Category Archives: Fireside Chats

Marketing the Right Way: a Fireside Chat with AmaraReps

Amara Omoregie is an entrepreneur and marketing professional-turned-guru. In 2009, after spending years catering to the marketing needs of various companies, she decided to venture off on her own to found amaraREPS. As Chief Marketing Officer to this boutique marketing firm, Omoregie leads initiatives such as business development, strategic planning, and branding for small businesses.

In this Fireside Chat, we learned about what inspired her to make the leap into entrepreneurship and her tips for anyone working in the marketing field. Continue reading Marketing the Right Way: a Fireside Chat with AmaraReps

Changing the World through Literacy: A Fireside Chat with Michelle Brown, Founder and CEO of CommonLit

Michelle Brown is an educator by training, and an entrepreneur by necessity. Having taught in both low-income and high resource schools, Michelle felt empowered to create a tool to help bridge the gap, so that students had access to a stellar education regardless of their socioeconomic status. A couple of years later, CommonLit was born.

CommonLit is a free tool that offers reading passages, tracking tools, and customized assistance for students in grades 5-12. In this Fireside Chat, we talked to Michelle about how she developed CommonLit and disseminated it to millions of students and teachers across the country. Continue reading Changing the World through Literacy: A Fireside Chat with Michelle Brown, Founder and CEO of CommonLit

Career Perspectives: The Life of a Registered Nurse

At Fireside Insights, we believe the best way to learn about potential career opportunities is through exposure. In this new recurring series, Career Perspectives, we share our peers’ accounts of their jobs to give you a glimpse into different professions. Our feature this week is Rebecca Klug who received her Master of Public Health from Boston University and B.S. in Nursing from St. John Fisher College. As a registered nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital, Rebecca gives us insight into her profession.
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From Side Gig to Successful Business: A Fireside Chat with Raven Smith, Founder of Crystal Clear Tutoring

Raven Smith is a chemist by trade and a natural educator. After finishing college at Northwestern University in 2014, Raven began working as a Quality Assurance Specialist for a large manufacturing company, while tutoring as a secondary source of income. After just a year, the demand for her tutoring services had increased so much that Raven was able to work solely as an educator and legitimize her business. Working from 8:00am to 10:00pm, tutoring consumes much of Raven’s life, but when she isn’t busy tutoring you can find her traveling the world.

During this Fireside Chat, Raven and I discussed how she turned her side gig into a legitimate, burgeoning business with employees- Crystal Clear Tutoring. Continue reading From Side Gig to Successful Business: A Fireside Chat with Raven Smith, Founder of Crystal Clear Tutoring

Using Technology to Change Consumerism: a Fireside Chat with the Co-founders of Frntal

Hameed Bello and Marlon Taylor met at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where they were classmates and fraternity brothers. With a similar “get-it-done” work ethic and itch for entrepreneurism, they co-founded Frntal, an app for users to lease and rent items in a peer-to-peer marketplace. Anything from books, to landscaping equipment, to a parking spot can be rented from Frntal, allowing lessors to earn money on unused items and lessees to save money instead of purchasing. Frntal launched in February of 2017 and has 500 active users since its inception.

In this Fireside Chat, we learned about the opportunities and challenges of founding a tech startup, and most importantly, how to make and save money using Frntal. Continue reading Using Technology to Change Consumerism: a Fireside Chat with the Co-founders of Frntal

Yoga, Entrepreneurship, and Finding Your Niche: a Fireside Chat with Lauren Spearman, Founder of R&B Yoga

Lauren Spearman has been practicing yoga since the age of 14. As she explored different interests in college, she realized that her passion was yoga. After receiving her certification at a young age, Lauren began teaching yoga throughout the city of Chicago and eventually made a business out of it- R&B Yoga.

In this Fireside Chat, we spoke with Lauren about how she turned her passion into a career, tripled the size of her classes in just months, and how maintains a large enough presence to sell out every week. Continue reading Yoga, Entrepreneurship, and Finding Your Niche: a Fireside Chat with Lauren Spearman, Founder of R&B Yoga

Succeed in Law School and Pass the Bar Exam: a Fireside Chat with Leila Nosrat

Leila Nosrat is a self-motivated entrepreneur that works to help her clients and law students alike. Leila is an attorney and founder of Nosrat Law, where she helps entrepreneurs through all stages of building and growing a successful business. Leila is also the founder of Bar Prep Mindset, where she helps law students throughout the United States. Additionally, is the producer and host of “Law with Leila”, which gives simple and effective strategies to help law students succeed in school, on the Bar exam, and beyond.

In this Fireside Chat, we speak with Leila about how she built two successful businesses and how current law students can navigate the hardships of school. Continue reading Succeed in Law School and Pass the Bar Exam: a Fireside Chat with Leila Nosrat

Navigating Career Fairs: a Fireside Chat with Joe Reaves

Joe Reaves is the DJoe Reavesirector of the Career Planning and Placement Center at Wilbur Wright College in Chicago where he helps students realize and actualize their potential and find meaningful careers. As a part of his role, Joe organizes the college’s annual career fair. In this fireside chat, we speak with Joe about how to stand out in the crowd and navigate a career fair successfully. Continue reading Navigating Career Fairs: a Fireside Chat with Joe Reaves

Negotiate Your Salary the Right Way: a Fireside Chat with Lisa Toby

After making it through a strenuous interview process, the greatest gratification is receiving a call stating that you have been selected for the position of your choice. However, while you may be excited about beginning a new career, you may be a little less enthusiastic about the salary and benefits the company is offering you.

In this Fireside Chat, we sat down with Lisa Metropolis-Toby, the Assistant Dean of Career Services at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) to learn about how to negotiate a job offer the right way. Continue reading Negotiate Your Salary the Right Way: a Fireside Chat with Lisa Toby

Build Your Own Fashion Brand: A Fireside Chat with Kenya Mills

Kenya Mills is a trailblazer in the fashion industry. She started her career as a stylist in Dallas and now owns her own fashion line– The KMills Collection. Since its inception in 2014, the KMills team has grown, and the collection has been worn by celebrities such as Lynn Whitfield, Dascha Polanco, and Claire Sulmers.

In this Fireside Chat, we spoke with Kenya Mills about the intricacies of designing and managing your own fashion line. Continue reading Build Your Own Fashion Brand: A Fireside Chat with Kenya Mills