Jess Hughes

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Jess Hughes

Owner of Citizens Pilates

Industry: Fitness

Company: Citizen Pilates

Role/Title: Founder & President


Don’t take criticism from people who aren’t being brave with their lives.
— Brene Brown

Get in touch

Business Website: citizenpilates.com

Email Address: jess@citizenpilates.com

Instagram Handle: @theogcitizen

Facebook Page: @jessghughes

LinkedIn: @IN/jess-hughes


Get to know me

I own Citizen Pilates in the Heights... coming up on our 4 year anniversary. On certain days, it feels like 10 years! Working on opening new locations in 2019!

Who is your biggest Girl Crush and why?

Alli Webb, Drybar Founder - she's grown her service based company to 100+ locations 🙌

What is your Spirit Animal and why?

I'm a bear. l like to hibernate. If you provoke me I will wreck your shit! (😂)

What is your favorite leisure spot, restaurant or gathering space in Houston?

My house!

Why do you want to be a part of the Sesh Community?

Surround myself with like-minded female entrepreneurs.

What special skill, talent or gift would you like to give back to the Sesh Community?

Mentoring new entrepreneurs.

I am most interested in:

  • Collaboration

  • Friendship

  • Mentoring

  • Networking

  • Hiring Talent

What are some small things that make your day better?

Hugs from my Aussie, hot cup of tea, relaxing yoga to clear my mind

Rebekah Goodwin

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Rebekah Goodwin

Young Living Essential Oils

Industry: Health

Company: Young Living Essential Oils

Role/Title: Educator & Distributor


 
And if not, He is still good.
— Paraphrase of Daniel 3:18
 

Get in touch

Business Website: bit.ly/beksYL

Email Address: goodwin.rebekah@gmail.com

Instagram Handle: @rebekahmgoodwin

Facebook: @rebekahgoodwin

LinkedIn: @IN/rebekahgoodwin


Get to know me

I am a single, rescue dog mom with an amazing family. I have seven nieces and nephews and love every second of it. I would love to be married and a mom one day but until then I want to be able to accomplish as much as I can with my career and in life. I love travel, being outdoors, cooking, wine and game nights, and am working on my tennis game.

I am driven and passionate about what I do even more so than about the results I get. Not to say my goals aren't incredibly important (they are) but I am pretty sure I would still be doing the same thing even if I didn't have the growth trajectory because I love helping people on their wellness journeys.

I am not 9-5 type of person, I value freedom of time and flexibility and working these two business allows me that freedom. My goal is to get to the top rank of the company by helping as many people as I can clean up their environments and live their healthiest lives, help my team members achieve that same freedom, and also develop sweet relationships along the way. Most importantly, that dream allows me to one day be a stay at home mom that can be super involved and present in my kids daily lives instead of being tied to a 9-5 job. I would also love to be able to generous with time and funds, especially towards the anti-human trafficking movement and to support unwed moms.

I also own a stationery and invitation business, Simply Stated Paper, that I bought a little over five years ago. I very much enjoy being a part of people's live for the sweet moments of life (weddings, birth announcements, etc). While I do enjoy working with clients and being creative, I have a plan to eventually sell this company in the next five years.

Who is your biggest Girl Crush and why?

My biggest girl crush is a fellow essential oils girl who is rocking the business and at the highest rank of Young Living. She loves Jesus, is homeschooling her kids, homesteads (so not me right now but I wouldn't mind creating my own ideal home base), and retired her husband from a job that kept him in an office all day so they could be home together with their kids. Basically she has designed the life that works best for her and her family. She is able to be crazy generous to fund multiple adoptions a month and to share her blessings with others. If (better yet, when) I do reach her level of making hundreds of thousands of dollars each month, I would love to be as humble, down to earth, generous and focused on others as she is.

What is your Spirit Animal and why?

A german shepherd or golden retriever: I'm outgoing, loyal, and enjoy adventure but also am most comfortable with close friends and family and find my purpose in those relationships.

What is your favorite leisure spot, restaurant or gathering space in Houston?

Slowpokes or Bebidas.

Why do you want to be a part of the Sesh Community?

Community, Support & Networking with a fun group of women who are going for their goals and dreams :)

What special skill, talent or gift would you like to give back to the Sesh Community?

This is a hard question for me so I'm glad I am being made to think about it.

