Women Entrepreneurs Week – Maia Haag

Women Entrepreneurs Week – Maia Haag

November 19 was Women’s Entrepreneurship Day where the accomplishments of women in business are highlighted. I love being in business and meeting other women who are living on purpose and adding value to the world through their business. Instead of celebrating just one day I’m celebrating all week and possibly the rest of the month.

I’ll introduce you to incredibly innovative women and highlight their business for you. To learn more about them personally and/or what they sell, click on the links to visit their websites. Remember, when women are strong, the world is stronger.

Today I want you to meet woman entrepreneur Maia Haag, Co-Founder and President of I See Me!

What kind of business do you have?

I See Me! (www.iseeme.com) is the largest publisher of personalized children’s books and gifts in the US. We sell beautifully illustrated and designed personalized books that are made one-by-one especially for each child. The books make perfect holiday gifts, new baby gifts, birthday and baptism gifts for children ages 0-8.

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What keeps you going? What’s your Why?

The mission of I See Me! is to make each child feel special. Our books help to build self-esteem in children because the child is the star of the story. Our books are deeply personalized. For example, many of our books allow the gift-giver to select the skin tone and hair color of the child. Other of our books incorporate a photo of the child’s face into the illustrations. As a result, children love reading their very own books over and over, and they cherish them forever.


What kind of help did you have to start and build your company?

My husband and I built our company together. We received a personalized book for our own child and we thought it could have been done better. My husband is a graphic designer, I am a marketer, and we combined our business minds to create a much higher quality personalized book than what was in the marketplace. Now we have a fantastic team of leaders helping to shape the company.

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What makes you feel successful in life and business?

I have re-defined success to mean not only building a successful business, but also having time for my children, husband and myself. I especially enjoy the one-on-one time that I plan with each of our kids and with my husband. For many years I was focused on the business at the expense of my personal life, and I have made some major shifts such as no longer working in the evenings. It required me to redefine my definition of success in order to do that.

maia-haag-womens-entrepreneur-week.jpgBIO: Maia Haag is an entrepreneur and general manager who has gone from managing multi-million dollar businesses at General Mills to writing and self-publishing personalized children’s books that have generated multi-millions in sales. Maia is the Co-Founder and President of I See Me! , the largest publisher of personalized children’s books in the world.

Women Entrepreneurs Week – Sharon Blumberg

Women Entrepreneurs Week – Sharon Blumberg

November 19 was Women’s Entrepreneurship Day where the accomplishments of women in business are highlighted. I love being in business and meeting other women who are living on purpose and adding value to the world through their business. Instead of celebrating just one day I’m celebrating all week and possibly the rest of the month.

I’ll introduce you to incredibly innovative women and highlight their business for you. To learn more about them personally and/or what they sell, click on the links to visit their websites. Remember, when women are strong, the world is stronger.

Today I want you to meet Dallas mom, Sharon Blumberg in the interview I had with her.

What kind of business do you have? 

I am the owner of a children’s lifestyle brand called CHOOZE. We create footwear, apparel, and accessories that are different, literally. We are best known for our signature creatively-coordinated footwear – the left shoe is always different from the right – and we have extended our colorful design aesthetic onto our apparel and accessories.

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Thanksgiving special – 50% off all purchases over $100 on mychoooze.com with the code GIVETHANKS.

What keeps you going? What’s your Why?chooze-candy-dress

The entire goal for our business has always been about empowering kids to reach their potential and inspiring parents to
give their kids the freedom to do so. CHOOZE is about self-expression, creativity, and confidence. When we foster these qualities we can do anything. The name of the brand represents our power to choose to be who we are truly meant to be. From the design concept to our socially responsible business model, our “why” is about the power of choice.

What’s your biggest challenge?

Being a business owner brings on new challenges every single day. Every day I am tested on how I will react and handle a new issue. I would say that my biggest challenge is trying to stay calm and positive through the roller coaster ride of entrepreneurship.

What do you do for regular self-care?

I try to take time every day to do something for me, whether it’s going for a walk or practicing yoga. The practice of yoga has been fully transformative for me because it has taught me to calm my otherwise chaotic mind, to be strong & flexible on and off the mat, and to live consciously.

sharon-blumberg-choozeBIO: Sharon Blumberg is a Dallas mom on a mission to empower and elevate kids through creativity and confidence. Blumberg’s career began as an artist and designer focused on creating custom murals and furniture for children’s rooms. Since becoming a mom to three creative kids, she realized one of her greatest passions – using art to motivate kids to dream big. Blumberg turned this passion into a business and created CHOOZE, a lifestyle brand that started with a line of creatively-coordinated footwear.

Women Entrepreneurs Week – Debra Stangl

Women Entrepreneurs Week – Debra Stangl

November 19 was Women’s Entrepreneurship Day where the accomplishments of women in business are highlighted. I love being in business and meeting other women who are living on purpose and adding value to the world through their business. Instead of celebrating just one day I’m celebrating all week and possibly the rest of the month.

I’ll introduce you to incredibly innovative women and highlight their business for you. To learn more about them personally and/or what they sell, click on the links to visit their websites. Remember, when women are strong, the world is stronger.

Today I want you to meet Debra Stangl, Founder/CEO – Sedona Soul Adventures – Sedona, AZ

Author – The Journey to Happy – How Embracing The Concept That Nothing Is Wrong Can Transform Your Life” 

What kind of business do you have?

At Sedona Soul Adventures, we do private retreats that are custom-designed for individuals and couples. We help people go from where they are to where they want to be. We work with over 40 of Sedona’s master practitioners and we spend a lot of time talking with each person before they come to Sedona to really go deep into what’s going on? What do you want?  Then we custom design each retreat of private one-on-one sessions to give our clients exactly what they need to have the life or the relationship of their dreams.

