Community Winners

At MoxxieMade, we understand and feel the importance of having a supportive community. In a large city like New York, it can be very hard to find just that. We are only as strong as our army and that’s what we’re trying to build - an army of courageous supportive women who drop the competition mindset and embrace inclusivity. It’s not always easy to do, but these sixteen women truly embrace a collective mindset that help women feel comfortable, supportive, and create a sense of belonging for their community.  Each of them tells us their unique story of how they try to live with a community-oriented mindset.

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Alana Branston
@alanabranston
Co-Founder and CEO of Bulletin
Soho

Alana, co-founder and COO of Bulletin, alongside her partner, Ali, are truly building a platform that has given female entrepreneurs and makers the opportunity to reach like-minded women. Engaging them and us with a unique, social conscience shopping experience.

Alana Branston is Co-Founder and CEO of Bulletin, the "WeWork for physical retail." Bulletin builds beautiful stores for internet brands who are eager to access brick-and-mortar on more turn-key, flexible terms...

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What are your top 3 inspiration tools?

I love the podcast How I Built This on NPR, Elon Musk's biography...

In entrepreneurship, you wear many different hats and roles, especially as you're starting up. Also, as a boss, there's this understated pressure to have the answers. How do you lean into the unknowing and accept that you don't have all the answers?

I think building a community is really important. I always had this feeling that I needed to work a little harder or be a little better...

Who is your biggest mentor?

The incubator we joined in 2016, Y Combinator (“YC”), has been Bulletin's biggest mentor...

Ali Kriegsman
@alikriegs
Co-Founder & COO of Bulletin
Soho

Ali, co-founder and COO of Bulletin, alongside her partner, Alana, are truly building a platform that has given female entrepreneurs and makers the opportunity to reach like-minded women. Engaging them and us with a unique, social conscience shopping experience.

Ali Kriegsman is the co-founder and COO of Bulletin. Bulletin builds experiential retail stores for women, by women. Each item we sell was dreamed up by a female entrepreneur, and 10% of all store sales go to Planned Parenthood...

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Vulnerability is key to deepening relationships. How do you foster that within your relationships and community?

My personal goal is to make entrepreneurship seem easier and more accessible...

Who’s been your most significant mentor and how did they help guide you?

My first boss, Alison Monk, has definitely been a major mentor to me since day one....

In entrepreneurship, you wear many different hats and roles, especially as you're starting up. Also, as a boss, there's this understated pressure to have the answers. How do you lean into the unknowing and accept that you don't have all the answers?

This is such a good question...

 
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Anna Louise Andersen
@annalouiseimagery
Photographer & Founder of @women_by_woman
Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

From heartfelt documentaries to high-profile fashion shoots and engaging commercial work, there is no story that Anna Anderson will leave untold.

Anna Andersen moved to New York two years ago and is building an all-female production house to promote women in front of and behind the lens.  She is enamored with movement and one of the few female cinematographers in the field today that uses the lens to tell a wide array of narratives.

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What inspired you to create @women_by_woman photo series?

After the election, I was super sad and in a rut and needed to find a creative outlet. I've always expressed...

What do you think drives competition between women? And what can we do to stop it?

I think our preconceived notions of how women should behave with each other...

Vulnerability is key to deepening relationships. How do you foster that within your relationships and community?

I have never been very good at expressing myself on a deeply emotional level or allowing myself to be that vulnerable because...

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De'Ara Balenger
@dearabalenger
National Organizer and Strategic Advisor to the Women’s March
Williamsburg

De’Ara is the definition of a powerhouse women, using her efforts to create positive impact in our New York City community and well beyond. De’Ara is a disruptor, creative, and strategist for brand and cultural institutions on social impact, philanthropy and public affairs. She has worked with many companies and brands like AT&T, Teen Vogue, Hillary Clinton’s...

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Since working on Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign, how has it changed or impacted you or your views?

Not going to lie – I was shaken by the last Presidential election. Shaken but not broken. Hillary  has honestly been...

What does having a supportive community mean to you?

Having a supportive community has been the foundation for my success...

What's your advice to others as we, as a society, look to further support one another bravely - especially during times of such adversity?

My advice here to focus on the small, tiny but meaningful acts of love and kindness...