I am good at edifying and supporting people towards their goals. I'm organized, have a focus attention to detail but also don't lose sight of the biggest picture. It makes me a good organizer and planner for events, fundraisers, or even just making practical steps to goals.

I will continue to use this question to flush out identifying my skill set!

I am most interested in:

  • Collaboration

  • Friendship

  • Consulting from Others

  • Networking

What are some small things that make your day better?

Hot tea, my dog, anything outdoors and tennis.

Stephanie K Larsen

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Stephanie K Larsen

Stephanie Paints Hair

Industry: Salon

Company: Stephanie Paints Hair

Role/Title: Hairstylist and Barber


 
I used to fall, but now I get back up.
— Justin Furstenfeld, Blue October
 

Get in touch

Business Website: www.stephaniepaintshair.com

Email Address: stephanieklarsen@gmail.com

Instagram Handle: @stephaniepaintshair

Facebook: @stephaniepaintshair

LinkedIn: @IN/stephanieklarsen


Get to know me

I'm a hairstylist who after over 12 years in the industry has decided to work for myself. Currently renting a chair with dreams of owning a small salon in a few years. I also make and sell an all natural hair care line.

Who is your biggest Girl Crush and why?

My mom, she is the greatest source of inspiration in my life.

What is your Spirit Animal and why?

Fox - smart, illusive, and mischievous.

What is your favorite leisure spot, restaurant or gathering space in Houston?

I probably spend entirely too much time at Darwin's Pub.

Why do you want to be a part of the Sesh Community?

Love the diversity, this group is a wealth of information and inspiration.

What special skill, talent or gift would you like to give back to the Sesh Community?

I can keep everyone's hair looking the way they want to represent themselves and their business.

I am most interested in:

  • Collaboration

  • Friendship

  • Partnership/Co-Founder

  • Networking

What are some small things that make your day better?

Coffee

Jenn Duncan

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Jenn Duncan

Duncan Artistry

Industry: Art/Photography/Advertising

Company: Duncan Artistry

Role/Title: Photographer


 
Know your worth.
— Jenn Duncan
 

Get in touch

Business Website: DuncanArtistry.com

Email Address: info@DuncanArtistry.com

Instagram Handle: @jennduncanphoto


Get to know me

I’m a commercial/advertising photographer. Tricoastal with an emphasis in LA. Great friends and fam. Loving life.

Who is your biggest Girl Crush and why?

Annie Leibovitz, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus.

What is your Spirit Animal and why?

Elephants bc of their emphasis on the herd.

What is your favorite leisure spot, restaurant or gathering space in Houston?

Miss Carousel or Light Years.

Why do you want to be a part of the Sesh Community?

For fun.

What special skill, talent or gift would you like to give back to the Sesh Community?

Well, all I know is photo.

I am most interested in:

  • Friendship

  • Mentoring

  • Other: Chatting

What are some small things that make your day better?

Surprise sales, dogs.

Anete Freimane-Singha

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Anete Freimane-Singha

Personal Fashion Stylist

Industry: Fashion, Graphic Design

Company: Style by Anete

Role/Title: Personal Fashion Stylist


 
Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you are going to live your life.
— Joel Osteen
 

Get in touch

Business Website: www.stylebyanete.com

Email Address: stylebyanete@gmail.com

Instagram Handle: Personal: @anetefreimane Professional: @stylebyanete

Facebook Page: @stylebyanete


Get to know me

I was born and raised in North Europe, country Latvia. If you don't know where it is, now it's the time to google it and find out more. I have been part of Riga Fashion Week and traveled around the Europe. I have even lived in Portugal for a while. Three years ago I came to the United States and I have lived in North Carolina, Boston for a year after that, and in September 2018 I moved to Houston. I have always loved traveling as I do fashion styling. I am a marketing specialist during the day and in my free time I run my Style by Anete business. I love to see the transformation of women when I help them to understand their style and style them. I believe that with style it is just like with food - 80% we eat with our eyes and only 20% we taste. It is similar in having a good style and being able to represent yourself in the best possible way because the first impression will be always your look before you actually start to talk with somebody.

Who is your biggest Girl Crush and why?

At the moment, I have to say it is Valeria Lipovetsky. She is a young mother of 3, and at the same time, she manages to run her own business and even regularly work out. She is breaking stereotypes with talking openly and proving that the stereotypes are the world’s made up assumptions and not always the truth behind people stories. As a stylist, I adore her style and authenticity.

