This is the final post of She Means Business series. I know, it's sad BUT you can keep up with these amazing ladies through their websites and social media, just click on the links next to their names!

And THANK YOU Emily, Roz, Kat and Angela. Wow, I am so honored to have had you all take part in this series. Thank you for baring your souls and inner most thoughts with us! What a gift.

Emily Johnson : Minneapolis MN : EC Design
Roz Savage : Windsor UK : Roz Savage Coaching
Kat Sweet : Issaquah WA : Sweetlines
Angela Paolini : Lincoln NE : Service Master

Being a female professional how has your gender impacted your career? 

Emily Johnson : I think I have been mostly able to avoid/ignore gender inequality in my career. I have almost always worked for small businesses that were either owned by or primarily run by women. When I look at my list of galleries I sell to, there is only one that is owned by a man and his wife owns their sister store. I think that’s pretty awesome. I’m naturally drawn to strong female figures and women owned business. Like attracts like. The only time I’ve had business power struggles have been with male owned business, or male clients. It’s an ego power trip for them, but I’m no pushover, so they either give in or leave.
I grew up with very supportive progressive parents and was never told I couldn’t do something because I was a girl, so I never thought that. Women aren’t born thinking they are less then, somebody taught them that.
Roz Savage : I’d say it has probably helped to be one of the rare (but thankfully increasingly less rare) adventurers without a beard. It also helps that I don’t particularly look like an ocean rower, being rather on the shortish, oldish side. It helps me to challenge people’s preconceptions about what’s possible, because we’re often too quick to make assumptions about what we or anybody else is capable of.
Kat Sweet : When was the last time you saw a woman in a mountain bike movie? I stopped watching mtb movies because of that. Being a woman definitely fuels my fire. There is still such inequity for women in sports; our lack of visibility, how we are represented and sexualized, and the opportunities and support that exists for us. It’s super rewarding to create opportunities for women, to gain skills, to fine tune technique, to show off and push their abilities, and to grow an international following of people who love what we’re doing. The companies that I represent get that and I’m honored to work with them.
Angela Paolini : I feel that I am blinded to that. I don't even think about my gender when I am in my business, doing business however my personality leads me to second guess many mostly important decisions and interactions
including wondering if my gender played a role in why I made that decision or how that person reacted to me.

What actions do you take to help the next generation in your field? What are your concerns for the future?

EJ: I like to open and willing to share with the next generation. Here in the MN jewelry community everyone is so supportive. The generation before me (men and women) had been there to answer my questions and help me learn. I want to be able to give the same. My concerns for the next generation is skill level. I strongly believe in having a solid foundation of traditional metalsmithing skills. As my art teachers use to say, you have to know the rules before you can break them.
RS: : I’m trying to save the next generation from the hell of bullshit jobs, the hedonic treadmill, the pointless rat race of materialism. We need a huge rethink of the world of work. In the immortal words of Tim Jackson, we’re doing jobs we don’t like to buy stuff we don’t need to create impressions that don’t last on people we don’t like. We’ve become slaves to the economy, instead of masters of it. And all that over-consumption is having massive environmental impacts. And it’s not even making us happy. Where’s the sense in that? High time for a sanity check!
KS: I’m running summer camps including Gravity Girls camps, Sweetlines Junior Racing is my all-girls downhill team with 10 girls ages 7-14, I host the Sugar Showdown with one day of coaching and one day of competition – giving women and girls an opportunity to push themselves and their riding in a fun and supportive environment, and creating videos showcasing the kids and ladies who come to my programs, giving us a global reach.
My main concern is how women are still represented and not represented in sports. Do we still have to be sexualized in our sports too? I’m kind of over it.
AP: Not enough, Teammates a mentorship program with a high school student. I make intentional moves with my niece and my 21 year old to mentor and challenge them. I mostly focus on mentorship to the whole person because you; who you are, who you become, how you discipline or don't discipline yourself, how you do or don't persevere effects what you do or how far you go in any field. I also feel like I am still figuring this out and have to make myself remember I have something to share as I have come far and been through much that might help a young person.

Anything else you would like to add?  

EJ: Don’t forget that you are a human being and need a rest every now and then.
RS: Viva la revolución!
KS: You rock and I can’t wait to have you back at Gravity Girls Camp! Woohoo! (Casey here : thanks Kat, you rock and hellz yes, I can’t wait either!!)
AP: The evolution of where I started and where I am now has been because of opportunities that I have been constantly cognoscente of and prepared for. I chose to take hold of these opportunities however the timing was right. I was ready, it was an option and I CHOSE to take hold if it.

Strangers When We Meet

Yes a bad photo but look how cute we were!!!!!! Casey & Angela Paolini 1980's

Yes a bad photo but look how cute we were!!!!!! Casey & Angela Paolini 1980's

Angela and I met when we were about 3 years old. We became best friends but when we turned 5 my family moved to the country. My relationship with Angela would come to an end, we both thought.

Oh, but the universe works in amazingly mysterious ways. We ran into each other about 25 years later, instantly remembering each other and falling back into our best friend status. We found that our lives were so parallel. We both had lived in a 3 world country, create jewelry and Angela even had a watercolor that my father painted. 

What is so beautiful about Angela is seeing her go from a loving stay at home mother to a knowledgeable leader.  Even though her job as a business owner can be difficult or challenging she always sees this as rewarding. She puts compassion and love into everything she does. Thank you Angela for the life long friendship and support. I love you always. 

NEW Shop Items

"Knot Ready" Necklace

I was visiting the very talented artist Andrea Williams while staying in Boston. Thanks to good friends and good people who lined this up (wink wink Erica!!). While I snooped and drooled over Andrea's studio she gave me a present. An old spool of leather. I was grateful for the kind present and to my excitement I created "Knot Ready". This necklace is simple, layered and beautiful, just like Andrea. Please check Andrea's breath taking and earth conscious jewelry at Bound Earth

Measures : Length : 30" x 7" x 1" 

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