 
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Elyse Fox
@elyse.fox
Filmmaker, Mental Health Activist, and Founder of Sad Girls Club
Bushwick, Brooklyn

Elyse is taking brave steps to fight the stigma of having mental health issues by founding Sad Girls Club - an online support community for women dealing with mental health issues. There is strength in numbers because the community has amassed over 1,000 women through art therapy, meditation, and real-life hang outs.

Elyse Fox is a filmmaker, mental health activist and tastemaker...

Q&A

What inspired you to create Sad Girls Club?

I saw a void within the mental health world and wanted to create a remedy that could help everyone learn about mental illnesses and the stigma.

What would you tell someone who is in the thick of depression, anxiety, or another mental illness?

Take your time to understand how your mental illness affects you. Find someone you trust to talk to that won’t judge you. Understand that we’re all on our own journey in life.

If you could talk to your 23 year old self, what would you say?

Don’t take the easy way out.

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Emily Curl
@emcurl
Video Producer and Entertainment Host at Refinery29
Upper East Side

At her core, Emily is a community invigorator because she believes individuality is a key aspect to building a community. It’s the power of persistence, confidence and kindness that allows for authentic relationship building - all ingredients that she mixes into her professional and personal life.

Originally from Atlanta, Emily Curl is a video producer, entertainment host and red carpet correspondent for Refinery29...

Q&A

How do you remain positive and do you have any positivity practices?

Every morning, I write down three things I'm thankful for, 3 prayer requests I have for myself that day...

Who's in your community and how do they keep you positive, energized, encouraged, and grounded?

I have 9 of the best friends in the whole world...

Vulnerability is key to deepening relationships. How do you foster that within your relationships and community?

I am not afraid of any emotion, and I feel them all very deeply. I know if I feel them, someone else does too...

 
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Jessie Zapo
@jessiezapo
Founder of Girls Run NYC
Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Jessie Zapo is empowering women through Girls Run NYC, a community and sport that provides a foundation for distance running through track based training.

Jessie Zapo is the founder and coach of Girls Run NYC. She is also an art therapist for  youth and young adults, and enjoys cycling, painting and photography when she's not running.

Q&A

What was your inspirations behind Girls Run NYC and Bkfastclub?  

I have found that running is a powerful connector....

How do you remain positive and strong when adversity hits? Who do you lean on for support?  

I have been through lots of ups and downs in my life, just like many people have....

What's your definition of wellness?  

My definition of wellness is being one’s best self mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally....

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Kathryn Minshew
@kminshew
Founder The Muse
Koreatown

Through her company, TheMuse.com, Kathryn is helping guide over 50 million millennials in their careers. Providing advice and mentorship is a passion of Kathryn’s as she is also the Operating Partner at XFactor Ventures, a venture capital fund investing in the next generation of female founders. She is truly lifting up the community around her.

Kathryn Minshew is the CEO...

Q&A

What are your top 3 inspiration tools?

I love a great book or performance, so I'd have to pick: "The Power"...

NYC can be a super ambitious city. What do you think drives competition between women? And what can we do to stop it?

I’ve experienced far more help and collaboration between women...

Did you struggle with any self doubt while starting The Muse? How did you overcome it?

I dealt with a lot of self-doubt while starting The Muse, especially because we had...

 
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Lisa Wang
@lisaworx
Founder, CEO SheWorx
Upper East Side

Lisa is the cheerleader and support system you want in your corner. As a former 4x National Champion and Hall of Fame gymnast turned serial entrepreneur, she’s made it her mission to empower women through SheWorx - the leading global platform empowering 20,000+ women to build and scale successful companies through access to top mentors and investors.

Lisa Wang is the Founder & CEO of SheWorx and a big focus of hers...

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How have you pushed back the stereotypes of who a woman leader should be, look like and act like?

As a leader, I choose to lead from a place of empathy, empowerment, collaboration, and care....

What's one of the biggest lesson that @SheWorx taught you?

As a gymnast, I grew up in an environment of zero sum mentalities. ‘I win, you lose.’...

What was your inspiration behind creating SheWorx?

In the world of venture capital, female entrepreneurs face a 96% male dominated investor landscape...

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Lauren Wesley Wilson
@LaurenWesleyWilson
Founder ColorComm and Contributor Forbes
NoMad

Inclusivity and community are Lauren’s defining values as she’s building a tribe of ambitious marketing and communication professionals. She lives and breathes these values. A prime example is ColorComm - a company committed to advancing the visibility of women of color in communications, marketing, advertising and digital - of which she founded.