What is your Spirit Animal and why?

I have never actually thought about this, but it is an animal that needs alone time but at the same time somebody that is ambitious and is not afraid to risk and get itself out of comfort zone.

What is your favorite leisure spot, restaurant or gathering space in Houston?

Currently, I love True Foods, Cacao & Cardamom Chocolatier Galleria and Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café. I am relatively new to Houston and still exploring and finding new cool spots pretty frequently.

Why do you want to be a part of the Sesh Community?

I always look forward to connecting with new people and getting inspired through their stories. I am amazed by people I have met so far in United Sates. This country brings together people from so many different places, ethnicities and lifestyles around the globe. To find collaborations and gain more friends and connections.

What special skill, talent or gift would you like to give back to the Sesh Community?

I want to give back my knowledge of fashion and spread the joy and positive thinking of life.

I am most interested in:

  • Collaboration

  • Friendship

  • Consulting from Others

  • Networking

What are some small things that make your day better?

Listening to my favorite music or podcast while driving to work, a cup of espresso coffee and two bites of black chocolate every morning.

Eva Blake

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Eva Blake

Liberating Desire

Industry: Sex and Relationships

Company: Liberating Desire

Role/Title: Badass


 
The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something.
— Barack Obama
 

Get in touch

Business Website: www.LiberatingDesire.com

Email Address: Eva@LiberatingDesire.com

Instagram Handle: @DesireEvaBlake

Facebook: @liberatingdesire

Twitter: @DesireEvaBlake


Get to know me

I recently moved to Houston from Portland, Oregon with my four-legged companion.

Who is your biggest Girl Crush and why?

Hard to narrow down, so here's a list: Rachel Maddow, Michelle Obama, Samantha Bee, Inanna, Winona LaDuke, AOC, Maya Rudolph and Luvvie Ajay.

What is your Spirit Animal and why?

None.

What is your favorite leisure spot, restaurant or gathering space in Houston?

I don't know yet.

Why do you want to be a part of the Sesh Community?

Community of women making magic by shining their light into the world

What special skill, talent or gift would you like to give back to the Sesh Community?

Cheerleading, wordsmithing and encouraging you to own your power.

I am most interested in:

  • Collaboration

  • Friendship

  • Consulting from Others

  • Mentoring

  • Networking

  • Other: Cocktails

What are some small things that make your day better?

Walking my dog and getting enough sleep

Keesha Allen

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Keesha Allen

Founder of K Lilia Interior Design

Industry: Interior Design

Company: K Lilia Interior Design

Role/Title: Founder and Principal Designer


 
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
— Jeremiah 29:11
 

These are my favorite words to live by because when times get tough or things don't work out exactly how I envision, I recite these words and remember that GOD has a great plan for me - no matter what happens, at all times, through the good, the bad and the ugly - GOD wants the very best for me and that is ALL that matters.


Get in touch

Business Website: www.kliliainteriordesign.com

Email Address: design@klilia.com

Instagram Handle: @kliliainteriordesign

Facebook Page: @kliliainteriordesign

LinkedIn: @IN/k-lilia-interior-design

Twitter: @kliliainterior


Get to know me

I am a Rockstar Interior Designer! I work super duper hard so my clients can have a better life just by building their very own custom stunning, comfortable and invigorating interior. Whatever fantasy you dream, I can create. I do this for both residential and commercial spaces. But enough about what I do, here's a little bit about me!

I am a CREATIVE being. I LOVE LOVE LOVE ART, FASHION, DESIGN, VINTAGE and all things BEAUTY. At the age of 9, I designed and constructed my own multilevel Barbie house. At 11, I hand-sewed my first bra from remnants of fabrics that my mother used for her various dressmaking projects. From 12 to 17, I spawned several patchwork pillows and blankets ranging in various sizes and materials; sewing each singular patch by hand. Throughout my teenage years into early adult life, I dismantled computers or any other electronic devices just to study their mechanical characteristics more closely; and when I was done studying their parts, I put them back together.

So, my obsession for the creative channels has led me to my current hustle of interior design. I am a solopreneur at the moment. However, my dream for the future is have my own design studio with at least 5 more interior designers working with me, transforming interiors both domestically and internationally.

