Do It Your Way | Choosing to Do What You Love

2018-09-29T11:53:15+00:00September 29th, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Career, Inspirational|

By Kristen Domingue In our interview with Kelly Callison of a2vintage, an online and offline vintage and antique dealer, we noticed her commitment to doing what she loved and how much it informed every choice in her life. Whether she’s in the process of reclaiming something once-loved for resale, or simply living and loving her family and friends, Kelly is a model of what it means to put love first. Kelly is is a sterling example of what it looks like when we let love win — both in business and in life. ___ I went to graduate school at the University [...]

The Only Woman In The Room | Life as an Aerospace Unicorn with Kami Meader

2018-08-30T23:26:50+00:00September 1st, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Career, Inspirational|

By Kristen Domingue When we spoke to Kamala Meader, founder, and CEO of Aerokam Engineering, we were inspired by her tenacity despite the challenges she recounts being one of the only women in her classrooms and jobs. Caught at the crossroads between societal expectations of being “the perfect mother” while having a “full career,” Kami’s honesty about the costs and the choices serve to remind us that while having it all is possible, having it all at once is not.   ___  When I consider how I got into aerospace engineering, I think DNA chose my path. My father was an aerospace stress engineer and he used to take me [...]

Cover Story | Your Dreams, Your Terms

2018-08-01T19:43:26+00:00August 1st, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Career, Inspirational|

By Kristen Domingue In our conversation with Angela Harrison, we watched how a gnawing childhood passion turns itself into a career. While there are many paths to fulfillment with lots of uncertainty and twists and turns, the unencumbered certainty that drove Harrison is an inspiration to behold. Her conviction about the way every woman should feel in her clothes (and in her own skin) showcases her true gift: delivering self-love to everyone she touches. Before I even knew what “styling” meant, I was a stylist. Barbies were always swapping tops and bottoms instead of wearing their assigned outfits. My childhood dress-up [...]

How to Overcome Your Greatest Barrier to Success

2018-07-30T21:10:44+00:00August 1st, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Career|

By: Millie Chu As an entrepreneur or business professional, do you feel like you are on the verge of starting the next amazing chapter in your life, but you’ve been stuck on the same page for a while? Perhaps you could see yourself living the life you want, and it’s so close you could almost grab it; but, your physical self is running out of breath. You chase, you work hard, you fight, and you’ve given it all you’ve got. At times, you feel as if you’re at the tipping point, about to go insane. Then, you gather yourself together because [...]

The Business of Following Your Dreams 

2018-06-27T17:40:00+00:00July 1st, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Career, Inspirational|

By Kristen Domingue Photo: Heather Nash Photography for The Brick Magazine We loved talking with Susan Todoroff of Juicy Kitchen in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her frankness and candor about what it takes to open a business from home with young children is a testament to the unavoidable truth that we can’t do it alone. Read on to learn how Todoroff found support, the difference it made, and the challenges it helped her overcome along the way.    Juicy Kitchen started as a spark of an idea in the early 1980s. Susan Todoroff wrote in her journal of a cozy place where people could gather for a delicious, healthy breakfast in a community atmosphere while reading the [...]

Maria Sylveter | Following Curiosity to Career

2018-06-01T14:10:46+00:00June 1st, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Career, Inspirational|

by Kristen Domingue I started my coaching practice the same way I’ve done just about everything in my life — taking one inspired step after the next. I navigate these steps never quite knowing exactly where they will lead, but confident that if I trust myself, honoring my heart, intuition and inner wisdom, I’ll land it right! And I must say, establishing my coaching practice and founding the Life Empowerment Coaching & Healing Arts Center here in Ann Arbor has been one of my best landings thus far.   Even as a very young child, I was fascinated by people. Questions like, “Why was she [...]

LEGACY | Trusting Your Gut with Susan Monroe

2018-05-03T15:31:38+00:00May 1st, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Career, Inspirational, Uncategorized|

 by Kristen Domingue We love the way Susan Monroe has created (and curated) a custom life for herself and custom interior designs for every client. What stands out about the way Susan works is the way she pairs her creativity and instinct with research and listening to her clients. The process of listening and learning has helped her stay in business for over 20 years. I’ve been in interior design ever since I graduated with my degree from Purdue. I did a lot of commercial contract work for 20 years of my career, mostly for architects and designers. I managed product design at [...]

Youth Entrepreneurship

2018-03-27T19:40:00+00:00March 8th, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Career|

by Debra Power  Becoming an entrepreneur can be a challenge at any stage of life, but two local young women can serve as an inspiration to anyone who has thought about striking out on their own.Naja Prince and Abi Middaugh are dynamic 14-year-olds who have their own businesses and recently signed on to mentor other young entrepreneurs for the Running Start program. Running Start offers workshops for middle and high school-aged youth to get the skills they need to become entrepreneurs. During the workshops, Abi and Naja will share their experiences and challenges to help their peers.  I sat down with both of these young women to hear more about [...]

Work Life Sustainability

2018-03-27T19:40:09+00:00March 8th, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Career, Inspirational|

It has to work for you before it can work for anyone else with Marie Klopf of the Ann Arbor Arts Center by Kristen Domingue When we interviewed Marie Klopf of the Ann Arbor Art Center, we were pleasantly surprised to find a woman who solved the “work-life balance” dilemma. Her solution? Forget balance; think sustainability. Read on to find out how she built both a sustainable life and a sustainable nonprofit, the trial-and-error process of navigating ambition, motherhood, marriage, and the lessons she learned along the way.  ___  When I started at the Ann Arbor Art Center, I was humbled by how much I didn’t know and how much I [...]

Focus on Rising, Not Perfection

2018-03-27T19:40:47+00:00March 6th, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Career, Inspirational|

by Millie Chu I was an immigrant child who arrived in America with interested eyes and a candid heart. I am the daughter of a seamstress who worked in a sweatshop and a father who was a taxicab driver. He held a second job as a cook where he offered to work for free to gain experience while he was attending culinary art school. My parents and I immigrated to the United States from China when I was four years old. They did not have much more than the clothes on their backs, a few dollars in their pockets, and with three small children living in the slums of New York City. We moved to Michigan when I was eight years old, and by the time I was eleven, my mother and father had worked so [...]

Forget Overcoming: Embrace Your Business Challenges

2018-03-27T19:41:36+00:00January 31st, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Career|

FROM ZERO TO $16 MILLION WITH TONI MORELL by Kristen Domingue Our conversation with Toni Morell, one of three Zingerman’s Mail Order managing partners, reminded us of the importance of not only following our passions but paying attention to where they intersect with our strengths. Morell oversees the managers running the day-by-day operations of this $16M business with 90 year-round staff and over 400 people during the holiday time. Here’s how she got started, and how she’s keeping it all going. FOLLOW YOUR BIG IDEA, EVEN IF IT’S HARD AT FIRST.People often ask, “When you got started, were you nervous?” The truth? I [...]