Uncommon Women- Entrepreneurs

MHCDC recently chatted with two Mount Holyoke grads and small business owners to learn about their experiences as female entrepreneurs in DC. Read about them below:

monica-groverMonica Grover (MHC Class of 99), owner of Bazaar Spices, Washington DC’s first locally-owned and operated gourmet spice shop, is a creative leader and entrepreneur with several years of experience in business development, community building, digital marketing, and communications. Throughout her business career, Grover’s dynamic use of photography and video technology has demonstrably enhanced organizations’ brand awareness and expanded development efforts. Grover received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Italian from MHC, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Sports Management from USF. In addition, Grover’s understanding of local, community-based retailing gained by extensive work at her parents’ grocery business for over 20 years has assisted her in making Bazaar Spices a unique shopping destination and experience for all visitors.

sarah frimpong.jpgSarah Frimpong (Frim) (MHC 2011) is the Founder and CEO of Broodjes & Bier, a prepared foods company based in Washington, DC. Prior to founding Broodjes & Bier in 2014, she worked in corporate sales connecting best in class solution providers with thought leaders across industries. Born just outside the District, but raised in South America and West Africa, she’s chosen to call DC home again after 20 years away. Frim graduated cum laude from Mount Holyoke College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and English.

Roving M&Cs- Sunday, December 4

mcsJoin us Sunday, December 4, 2016 from 6-8 pm for Roving M&Cs with Meredith Bambrick ’05 and Theresa Kerrigan ‘06, who are graciously hosting the event at their place.

Date: Sunday, Dec 4
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: 2303 14th Street NW, Apt 620, Washington, DC

Space is limited to the 30 people, so please RSVP athttps://goo.gl/forms/6ZLY5HPDQkKeJEQ93

The theme for the event will be Holidays and Giving Back. We will have a guest speaker, who will tell us about his work with Syrian refugees. And we’ll highlight a way you can give back to the community this holiday season.

Future M&C’s will feature a talk by an alumna on a subject of her choice. If you are interested in hosting or speaking, please email Maiko Nakagaki (maiko.nakagaki@gmail.com).

Fall Family Outing- Sunday, Nov. 20

fallEnjoy a cup of coffee and chat with other alumnae who are also raising kids in the DC area at this meet and greet at the National Building Museum.

Date: Sunday, Nov 20
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Building Museum (401 F St., NW)

We will gather in the open area near the Firehook cafe, bathrooms and gift shop. Stop by for a while and enjoy all this family-friendly museum has to offer. Bring the kids! Bring the significant others!

Entrance to the main area of the museum is free. Activities such as the Building Zone and Play, Work, Build are included with the exhibit’s entrance fee. More information on the museum here. Also, find out about theCANstruction event, which starts that day.

Uncommon Women Series: Entrepreneurs- Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016

Have you ever thought about starting your own business?

Maybe you thought your idea wouldn’t take off or you weren’t sure how to make a go of it?

Join us on Tuesday, November 15th for our next installment of the Uncommon Women Series. Come learn how two of our own Mount Holyoke entrepreneurs took their ideas and started their own small businesses in the Washington DC area.

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Time:
6:00 pm – Networking
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Program
Location: The Trust for the National Mall, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 370

Register here!

Celebrate Your Right to Vote!- MHCDC/Seven Sisters Election Night Viewing Party, Tues. Nov 8

right-to-voteNo matter what side of the aisle you’re on, a women’s right to vote is something we all support.

Join MHCDC and our other Six Sisters for a special Election Night Watch Party at Policy in DC, where we’ll be wearing white in honor of the suffragettes and watching the results roll in. Friends, family, co-workers, and genial strangers are welcome! We’ll also have a raffle for MHC alumnae, where you can win some fancy MHC swag.

British news network, ITV (affiliated with NBC), will also be onsite, broadcasting live throughout the evening. If your bucket list includes being on television, here’s your chance. UK-based MHC alumnae have been put on alert to watch ITV for election night results.

RSVP so we have a head count, and come join your fellow Sisters for this exciting, first-of-its-kind election.