I am unapologetically a daughter and follower of Jesus Christ! I am the proud momma of Nyah and Mila, my 4-legged girlies. I have 2 sisters - I am the middle child. We, along with my momma, migrated to Houston from Panama, Panama several years ago. I enjoy reading, watching Grey's Anatomy and taking long walks in parks.

Who is your biggest Girl Crush and why?

Erykah Badu because her mind is super beyond brilliant. Her music is exemplary. Her creativity is unparalleled. She is amazing. I am always enthralled with her words and her works. She is unpredictable. Each show that I have attended and seen her, all have been different. She performs spontaneously - so no 2 shows are alike. She is my absolute fave entertainer at all times. Erykah is no-doubt a rare talent of my lifetime.

What is your Spirit Animal and why?

My spirit animal is a dog. When I look at my babies, they act just like people but without the capability of talking. They comfort me when I am sad. They make me laugh with their quirky personalities. They are kind, generous, lovable and loyal. Those qualities are a reflection of some of my best qualities of my personality.

What is your favorite leisure spot, restaurant or gathering space in Houston?

Retrospect Coffee

Why do you want to be a part of the Sesh Community?

To form a bond and friendship with other girl bosses in the Houston area. To learn from other women. To encourage other women as they walk the entrepreneurship journey. To love and support other women in their personal and professional lives. To experience a true sisterhood in the world of business. I am thrilled to be part of this special network of beautiful ladies.

What special skill, talent or gift would you like to give back to the Sesh Community?

Creativity. Writing. Design and enhancing interior of the permanent Sesh space.

I am most interested in:

  • Collaboration

  • Friendship

  • Consulting from Others

  • Finding a Mentor

  • Mentoring

  • Networking

  • Hiring Talent

What are some small things that make your day better?

Fresh flowers. Praying. Drinking a Coke.

Gracie Padron

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Gracie Padron

Founder of Padron Design Studio LLC

Industry: Marketing, Graphic Design

Company: Padron Design Studio LLC

Role/Title: Founder and Designer


I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
— Frank Herbert, Dune

Get in touch

Business Website: www.padrondesign.studio

Email Address: gracie@padrondesign.studio

Instagram Handle: @GraciePadron

Facebook Page: @PadronDesignStudio

LinkedIn: @IN/graciepadron

Twitter: @GraciePadron


Get to know me

I have over ten years of experience as a graphic designer and digital marketer. I went fully freelance 2 years ago and I've never looked back. I now have my own office in Midtown but it's still a little lonely so I'm here to help other hardworking ladies grow and network as best I can with who and what I know of my favorite city in the world.

Who is your biggest Girl Crush and why?

Sallie Krawcheck of Ellevest

What is your Spirit Animal and why?

Never thought of it. A bottle of wine? Because why not.

What is your favorite leisure spot, restaurant or gathering space in Houston?

Jack and Ginger's Pub on the weekends, Cafe Poetes and Oporto on the weekdays.

Why do you want to be a part of the Sesh Community?

I want to develop a community I can be proud of that helps its members grow.

What special skill, talent or gift would you like to give back to the Sesh Community?

Graphic design, marketing, my network of local clients...

I am most interested in:

  • Collaboration

  • Friendship

  • Partnership/Co-Founder

  • Consulting from Others

  • Mentoring

  • Networking

  • Hiring Talent

  • Motherhood Support

What are some small things that make your day better?

Beer, wine, my amazing husband, my beautiful pup Tuck and winning new client contracts!

Alyssa Vogel

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Alyssa Vogel

Manager at Right as Rayne Events

Industry: Event Planning

Company: Right as Rayne Events

Role/Title: Branch Manager/Lead Coordinator


 
I don’t want my life to imitate art, I want my life to be art.
— Carrie Fisher
 

Get in touch

Business Website: www.rightasrayneevents.com

Email Address: alyssa@rightasrayneevents.com

Instagram Handle: @aly_voe

Facebook Page: @alyssa.r.vogel

LinkedIn: @IN/alyssavogel

Twitter: @aly_voe


Get to know me

I am 24 years old and I am a Texas girl born and raised! After growing up in Lockhart, TX, I traveled to Santa Fe, NM to pursue a Musical Theatre degree at the Santa Fe University Of Art and Design. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from SFUAD in 2017 and loved every minute of my time in Santa Fe! While I was in school, I performed in several plays and musicals on the Greer Garson main stage, while working several side jobs such as barista, singing waiter, and event coordinator.

