We asked some of the city’s rising stars to reflect on what made a difference in their journey. We asked them to tell us about what they think the most important factor has been behind their success.

Dawn Sipley | HR Consultant/Career Coach

I think the most important factor behind my success is that I am consistent. Someone once told me, “I bet you preach from a barstool and cuss in church”, it made me laugh and I know for a fact I have done both! I think my authentic, nonapologetic nature has served me well, most of the time. It attracts the clients, employees, and vendors to my door that appreciate my “style” while repelling the ones that I would become frustrated with over time. Read more>>

Henry Henry | Business Development

Creativity, perseverance, honesty and empathy have been the keys to our success. Read more>>

Tomer Amar | Owner

Quality all along. Both for product and service. I noticed that most businesses around us rise and fall due to inadequate quality control. In my business one of the key factors is never to compromise. Our goal is not satisfy our clients nor to keep them happy, our goal is to absolutely amaze them whenever they choose to use our products. Read more>>

Yolanda & Vanessa Mother & Daughter | CEO & CO-Founder The Voice of Many Podcast

There are many factors which have led to our success. Realizing that everything happens according to God’s schedule and time. When he moves, he moves quickly (Be Ye Also Ready). Teamwork and communication are extremity important when it comes to having a successful podcast. Working together sharing ideas and workload. A team and partner with one goal. In order to be successful, you must have a team or teammate you can trust and depend on. Then there is passion and drive to work just as hard as you to make it across the finish line. Read more>>

Joan Godoy | Executive Director Radical Partners

TRUST. A simple word that encapsulates so much and it is only built through consistency and time. I choose to trust everyone I know since day 1, which tends to be reciprocated. Because I trust people of all places, colors, and likes, I give everything of me and then they trust me with their true selves, their emotions, their problems, their dreams, and trust we can come up with solutions and plans together. Because they trust me, they dare to step out of their comfort zones and trust others outside of their bubbles too. Read more>>

Sandra Russo | artist / founder of Sandilou

the human factor : the creativity of the people of my country , the constant never boring life in Haiti, the incredible imagination in the storytelling. Read more>>

Lamaar Evans | Personal Chef & Baker

It’s hard to say what’s been the most important factor behind my success. Mainly because I believe there are at least four main factors. Well speaking from personal experience that is. I’d say having a superior product, social media influence, word of mouth, and most importantly, showcasing myself. Let’s start off with the actual product. When I use the word superior, I’m merely referring to the time and effort that has gone into my cookies. Read more>>