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Benè Named 1 of "11 Black Owned Businesses That Are Changing The World"

Posted on February 16, 2016 by Sasha Matthews | 0 comments

It's a great feeling when you wake up on the right side of the bed and greeted with great news. Last week yours truly had the complete honor of being named one of the many Black Owned business that are changing the world! Michelle and I literally had a mini freak out moment when we saw it that morning. We are in such good company listed among other awesome businesses that are using their platform to help others and make an impact in the world we live in. Educating young women is a cause that is truly near and dear to our hearts and there's so much more work to do within this space. Thanks to all of you for helping us on our mission and thank you Mashable for adding even more fuel to the fire!

Posted in BeneBoss, Black, black owned business, change the world, powerful women, Shop for a Cause, WomanEmpowerment

Wish Dish x Benè : Partnership

Posted on January 15, 2016 by Sasha Matthews | 0 comments

Two weeks ago, Wish Dish and Bene Scarves had the opportunity to join in partnership and celebrate women empowerment through the sharing of four different stories by very successful women. The founder of Wish Dish, Bryan Wish approached Michelle Blue, co-founder of Bene in early October about how both brands could work together to create opportunities for women to express themselves around Bene’s core values. Michelle thought of the idea of creating #beneboss and before we knew it, we were off to work to showcase four amazing women.


The four stories generated 2,500+ views and the authors received amazing feedback about how they were an inspiration. Through the partnership, a $500 sponsorship was given by First Heritage Mortgage  to Sista Works, Bene’s non-profit partner. First Heritage’s generous donation benefited  girls in Sista Works providing tuition, books and school supplies.

          

To highlight the stories, the first story was Call Me Crazy, How Bene Started , by Michelle Blue. She discussed how she came up with the idea for Bene on a trip abroad and pursued her dream after graduating when the majority of students went into the corporate world. The next story, Being a Mom and Forming my Business , was written by Altrichia Cook. Altrichia became pregnant in college, was working multiple jobs, and then started a business to support herself. Her journey is a testament of her willpower to see a better life for herself. The next article featured Amanda Boleyn, called She Did it Her Way . Amanda discussed how she was unhappy with the corporate world at Target, left her job, then found an amazing company that she does consulting work for while traveling the world. Our last article in the series was written by Kelsey Ehlers who created a foundation called the Ab Fab girls  that helps girls with their physical and emotional health through the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

The story series between Bene and Wish Dish wouldn’t have been possible without these four amazing women who have a desire to influence the world in a better way and inspire others to do the same. We cannot thank our sponsor First Heritage Mortgage for their generous contribution to benefit the SistaWorks cause.

If you have a story to share, please visit www.thewishdish.com and to learn more about bene scarves, please visit benescarves.com.

 

Bryan Wish

Posted in #WCW, Bené Approved, BeneBoss, Engouragement, powerful women, Shop for a Cause, WomanEmpowerment

Sunday Inspiration

Posted on November 15, 2015 by Mallory Wilkerson | 0 comments

Sundays are arguably our favorite day of the week. They are rejuvenating and a perfect opportunity to get ahead. Take some time out for yourself to read, go to a yoga class, do some meal prep, or kick of your Christmas shopping with the Rebecca Rectangle scarf. Focus on self care and use today as your starting point. 
“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.” – Etty Hillesum

Posted in Engouragement, Scarf, Shop for a Cause

Benè x OOOfficeNY

Posted on August 23, 2015 by Sasha Matthews | 0 comments

#benetravels: erin sets off to the sunshine state.

Beach Eats    On Beach

while manhattanites are able to escape the grueling heat of the concrete jungle by skipping off to a nearby summer sanctuary like montauk or fire island, for me, Erin set off to the sunshine state on a much needed vacation excited to work on her tan, indulge in some of my favorite beach eats like oysters, mahi mahi sandwiches and homemade hush puppies and of course, spend some quality time with family.

www.ooofficeny.com    

 

Posted in #BeneEats, Fashion, fashion with a purpose, ootd, Scarves, shawl, Shop for a Cause, Style Tip, Style Your Scarf

Ted X UGA & Bene - Live by Your Vision

Posted on May 18, 2015 by Sasha Matthews | 0 comments

Our very own Michelle Blue recently presented a talk at Tedx UGA inspiring us all to live by our vision, and not just the plan. By being open, and not just living by the book, she followed her heart after a trip to Ghana which led to starting a Scarf collection that helps support the very girls who inspired her. 

