Embracing Passion: One Entrepreneur’s Journey from Law to Fashion

Kelly Shanahan is very familiar with stepping out of the norm and embracing her passion.

After years of education, Kelly realized law school wasn’t for her. Instead, she followed her love for fashion. Committed to making her “one day” dreams a reality, she threw herself into the unknown and created the company she runs today, Ziran.

We asked Kelly about what it took to start her business and where her inspiration came from. Keep reading to learn how her business idea came from a very unexpected place and the mindset she needed to build a successful brand. Don’t forget to check out Kelly’s page and her clothing line.

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The Most Creative Woman In Business On How She Stays Inspired

Tina Wells is wired for success.

As a self-proclaimed professional problem solver, Tina is an expert on youth marketing and serves as the founder + CEO of Buzz Marketing Group. When Tina’s not helping her clients succeed, she’s writing a best-selling teen fiction series and overseeing the tween site http://www.mackenzieblue.com.

Tina is a proud Philadelphia-native who’s quick to share tips on where to find breathtaking views and delicious food. Read on to learn what it takes to be named one of Fast Company’s most creative people; specifically how Tina stays inspired, the mantra by which she lives her live and why she loves marketing to (fearless!) young people.

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Founders and CEOs: Staff Picks

This week, we appreciate founders and CEOs in our community who are improving the lives of those around them in profound ways. Their company goals range from helping survivors of abuse to improving the quality of education around the world.

Om Malik, who heads off this post, is the founder of Gigaom, author of Broadbandits: Inside the $750 Billion Telecom Heist and also founded the charity Heart to Heart for UCSF Cardiology. In 2013, Om wrote a powerful post on our blog on the value of time and and his personal experiences with surviving a near fatal heart attack. Read more →

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