The “Dare to Dream: Art of the Side Hustle” speaker series presented by United Way Emerging Leaders continues Thursday, March 16 with an all women’s panel at the American Red Cross, 1399 Madison Avenue in Memphis from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
The series encourages millennials to tap into a passion and turn it into a lucrative “side hustle.” Speakers discuss the creativity and drive it takes to develop ideas into a sustainable, profitable business. (A schedule and reservation link for the event are provided at the end of this article.)
Kat Gordon is the founder, owner, and chief cake taster of Muddy’s Bake Shop. She adores Memphis and all the incredible stories, projects, and individuals who make this place so special; she also adores cake, pie, cookies, and cupcakes… hence the bakery. Lately, her favorite part of her job is helping develop leaders both within and outside of Muddy’s and exploring ways that a small, independent business with limited resources can still contribute at a high level and make a truly meaningful impact in its community… it’s exciting stuff!
Brit Fitzpatrick is the Founder & CEO of MentorMe. MentorMe is building a more connected future through technology that makes mentorship easier, more productive, and more impactful. With more than 6,000 users, MentorMe’s clients and partners include the Memphis Grizzlies, Opportunity Nation, and the State of New York. Brit has been invited to speak on entrepreneurship; social enterprise; mentorship; and diversity in entrepreneurship and technology at conferences across the U.S. — including Dreamforce, White House Demo Day, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Summit.
Chef Aryen Moore-Alston
From seasonal pastries and handcrafted specialty cakes to international cuisine and full-service menu offerings, Sweet Potato Baby draws on Food Network Star Celebrity Chef Aryen Moore-Alston’s culinary experience to create expertly-crafted and piquantly flavored dishes that are a feast for both the eyes and taste buds.The University of Memphis “Distinguish Chef” Award The New Tri-State Defender “Best Chef” 2016 – Best in Black Awards, Thumbtack “Top Caterer in Memphis” 2016 & “Best in Customer Service” 2016.
Pamela Urquieta is the former VP of Urquieta Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt. She is currently the Program Director of Let’s Innovate through Education (LITE Memphis), Co-Director of Hispanic College Institute, and an entrepreneurial instructor with RVA Works in Richmond, VA.
Dare To Dream Moderator: Whitney Hardy
Whitney Hardy is the Director of Entrepreneurial Programs at EPICenter. As a Memphis native, she has founded and grown non-profit and for-profit ventures. She graduated with her Masters Degree in Accounting from The University of Tennessee.
6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Meet & Greet
6:30 – 7:15 p.m. Panel Discussion
7:15 – 8:00 p.m. Up Close & Personal with the Panel
Wine and hors-d’oeuvres will be served. For more information, e-mail Karlisa.Kuykindall@uwmidsouth.org. Click here to make your reservation.