Working with Stephanie Kissel to create branding images and a video for the launch of her business has been such a joy. Co-founder and COO for Supportedly and Program Director for Talent Jam, this PMO, Process, and Operations Architect is one impressive woman.
I love leading the teams that turn great ideas into real-life usable products and services. I use my personal core values to lead, mentor, and grow organizations and individuals:
- Integrity (I like the second definition of integrity – “the state of being whole, and undivided”)
- Authenticity (you’re going to know who you’re working with from day one)
- Openness/honesty (I will challenge you and I beg you to challenge me back so we grow together)
I’m fortunate to work with people who share my passions and inspire me every day. Together, we’re working non-stop to create cool things that empower entrepreneurs and business owners, like Supportedly.com, the place to find entrepreneurial support programs, events, and actionable content, and Talent Jam, a one-of-a-kind talent sourcing program featuring live, open-mic pitches.
SOME FUN FACTS ABOUT STEPHANIE:
What inspires you?
Great ideas – a good enough idea or creation can make me cry with joy.
Artists/makers – my creativity lies in problem-solving and tends to be more pragmatic. Creatives fascinate, move, and inspire me with their talent.
Other entrepreneurs – this goes back to “great ideas.” I love that entrepreneurs are constantly looking at the world and asking how they can make it better through the lense of their personal gifts.
What is your greatest gift?
My ability to problem-solve. I use it every day in my professional and personal life. I love to ask myself how things that I can affect can be better. I love to help people look at their businesses and find ways to make their everyday kick ass for themselves and their customers.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve overcome as an entrepreneur?
Frankly, realizing that I am an entrepreneur. Seeing myself outside of a large corporate job like program and product management and seeing that I am creative and have ideas. It’s been difficult to see myself independent of a role in an organization.
What is one of your favorite quotes?
She was one of the rare ones,
so effortlessly herself,
and the world loved her for it.
What is your favorite thing to do when you are not working?
I love to cook – I’m a “flegan” (flexible vegan) and I’m always trying to find recipes that are flavorful without any animal products, added salt, or oil so it’s a fun challenge. the flexible part comes in when I’m cooking things like mini tarts and pies for Christmas. 😀
I love to read – my favorite day is spending 3 hours in the kitchen cooking something amazing and listening to a book on Audible or a podcast that inspires me or makes me laugh.
What is one of your favorite client success stories?
My favorite is my first – right after I left my “9-5” job, I did a 3-day one-on-one workshop with my cousin who is a graphic designer. She is super creative and realllly good at her business, but we were able to work together and understand her pain points and had some great breakthroughs that allowed her to make her already kick ass work life even better. She learned how to own her time, set clear expectations with her clients, and take control of her business in a way that allowed her to improve her own life and her professional relationships.
When do you feel most beautiful?
When I’m with friends, family, and/or my close professional contacts – laughing and telling stories that make everyone else laugh.