A few months after the launch of my blog, I found interest in learning more about other women and their self-made businesses. I’m a firm believer that it’s not your product or service that people are buying into (although, it’s a major factor), but what gets people really hooked is the story or face behind that great product or service. This notion is what inspired me to launch my Everyday Girl Boss series, spotlighting the true inspiration behind the well-known businesses we all love.
During my search for influential entrepreneurs I came across Babes in Business Long Island, a community of women who are hustling to achieve their dreams and meet their goals. I was so excited to see that a community like this existed in NY and was doing exactly what I was trying to do with my Girl Boss series (they even featured fellow Girl Bosses from ShopToni.co!). So naturally I had to reach out and learn more about the face behind this amazing community, and from there I met our next Girl Boss…. Jenn Fasano!
Jenn Fasano is a Long Island, NY native, entrepreneur and owner of Jenn Fasano, Inc. The goal behind her business is to create a one stop shop for women looking to gain insight, be inspired, gain better health, grow their network and most importantly… have fun! Her entrepreneurial drive first started right after the birth of her daughter and now it has grown into an empire. She inspires, motivates and connects other entrepreneurial women so they can be happy, healthy, and fulfilled when being their own authentic selves. I’m always excited to see the new businesses and entrepreneurs she’ll be working with next!
Tell me more about YOU, the dedicated and hardworking Girl Boss behind the business.
I am a born and raised Long Island girl who after becoming a mother realized I was not made for the 9-5.
I wanted freedom, the ability to be home with my girls, and to show other women just like me what’s possible in their lives. I love parties of any kind, home decor, sushi dates with my 8 year old, a night out dancing with my friends, anything Free People, turmeric lattes and my peloton. But most importantly my family is my number one. My husband and my girls are my life.
Tell us more about your business and how you became a Girl Boss.
So I really was an accidental entrepreneur. I had some baby weight, well honestly a ton of baby weight….lol to lose and I began a nutritional program a friend was on. A year later I lost my baby weight and found myself earning a substantial income in a thriving network marketing company. Over the last 8 years I have grown my network, my mindset and my income. With that I’ve been able to successfully embark on two additional businesses including Babes in Business Long Island. Which has truly become one of the most rewarding opportunities of my life. Providing female entrepreneurs a space and a place for them to go, network, be inspired and truly build community.
What does it mean to you to be a #GIRLBOSS?
Love this question… I think we are all a bit of a girl boss… whether you have a business or not we are all powerful beyond measure. When we authentically show up for ourselves.. well that’s a girl boss… when we do hard things…well that’s a girl boss. When we show confidence… that’s a girl boss…. when we take a stand for others…that’s a girl boss.
What do you love most about running your own business and being a Girl Boss?
Every single thing I do in my life is for my girls. To show them that anything is possible.
To give them strength and confidence to be and do whatever truly lights them up. And then what ends up happening, well I simultaneously show others the same. I am obsessed with networking. And how the traditional idea of networking seems stiff and old and boring. But collaborating, building a community, sharing our strengths. That’s what networking means to me. That’s what lights me up. Seeing women from different professions, different walks of life come together. That’s my jam.
What are some of the challenges you’ve faced in being a business owner?
Oh man. This question can pretty much instantly bring me to tears. This ish is HARD. Being an entrepreneur is in no way easy. You will face a friggin slew of challenges and struggles along the way. For me one of the toughest obstacles is self acceptance. Handling judgement and criticism from others really can weigh on anyone who is starting out or doesn’t work on their personal mindset. To turn a blind eye to what others say and be confident enough to carry on. That’s no easy task.
But I’ll offer to anyone reading this who may be feeling that way right now… as long as you show up authentically every single day and truly believe in yourself. Non of that matters. None of it. And likely those people judging on the other side are dealing with something that has absolutely nothing to do with you.
Is there a moment during your career that stands out to you and validates your decision to become a Girl Boss?
There’s a lot of moments. And as I sit with this question and think about the answer I really do believe there was not one defining moment. It was a series of small moments that created the business woman I am today.
What advice would you give to aspiring Girl Bosses?
Oh I have lots of advice! Lol. But I’ll just reiterate something I mentioned already a few times. Be authentically you. Always. Show up each day as you. Don’t try to be anyone else.
Yes of course their are people we admire, look up to, and successes we aspire to achieve. But if you stay true to yourself. You don’t allow outside influence to dictate your path or sway you from achieving your goals… well anything is possible.