Today is a unique episode. I decided to get cozy with three female founders who are choosing to lead with love in their business and lives. I’ve personally worked with and mentored these women over the past year in the Love Over Metrics Incubator –– a mastermind and mentorship program that will help you get clear on your next steps for business growth, so you can build a company that scales your impact and serves the world without compromising your health, relationships and sanity.
I only open up applications once a year, so if you’re ready for guidance and support in an intimate community, learn more and apply at loveovermetrics.com.
In this episode you’ll meet Meri Cherry, yes, that’s her real name. She’s the founder of Meri Cherry Art Studio in Los Angeles, California, which is now thriving in its second year and in discussions for franchising. Meri has cultivated and engaged a loyal online community of over 32k Instagram followers, 50k Facebook followers, and a popular website and blog, mericherry.com
Nikki Silvestri is the Founder and CEO of Soil and Shadow, a project development firm designing economic and environmental strategies with human left in. As the Co-Founder of Live Real and former Executive Director of People's Grocery and Green for All, Nikki has built and strengthened social equity for underrepresented populations in food systems, social services, public health, climate solutions, and economic development.
Julia and Megan, Co-Founders of KidArtLit—a subscription box company for young families that delivers storytime & art kits monthly, and two long-time educators in Northern California. They met in a local mom’s group, and their goal is to make it easy for families to ignite creativity and a love of reading in their children.
“I’m able to be a mom and an executive at the same time in the way that I want to be, and that’s the biggest win. I actually really didn’t think it was possible.”
– NIKKI SILVESTRI
What you'll hear (and don't want to miss!)
Where Meri’s passion for progress art came from and how it led to her starting a business [6:53]
Why this was the first business she says “clicked”, even though she’s an entrepreneur at heart [9:30]
What fears she had growing her business to the next level [12:47]
Some of the key wins Meri has had over the past year and a big lesson she’s learned from Love Over Metrics [14:39]
How Meri manages to balance a busy business and being a mother [16:00]
The ways her business (and the way she feels about it) has evolved and prepared her for the next season of growth [16:57]
What’s at the core of what Nikki does and how this seed was planted in her at an early age [24:32]
How she was able to transition her work from non-profit, to profit-for-good, and get past her fears and money mindset in the process [28:12]
Why Nikki decided to build her business leading with love first [31:22]
Her transformation into a CEO and mom, all while only working 20 hours a week now [34:36]
Who Nikki feels that Love Over Metrics is really designed for [37:27]
What’s next for her and why she’s so excited about her Shadow Lab coaching program [38:57]
Julia & Megan:
What KidArtLit is all about and the goal Julia and Megan have for the company [43:00]
The story of how they met and whether or not they had fears around working together to build a business [45:40]
What the startup phase looked like and why building a platform first was so important for them [47:30]
Why they both decided to join Love Over Metrics and the wins they’ve had in just the last year [50:44]
The biggest lesson Megan gained on growing a business to the next level [55:07]
What Julia is most excited about and where she sees KidArtLit going in the near future [57:48]