Episode 46: Andrea Peyton

This week, I shifted gears slightly and sat down for a conversation with Andrea Peyton, founder of WeeHelp Foundation. As you'll hear on the episode itself, I've really come to realize throughout the last year of interviewing entrepreneurs that there are a lot of people who share similar duties, responsibilities, and struggles that entrepreneurs do without necessarily holding the official title of "Entrepreneur." For that reason, I decided to expand upon the reach of That's So Maven!, to incorporate female entrepreneurs and leaders, and Andrea came instantly to mind. 

I want to always be growing, and always be expanding upon the network of women supporting women, both in our local community and worldwide. Let's always lift one another up. Reach out and help someone. Collaborate - don't compete. When we truly embrace that mindset, we can truly succeed. 

Listen to my chat with Andrea here:

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

This week's episode of That's So Maven! is brought to you by Andrea Beça Work's upcoming Social Media Workshops. Due to life circumstances (and thanks to understanding registrants), the workshops have been pushed back to Saturday, May 27!

If you're struggling with social media and you want to grow your audience, expand your reach, and increase your sales and brand awareness, this day is made for you. Learn the basics to kicking ass at your social media channels, then dive deeper into content creation and development and mastering your brand's social media voice. 

Are you a busy entrepreneur? Fear not. My approach to social media will help you succeed without committing your entire life to social media. I know you've got a million things to do in a day. I am right there with you. Spend the day with me, take away my strategy and workbook, and watch everything change. 

Register now at www.andreabeca.work. (No more early bird discount, sadly - but you still have a few days to register!)

If you'd like to reach a focused, passionate audience of listeners, become a That's So Maven! sponsor today! Get in touch through the CONTACT page and let's get started. 

Thank you so much for tuning in! Next week, we'll be talking makeup, special effects, and making monsters with makeup artist Gaylynne Fell, owner of The Makeup Art Space

See you next week!

Andrea

Episode 45: Michelle LeMoignan

This week, I sat down with Michelle LeMoignan, who opened Flirt Cupcakes over eight years ago and is still going strong with her sweet-tooth obsession. 

Listen to our chat here:

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

This week's episode of That's So Maven! is brought to you by Andrea Beça Work's upcoming Social Media Workshops

If you're struggling with social media and you want to grow your audience, expand your reach, and increase your sales and brand awareness, this day is made for you. Learn the basics to kicking ass at your social media channels, then dive deeper into content creation and development and mastering your brand's social media voice. 

Are you a busy entrepreneur? Fear not. My approach to social media will help you succeed without committing your entire life to social media. I know you've got a million things to do in a day. I am right there with you. Spend the day with me, take away my strategy and workbook, and watch everything change. 

Register now at www.andreabeca.work. (No more early bird discount, sadly - but you still have a few days to register!)

If you'd like to reach a focused, passionate audience of listeners, become a That's So Maven! sponsor today! Get in touch through the CONTACT page and let's get started. 

Thank you so much for tuning in! A reminder that next week, there's no new episode of That's So Maven! because I will be away on a very exciting work opportunity in Vancouver. I like being around to chat with everyone on social media when the new episodes come out, and I won't be able to do that while I'm away, so we're taking a quick seven days off. When we return, on May 23, we'll be shifting gears a little bit and chatting with Andrea Peyton, the found of Weehelp Foundation. More on that when we get there.

See you in two weeks!

Andrea

Episode 44: Nikki Ewing

This week, I sat down with Nikki Ewing, A.K.A. Nikki Styxx, the magic-maker behind Dark Knits Boutique. Her motto? If you can dream it, she can make it, from corsets to costumes, cosplay, wedding dresses, shoes, and so much more. 

Listen to our chat here:

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

This week's episode of That's So Maven! is brought to you by Andrea Beça Work's upcoming Social Media Workshops

If you're struggling with social media and you want to grow your audience, expand your reach, and increase your sales and brand awareness, this day is made for you. Learn the basics to kicking ass at your social media channels, then dive deeper into content creation and development and mastering your brand's social media voice. 

