047. CEO mindset shifts to adapt and succeed with Zen, CEO and founder of Fason De Viv
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So you want to start a business… what are some things you need? A website, logo, giant Instagram following? Our guest today is here to tell you what you actually need. And it’s probably not what you think. As a new entrepreneur, we know how easy it is to get distracted by things that, ultimately, won’t make the biggest impact on your business.
In today’s ep we chatted with Zen, founder & CEO of Fason De Viv, a global curated marketplace providing an innovative platform for makers to thrive, by stocking the world's best independent brands under one roof. As you’ll learn, when you focus more on your mindset than your strategy, your entrepreneurial potential has the power to weather any storm.
LISTEN TO THE EPISODE
We talk about:
How she went from a nurse to a CEO in the retail industry
How brands can get their products in retail stores
How business owners can stay innovative & resilient during COVID
Resources to build a positive mindset
Resources from this episode:
Episode 3 of The SHExSHINES Show with Zen
Soulful Living YouTube playlist by Zen: meditation and conversations for meditation, relaxation, and building a positive mindset
Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Zen’s background in business and entrepreneurship
Her journey to opening a store in the fashion district in Center City, Philly
A visit to Haiti: The inspiration and mission behind Fason De Viv
Recent win and lesson learned working in the retail industry
How to pitch a company
How COVID impacted Zen’s business & her advice to other small business owners on staying innovative and resilient throughout this time
Resources to adapt and build a positive mindset
Where to connect with Zen and her new feature in Essence magazine
SXS Rapid Fire question round
Hanifah aka Zen learned the retail trade in 2012 by helping a friend with visual merchandising and inventory purchasing and management for t-shirt store. Then in 2014, Zen opened her own women's apparel boutique in West Philly called "The A-List Look," followed by a relocation to Old City in 2015.
In 2016, Hanifah decided to rebrand The A-List Look. She changed her business name to Fason De Viv highlighting clothes designed by her and her mother along with other local brands. In early 2017, Hanifah took another leap of faith. to focus on tech and develop a new business model - the Fason De Viv Headquarters space - A Global Online Curated Marketplace providing a platform for Independent Brands to thrive by stocking the world's best Independent brands under one roof.
With a history of web building, and learning all tech she found her true passion.
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