Wednesday, December 4

Tuesday, November 26

Pink Ponies Holiday Picks!

As promised, Pink Ponies Holiday Picks for CAFAM's Annual Holiday Bazaar this Saturday Nov 30th form 12-5pm. 
Just some of the selected works from our participating Pink Ponies. 
*Links to shops below
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Come support your team! :)




Hey Pink Ponies! It's that time of year again. Happy Holidays everyone! Come and support your teammates at the CAFAM's annual Holiday Bazaar this Saturday Nov 30th from 12-5pm. You'll find a selection of handmade goodies from over 20 vendors including some of your fellow Pink Ponies and we'd love your support. Information below, or check out details from CAFAM as well. More to come later today with some holiday picks from your participating team members!!!

Happy Holidays Pink Ponies!

Sunday, November 24

Handmade Holiday

The Pink Ponies Etsy Fellowship Team is greatly looking forward to joining other hand selected artists and craftsmen at the Craft and Folk Art Museum's annual Global Bazaar on Small Business Saturday.

We look forward to the support and camaraderie of our local network of local small merchants. 

Do you support women owned small businesses? Do you see a difference between handmade and mass produced goods?

Where will you most likely shop for holiday gifts this year?

Deana Goodman designs intricate jewelry with vintage Asian charms



JoAnna Seiter is a local designer making bold strides



Q. What do you notice about the design's details in goods handmade by independent craftsmen and artisans?

Friday, November 22

Team Leader, Amanda of FeltFlanerie, shares a tip!



Sunday, November 3

HOLIDAY GLOBAL BAZAAR!

Mark your calendars! The Pretty Pink Ponies Etsy Fellowship Team will be at the CAFAM 's Annual Holiday Global Bazaar on Saturday November 30th, 2013.  

Check out the Pink Ponies FB for more information to be announced soon!


Friday, October 18

Thoughts on Entrepreneurship: Sharon Sekhon

Hello and happy Friday!

This week, Dr. Sharon Sekhon, Founder of the Studio For Southern California History whose current project, the LA History Archive, offers her thoughts on female entrepreneurship, collaboration and professional networks.

The Archive is a catalog of downloadable historical documents and a repository of educator resources, and is intended to serve educators, students and the general public…”

We're excited to know Sharon, and greatly appreciate her support for the Pink Ponies' and our mission to inspire women to achieve greatness. 

1.    Why is it important to support creative female entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs in general? 

I am a cultural historian and I did my dissertation on Los Angeles' media made stereotype. After I completed my PhD I started the Studio for Southern California History as a place where residents could share their history. We created several exhibits before closing our gallery space and becoming a "Studio without Walls" and doing less gallery exhibits and more publications and online work. Most of our exhibits are online through the LA History Archive at lahistoryarchive.org.

In doing our exhibits and research, it was glaringly obvious that women have been systematically removed or omitted from our histories of the region AND many of the stereotypes about Southern California perpetuate a male point of view. For example, Los Angeles noir is constantly reinvented by Hollywood where women are represented by dissected bodies (like Elizabeth Short), terrorized starlets (Sharon Tate), or disposable prostitutes. Not only is this not representative, it actually teaches residents that their histories don't matter. When doing the work of the Studio for Southern California History we discovered hundreds of women who changed the world-- from Ethel Andrus Percy who was the first female principal in Los Angeles and went on to start AARP, to Aurora Castillo who started the Mothers of East Los Angeles to stop the building of jails and incinerators in East Los Angeles. I learned about nuns like Sister Mary Corita Kent and Sister Karen Boccalero who made art and inspired residents to do art and integrate art into their lives. I learned about the activism of Hollywood stars like Marilyn Monroe--who worked on behalf of Ella Fitzgerald to get her a gig on Sunset in a previously "whites only" nightclub. I learned about the thousands of women today who are working to make their place better. These women do not get any press because they are not selling anything but love and responsibility to place.  

I was born in 1970 and was raised to believe I could do anything. I believe that was a deep fallacy but I did see women in the public sphere who were admired and respected. I don't see women like that anymore though I know they exist. I was also raised that sexual intimacy was special and my body was "a temple" but I see the "skankification" of how women look and fashion. While women can pick whatever they want to wear and that is great, it is very disconcerting to not see anything else--especially on television or in the movies. In the 1980s, there was a movement in history to do family and women's history but today there are fewer and fewer women's studies departments and while one would assume that means women have been integrated into the mainstream history narrative, it is not the case. I actually wrote a poem about this issue last year-- here is a linkhttp://lahistoryarchive.org/resources/LA_LADIES/index.htm 

2.    Do you think today’s entrepreneurs face more challenges than entrepreneurs who started their business 20 years ago? 

Yes and no. On the one hand, there are much more diverse markets and a more nuanced concept of potential consumers. On the other hand, we live in a sound byte culture where you must be able to pitch your idea or product in one line. I don't think this is a good thing. Instead of using multi media platforms like the internet to dumb down ideas, we should use this technology to show more interesting ideas and people. I do believe this will eventually happen if the internet remains open. I think entrepreneurs face problems today because they largely lack a bigger understanding of history. Many people think they know it all before realizing that they might be able to learn a few things. All entrepreneurs face struggles in the United States because we do not receive the same kinds of subsidization that corporate and government entities have--despite the American rhetoric of owning one's business --that it can be financially sustainable today. 
 that has become increasingly uncivil. That hurts entrepreneurial endeavors more than you would think. 

3.    Do you think creative entrepreneurs face different challenges than non-creative entrepreneurs? 

 Absolutely. Creativity is never championed and when it is, innovation is usually not understood. Most people do not know how things work and this is connected to bigger ideas of creativity. I am not sure how to answer this question except that few people could understand my organization as a nonprofit, education entity to make our communities better. If I was selling something like food or coffee, no one would second guess my product. However, because few people are even trained to think there is anything wrong with the status quo, it often blows their mind to think they don't know everything about local history.

4.    What challenges do you think female entrepreneurs need most help with? 

Female entrepreneurs need more support systems for their work, they need more mentors who do not steal their ideas, they need to be told their work is valuable because everyone will be telling them it is not. Personally, I think we need to see more men acknowledging women and not for some token, political reason. We do not really see men stepping up. We also need to praise all good work and good deeds. We also should call out bad behavior and lift the veil of secrecy behind what it means to be successful. I do think we need to reveal that this work is hard and those who act as though it is easy are not being honest.

5.    What role does a professional and collaborative network play in the development of female entrepreneurs? 

Networks are important but they need to be less corporate. Corporate America calls for efficiency and nicely packaged behavior and systems. I think we need to break those ideas and make a mess. While I do think organization is essential for anyone to succeed, professional and collaborative networks should be more loosely understood and that play--having fun-- must be built into the process. This is very hard as we all need money right now. We have been living in a crummy economy for too long and that makes everyone very serious and goal driven. For true connections, creativity and learning to happen (and I realize these are not the goals of most people), we must pose a strike of humility. We are on this planet together and we should help each other more. However, we need to give each other room to fail and that is ok.

Thanks Sharon!
Keep an eye out Pretty Pink Ponies for more to come!