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User Generated Content Propels Bridal Sales Online

User Generated Content Propels Bridal Sales Online

November 19, 2020

I first reached out to today's guests in 2011, when she was the brand manager working on the Skinnygirl Shapewear collection. I've been following her ever since. Ranu Coleman now spearheads marketing for Azazie, the leading bridal apparel retailer, and one of the fastest growing apparel merchants online.

About Ranu Coleman

Ranu Coleman is a seasoned marketing and communications leader with deep experience in the retail/fashion space. She serves as the CMO of direct-to-consumer bridal and bridesmaid dress company Azazie and their sister company and new fast-fashion e-tail brand Blush Mark. These digitally native fashion brands focus on high-quality, size inclusive (0–30 & XS-3X) and affordable styles — marrying innovative technology with online shopping. She joined Azazie in February 2018, and since, has been leading the marketing team in implementing brand strategy, driving awareness of Azazie’s product offerings and engaging consumers with the brand to bring them into one of their most successful years yet.

Prior to her work with Azazie, Coleman was a senior program manager consultant, store designer for Sephora, where she led the rollout of a new urban location prototype, Sephora Studio. She has held various marketing managerial positions at apparel brands, where she has negotiated and shepherded strategic partnerships with national brands including Nicole Miller, Skinnygirl by Bethany Frankel, Playboy, XOXO and Laura Ashley.

Coleman began her career as a brand manager for Earthbound LLC and received her bachelor’s degree in political science from UC Irvine and professional designation program-visual communications degree from Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM). Ranu Coleman is married with two children and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

CEO Spreads Joy to Hospitalized Children Through Activity Kits

CEO Spreads Joy to Hospitalized Children Through Activity Kits

November 11, 2020

They say necessity is the mother of invention and today's guest is the perfect example. Shalini Shamtani is the founder of Open the Joy, which partners with Spread the Joy Foundation aims to brighten up the lives of kids who are hospitalized and fighting major pediatric illnesses.

Although Shalini Samtani has a diverse background in law, real estate and interior design- her true passion lies in bringing joy to hospitalized children.

Through her youngest child’s repeated hospitalization, she experienced first hand the toll that childhood diseases have on children and their caregivers.
As CEO of Open the Joy and as the President of the Spread The Joy Foundation, her mission is to change the perception and dialogue about childhood diseases to a more positive, joyful and purposeful one.

How Influencers Helped Launch a Plant-Based Meal Delivery Service

How Influencers Helped Launch a Plant-Based Meal Delivery Service

October 16, 2020

Joining us today is Monica Klausner, co-founder of Veestro, the premier plant-based meal delivery services company. Born and raised in Costa Rica and now pioneer in both vegan and subscription-based spaces, we're thrilled to have Monica with us on the show today.

In this episode learn about how this plant based business got its start as a brother and sister team and how growing up in Costa Rica shaped the business. Family dynamics are interesting in any business.

Veestro has a number of different plan options with a variety of meals catering to different lifestyles. Monica talks about choosing a la carte options or their chefs choice. You'll also want to find out which of their meals is a customer favorite.

Sherri asks the tough questions like, why are meal delivery service businesses so hard? Frozen foods pose a number of challenges for the food delivery business that Monica helps us understand.

Coming up with food ideas means partnering with the right culinary expert and Monica explains how they found their chef.

You won't want to miss Monica's advice to entrepreneurs or startups seeking to take their business to the next level. From customer acquisition to how they launched the business with influencers there is so much to learn from Monica at Veestro. 

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About Veestro

Mark and Monica had grown up in Costa Rica, where fresh, home-cooked meals with tons of vegetables and fruit were the daily normal. It’s also where that happy, healthy outlook called pura vida was a way of life.

Now, Mark and Monica are bringing some of that pura vida to modern American life. Veestro is about what feeds us, body and soul—delicious, organic, healthy, sustainable, from plants. And it’s fully prepared for any time we need to eat it. Mark and Monica like to think of Veestro as pura vida, right to your doorstep. And feeding your happy makes them very happy.  



Lovebeon Creates a Buzz in the Natural Foods Market (with Avi Markus)

Lovebeon Creates a Buzz in the Natural Foods Market (with Avi Markus)

September 24, 2020

If you're in need of a pick me up, today's guest will come to the rescue with his personality and product. Avi Markus is the president of BeOn Energy Gems. Dark chocolate energy supplements, packed with caffeine so you can skip those runs to Starbucks.

Listen in to hear how Avi first got involved with the natural foods space and the other ventures he's been involved with. Avi shares his most challenging and rewarding parts of being an entrepreneur. 

From there we dive into the BeOn product line and how things have shifted in a post COVID world from retail to eCommerce. 

Avi then shares his thoughts on what its like being a food marketer that does work in the US but is based in Canada.

It's interesting to hear his thoughts around influencer marketing and the natural foods industry from his experience and what others should consider.

How Event Planning is Changing in a Virtual World

How Event Planning is Changing in a Virtual World

September 3, 2020

The events business has been hit one of the hardest since the pandemic started. To shed some perspective on the industry and how it's changing, I invited Cheryl Gentry from Glow Global Events to join us.

Cheryl Gentry is the Founder and CEO of Glow Global Events.  Named 2019 and 2018 Top People in Events by Bizbash, 2017 Top Influential Women in Meetings and 2017 Brava Award Winner Top Female CEO by SmartCEO Magazine.   In addition to being a leader in the $40-billion event industry , Cheryl is a strategic entrepreneur constantly seeking out innovative opportunities. 

