A Missouri-based orgranization for female entrepreneurs has launched new branches in six cities nationwide, including Dallas-Fort Worth.
The organization, Brazen, is aimed at reaching out to female business owners and tapping into the potential of “growth-seeking” women.
North Texas entrepreneur Jasmin Brand has been named acting director for Brazen Dallas-Fort Worth.
“Brazen offers up an innovative, business-first approach to helping women-owned businesses in Texas thrive and succeed.”
“Dallas-Fort Worth provides tremendous resources and opportunities when it comes to starting a business, but there is still much more that could be done to support the region’s female entrepreneurs,” said Brand on Launch DFW, a website she leads as CEO. “Brazen offers up an innovative, business-first approach to helping women-owned businesses in Texas thrive and succeed.”
Brand, who has spent the past decade building multiple businesses, will be responsible for the programming, operations, and collaboration with the North Texas entrepreneurial community.
Brazen began four years ago in St. Louis, and besides Dallas and Fort Worth, it is growing to Chicago, Denver, Detroit, and Philadelphia.
The organization said it offers evidence-based membership programs to anyone who identifies as female and is “growth seeking.”
Those programs include:
- Growth Groups — These flagship programs are peer advisory groups of seven to nine women who meet monthly to present their biggest business challenges and work through possible solutions.
- Power Hours — Members can make appointments with a legal, accounting, marketing, or IT/tech expert each month.
- Member Events and Roundtables — Monthly events that enable members to learn more about business growth strategies and get inspired.
The programs support the organization’s core principals — growth-seeking, business focus, intersectional feminism, continuous-immersive programming, customized hyper-niche programs, and a global network.
BRAZEN WILL HAVE TWO LAUNCH EVENTS
According to Launch DFW, members of Brazen DFW’s Founder’s Committee are Kate Asay of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty in Fort Worth; Shireen Abdullah, founder of Yumlish in Irving; Stacey Guillen, a digital marketing specialist in Arlington; Ashlee Inman, founder of Homebody in Fort Worth; Joy Kirven, co-founder of Zarcode in Denton; Erica Molett, founder of Conscious Couture of Cedar Hill; Sharon Stephens of Master Networks in McKinney; Stephanie Valadez, managing director of Per Scholas in Dallas, and Sharell Weeams, marketing and lead generation strategist and coach in Dallas.
Valadez told Dallas Innovates that it was the organization’s business focus that attracted her to get involved.
“I really was drawn to joining the Founder’s Committee for Brazen DFW because of its business-first approach to help growth-seeking female entrepreneurs advance their businesses via a technology-enabled membership platform and continuous, immersive programming,” Valadez said. “Our ultimate goal is to create a global network of women-led businesses and supporters that can connect across geographies to grow their companies.”
“Our ultimate goal is to create a global network of women-led businesses and supporters that can connect across geographies to grow their companies.”
She said that she was “sold on Brazen as soon as Jasmin shared the organization with me because I’m not aware of any other network that does what they do, how they do it for women.”
Valadez said that if every woman-owned business grew by 1 percent next year, they would add $1.3 billion to Texas’ economy.
Brazen DFW will have two launch events that will allow those interested to experience the organization’s offerings for free.
The Dallas event will be from 6-9 p.m., June 5, at The Study Innovation Center, 801 W. Irving Boulevard, in Irving. The Fort Worth event will be from 6-9 p.m., June 12, at The 4 Eleven, 411 S. Main St. in Fort Worth.