Andrea