The two most common things people say to us is  “I never dreamed my life could be this good” or “We never believed our relationship could be this wonderful”.  The retreats are truly life changing and transformational.

I have also combined my spiritual work with my love of travel and I take groups each year to Egypt and Machu Picchu, to experience the sacred energy of these amazing places.

I’ve now become an author. My book,The Journey to Happy – How Embracing The Concept That Nothing Is Wrong Can Transform Your Life” launched October 19, 2016 and has gone to Amazon #1 Best Seller in 5 Categories and International #1 Best Seller in 4 countries. In the book I explain how I went from being a burned out divorce attorney, who was 40 pounds overweight and $50,000 in debt to $50,000 dropping out of the sky, losing 40 pounds in 5 weeks without diet or exercise and doing the work of my dreams with Sedona Soul Adventures. I then show the reader how using the concept of Nothing Is Wrong can transform every area of your life.

I blog every week about living your best life and how to do it. It’s posted on our web site, http://SedonaSoulAdventures.com

Why did you choose this business or blog?
In many ways, I feel like it chose me and I almost didn’t have any choice! Because I was so unfulfilled and unhappy as a divorce attorney, that led me to Sedona where I connected with some of the world’s most amazing and advanced healers and spiritual guides. My own healing led me on a quest that culminated in the discoveries that I discuss in my book and that we utilize at Sedona Soul Adventures, especially that real and lasting change is possible. I knew I had to bring that message to the world and that has been my mission for the past 14 years.

What do you do for regular self-care?
Quite literally, I use the Stepping Stones that are in my book (meditation, Gratitude Journal, Tapping) and I do sessions cover-for-kindle-finalregularly with my fantastic practitioners, especially sessions that move energetic blocks and breathwork. I do yoga 1-2 times per week and I hike in the beautiful red rocks of Sedona with my golden retriever, Daisy. I have weekly massages and myopractic adjustments every 2 weeks. I also do a very unusual type of weight workout with my personal trainer for 25 minutes every 10 days.

What makes you feel successful in life and business?

My business is all about helping people live their best lives and that’s what my life is about. I truly believe that the key to feeling fulfilled and happy is living our lives in connection on all the levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. When we are connected on all the levels, we feel great, we’re operating on all four cylinders. When we’re not, we simply can’t live our best life.

I try to live this all the time and try to practice what I preach. Do I do it all the time? No, I don’t, I’m human. But the more I try, the better I get at it. I also teach having compassion with yourself, which is something that as women we often find hard to do.

deb-stanglBio: 17 years ago, Debra Stangl was a burnt out divorce attorney, 40 pounds overweight, $50,000 in debt and in an unhappy marriage. She came to Sedona for the first time and everything changed. As she recounts in her new book, “The Journey to Happy – How Embracing The Concept That Nothing Is Wrong Can Transform Your Life”, $50,000 dropped out of the sky, she lost 40 pounds in 5 weeks (without dieting) and now does the work of her dreams with Sedona Soul Adventures, by helping others find happiness.

Women Entrepreneurs Week – Tina Hay

Women Entrepreneurs Week – Tina Hay

November 19 was Women’s Entrepreneurship Day where the accomplishments of women in business are highlighted. I love being in business and meeting other women who are living on purpose and adding value to the world through their business. Instead of celebrating just one day I’m celebrating all week and possibly the rest of the month.

I’ll introduce you to incredibly innovative women and highlight their business for you. To learn more about them personally and/or what they sell, click on the links to visit their websites. Remember, when women are strong, the world is stronger.

Today I want you to meet Tina Hay the Founder and Creator of Napkin Finance 

What kind of business do you have?

Napkin Finance is a platform that simplifies complex financial topics.napkin-finance-start-up

Through sketches and videos, we make financial literacy more palatable. What’s unique about Napkin Finance is that we engage through humor, simplicity, trust, and empathy.

Why did you choose this business?

The inspiration for Napkin Finance was my own struggles with finance as an MBA student. I am a visual thinker, as are many other people. Sketching out images has always helped me understand complex topics.

I started illustrating different topics on napkins as a marketing platform for a previous startup and we saw that our napkins seemed to resonate with quite a few people.

As we added more and more topics, we realized that there are few resources that make financial literacy more palatable and accessible.  From there we have grown from napkins to videos, a glossary and we are now working on releasing a podcast.

What keeps you going? What’s your “Why?”

The best part of what we do is the feedback and messages we get from our members. Nothing beats hearing from parents, young adults, teachers and many others that they love our content and we are helping them make smart and impactful money decisions.

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What kind of help did you have to start and build your company?

I have been very lucky to have a team that is incredibly talented, hard-working, and loves working on such an important and vital subject.  I have also had great advisors from the start that have helped guide the strategy and direction of the company.

What’s your biggest challenge?

The biggest challenge is focusing my time and resources on the most important issues, rather than getting distracted by the numerous daily challenges and opportunities.

What kind of support system do you have?

I have incredibly supportive family and friends. Starting a business is a roller coaster ride and it is sometimes difficult to handle all the ups and downs. It is nice to also know many people who have started companies and can understand and relate to the difficulties and demands of startup life.

What makes you feel successful in life and business?

Working on a company that is helping people and also having fun doing it is the best feeling and more rewarding than any other financial return.

women-entrepreneurs-tina-hay-ceo-napkin-financeBIO: Tina’s personal struggles understanding complex financial topics led her to found Napkin Finance, a guide to everything you need to know about money in 30 seconds or less.  The mission of the company is to empower readers to make smart money decisions and build a lifetime of financial well-being. Prior to creating Napkin Finance, she was Co-founder and President of CityTripping.com and Founder of Platinum Test Group. She holds a B.A. from UCLA and an MBA from Harvard University.