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I’m a design entrepreneur and strategist using business and design to make an impact in the world.

For the last sixteen years I’ve worked with brands to communicate their cause, share their stories and define their position in the market. In 2009, I moved away from corporate brands and started my own agency to work with creative entrepreneurs. Over the years I’ve worked with many small business owners as a marketing, PR and brand consultant. While I no longer take on consulting work, I still share my thoughts on business thinking and strategy for creative entrepreneurs on my blog.

I’m also the founder and design director of Happy Piece, a socially conscious homewares brand and ethical manufacturing studio on a mission to eradicate poverty in Rwanda. We collaborate with artisan weavers, pay them above fair wage for their work and then sell the goods through our e-commerce site. While we are most focused on economic empowerment, through providing jobs and trade, we also set aside a portion of our profits for development and training programs managed by Aspire Rwanda, a small charity that gives survivors of the genocide a chance to build a brighter future.

Alongside Happy Piece, I run a global, fundraising project called The Empowerment Project and an email community for creative entrepreneurs called Success Society.

This space is where I share my perspective on growing a creative business. My best insights, advice and lessons I have learned as a business strategist, designer and creative entrepreneur in the digital age.

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