I worked for a company helping coordinate and plan corporate events and fell in love with the world of event planning. It was the perfect combination of creativity, organization, and wonderful social interactions! After graduation, I joined Right as Rayne Events owned and operated by my best friend from college, Kinsey Sarian.

I joined RARE as the New Mexico branch runner and lead coordinator, and was in charge of all things New Mexico while Kinsey handled things in our Colorado branch. But my heart was calling me back to Texas!

Last August, my boyfriend Kai, and our adorable fur baby Percy packed up our life and moved back to Texas! Kinsey saw it as a great opportunity to expand her company and we opened a new branch here in Houston! I am having a blast exploring this city, and getting to know the other vendors in the area! We have already booked several weddings for our first season and I can’t wait to help other clients plan the event of their dreams!

When I am not meeting clients and shmoozing vendors, you can find me watching Netflix and snuggling my dog, or hitting up a karaoke bar to belt my heart out!

Who is your biggest Girl Crush and why?

Carrie Fisher. I love her. She was a fantastic actress and human. She never let any one take advantage of her and lived her life in an honest and raw way. She overcame so many obstacles in her life which I can relate to. Plus she was hilarious and has some of the best quotes ever! I mean any one who can claim they have been with Harrison Ford.... 🙌🏻😍

What is your Spirit Animal and why?

A fox. Besides it’s beautiful ginger fur...I relate to it’s ability to swiftly navigate through the world and using their cunning wit to see through difficult or unpredictable situations. Plus, I get a lot of work done at night as well, which parallels the fox’s nocturnal nature!

What is your favorite leisure spot, restaurant or gathering space in Houston?

Since we are so new to the area, I haven’t done a ton of exploring.. 😕 I have been to Agora several times and LOVE IT!

Why do you want to be a part of the Sesh Community?

Being new to the city, I am looking for an opportunity to make new friends and network with like minded ladies!

What special skill, talent or gift would you like to give back to the Sesh Community?

I can certainly help plan any events or meet ups that you would like help with! Other than that, I will just give my positive and fun personality! ;)

I am most interested in:

  • Collaboration

  • Friendship

  • Consulting from Others

  • Finding a Mentor

  • Networking

What are some small things that make your day better?

Coffee, dog snuggles, food and social interactions! I love meeting new people and hanging out in our gorgeous city!

RaeAnna Rekemeyer

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RaeAnna Rekemeyer

Freelancer and Blogger

Industry: Writer, Editor, Translation, Blogging, Freelance

Company: …on the B.L.

Role/Title: Freelancer, Blogger


I don’t know why more love stories aren’t written about platonic intimacy.
— How to Love a Jamaican by Alexia Arthurs
The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
— Walter Bagehot

Get in touch

Business Website: onthebl.org

Email Address: bookishliaisons@gmail.com

Instagram Handle: professional - @onthe.bl; personal - @raeannakay

Facebook Page: @onthebl

LinkedIn: @IN/raeanna-rekemeyer

Twitter: @onthebl


Get to know me

I moved to Houston two years ago. I'm a freelance literary translator, editor, and writer. I run a blog about my nerdy lifestyle. I travel as much as I can, which ends up being a lot. My dog is the love of my life. I read a whole bunch. I love looking good, but I also hate putting on pants.

Who is your biggest Girl Crush and why?

King Christina of Sweden. She was absolutely nontraditional in a time when women were property.

What is your Spirit Animal and why?

Octopus. They're frighteningly intelligent but always underestimated.

What is your favorite leisure spot, restaurant or gathering space in Houston?

My couch. Kidding, kind of. Velvet Taco is great.

Why do you want to be a part of the Sesh Community?

To be surrounded by women chasing their dreams.

What special skill, talent or gift would you like to give back to the Sesh Community?

I'm not half bad at writing. I love helping people be better writers.

I am most interested in:

  • Friendship

  • Networking

What are some small things that make your day better?

A good cup of tea and puppy cuddles.

Amanda Bowman

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Amanda Bowman

Owner of Amanda Bee’s Floral Designs

Industry: Floral Design

Company: Amanda Bee’s Floral Designs LLC

Role/Title: Owner and Head Designer


 
Be lazy, do it right the first time
— My Mom
 

Get in touch

Business Website: www.amandabeefloral.com

Email Address: howdy@amandabeefloral.com

Instagram Handle: @amandabeefloral

Facebook Page: @amandabeefloral

Twitter: @amandabeefloral


Get to know me

Alvin, TX native. Flowers are my life. Married my high school sweetheart. Graduated from A&M in Horticulture (2015 #Whoop). Love Netflix. Love dogs. Cats are okay. Really like food.