Lauren Wesley Wilson is a communicator...

Q&A

Creating a community is difficult. Especially when you’re new to an area, like NYC. What’s your best advice for women to find a supportive community?

Go to events, introduce yourself to new faces, and don't be shy...

Who’s been your most significant mentor and how did they help guide you?  

A woman named Tara Jones...

How do you deal with pressure to compete with other women and judgmental thoughts against them?

You have to block these things out and understand that there is room at the table for everyone...

 
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Lisa Feierman
@lisawhitney
Founder of the Rose-Colored Roundup
Chelsea

Lisa Feierman has created an amazing, uplifting community with Rose Colored Roundup. She is helping women see and understand through a different lense - a positive, real, authentic, rosey lense of hope and strength.

By day, Lisa is a journalist, editor, and digital media strategist. She is the creator and curator of Rose-Colored Roundup, a weekly email good-newsletter that serves...

Q&A

What was your inspiration behind Rose-Colored Roundup?

I'm always immersed in the headlines — it's my job as a news editor...

What do you think is the biggest barrier people have to looking at life on the bright side?

While I like to consider myself an optimist, I haven't always been—and it's sometimes still a work in progress....

What are you most proud of from the community you have created with Rose-Colored Roundup?

While I am so moved by the positive feedback and personal testimonies from readers...

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Christy & Shelcy Joseph
Founders of @nycxclothes
NYCxClothes Sisters
Canarsie, Brooklyn

This community-minded, brave sister-duo is all about sharing authentic, genuine content and subsequently building a community of like-minded women.They leave you with the feeling of "you're not alone.", which is a much needed in today’s climate as we look to empower each other.

Christy Joseph multitasks as a full-time business student, part-time operations assistant and creative hustler. She's the co-founder of NYCxClothes...

Q&A

What was your inspiration behind creating NYCXClothes?

NYCxClothes Sisters: We wanted to share our unique story:two girls who had recently moved to New York City from Haiti...

How have you used NYCxClothes as a platform for good?

NYCxClothes Sisters : We've used it to build community through storytelling and offline events...

What's your biggest advice for budding and/or aspiring entrepreneurs?

Christy: Be open to receiving help. Absorb as much information as you can from everyone. You never know who you'll learn from....

 
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Rana Abdelhamid
@rabdelhamid
Founder and CEO of Malikah

Rana is helping people find their strength. As an internationally acclaimed human rights organizer, 1st Degree Black Belt, public speaker and social entrepreneur, she is focused on the empowerment of marginalized communities.

Rana Abdelhamid is founder and CEO of Malikah, a nonprofit organization...

Q&A

What was the inspiration and drive to create MALIKAH?

For me, there are two phases of MALIKAH. The first: at 16...

How has the community you made through MALIKAH impacted you and those around you?

How has it not impacted my life? It's a raising of consciousness...

What does courage mean to you and is it definable?

When I think of courage, I think of every single woman in my life...

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Tia Meyers
@tiameghan
Founder of Freelancing Females
Carroll Gardens

Tia Meyers has created a supportive community of women that has each others back. She’s helping women succeed through, Freelancing Females -  a vibrant community powered by over 8,000 women of all backgrounds and experiences providing mentorship, support, and opportunities.

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What inspired you to start Freelancing Females?

FF started almost as an accident but I quickly realized how much it was needed...

What are you hoping women can learn and take away from Freelance Females?

Freelancing and starting your own business is a large feat...

How has your community of badass women positively impacted and/or supported you?

I am able to meet some incredible women every day...

 
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Sarah Levy
sarah_ayako
Co-founder of Y7
Soho

Sarah is the epitome of authenticity. Her dedication to her community can be seen in her everyday life and in the foundation of how she built Y7. She has a true talent for bringing people together.

Sarah Levey is the Co-Founder of Y7 Studio, 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher and certified health coach. After 5 years living in NYC, Sarah traded in her job in fashion to devote her time to growing Y7. Sarah, along with her husband and Co-Founder...

Q&A

With Y7 and your IRL girl gang, you seem to place high priority on relationships and community. What does a supportive community mean to you?

Having a supportive community is everything...

Entrepreneurship and New York can both be lonely places. Have you ever experienced this? Any advice to give for someone in the thick of it?

All the time. My best advice...

Is there an attitude or a practice that you are currently trying to cultivate in your life?

I am constantly working on...