Are you a busy entrepreneur? Fear not. My approach to social media will help you succeed without committing your entire life to social media. I know you've got a million things to do in a day. I am right there with you. Spend the day with me, take away my strategy and workbook, and watch everything change. 

Register now at www.andreabeca.work. (I've extended my early bird discount for an extra week, just for you.)

If you'd like to reach a focused, passionate audience of listeners, become a That's So Maven! sponsor today! Get in touch through the CONTACT page and let's get started. 

Thank you so much for tuning in! Next week, we're making the shift from corsets to...cupcakes! I'll be chatting with Michelle LeMoignan, owner and maker of sweet, sweet treats at Flirt Cupcakes

See you next week!

Andrea

Episode 43: Allison Franke

This week, I sat down with Allison Franke, the creative maven behind Make It Franke, and, as she puts it, wannabe farmer! It was fascinating and inspiring to hear Allison speak to the very different facets that make up her day to day life, and how she found gratitude and appreciation for the tough stuff, too. 

Listen to our chat here:

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

This week's episode of That's So Maven! is brought to you by Edmonton Fashion Revolution Week

Edmonton Fashion Revolution Week is an online and IRL campaign from April 24-30 to help consumers and brands address one big question: Who Made My Clothes?

Through local maker workshops, open houses at Edmonton brands, panel discussions, and other events, they're inviting Edmontonians to learn about the challenges and opportunities involved in building a more ethical fashion industry. They're focusing on progress, not perfection, and celebrating the small steps we can take as a big group.

The banner event, Change of Clothes, takes place on Saturday, April 29 from 12-4 at Ritchie Community Hall. Following a panel discussion about how brands and consumers are defining ethical fashion, ateam of dynamo volunteers will be helping YEGgers contribute to sustainable fashion movement by extending the lives of their wardrobes. For a suggested $10 donation, guests gain access to the panel as well as to a clothing swap, a mending repairathon, upcycling crafts, and donation stations for Bissell Centre. This is Change of Clothes' third year, and it's really exciting to see this event grow. In 2015 and 2016, they processed over 300 pounds of clothing - help clear 500 pounds on April 29 and give new life to used things!

Follow along on social media: @chgofclothes / @fash_revyeg!

If you'd like to reach a focused, passionate audience of listeners, become a That's So Maven! sponsor today! Get in touch through the CONTACT page and let's get started. 

Thank you so much for tuning in! Next week, we're talking to Nikki Ewing, the mastermind behind Dark Knits Boutique, which provides everything from corsets to costumes, wedding gowns, cosplay, and beyond! 

See you next week!

Andrea

Episode 42: Jessica Zapata

This week, I sat down with Jessica Zapata, co-owner of Infinite Fitness and creator of the Fitilates method. After knowing Jessica for a few years and training with her (we're preparing for FemSport right now with an amazing team of women at Infinite Fitness), it was really inspiring to hear her story and learn more about her life and her life within her businesses. 

Listen to our chat here:

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

This week's episode of That's So Maven! is brought to you by Edmonton Fashion Revolution Week

Edmonton Fashion Revolution Week is an online and IRL campaign from April 24-30 to help consumers and brands address one big question: Who Made My Clothes?

Through local maker workshops, open houses at Edmonton brands, panel discussions, and other events, they're inviting Edmontonians to learn about the challenges and opportunities involved in building a more ethical fashion industry. They're focusing on progress, not perfection, and celebrating the small steps we can take as a big group.

