The Struggle Is Real - Now Offering Group Coaching Sessions

Exciting, exciting times everyone! I'm opening up a new office and studio space here in Fishtown (Philadelphia), and I couldn't be more excited. I've started to outgrow my home office so I decided to take the leap and invest in a new creative space. I'll be hosting more programming (think workshops, small panels, and private dinners), so stay tuned as I'll be posting the events here, on social and the studio's site (launching later this fall).

To kickstart the programming, I'm launching group coaching sessions for creatives to come together, get real about their business struggles/questions/challenges and leave with a game plan and new accountability partners to help take their brand to the next level. Sessions will be hosted and led by me, but everyone within the session will be providing their input, experience, and ideas to one another. 

Sessions will last 2 hours and vary between Saturday mornings or weeknight evenings depending on everyone's schedule. We will have drinks (lots of caffeine!) and snacks for those attending, and all genders and industries are welcome. Each session will be capped at 4 attendees within our beautiful new studio space so that discussions remain focused and everyone has the opportunity to share and gain feedback from the whole squad. We'll have a mixture of exercises and questions to go through, as well as a dedicated amount of time for each attendee to speak and receive direct feedback.


These group coaching sessions are for you if:

- You're struggling with moving your brand forward, making money or even launching your idea(s)

- You need motivation and accountability when it comes to getting shit done

- You lack a core group of fellow goal-getters or hustlers around you to keep you on your toes

- You learn better in-person and/or within a group

- You're able to take constructive criticism 

- You're willing to provide feedback and encouragement to the other creatives in your session

- You pinky swear to try your hardest to take everything you learn and put it into action after the session ends


What You'll Receive:

- A strategic game plan for the next few weeks and months to grow or launch your business

- New contacts and partnership ideas from fellow attendees (aka your new accountability squad)

- Answers to your business questions and honest feedback about your idea or business 


The Fine Print:

- The investment for each session is $100 and must be paid prior to the session.

- Attendees are chosen on a rolling application-basis. I'm looking for folks who are ready to invest in themselves and their business and are looking for some guidance and direction to achieve their goals. 

- These group coaching sessions are a safe space to have authentic conversations about the struggles we all face when running or starting a business. Good vibes only, so please come with an open mind and optimism. 

To apply for an upcoming group coaching session, please use the button below. I'll be in contact with you by November 1st to schedule your session and introduce you to your session squad. Can't wait!

Client: CityFitGirls

CityFitGirls is a running and fitness community for women here in Philadelphia. It was created a few years ago by two awesome women (and friends!) Kiera and Takia. They host a yearly FitRetreat to bring together over 150 women for a full day of nourishing the mind, body and soul. From fitness classes, lifestyle workshops and a delicious and healthy brunch (with mimosas of course!), FitRetreat has been a great event that I've had the pleasure of photographing for the past three years. It's exciting to see a client use your photographs for their overall brand look and content, so thank you Kiera and Takia! 

Client: Cordes Foundation

The Cordes Foundation "connects social entrepreneurs with the right resources and stakeholders, convenes events that enhance and strengthen the impact investing and social entrepreneurial ecosystems and catalyzes 100% of its balance sheet to elevate the role of women globally." This redesign project was definitely a highlight of my year! I've never done a website for a foundation before, but I loved having the creative freedom to redesign the style, branding and flow for the Cordes website to pack a punch for their audience. I incorporated higher quality images thanks to their portfolio organizations and partners, weaved in more of their branding and colors throughout the site, made sections more interactive (like this awesome global map and filter for their fellows, designed and coded by my developer Chris), and updated their logo and business card designs. Take a look below for some of their before and afters, and check out to view the full site! 



CordesFoundation - Before.png

Business Cards - Before/After


Client: PayalMUA

Payal came to me in early 2017 to help her revamp her digital presence. Her website was hosted on without any call-to-actions (which would make it easy for clients to hire her) or an updated portfolio. After taking a look at the her competitors in the makeup professionals and bridal industry, I saw such an advantage Payal could have when it came to having a strong brand presence on both social and web. I was able to spruce up her logo, add a consistent and neutral color palette, and design a beautiful and responsive new website using WordPress (incorporating both photos from our branded photoshoot and other photographer shoots). Her client leads and intake has increased tremendously since launching her new site thanks to her easy-to-use navigation and site flow, relevant call-to-actions, and site visuals. Take a look at her new headquarters at to see what I'm talking about!

Client: GrowthCounsel

A former client, Ryan Wertman, reached out to me to design a website for his new law firm with partner Geoff Schwartz, Growth Counsel. They both wanted the site to look fresh, modern and easy to use for their clients. Ryan's one of those clients that are great to work with so I hopped onto the project asap. As fellow entrepreneurs, both Ryan and Geoff were straight, to the point and timely with all of their deliverables and feedback. I also shot some new headshots and brand photography for them (in lieu of the corny stock photography other law firms use), and the result is Please hire them for any future legal binds or messes you find yourself in because they're awesome. Enjoy!

You There Spring?

Global warming is real yo. I'm currently enjoying a beautiful and warm weekend here in Philadelphia...and yes it's February. Should we be worried? Probably. 

So what's new folks? Let's seeeeeeee. I relaunched Femme & Fortune with more clarity and vision than ever before. Thanks to Designer Vaca that I attended out in Cali in November, I got so inspired by the women there and came back to Philly with a mission. I realized I was sitting on gold with Femme & Fortune and that I needed to connect all of my passions under this one brand. It's making the whole "So what do you do?" question at events much easier to be able to say one, concise title. We had this dope launch party, brought on some new team members and Nikki stepped up as Operations Director/Partner for the company. We're now building the brand together in our little apartment (Hive 2.0 ha), and it's been quite the journey. She's been with me since May 2015 (I was going to say last May, but woah it's been almost two years) and has been my right and left-hand chick with The Fearless Conference, The Hive and now Femme & Fortune. We've been brainstorming like crazy and there's so much damn potential to grow this brand into something bigger. We couldn't be happier working our asses off each day and night. It's been a struggle, but an upward struggle. No one ever said entrepreneurship would be easy. I mean, two months into our relaunch and we're launching a collaboration with a beauty client on a female empowerment/boss lady collection for spring/summer 2017. One of the colors in the collection is going to be named Femme & Fortune. I mean, what a dream! I might cry when I see the packaging. We're really trying to do some really creative stuff, so stay tuned.  

On the travel front, I've stayed put in Philly for a good three months. World record? I'm itching to go somewhere asap and Havana has my eye. The second I can afford it, I'm booking a ticket there. I'll also be going to Croatia at the end of May for an awesome retreat with the global network I'm part of, so gotta start saving for that. Toronto will be happening again in September thanks to a dope new friend who's letting me crash at her crib. Italy is also on the horizon, as my mom wants to do another mother/daughter trip (i.e. thanks for paying mom!). Other than that, the world is my oyster and I hope to schedule in a few more trips here and there if I can.  

That's about it folks. Working hard and trying to stay sane. Howboutchu?


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