Girlboss Foundation Grants: One Week On

 

JUST OVER A WEEK HAS PASSED SINCE THE RECIPIENTS OF THE GIRLBOSS FOUNDATION GRANTS WERE ANNOUNCED. WE FIGURED IT WAS TIME TO CHECK IN.

SHOLAYIDE OTUGALU

What was your reaction when you found out you'd been awarded a Girlboss Foundation grant?

I literally stood up from my desk at work - jumping up and down - screaming like a crazed woman! Then, of course, I had to shed a few tears! It was such a surreal feeling. I knew I had done everything in my power to present the best application, but I figured the odds were against me. I was in complete shock - never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that my application would be at the top of the pool.

Who was the first person you told?

I told my coworker/friend Sharon, she was the only one in who knew I was applying and also offered encouragement during the creation of my application.

How did you celebrate the good news?

That night, I went to my favorite neighborhood bakery, got a huge slice of coconut cream cake, and ate it while watching Frasier on Netflix :) Later that weekend my friends took me out for dinner and dancing!

What have you been working on this week?

This week has been filled with lots of planning. One thing I've been trying to  take care of is narrowing down packaging options for both our skincare and cosmetics line. I've decided to go with an option that is much more functional for skincare than our current glass bottles. The makeup collection is also getting a functional update with packaging; I am currently sampling packaging components for lipstick tubes and pressed mineral powder compacts!

This week I was also able to quickly secure the creative team I want to use for our upcoming shoots. We will be meeting this Friday to discuss concepts and moodboards. During that meeting we will determine all details concerning the shoot: date, time, location & concept.

Three words (or emojis!) that express how you're feeling right now

1. Inspired 2. Ecstatic 3. Determined

josephinecosmetics.com

CHRISTIN CHANG

What was your reaction when you found out you'd been awarded a Girlboss Foundation grant?

I couldn't believe it!. I remember checking the site on December 20th, thinking I didn't get it. When I received the good news, I was beyond excited. I watched a movie that night but honestly I don't remember what it was about! My body might have been at the theater but my soul was out celebrating somewhere!

Who was the first person you told? My husband, Mark Kim

How did you celebrate the good news? Celebratory dinner with champagne and delicious dessert with my husband!

What have you been working on this week? I've been designing more textiles for my scarves and pajamas. Each design takes me about 3-6 months so I am always working in my studio.

Three words (or emojis!) that express how you're feeling right now.

chrisu.com

DEENA DREWIS

What was your reaction when you found out you'd been awarded a Girlboss Foundation grant?

I screamed like a cartoon mouse. I’d been manically refreshing my inbox all day, and then suddenly, there it was!

Who was the first person you told?

I called my boyfriend Aaron, who was so supportive through my incessant stalking of the #girlboss hashtag in the last month and didn’t complain at all when I listened to Beyoncé non-stop after I found out. Then I facetimed my mom and dad, whose unwavering faith in me over the years makes me feel squiggly inside.

How did you celebrate the good news?

I went to Pot in Koreatown for lunch with my brother, and then to Petit Trois for dinner (that escargot, though!) and out for drinks with Aaron and his brothers, who, after eleven years, are also basically my brothers/besties. So much celebratory eating!

What have you been working on this week?

We’re in the very final stages of the manuscript for our next title, On the Island at the Center of the Center of the World by Elizabeth Kadetsky, so I’ve been working on getting that to press—final layout edits and prepping files for the printer, etc. I’ve also been researching creative publicity firms and have been reaching out to some of my favorite book-cover designers to bring on as guest designers in the future, which I’m extra excited about—it’s something I wouldn’t have considered as a possibility before.

Three words (or emojis!) that express how you're feeling right now.

Ready to hustle!

nouvellabooks.com

APRIL MELCHIOR

What was your reaction when you found out you'd been awarded a Girlboss Foundation grant?

I did a touch down victory dance and then called my friends & family.

Who was the first person you told?

My boyfriend Steve!

How did you celebrate the good news?

Steve and I bought a dozen cookies from an awesome local bakery and stayed up late watching movies.

What have you been working on this week?

I made 5 dozen wedding favors, filled a restock order from one of my best retailers, started researching spring trade shows, and signed up my 8th store, SWAG Boutique in Philadelphia!!

Three words (or emojis!) that express how you're feeling right now.

Energized, motivated & ready!

urbanworkstextiles.com

 
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