Come celebrate with us!

22nd Ivy & 7 Sisters Tennis Tourney- Saturday, November 5, 2016

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2015 at 6:45pm

The Yale & Harvard Clubs of DC have invited interested tennis players to participate in a Winter Indoor Mixed Doubles Tennis Party on Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 from 6:45 to 11:45 p.m. at the Four Seasons Tennis Club in Merrifield, VA.

No partner is needed.  Advanced registration is $25 and admission at the door is $30.  Contact Kuni Matsuda (Harvard) at Stardust@smart.net for more information.

Creating Autumn Cocktails- Thursday, October 27, 2016

Thursday, October 27 at 7pm

Take a break and join your fellow MHC alumnae with your own cocktail creation!

Whether you prefer a classic Manhattan or something a little more unexpected, this class will be help you find the right cocktail for a chilly evening, autumn get-together or holiday celebrations.

Due to space constraints, the class will be limited to 12 alumnae. To cover the cost of food and drinks, the class fee is $5 per person. All attendees must be 21+.

Register here!

 

Roving M&Cs- Sunday, November 6, 2016

Please join the Mount Halso-cookiesolyoke Club of DC for its 2nd Roving M&Cs event on Sunday, November 6th from 3 – 5 p.m.

Zanethia Eubanks (’94) has graciously volunteered to host the event at her house at 18 Lloydminster Court, North Potomac, MD 20878.

November’s event theme will be Thanksgiving to celebrate our achievements and thank one another.

RSVP today and bring a snack or drink to share.
Corrected link: https://goo.gl/forms/H7SUiWm8YzfrqK2P2 

If you have any questions, please contact Maiko Nakagaki (maiko.nakagaki@gmail.com).

Roving M&C’s will be a potluck event taking place on the first Sunday of every month. Future M&C’s will feature a talk by an alumna on a subject of her choice. If you are interested in hosting or speaking, please email Maiko Nakagaki (maiko.nakagaki@gmail.com).

 

Alumna Spotlight: Rebecca Lenn ‘07

Rebecca Lynn '07

Rebecca Lenn graduated from Mt. Holyoke in 2007. The night before Laurel Parade she was determined to commit “Bread and Roses” to memory. Eight years later she is still struck by the harrowing verse, “Our lives shall not be sweetened, From birth until life closes, Hearts starve as well as bodies, Give us bread but give us roses”.

In the years since graduation, the Political Science and Chinese Studies double major has worked to minimize misinformation and sensationalism in American media. Rebecca is currently the Director of Outreach at Media Matters for America. The non-profit, progressive research and information center is dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing and correcting conservative misinformation in American news media.

She began her career as a political fellow at the Eleison Group, a consulting firm dedicated to helping political, non-profit business and government leaders better understand and build relationships with America’s faith communities. Here, she began to understand the role of media in shaping and distorting the debates that happen, both in the halls of Congress and in homes over the dinner table.  If left unchecked, misinformation can hinder potential solutions-focused conversations about issues such as poverty, climate-change, and gun violence. Rebecca was excited to join the Media Matters team in 2010 to work with community leaders and advocates to confront the spread of lies and extremism in print, broadcast and online media.

We asked Rebecca to tell us one Mt. Holyoke life lesson that she hadn’t thought she would use, but finds that she does.  She stated that she feels one’s profession and career path should always be guided by a strong sense of vocation. “Own what you’re passionate about and how you’re going to live out that sense of purpose before deciding what the next chapter of your current job or career looks like.  And be open to more than one option when exploring how you hope to bring about change in the world.”

When she’s not changing the world by empowering communities to combat media misinformation, Rebecca can be found enjoying the warm weather and a bourbon slush at Front Porch in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.  “Memo to DC folks who refuse to head outside of the city:  you’re missing some gems in Virginia!” That said, when she needs an M&Cs treat, she can’t resist an OMG bar from Baked and Wired in the District.

Know an alum to spotlight!? Send us an email at communications@mtholyokedc.com.