Work, Family, Self, Community – these #WomeninCareers are #Livingin4D
Entrepreneur, Design Curator & Mom
Ellen Eppie says she’s always been passionate about sharing the things that she loves.
Building and nourishing relationships between family and community comes naturally to Ellen. While raising her two daughters, she began volunteering, fundraising, and planning charity events for schools and non-profit organizations in her community.
As her youngest daughter went off to college, Ellen worked as director of volunteer services for a large non-profit organization. In search of a better work-life balance, she changed careers and became a stylist for a local clothing store and a business manager for a jewelry entrepreneur.
Scooch A Mi
“Through a combination of varied career experiences and an opportunity at the right time, I decided to curate a boutique. The result was a distinctive store where your journey to find “just the right thing” is both simple and fun.”
Scooch A Mi, she says, is filled with treasures from local, national and international artists. Its collection endeavors to bring out each individual’s own style and creativity and provide an inspirational shopping experience by featuring handmade, one-of-a-kind, useful yet distinctive pieces that help simplify life. Each piece is hand selected by Ellen herself.
Another fabulous aspect is that it is a forum for artists and artisans who are like minded in giving back and being kind to each other and the earth.
“Scooch A Mi was born from my love of family, friends and community, mixed with bold splashes of positive energy and a zest for life.”
Entrepreneur, Techie, Mom
“What more can I do?” sums up Rupa’s zest for life!
An engineer by profession and a dancer by passion, she’s not only chosen to be an Entrepreneur in the field of learning and development for children, but also uses insights from raising her 2 children to make it her life’s work.
The learn more, do more trait has grown with her. Rupa started learning foreign languages as as an undergraduate student in software development. Through her life and work in various continents and cultures, she has continued her interest in languages and cultural awareness. All this, while advancing her career in corporate roles, leading & designing innovative product solutions.
Entrepreneurship & Toy-Yo
After successful stints for over a decade in product and customer management roles, Rupa changed gears. In 2016, she co-founded Toy-Yo, an online subscription toy library that is dedicated to providing carefully designed and well-crafted toys for children under 6 years.
Toy-Yo works with childhood development experts and delivers a curated box of toys to your door once a month. At the end of the month they bring a new box and pick up the old box right from your doorstep. Hassle free. Not only do the kids stay engaged by rotating toys and buying less, Toy-Yo’s policy on safe toy selections is reassuring for parents.
“As an Entrepreneur & Mom, my life is pretty busy. Apart from managing Toy-Yo, when I’m not driving the kids to their activities or organizing fairs and festivals in my community, I love to create novel learning opportunities for children.”
Rupa’s interest in early childhood learning inspires her in other ways too. She is currently involved in developing and delivering a Junior program for Thinkster, an internet-based education platform for children from K to 12.
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Kerry is a Floral Designer, Entrepreneur & Mom. Known for her textured, free-form organic style, she mingles lush florals and foraged elements in each design, creating a visual and sensorial journey.
“I love flowers for how they make me feel. That feeling is where I design from.”
Crafting bouquets, especially romantic bridal ones is her passion. “It’s my gift to the bride,” she says. “I’m inspired by nature.” Kerry’s garden provides an abundance of flowers, from spring bulbs to summer roses, and dahlias in autumn. “I delight in what I can use from my garden in my designs.”
From Business to Blooms
Kerry didn’t always design wedding and event florals. Her career began in commercial title insurance, coordinating multi-site real estate transactions, working with a national title insurance company in New York City.
“For fifteen years I gave everything I had to my career because I loved what I was doing. However, I worked all of the time, which left little time for a family. It was time to make that a priority.”
Getting pregnant proved more difficult than expected and Kerry’s job was one of the negative contributing
factors. “It was a tough decision to make, but it was the right one; so I left my position, and finally, after countless fertility treatments, it happened. I became pregnant.”
Fast forward a couple of years when Kerry was asked to join the local garden club – that piqued her interest in floral design and she knew that’s what she wanted to do. Kerry began attending floral design workshops and classes and fell in love with unstructured, carefree floral design. That was the beginning of KerryPatelDesigns.
Today, you can find her in her home studio happily “playing” with flowers and helping a bride’s wedding vision come to life.
Kerry also got an opportunity to display her talent at Anthropologie – in Short Hills, NJ on Valentine’s Day this year, where she demonstrated crafting bouquets.
Author & Salary Coach
An Entrepreneur, Resume Expert, Athlete & Mom, Olivia is on a mission – close the gender wage gap by helping women – one at a time – by showing them how to value themselves in the job market, and teaching them how to advocate for it based on their unique circumstances.
An internationally acclaimed artist & former student of Central Saint Martin college of Art & Design, London, Meeta Garg creates in oil, mixed media and acrylics. She has a keen sense of capturing the everyday world around her, which she presents in her own viewpoint through her paintings.
A business major and traveler, Meeta has lived in various continents, which enables her to create a body of work she believes is fresh, inspiring, positive and shares her personal vision. She makes no conscious attempt to paint in a particular style, letting instead the subject dictate what she paints.
Meeta is the founder of ArtByMeeta . She is actively involved in various community art projects and participates in ArtSee Open Studio Tours that invite art enthusiasts into the personal studios of visual artists. Visitors can see works in progress, hear explanations that you just don’t get in a gallery experience and purchase art pieces on sale.
Carol Simon Levin
Youth services Librarian, Author & Professional Storyteller.
A Children’s Librarian for over 25 years, Carol loves to get kids excited about books and create programs that will arouse their interest, empathy, and curiosity. She also performs Fascinating Women History Forgot historical impersonations for libraries, senior centers, social groups and schools. With 50 shows a year, Carol is constantly adding to her repertoire, which will shortly include a show about women from American History.
Her latest venture is a coloring book for all ages featuring founding mothers, abolitionists, suffragists, civil rights leaders, politicians and more.
Why is this coloring book different?
- It’s not “just” a coloring book!
Each coloring page will have a short bio, a fascinating fact and a quote by the woman. The book will include resources for more reading (I’m a librarian after all!) and places where these women are honored.
So, it’s a great educational resource in addition to being fun.
- It’s inclusive and diverse, just like the women in the book.
Many artists are participating. If you or a friend like to draw, please contact me below—there are a few spots left!
Many artists means many styles, which also adds to the fun.