Who is your biggest Girl Crush and why?

My mom! Reasons including her drive to be successful regardless of hurdles (like being a woman in the corporate world in the 80's).

What is your Spirit Animal and why?

Raccoon. Sneaky, cheeky but a little crabby when hungry.

What is your favorite leisure spot, restaurant or gathering space in Houston?

Decatur Bar and Pop up Factory!

Why do you want to be a part of the Sesh Community?

Because I want to.

What special skill, talent or gift would you like to give back to the Sesh Community?

Would love to give back with flowers and knowledge of flowers!

I am most interested in:

  • Collaboration

  • Friendship

  • Networking

What are some small things that make your day better?

When people let me in when merging on the freeway. Like you are supposed to. It’s called a zipper merge for a reason.

Supriya Yadav

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Supriya Yadav

Founder of For Women in India

Industry: Development Sector

Company: For Women in India

Role/Title: Founder


Keep your mind focused at your work and your goals.
— Supriya Yadav

Get in touch

Business Website: https://forwomeninindia.com

Email Address: supriyayadav.adv@gmail.com

Instagram Handle: professional - @forwomeninindia; personal - @supriyadav

Facebook Page: @forwomeninindia

LinkedIn: @IN/supriyayadav

Twitter: professional - @forwomeninindia; personal - @supriyayadav


Get to know me

I give free legal advice to women facing domestic violence. I also have a forum where women from different walks of life share their stories.

Who is your biggest Girl Crush and why?

Oprah Winfrey! She is the best example that with hard work you can achieve anything.

What is your Spirit Animal and why?

I have never really thought about it.

What is your favorite leisure spot, restaurant or gathering space in Houston?

All the coffee shops around the Houston area.

Why do you want to be a part of the Sesh Community?

I love the idea of a community where women support each other.

What special skill, talent or gift would you like to give back to the Sesh Community?

I would love to volunteer in anyway possible. Also, I would like to document stories of women part of the community.

I am most interested in:

  • Collaboration

  • Friendship

  • Consulting from Others

  • Finding a Mentor

What are some small things that make your day better?

A warm cup of tea with friends and family.

Lisa Chow

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Lisa Chow

Artist

Industry: Art

Company: Lisa Chow Art

Role/Title: Owner/Artist


 
Everything’s a season.
— Lisa Chow
 

Get in touch

Business Website: www.lisachowart.com

Email Address: lisa@lisachowart.com

Instagram Handle: @lisachowart

Facebook Page: @lisachowart

Twitter: @lisachowart


Get to know me

I am a self-taught artist. Born and raised in Houston. I graduated from UT-Austin with a degree in Business Administration and worked in corporate for 5 years before jumping into entrepreneurship. I am a mama to two girls and two cats. My end game is to build my brand into a destination for all things "sophisticated glitter" or minimalist maximalist. =D

Who is your biggest Girl Crush and why?

It changes all the time but maybe Eva Chen at the moment. She does it all (mom, work, fashion, author, influencer) but still seems super down to earth and relatable. Also, she is a great Asian role model.

What is your Spirit Animal and why?

No idea. I like to think whatever is cute but unassumingly vicious. Hahaha. Grumpy Cat?

What is your favorite leisure spot, restaurant or gathering space in Houston?

I love Boomtown but mostly because everyone there knows my name so it feels like home. I love Red Dessert Dive, MFAH, Menil, and alllll the coffee shops.

Why do you want to be a part of the Sesh Community?

Networking, collaborating, sharing knowledge and supporting.

What special skill, talent or gift would you like to give back to the Sesh Community?

I have a lot of experience with craft fairs and shows. Starting an art business. Art resources. I'm always happy to share my experience and what I've learned.

I am most interested in:

  • Collaboration

  • Friendship

  • Consulting from Others

  • Networking

What are some small things that make your day better?

Really good coffee. Compliments. A great podcast. A funny text/gif from a friend.

