Finding fulfilment in life is something that most people strive for. Finding fulfillment at work is something that can be made a reality more easily than one may think. Enter career consultant Kate Gremillion, Founder and CEO of Mavenly + Co., a community that, citing a Forbes article in which Kate was recently quoted, provides professional and development resources for women.
While the majority of Kate’s life is, well, work, (in addition to consulting, she also hosts a Podcast entitled Women, Worth and Work…I was honored to be interviewed about my transition from Spanx to Startup) she does make time for travel, and shared some of her NYC favorites. “I love Uplift Studios for a good workout + vibe followed by Sarabeth’s to eat and then Sardi’s before a show. Big Broadway nerd over here.”
The last thing Kate does before bed? “I scroll through Instagram. Don’t judge me.” It’s hard to judge someone who, in her next breath, mentions a favorite mantra: “Time is the only luxury. Spend it the way you want to.”
1. Have you had any memorable mentors? If so, how did you meet? What advice have they shared that’s stuck with you?
Yes! Too many to count. I was setup on a ‘mentor blind date’ with the mentor I chat with most frequently. The best advice she’s given me is ‘own your accomplishments.’ In the beginning stages of my career I had a terrible habit of downplaying my role in my success, and during our first meeting she stopped me mid-sentence and said ‘say that again and own it.’ I knew from that moment on we were going to be great friends.
2. What led you to found Mavenly + Co.? (And share a bit of background about Mavenly + Co., if you will.)
Well, the journey to Mavenly + Co. began with my first job out of college when I served as a consultant for my sorority Delta Gamma (yes, it’s a real job!) and I met bright and ambitious young women all over the country who didn’t have much guidance or support when it came to making post-graduate decisions about work and life, especially finding work they would find fulfillment doing. I started to help these women simply by interviewing women who enjoyed their work and lifestyle and putting those interviews online, and since then we’ve grown organically by continuing to listen to our audience’s needs. We now facilitate in-person workshops and trainings all over the country to assist women in not only identifying fulfilling work but the steps they need to get there. So essentially, we host workshops and provide resources for young women designing a career and lifestyle with purpose.
3. Who has been the most impactful women you’ve worked with thus far?
That’s like asking a mother which of her children is her favorite! Each woman we work with is unique and talented in their own way, which is what makes our interactions with them so special. When we were naming our company, we were stubborn about the ‘and Co.’ part of it, because this is a community – not a one-woman show. Each woman we work with brings something to the table that is integral to the way we do business, and that’s how we like it.
4. What are your favorite sources of inspiration?
Instagram, retreats, and other honest keep-it-real business owners. Instagram is my daily inspiration because I’m an incredibly visual person, and I enjoy watching brands tell stories visually. When I need a total reset in the motivation and ideation part of our business, I go on trips with other entrepreneurs. When you’re an entrepreneur, there’s a tendency to feel isolated when it comes to your thoughts and ideas, and you need people who have a balance of being optimistic and being realistic without having too much skin in the game and I find most female business owners are good for that. Going to a new place with inspiring people usually gets the creative juices flowing. In fact, I like them so much I made them an essential part of our business.
5. What is your grand vision for Mavenly + Co.? Where do you see the business in ten years?
After almost three years of workshops, trainings, coaching, and conversations, the #1 piece of feedback we consistently received is ‘I really wish my team/company/coworkers could experience this.’ We thought about this feedback a great deal and we realized our clients were eager for programming that spoke to their professional needs while also developing stronger team dynamics and a greater sense of accountability within their organization to execute on what they’ve learned. So our next move for Mavenly + Co. is to work with companies and organizations directly to ensure the value we provide permeates the organization and translates into a lasting positive impact.