Gentry has been a role model and prominent voice on entrepreneurship. Serving on the boards of Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and the Kigali Reading Center in Rwanda.  Gentry was inducted into the YWCA/New York City Top Women Executives, received the Howard University Alumni Association Golden Bison Award, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Outstanding Achievement Award to name a few. She's been featured in O, the Oprah Magazine, Black Enterprise, Huffington Post among others.

Managing a global agency, Gentry travels extensively.  She journeyed to Cuba on a humanitarian mission, summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in 5 days, skydived from 10,000 feet, trekked alongside silverback gorillas in Rwanda, walked with lions in South Africa and swam with dolphins in Mexico.

Glow Global Events, is a Certified Minority Business Enterprise (W/MBE).

About Glow Global Events
Glow Global Events, recently ranked No.145 on Inc. 5000, Fastest Growing Companies in America list, is a New York-based, full-service agency specializing in dynamic, purpose-driven events.  Over the course of more than 20 years, the agency has successfully coordinated meetings, conferences, galas, outdoor events, and other special productions in the U.S., Asia, Africa, and Europe.  Glow Global serves a mix of brands, nonprofits, A-list celebrities and organization including Allianz, Shiseido,  FIFA, PGA and United Way of New York City.

Launching A Company During a Pandemic Isn’t All Fun and Games

Launching A Company During a Pandemic Isn’t All Fun and Games

August 13, 2020

So much has happened since I saw today's guest at Toy Fair 2020. I'm excited to have Rachel Griffin, founder of PlayWise Partners join us to share her industry insights and what it's like to start a business amidst a pandemic.

We discuss here latest venture, Playwise Partners and her advice to people looking to branch out on their own. 

Rachel tells us she got into the toy industry as a fluke when she landed a job working for the creator of the Power Rangers.

Most recently Rachel participated in Sweet Suite, tune in to find out what her experience is like and the benefits of virtual conferences.  We also discuss how to stay top of mind with influencers during these challenging times.



How to Get Started with Homeschooling featuring Issa Mas

How to Get Started with Homeschooling featuring Issa Mas

July 30, 2020

I met today's guests back in 2013 at BlogHer and she is a pioneer in our space. I'm so pleased to welcome Issa Mas, award-winning writer, influencer, and homeschooling expert who will be sharing her insights on this topic, which I'm sure is top of mind for many parents right now.


From her start as a single mom blogger in New York City to winning a Blogher award, Issa is accomplished writer with a lot of information to offer.  She leverages the power of social media, particularly Facebook groups where she founded a Keto group.  


Issa doesn't necessarily consider herself an influencer but she definitely knows what she's good at. She tells us how it's important to be both honest and authentic. 


If you're curious about what it's like to be a single mom in New York City during these challenging times you won't want to miss this episode of Beyond the Boxx. From her own experiences homeschooling her child, Homeschool Starter Set was born. 


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June 25, 2020

In the world of online dating, Amy Canaday is a PR and marketing pioneer. I know from firsthand experience that Amy is a risk taker who always thinks outside the box. 

This episode of Beyond the Boxx explores the rich history of, its portfolio of companies and it's love for influencer marketing. You'll also hear how love wins even during a pandemic and how and its users have embraced video for virtual dating.


Miss Megan’s Kindergarten Camp Influences Thousands of Parents and Children

Miss Megan’s Kindergarten Camp Influences Thousands of Parents and Children

June 11, 2020


If you' haven't heard of Miss Megan, she stepped onto the scene at the onset of the COVID pandemic and is now delighting and comforting thousands of children and parents around the world.


You can join Miss Megan's Kindergarten Camp by joining her Facebook group here:


Miss Megan is a former kindergarten teacher and current preschool assistant, who wanted to help add routine to In this time of uncertainty and little structure. She goes live on Facebook regularly with her morning meetings to get your 3-7 year old’s day started! We will do calendar, counting, days of the week, months of the year, weather, morning message, letter(s) of the day, some guitar playing, and it all ends with a book being read.


Erin’s Faces: From Startup to Cult Beauty Brand

Erin’s Faces: From Startup to Cult Beauty Brand

June 4, 2020

Today's guest is a musical theater performer turned makeup artist, and now CEO of the clean and green cosmetic line, Erin's Faces. Erin is not only all hustle, she's all heart, and I'm delighted to have her join us. 

We discuss how Erin went from being a makeup artist to the CEO of the cult beauty brand. I learned it wasn't without flaws. From packaging her products to learning the best way to fill a bottle there was lots to do and she was on her own at the very beginning. There was even the time Erin had to call her Dad for advice to deal with an overstock issue after a deal went south.

Don't know what clean green beauty is? Erin gives us all a primer on The challenge is there aren't any regulations on clean and green beauty so many brands can make claims. For Erin, it's about using plant based ingredients to avoid potentially toxic chemicals that may be harmful. In the early days it was difficult because even if clean beauty products existed they didn't hold up quite as well on the red carpet.

Early on Erin recognized her strengths and rather than try to figure things out at home, her first products all went to the lab for forumulation and testing. When asked if Erin remembered her first sale she recounts a story of returning to her home in Texas to host a party for friends and family to sell $2000 in product to buy a new laptop.

The beauty industry comes with it's own set of challenges that led Erin to question if she was "too heavy" to run a beauty company. Influencers also have their own set of standards when it comes the types of products they will use in the clean and green beauty products. 

From humble beginnings to a blowout during Black Friday Sale, you'll want to hear more about his incredible startup story in the beauty industry. It didn't happen over night and influencer marketing plays a part of their authentic social media strategy you can follow on their Instagram page




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