Mary LeMaster

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Mary LeMaster

Managing Partner of A-Action Home Inspection Group

Industry: Home Inspection

Company: A-Action Home Inspection Group

Role/Title: Managing Partner


Live by the agenda, die by the agenda.
— Mary LeMaster

Get in touch

Business Website: www.a-actionhouston.com

Email Address: mlemaster@a-action.com

Instagram Handle: professional - @homeinspector_tx; personal - @marymlem

Facebook Page: @AActionHomeInspection

LinkedIn: @IN/lemasterm


Get to know me

My name is Mary and I am the Managing Partner at A-Action Home Inspection Group. My husband and I started A-Action in 2012. We grew our business from a one person team (my husband) to a team of six home inspectors (not including my husband). I mainly work from home, although I do venture out occasionally to market the business, teach Real Estate classes, and attended Sesh Coworking meetings. :) When I'm not working, I'm typically cuddling with one of my three dogs and/or traveling. My husband and I are constantly on the move, exploring new places or visiting family. I never thought I'd end up in Houston; it's certainly been an adventure and I'm looking forward to seeing what the future holds for myself and my business.

Who is your biggest Girl Crush and why?

I am completely obsessed with the Duchess of Cambridge, although that's mostly because I covet her wardrobe. As far as role models go, I think Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand is an amazing woman. She's managed to balance motherhood, running a country, and standing up to much bigger political personalities...she also has a great fashion sense.

What is your Spirit Animal and why?

A sloth - if I didn't have to work all the time I'd be napping or reading a book on my couch. I'm a pretty lazy person, I just hide it really well.

What is your favorite leisure spot, restaurant or gathering space in Houston?

I love the MFAH and HMNS. They are such amazing institutions that serve our city so well.

Why do you want to be a part of the Sesh Community?

I love the idea of women coming together to make each other stronger. So often strong women are pitted against each other, and that only serves to strengthen the patriarchy. I'm so happy Meredith created a safe space for women to feel free to express themselves and exercise their creativity without fear of judgement.

What special skill, talent or gift would you like to give back to the Sesh Community?

I am crazy organized and really good at setting up business...by that I mean, I know how to file paperwork really, really well. I even made an infographic on how to set up an LLC! I would love to help anyone who needs help with the organizational side of launching a business.

I am most interested in:

  • Friendship

  • Mentoring

  • Networking

What are some small things that make your day better?

My three dogs - they have the cutest faces and love me unconditionally. Everyone deserves to be loved like that.

Kelin Marquet

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Kelin Marquet

Owner of Art-n-Fly

Industry: eCommerce

Company: Art-n-Fly

Role/Title: Owner


Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask! Act! Action will define and delineate you.
— Thomas Jefferson

Get in touch

Business Website: www.artnfly.com

Email Address: info@artnfly.com

Instagram Handle: @artnfly

Facebook Page: @artnfly

LinkedIn: @IN/KelinMarquet


Get to know me

In my "past life", I was a chemical engineer working on oil rigs in the North Sea (Norway and Scotland), where I met my husband (he's from France, I'm from Canada). We moved to Houston and I went back to school for a masters (in Petroleum Engineering) that I never used because I realized I wanted to be in control of my own time, so I graduated and then started my first eCommerce business! About a year later, we bought another, much larger business; an art supply company called Art-n-Fly.

My husband still works on rotation out of the Ivory Coast and the business consumes my life (don't listen to anyone who tells you eCommerce = 4 hour work week), but I absolutely love it. My primary goal for the next couple years is to grow to a size where my husband can quit his day job and focus on Art-n-Fly full time with me and eventually hire a few other full-time employees (we have one part-time employee at the moment and a few contractors). I'm a mother of two, but hopefully by the time anyone else reads this, it will be three (#3 was due 10 days ago!).

Who is your biggest Girl Crush and why?

Mimi Thorisson, a French blogger and mother of 8 (!!). I love how she cultivates beauty in every aspect of her life, travels with her kids, and lives life on her own terms! She inspires me to be very conscious of the environment I create and reminds me that it is me who is creating it just from seeing how she lives her own life (also I love her recipes).

What is your Spirit Animal and why?

An energizer bunny because I'm always moving, always going!

What is your favorite leisure spot, restaurant or gathering space in Houston?

Currently EggHaus (at least that's where I've been going when I want to work outside the house- it's around the corner from me and has great matcha lattes).

Why do you want to be a part of the Sesh Community?

Because working for yourself can be lonely and I love to get out and around other women doing the same thing! Also, the old "you are who you surround yourself with" - it always helps to be around people of the same mindset.

