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Conscious Entrepreneurship: May I introduce Meg Barnhart

As a young mother, Meg Barnhart found herself struggling daily to get dinner prepared for 3 children, with the additional challenge that her middle son had a complex speech and language disorder. While sharing her sadness with her best friend, Kate, she received 3 pieces of feedback that changed her life:

1) You’re not a failure
2) Get off the phone
3) Buy a Crock Pot

Over the next 16 years that small appliance, known more generally as a slow cooker, became a vehicle for change by helping her prepare delicious, healthy, home-cooked meals at a time of day that…


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Conscious Entrepreneurship: May I introduce Adrian Sullivan Jr.

Adrian Sullivan is an entrepreneur from Long Island, NY who is now based in Philadelphia. From a young age, sports and media played an instrumental part of Adrian’s life. That led him to attending Temple University as a student athlete — he studied media production and was on the D1 football team. After graduation, Adrian knew that his two greatest callings were to help people and to work in media.

Adrian struggled to find the intersection between those two callings. He worked in education and took on corporate jobs but did not feel that he was working towards his vision…


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Conscious Entrepreneurship: May I introduce Riley Gibson

Riley Gibson’s dad is an entrepreneur in the tech space and his mom is an artist. He always felt this tension between going the ‘business or engineering’ route or more of the ‘artistic and creative’ route. He thought for the longest time growing up that it was an either-or proposition. Then, Riley started reading about IDEO and industrial design and taking a design approach to creatively solving problems. It was like a lightning bolt when he realized that those paths could be convergent. He ended up studying entrepreneurship and really focusing on the process of design and design thinking.

Since…


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Conscious Entrepreneurship: May I introduce Kevin Shelhamer

Kevin Shelhamer is the Founder of Rescue Plastics, where he removes plastics from waterways and transforms it into high-performance fabric for active and leisure wear clothing.

The majority of Kevin’s career has been in advertising and marketing and he considers himself fortunate to have worked with global brands and learned about what makes them not only well known, but well loved. The relationships he has made and continue to make on her journey are at the center of every good career outcome.

So, it’s no surprise that Rescue Plastics was born after connecting with someone who had similar interests and…


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Conscious Entrepreneurship: May I introduce Jess Feller

Jess Feller is a cocktail enthusiast who turned her passion for at-home mixology into a full-time business known as Aged & Infused. The company has quickly grown, supplying at-home cocktail infusion kits to customers across the country who are looking to elevate the home-bar experience. With a focus on giving back and supporting the local Chicago business community, Aged & Infused has stayed true to its mission of supporting the local economy and building stronger communities.

CONSCIOUS ENTREPRENEURSHIP — What meaning do you give this term?

Entrepreneurship opens the doors to creating communities, conversations and experiences that go well beyond a physical product. As a woman business owner, I’m proud…


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Conscious Entrepreneurship: May I introduce Juliette Palacios

When Juliette Palacios was 14, she signed up to take a beginner’s coding class, and it quickly became her favorite class of the day. When Juliette began looking around at the lack of female representation both her coding class and in the technology industry, she realized that she could do something about it; she could help girls at a young age (9–12) learn the fundamentals of coding.

Juliette started off with just driving out to some local elementary schools to teach girls in the East Bay’s Oakland. It was going well, but she realized that she could make a lot…


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Conscious Entrepreneurship: May I introduce Fedia Kourbatov

Fedia Kourbatov was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He went to Lincoln Park HS in the city. Growing up Fedia spent most of his free time playing sports and being involved in the Ukrainian community. Once it was time to go to college he decided to go to The University of Oklahoma. He studied Finance and minored in Management Information Systems. It was at OU where his curiosity for entrepreneurship began. After his roommate introduced him to the podcast “How I Built This” (a podcast about how the founders of some of the world’s most influential companies built their…


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Conscious Entrepreneurship: May I introduce Paige Arnof-Fenn

Paige did not plan on starting a company. She always wanted to go work for a global business and be a Fortune 500 CEO. When she was a student she looked at leaders like Meg Whitman and Ursula Burns as role models. Paige started her career on Wall Street in the 80s and had a successful career in Corporate America at companies like Procter & Gamble and Coca-Cola and then worked at 3 different startups as the head of marketing (all had positive exits). She took the leap into entrepreneurship right after 9/11 when the company she worked for cut…


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Conscious Entrepreneurship: May I introduce Jin Lee

Jin Lee graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in economics and a minor in psychology. He knew right away that he didn’t want to go into finance but still wanted to pursue a career in business. Jin’s friend referred him to TransPerfect, recommending an entry-level translation project manager position. TransPerfect at the time was a small but quickly growing organization. Jin was hired, but he struggled in the beginning. He aimed to fix this by taking constructive criticism and applying it. Six months later, he became a top performer on his team and mastered his craft. …


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Conscious Entrepreneurship: May I introduce Anke Buchmann

Anke founded her company HANDFUL in 2020. HANDFUL stands for creativity, tactility and a conscious process with clay. Her vision was born years before and grew deeper when she moved from Berlin to London to study Ceramic Design at Central Saint Martins.

With a previous international career in digital communication she knows the challenges of creatives working for leading agencies and international brands under the pressure to perform and be creative on a daily basis. Having embodied both worlds — the digital and tangible Anke is very much aware that most of our every day in today’s western world is…

Demee Koch

Serial entrepreneur & Board Advisor. Advocate on conscious entrepreneurship. Introducing purpose-driven founders here on Medium.

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