Ossa Featured Podcaster: Ari Krzyzek, Host of the Creative Women’s Co. Podcast
Ari Krzyzek is the host of the Creative Women’s Co. podcast, a show focused on highlighting the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of the entrepreneurial journey.
As a creative woman in business herself, Ari noticed a huge gap in the market – no one was talking about what they learned from the times they failed. She decided to create a platform to tell these stories, along with a community of women with mission of supporting each other through their entrepreneurial journeys.
Creative Women’s Co. has blossomed into a national professional network with in-person and virtual community-building and learning events in cities all over the U.S. Learn more about Ari’s story below, and listen to Creative Women’s Co. podcast here:
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Tell us what your podcast is about in 3 sentences or less!
Creative Women’s Co. podcast inspires fellow creative women entrepreneurs who are having dark moments, for those who doubt themselves, and for those who feel like they’ve failed. We all have been there – it’s a matter of how we stay resilience and positive to get back up. Climb on one stone at a time if we have to, but never stop.
What’s a quote or piece of advice that you try to live by?
Cultivate a genuine relationship with people in your network.
Design queen and empathy
One thing on your bucket list:
Explore Kyoto, Japan.
“The Best” by AWOLNATION
Last text message you sent:
“Good luck with your job search. You can do it!”
What was your first job?
Retail sales worker at an accessories boutique
What inspired you to start your podcast?
I got uninspired and honestly envious when I was scrolling through my social media feed where everyone are raving all about their successes. I didn’t hear others talk about how did it feel when you screw up, how you took a big risk and failed, how stressful it can be when you are planning to have family and keeping up with building your business.
I wanted to hear those stories and inspire others so they don’t feel alone in their up-and-down journey as creative women entrepreneurs.
Tell us more about your work/life outside of your podcast.
I co-founded a digital brand consultancy based out of Evanston (30 minutes from Chicago). We help women-led tech and tech-enabled companies establish and elevate their brand for success through strategy, design, and web solutions.
Our agency embraces remote culture, so my husband and I have the luxury to work out of our home office. This gives us the flexibility to spend time raising our 4.5 year old son.
What is your show’s USP?
We invite fellow creative women who are willing to share their failure in the most honest, transparent, and uplifting way.
What is one thing you have accomplished with your podcast thus far that you are most proud of?
It made an impact to other creative women. I never knew how our podcast impacted others until I met someone at our Creative Women’s Co. events who mentioned that she listened to our podcast episodes and it helped them with their journey. She totally made my day at that event.
What is one major milestone that you would like to accomplish through your podcast in the next year?
Get 25 reviews on iTunes and get a sponsor for our podcast.
How do you feel you’re making a positive impact and generating change through your podcast?
It makes me feel fulfilled.
Season 3 of Creative Women’s Co. is hosted by their partner, Sharokina Pazand from Citygirl At Work.