What special skill, talent or gift would you like to give back to the Sesh Community?

I am always happy to talk to people about getting started in eCommerce, running a fairly large eCommerce company, or purchasing an existing company!

I am most interested in:

  • Friendship

  • Networking

  • Motherhood Support

What are some small things that make your day better?

Matcha lattes and cuddles from my kids.

Sophie Newman

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Sophie Newman

Owner of Florida Winter Marketing

Industry: Branding, Marketing

Company: Florida Winter Marketing

Role/Title: Founder, Branding and Marketing Strategist


 
So it goes.
— Sophie Newman
 

Get in touch

Business Website: www.floridawintermarketing.com

Email Address: hello@floridawintermarketing.com

Instagram Handle: @floridawintermarketing

Facebook Page: @FloridaWinterMarketing


Get to know me

I'm from Seminole, Florida and moved to Texas to get my M.S. Marketing. I stayed for a cowboy. I am a branding and marketing strategist and founded my business Florida Winter Marketing after being laid off from HPE. My goal is to continue working for myself and to meet amazing ladies so I can live the career I always wanted!

Who is your biggest Girl Crush and why?

Buffy for her strength, wittiness, and persistence. Whenever I need a pick-me-up, or to remember how to kick ass, I watch an episode and think, "What would Buffy do?"

What is your Spirit Animal and why?

Leslie Knope for her diligence, organization, and amazing energy!

What is your favorite leisure spot, restaurant or gathering space in Houston?

Slowpokes or Eight Row Flint.

Why do you want to be a part of the Sesh Community?

Because of all the wonderful ladies I've met!

What special skill, talent or gift would you like to give back to the Sesh Community?

Marketing and branding advice, tips for things to do in Houston to meet people and moral support!

I am most interested in:

  • Collaboration

  • Friendship

  • Networking

What is one thing that would be game-changing for your business/career right now?

Collaborations with other business owners who want to grow each other's audiences.

What are some small things that make your day better?

Boba tea! Sunshine. Puppies. Snuggles. Warm booties. Tea-time.

Meredith Wheeler

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Meredith Wheeler

Entrepreneur, Founder of Sesh Coworking

Industry: Community Building

Company: Sesh Coworking

Role/Title: Founder/Owner


 
If it doesn’t scare you, it’s probably not worth it.
— Meredith Wheeler
 

Get in touch

Business Website: www.girlsesh.com

Email Address: Meredith@girlsesh.com

Instagram Handle: @girlsesh

Facebook Page: @SeshCoworkingHTX


Get to know me

Hi everyone, I’m Meredith! I’m a mother of two young girls with a passion for community building and entrepreneurial endeavors. I founded Sesh Coworking after battling both the loneliness and lack of confidence that comes from working from home. I had started several businesses previously, but none of them felt like the right fit and rarely went anywhere. The idea of starting a coworking community and space came to me while I was nursing my second daughter and I haven’t let go of it since. As the business and community grows and thrives, I find myself equally thrilled and terrified at what is to come - and truly I could ask for no better feeling!

Who is your biggest Girl Crush and why?

My biggest Girl Crush has got to be Jen Gotch, founder and Creative Director of Ban.do. I’ve followed her journey from small time Etsy shop owner to multimillion dollar Ban.do as it is today as well as her personal battles with anxiety, depression and living to your fullest. I find her to be such an inspiration as well as a dose of much needed honesty and humor.

What is your Spirit Animal and why?

My spirit animal would have to be a dolphin because they are smart, energetic, playful and get to explore the great depths of the ocean. They also find great strength and safety in their pods and quite frankly, I refer to the Sesh community as a pod so there you go.

What is your favorite leisure spot, restaurant or gathering space in Houston?

Hermann Park on a beautiful sunny day.

What special skill, talent or gift would you like to give back to the Sesh Community?

Inspiration and encouragement.

I am most interested in:

  • Collaboration

  • Friendship

  • Consulting from Others

  • Finding a Mentor

  • Being a Mentor

  • Networking

  • Hiring Talent

  • Motherhood Support

I mean, I founded the group so obviously I. Want. It. All.

What is one thing that would be game-changing for your business/career right now?

Guidance navigating the business (aka numbers) side of the biz.

What are some small things that make your day better?

Chatting with a friend, a good glass of California Cab, making big plans and a long, hot bath (with a bath fizzy of course).