Listen to the full speech here! 

 Oh yeah - Michelle is wearing our Abigail Rectangle Scarf ;) 

Posted in Behind The Scenes, Bene Moment, Engouragement, Fashion, Scarf, Scarves, Shop for a Cause, Video, WomanEmpowerment

#WCW - Brenna Humpries, Kids Read Inc.

Posted on April 29, 2015 by Sasha Matthews | 0 comments

 

 

Name: Brenna Humphries

City/State: Marietta, GA

Age: 24

Name of Program: Kids Read Inc.

 

 Tell us about Yourself ! (What do you do?)

As a junior in high school I founded Kids Read Inc. I saw a need in my community and decided to do something about it. Today Kids Read Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting literacy and learning among inner city youth. We provide books and educational programs that will spark a passion for reading and an excitement for learning within children. Since 2007 Kids Read has donated over 4,000 books to children in low income areas across the United States and abroad.

What inspired you to get started?: 
In high school and college, I participated in various community service projects and initiatives. While volunteering at Hughes Spalding Children's Hospital in Atlanta, I noticed that many of the children with chronic illnesses spent their time playing video games or watching TV. Some of the children failed behind in their classes because they did not have any age appropriate academic stimulation.

After having a conversation with a few of my loved ones, I decided to do something about this. Giving these children books or spending time reading with them could help to keep their reading skills sharp while they were sick. I conducted my first book drive a few months later and raised a couple hundred books and workbooks to donate to Hughes Spalding Children's Hospital. Since then, I have expanded to donating books to not only hospitals, but any institution or organization that 
Who/What helped prepare you to start?: 
I think that it is extremely important to have consistent mentors who can help you strategize ways to accomplish your personal and business goals. I found a mentor who already founded several non profit organizations and asked her to coach me through the process of starting Kids Read Inc. I asked her as many questions as I could and learned so much from her. I still meet with her on a regular basis.
Who/what has been most influential in supporting you?
My parents and close friends were instrumental in pushing me to start Kids Read. I've always had a desire to give back to my community but I didn't know where to begin. My parents encouraged me to explore my passions and figure out where I fit. My friends supported me in the process of putting my ideas in actions - they volunteered, led book drives and managed fundraisers.
How can others get involved if they're interested? 
We always can use volunteers, new or gently used books, and monetary donations. Visit www.kids-read.org for more information.
If you had one word of advice for other women wanting to make an impact what would it be?
Don't ask for permission to be great. Unapologetically impact the world with your presence, passion and purpose. As Howard Thurman once stated, "Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."

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Pantene Stronger Together - Benè

Posted on April 08, 2015 by Sasha Matthews | 0 comments

AHH! Pantene and WalMart came together to present Pantene's "Stronger Together" Campaign, highlighting inspiring women who are working together towards a dream. Guess who they featured?! AHH!

When we first found out we were shocked... like really? us? That quickly turned into pure excitement and the final product didn't disappoint. We shot at a location in Atlanta and the whole process was legit (of course) from a production crew, hair, make up, stylist photographer, the works. 

 

We had so much fun on set. Everyone was great to work with and it was fun going down memory lane and sharing our story. Some of the footage you didn't see involved us choosing between who would be the peanut butter and who would be the jelly (Michelle's the jelly FYI, I'm the Peanut butter) and how we became friends in the first place (that's another story for another day).

 

 

 

The message of us being stronger together could not be more true. There's no way either one of us could have done this alone. It makes a world of difference when you have someone there with you through the ups and downs that is entrepreneurship and in our case, it's even better when that person is your best friend. We communicate well, our strengths balance each other out, and we calm each other down when one starts freaking out - it's a great partnership. Special thanks to WalMart and Pantene for allowing us to be a part of such a great message! Watch the full video here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Engouragement, Scarf, Scarves, Shop for a Cause, WomanEmpowerment