The banner event, Change of Clothes, takes place on Saturday, April 29 from 12-4 at Ritchie Community Hall. Following a panel discussion about how brands and consumers are defining ethical fashion, ateam of dynamo volunteers will be helping YEGgers contribute to sustainable fashion movement by extending the lives of their wardrobes. For a suggested $10 donation, guests gain access to the panel as well as to a clothing swap, a mending repairathon, upcycling crafts, and donation stations for Bissell Centre. This is Change of Clothes' third year, and it's really exciting to see this event grow. In 2015 and 2016, they processed over 300 pounds of clothing - help clear 500 pounds on April 29 and give new life to used things!

Follow along on social media: @chgofclothes / @fash_revyeg!

If you'd like to reach a focused, passionate audience of listeners, become a That's So Maven! sponsor today! Get in touch through the CONTACT page and let's get started. 

Thanks so much for tuning in! Next week, I'll be chatting with Allison Franke, creative maven from Make It Franke and city girl turned farmer. 

See you next week!

Andrea

Episode 41: Eryne Sarabin

This week, we sat down with Eryne Sarabin, owner of Tycoon Events. She's been working in and around the events industry for about 14 years, but even as a child, she knew she wanted to cultivate and shape experiences for people. 

Listen to our chat here:

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

Thank you so much for tuning in! Next week, we'll be chatting with Jessica Zapata, co-owner of Infinite Fitness and creator of the Fitilates method. 

Don't forget! We're now accepting sponsors on That's So Maven!

Would you like to sponsor an episode (or more) of That's So Maven!? Connect with us today!

Episode sponsors receive:

  • Air time on that week's episode (you submit the content, we read it!)
  • Space on our blog (as you see above)
  • Mentions on all our social media channels for the week of the episode you sponsor

All of this = a lot of reach with a focused, passionate, and driven listener base!

See you next week!

Andrea

A That's So Maven! Update

Hi Everyone,

As That's So Maven! moves further into 2017, we have some news to share with you all: co-host Lauren Dary will not be continuing on with the show as she steps back to focus on her business and family. We'll be releasing our final pre-recorded interview as co-hosts tomorrow. 

I want to extend a huge thank you to Lauren for being part of this journey. I know I can speak for the both of us when I say that it's been a wild ride and a significant learning experience! I'm looking forward to seeing all of the amazing projects I know L Photography will be taking on in the future, and I will definitely continue to share news about Lauren's business on the That's So Maven! social media channels. 

Lauren wanted to share the following message with everyone who's been a part of That's So Maven!, both listeners and guests alike:

The word “maven”, by definition, means an expert or connoisseur. I’ve always loved the word. There is something so beautiful and powerful about it. So, when we were trying to name the podcast, incorporating “maven” felt like a perfect fit. Ironically, I didn’t feel much like a maven with where I was in my professional life at that time, but I felt like that was okay. I knew what the term meant to us and that this was the perfect chance to shine that deserved spotlight on the abundance of Mavens that run this beautiful city. 

I want to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to all of the Mavens we’ve had on the podcast and every single member of our audience. I feel privileged to have been a part of such a wonderful community. You all have made me feel like I am a part of something greater, and I can’t thank you enough for that. As I transition from co-host to avid listener, I will do so with a heavy heart, but also with such joy and honour for having been a part of creating and experiencing this. As I go forward, I am excited to spend more time with my family and to focus on my business. With any new venture comes new responsibility, and sometimes that can just be too much to handle with everything else going on. I will listen with fondness and I look forward to hearing all of the new Mavens as Andrea takes things forward. 

To the Mavens I had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with – thank you so much for allowing me that glimpse into your world and sharing so openly with us. It was so lovely to meet you and I can’t explain how much your words have impacted me. You all have had such a positive influence on my own business and life. You have taught me so much. From teaching me that it’s okay to feel like you are failing and also that it’s okay to actually fail. And that I’m not alone in sometimes feeling isolated. That it’s in our best interest to ask for help when you need it and to go forward without fear. And, of course, to follow your passion through the natural evolution of yourself and your business. I could go ON and ON about all of the things you have taught me throughout this process. Listening to your words and feeling that connection has been inspiring, empowering and unwavering. Thank you. I want to say it a thousand times over – THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I am so looking forward to the continued insight and inspiration from the future guests. 

