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    Soap and Tonic Interview

    [vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_color=”#f4e1cd” shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none” shape_type=”speech”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column_text] Interview with Annie Lopez, founder of Soap and Tonic, by Kate Anderson-Song KATE: Hello – first off, if you could introduce yourself! ANNIE: I am Annie Lopez.  I’m the owner and creator of Soap and Tonic. With the help of my husband, we started this small business when we moved down to Mississippi.  We actually moved from DC to Mississippi because my husband is in the military – airforce.  Soap and Tonic started around summer 2018, so we’ve been open for a little bit over…

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    Interview with Mamata Venkat

    Interview by Rehana Paul An Ohio native, Mamata graduated from Wright State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a minor in Spanish. She worked with Global Health Corps, a non-profit global health fellowship organization based in New York City for three years, and currently supports operations and events management at Success Academy. Mamata was a TEDx speaker featured during the 2016 TEDx event in Perrysburg, Ohio, utilizing the theme of (inter)action to discuss the application of meditation to internal and external development, and how success in either does not have to come at the cost of the other. Mamata has been practicing Heartfulness meditation for nine years, and has been a…

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    An Interview With An Author: Tanaz Bhathena

    Interview by: Rehana Paul What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment? Being able to live my dream of writing books, even though I do have to work a full-time job to pay the bills. How would you describe your writing? It varies depending on the book I’m working on, but I do my best to keep my prose clean, and as easy to read as possible. Occasionally I will go a little crazy playing around with sentences—but I think most writers do this. Did you always want to be a writer? I fell in love with writing when I was eight years old and have been making up…

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    Interview with Diane Truong: From Being a Volunteer to Director of Communications for PALS

    By: Christina Vo    Diane Truong started off her journey as a volunteer for The Pacific Links Foundations (PALS), a non-profit organization focusing on counter-trafficking efforts in Vietnam. The organization does this by increasing access to education, providing shelter and reintegration services, and enabling economic opportunities for at-risk individuals throughout Vietnam.    In our interview, Diana recounts her journey toward taking action against human trafficking in Vietnam beginning with her joining PALS as a volunteer all the way to becoming their Director of Communications. Diane is a truly inspiring, driven leader and a beacon of hope for all those looking to create change in their communities – I hope you…

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    An Interview With A Life Coach: Nicole Cruz

      Interview by: Kate Anderson-Song What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment? My biggest accomplishment has been overcoming my fears over and over again.  I used to be scared of so many things — failing, taking risks, being seen, being judged, disappointing people, and not being liked.  Fear used to rule my life. When I was in an abusive relationship, I stayed because I was afraid of not having someone to love me. When I was in a job I hated, I stayed because I was afraid of being unemployed.  When my white co-workers called me oriental, I went along with it because I was afraid of not…

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    An Interview With An Author: Tanaz Bhathena

    Interview by: Rehana Paul What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment? Being able to live my dream of writing books, even though I do have to work a full-time job to pay the bills. How would you describe your writing? It varies depending on the book I’m working on, but I do my best to keep my prose clean, and as easy to read as possible. Occasionally I will go a little crazy playing around with sentences—but I think most writers do this. Did you always want to be a writer? I fell in love with writing when I was eight years old and have been making up…

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    How K-Beauty Brands Glow Recipe and Sweet Chef Started in the Kitchen

    Photo caption: Glow Recipe and Sweet Chef co-founders Sarah Lee and Christine Chang: “Similar to how we feed our bodies with these ingredients, we wanted to [introduce the idea to] our customers where they were feeding their skin, so it’s like a holistic approach to beauty.” Why founders Christine Chin and Sarah Lee started with ingredients that “feel like home” Interview by: Cai Subijano “K-Beauty’s not just about snail mucin and sheet masks. There’s very much a long-standing history with natural ingredients,” Glow Recipe co-founder Christine Chang told an audience sitting in at a panel discussion at Make Up New York (MUNY) earlier this month.  She was there to talk…

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    Noona’s Ice Cream: Hannah Bae Interview

    [vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column centered_text=”true” column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”3060,3058,3059″ layout=”3″ masonry_style=”true” item_spacing=”default” gallery_style=”7″ load_in_animation=”none”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_link_target=”_self” column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column_text]By Kate Anderson-Song   Kate Anderson-Song (KAS): Want to start by telling us what Noona’s Ice Cream is and how it came about? Hannah Bae (HB): Yeah, of course!  So, basically, “noona” means “big sister” in the Korean language. We launched Noona’s on National Ice Cream Day in July of 2016.  I launched the business with the goal…

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    Interview with Sarah Sharif

    Interview by Kate Anderson-Song   Kate Anderson-Song (KAS): Hello! So, first if you’d just introduce yourself and give a little background.    Sarah Sharif (SS): My name is Sarah Sharif, and I’m the founder of Experimental Civics and the founder of Capsule. For the last six years, our work has been at the intersection of communities, innovation, and technology.   So basically, our three-part model is supporting people, whether that is workforce development, design-thinking workshops, or other things like that, to hosting hackathon events, which is all about elevating ideas, which is the second part of our model, and how do you ideate, how do you problem-scope and really understand problems…

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    Interview with Kat Henry

    What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment?  In my personal life, I would consider my biggest achievement to be raising my daughter.  I had my daughter at the age of 17 years old, I was very much still a child and I was petrified that due to being so young and naïve I wouldn’t be capable of raising her to the standard that I had always wanted for my children. I returned to full time work when she was just 6 months old and I have maintained a full time job throughout. I was very lucky to have the support of my Mother and family over the years…