By far, the topic that comes up most in our conversations with entrepreneurs and creatives is risk.  We’ve had conversations about risks that worked out and risks that did not. We’ve seen eyes light eye sharing about career-trajectory changing risks as well as folks sigh about the risks they wish they had taken.  Below, we’ve selected and shared some of those thoughtful conversations.

Jennyvi Dizon | Fashion Designer

I wouldn’t be living in NYC without risks. If I didn’t take the risk of entering a long distance relationship with my husband to go to New York for a summer, I would not have the opportunies to show my collection during New York Fashion Week and met so many people here in the fashion industry. Read more>>

Frank Pantano | Creator

Risk is essential to any new business. In order to grow as a company you have got to look past your current position on the totem pole. Where am I at? Where am I going? In my experience, growth comes from putting yourself into uncomfortable situations, like making yourself available for a job you may not be completely confident in yourself to do. Taking less pay and more work may seem like the wrong idea but from what I have learned, it has allowed myself and my business to be in a room where it is OK to make mistakes and learn from them too. Read more>>

Kyle Mauch | Creative Director, Producer & CEO

I never broke out of my mold until I began to embrace and enjoy risk. I grew up extremely shy. Faking sick days to avoid speaking in front of class type of shy. But in my senior year of high school I took a big risk. I left my high school that I won a state championship with in baseball to transfer to our cross town rivals in hopes that it would give me a better opportunity in my athletic career, and in my newfound passion for business with the classes that they offered. Upon arrival I was accepted and embraced by new friends and school staff. This gave me a new confidence. I had a breakout season in sports, won awards in the business department, got a college scholarship, and this was the beginning of the rest of my life. Read more>>

Jorge Ochoa | Business Owner

Risk taking has definitely been a major factor in our business from many aspects including moving from Mexico to the United States, transporting machines every time we move shops, and even taking on new clients, projects, and acquiring new machines and equipment. Every decision we make is first approached by thinking about the outcomes and how they will affect not only MPC Machines as a whole, but also on a smaller scale whether that includes each employee, customer, or personally as the business owner. We have taken many risks, good and bad, that have taught me countless of lessons and have continued to lead us into the position we find ourselves today, even amidst the covid-19 pandemic. The bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. Read more>>

Sally Ann Francis | Actor, Writer, Teacher, Veteran & Entrepeneur

Currently, I am a part-time tutor/teacher working with children with special abilities, as well as a SAG-AFTRA union actress and writer. My degree is in mass communications with a concentration in broadcast and print media. I wrote, edited and did add designs for a couple major newspapers in North Carolina and freelanced for the Arizona Republic and a few smaller papers here in Phoenix. I have also been published in Great Poets of North Carolina, as well as in a few recipe books – believe it or not! I am especially proud that I served in the US Army 82nd Airborne Division as a logistics and supply specialist and paratrooper, with a brief overseas tour in the middle east on a peacekeeping mission. During a combat training exercise and air assault mission, I broke quite a few bones in my body and had to learn how to walk again through many surgeries, physical therapy and retraining my brain. Read more>>