May 15, 2018

EP 133: Building A Business In The Feminine Economy With Sister Founder & Director Jennifer Armbrust

The Nitty Gritty

* How Jennifer’s creative entrepreneurial journey influenced the creation of Sister and Feminine Business School
* What led Jennifer to transition from solopreneurship to a brand that’s bigger than her — and how collaboration sets the f



The Nitty Gritty

* How Jennifer’s creative entrepreneurial journey influenced the creation of Sister and Feminine Business School
* What led Jennifer to transition from solopreneurship to a brand that’s bigger than her — and how collaboration sets the foundation for Sister
* The practical and foundational values of creating and formulating a feminist business
* Why you should see your business as a partnership and some of the tools Jennifer uses to connect students with their business’ “spirit”

Do you think there’s a better way to approach your work than just hustling hard? Jennifer Armbrust, founder of Sister and Feminist Business School, would argue there’s a more feminine way to build and grow your business.
In this episode of What Works, Jennifer walks us through what a feminine economy looks like, how to use those values to guide your business decisions, and tools for working on your business in a holistic, healthy way for work/life balance.
Jennifer also discusses her experience with growing from a solopreneur mindset to a leadership one… and the struggles she faced on that journey.
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What is a feminine economy?
“If capitalism is an economy that values masculine traits, what could another economy look like? That’s where we get the feminine economy. It’s almost a backward question. Instead of saying what economy would we need for feminine values, I’m saying: what if we start valuing feminine principles? Will that shift the economy?” — Jennifer Armbrust
Capitalism currently operates according to masculine traits of the ego, Jennifer says. For example, worker value comes from productivity, poverty is vilified, nature is dominated, and systemic racism and sexism are commonplace.
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So what would the world look like if we included resourcefulness, mindfulness and gratitude, integrity, and honesty in the very foundation of every business and system? Things would radically change — for the better.
Infusing feminine ideals into daily life
“It’s a creative act every day going to my business, taking these ideas and ideals, and asking: what are the choices and the ways I’m setting up my business that’s going to evoke them?” — Jennifer Armbrust
One of Jennifer’s most recent experiences putting her values into her business was with her new office. “I want it to be honoring my body,” Jennifer shares, “which is the first principle of the 12 principles for prototyping a feminist business. Our bodies are things that we use in our day-to-day workspace so how do I configure my workspace to support my body?”
With that as a guiding principle, she got both a sitting desk and a standing desk. She also added a meditation pillow. “I’m not trying to make the choice that other people made before me,” she says. “Instead, it’s: what is my office? What is Jennifer Armbrust’s office for Sister? What is this space going to be and how do I work in it?”
What are some feminine values that you already infuse into your business? What are some that you’d like to explore more in your everyday work life? Check out the 12 Principles of the Feminine Economy from Sister for more insight and ideas!
Scaling from one to many, with intention

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