On a warm Saturday evening in April, The Lady Project launched it’s 16th chapter in Atlanta, Georgia and ATL Lady Project came to life.
We celebrated in true southern fashion under the trees at the historic home of Joel Chandler Harris known as The Wren’s Nest. The Wren’s Nest serves as an educational resource for the West End community and the greater Atlanta area and visitors from around the globe as Atlanta’s oldest house museum. The back garden served as the perfect location to enjoy a beautiful spring evening in the middle of the city.
The evening opened with a few words of welcome from city manager Cassandra Flinn and a wonderful introduction to The Lady Project for our new members from CEO/Co-Founder Sierra Barter.
Our speakers for the 3x3 speaking series were chosen because of their varying paths and places in their entrepreneurial journey.
Our first speaker, Lisa Hladish owner of Paper Daisies Stationery shared what she has learned through her fourteen years of owning and growing her business in Georgia. From a former art teacher designing and making wedding invitations out of her bedroom to a “By Appointment Only” Studio in Chamblee, a bustling e-commerce site, and managing a staff of 10. Lisa credits a lot of her success to investing in the things she didn’t know how to do well, she hired a business coach with whom she spoke weekly, she invested in equipment to shorten and streamline her processes. Lisa shared two books that changed her life (because when you own your own business it is your life!) Profit First and Four Disciplines of Execution.
Our second 3x3 speaker Terran Lewis Owner of Herb N’ Eden didn’t know she wanted to be an entrepreneur but with the encouragement and support from her husband Quinton that’s exactly what’s happened with her natural soap business. Bobbing and weaving through the obstacles of growing a business, Terran has learned to never give up because a solution to what seems like the end of the line is right around the corner. Terran is authentic just like her products and advised us all to approach our businesses, careers and life in the same vein.
Our third 3x3 speaker, Keitra Bates Owner of Marddy’s a local shared kitchen and marketplace where home cooks on the Westside of Atlanta can prepare and sell their offerings in a licensed facility. Keitra educated us on the risks facing many Atlanta neighborhoods but specifically the Westside and the the impact rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods have on the people that make up the community. Marddy’s is bridge of access both for the makers and for the new residents moving in. Plus the food was the bomb! Marddy’s catering is in full action and whipped up the most gorgeous and delicious spread of tea sandwiches and mini cakes.
The evening was filled with new connections (and new members) and was brimming with enthusiasm and support for ATL Lady Project. From the weather to the food to the amazing women it was a perfect launch!
Thank you to The Wren’s Nest, our 3x3 Speakers and our incredibly talented photographer Cindy Brown of C Brown Photo for capturing it all.