Thank you to you all for listening and being a part of this vision. It has been such an incredible journey for me and I am so glad it will be continuing on with Andrea at the helm. Thank you for supporting this amazing podcast. YOU make this what it is and you make this community better for being a part of it.

Cheers to the future and to hearing all of the future Mavens share their insight, struggles and life with all of us. Love to you all and thank you, seriously, so very much.

All my best,

-L

Before you fret, know that That's So Maven! isn't going anywhere! New episodes are coming, as well as some really exciting expansions and shifts in direction. It has been absolutely life-changing to meet, speak to, and connect with all of the brilliant women we've interviewed over the last 10 months, and I'm ready and eager to keep growing the network of determined, supportive, and inspiring women this podcast sparked last summer.

Stay tuned - a new episode hits the airwaves next week. Tuesday mornings are ours. 

See you next week!

Andrea

 

Episode 40: Erinn Trebaczkiewicz

This week, we sat down with Erinn Trebaczkiewicz, owner of The Skinny, a haven for adorable children's clothing you'll wish came in your size. Erinn's set herself some pretty lofty goals for 2017, and within its first quarter, she's already accomplished most of them, with even more exciting news to come. 

Listen to our chat here:

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

Thank you so much for tuning in. Next week, we're meeting a different Eryne - Eryne Sarabin of Tycoon Events, who has made a habit of planning out every day of her life, and always considering value for her time. Even when it comes to a visit to IKEA. 

Don't forget! We're now accepting sponsors on That's So Maven!

Would you like to sponsor an episode (or more) of That's So Maven!? Connect with us today!

Episode sponsors receive:

  • Air time on that week's episode (you submit the content, we read it!)
  • Space on our blog (as you see above)
  • Mentions on all our social media channels for the week of the episode you sponsor

All of this = a lot of reach with a focused, passionate, and driven listener base!

See you next week!

Andrea & Lauren

Episode 39: Colleen Rice

This week, we sat down with Colleen Rice, whose business, Family Nexus, is centred on helping families through divorce. Having been through a divorce herself, Colleen wanted to support others to make the experience as positive as possible for the children involved.

Listen to our chat here:

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Thanks so much for tuning in! Next week, we're talking about children from a different angle: their clothing. We'll be sitting down with Erinn Trebaczkiewicz of The Skinny, who has been up to a lot already this year, and has a lot more to come...

Don't forget! We're now accepting sponsors on That's So Maven!

Would you like to sponsor an episode (or more) of That's So Maven!? Connect with us today!

Episode sponsors receive:

  • Air time on that week's episode (you submit the content, we read it!)
  • Space on our blog (as you see above)
  • Mentions on all our social media channels for the week of the episode you sponsor

All of this = a lot of reach with a focused, passionate, and driven listener base!

See you next week!

Lauren & Andrea

Episode 38: Jessica Clarke

This week, we sat down with Jessica Clarke, founder of True Life Fitness Apparel. Despite opening less than a year ago, True Life has already spread around the globe and continues to grow. So what's it like to be an Edmonton-based business with customers in France, Australia, and beyond?

Listen to our chat here:

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

Thank you so much, as always, for tuning in to the show. Next week, we're switching gears and chatting to Colleen Rice, owner of Family Nexus, which offers support and coaching to families going through divorce. 

Don't forget! We're now accepting sponsors on That's So Maven!

Would you like to sponsor an episode (or more) of That's So Maven!? Connect with us today!

Episode sponsors receive:

  • Air time on that week's episode (you submit the content, we read it!)
  • Space on our blog (as you see above)
  • Mentions on all our social media channels for the week of the episode you sponsor

All of this = a lot of reach with a focused, passionate, and driven listener base!

See you next week!

Andrea & Lauren