The Ultimate Maven: Meet Kate Gremillion, Founder of Mavenly

I was introduced to Kate Gremillion, the founder of Mavenly + Co, by my good friend Elana Lyn. Since our initial phone call Kate has been an incredible cheerleader a huge advocate of Six Degrees Society, especially in our New Orleans and Atlanta chapters. Kate is one of those women that you aspire to be and someone that continues to impress with her content, her podcast and the workshops that she produces. Mavenly + Co was created as a platform to inspire job seekers and offer resources for life after college.

Six Degrees Society is thrilled to be partnering with Mavenly + Co on Thursday, September 22nd in NYC for a Personal Branding workshop. In the meantime, learn more about Kate and how she’s come to be the ultimate maven. 

1. Kate, I’m really impressed by your company Mavenly and the content you put out! I for one, really enjoyed being a part of your podcast and listening to the other badass ladies you feature. What inspired you to build Mavenly and how has it evolved since conception? 

It actually started with my first job out of college. I served as a consultant for my sorority Delta Gamma (yes, it’s a real job!) and I met bright and ambitious young women all over the country who didn’t have much guidance or support when it came to making post-graduate decisions about work and life especially  finding work they would thrive doing. I started simply by interviewing women who enjoyed their work and lifestyle, and since then we’ve grown organically by continuing to listen to our audience. 

When our audience wanted to listen to content while driving, we created a podcast. When they wanted to hear from a variety of women, we sourced contributors. When they wanted to meet in person to learn the skills they needed to design a  lifestyle with purpose, we created workshops. Every shift we’ve made to grow is a direct reflection of a request from our audience, and it’s never steered us wrong. 

2. As someone that focuses on empowering young women who are in school or fresh out of school what did you find was missing once you graduated college? 

I think what is missing is a conversation around the myth that college success directly translates to career success. In your career, you don’t always get specific assignments or feedback on how well you did. There’s no syllabus or A’s and F’s. Finding work and a routine that fulfills you takes work, and collectively we do not have enough conversations in college about what post-graduate life is like. 

This is why I always encourage young women to take note of the types of activities they gravitate toward naturally. For example, in college I loved running around campus, being involved in multiple organizations and working with groups toward a common goal. I loved facilitating events and teaching others. So why did I ever think I would enjoy a super corporate gig of sitting at a desk from 8am. to 6pm by myself? It’s ridiculous to me now, but no one ever sat me down and told me how my environment and routine would impact my professional and personal life. 
So if you’re a young woman anticipating your career or thinking of a career shift, think critically about the type of day or week you want to have, because often it’s the context of your work that gives you energy or drains you, not always the content of it. 

3. You’re based in New Orleans and Atlanta but travel often for workshops, have you noticed your followers being focused in one particular area? 

That’s my absolute 100% favorite thing about having an online business — you can connect with individuals all over the world who connect with your mission. For example, we have a podcast on iTunes, Women, Work and Worth, and this month the city with the most listens is…wait for it… Turin, Italy. WHAT?! It baffles and excited me. 

Sure, we have our main markets like Dallas, Atlanta, D.C., Los Angeles and New York, but realizing that women in over 50 countries come to us for information and advice is humbling and gratifying. 

4. What’s the most exciting thing about being your own boss? What do you find most frustrating? 

Most exciting: Being able to make changes quickly. For better or worse, I’m an executer. I have an idea, and in less than two days it can be on the site. I love having the ability to deliver quickly without cutting through the red tape of a corporate hierarchy. It allows us to give our audience what they want when they want it. 

Most frustrating: Trying to keep all the plates spinning. I have a FANTASTIC team (I mean, really world class), but I don’t always do the best job of empowering everyone on our team with what they need to more forward appropriately. Sometimes I get so in the weeds with what I’m working on that I forget to check in. It’s something I’m working on. 🙂

5. If you could offer one piece of advice to people graduating college and entering the workforce what would it be? 

This is the time to explore, take chances and make changes. If you don’t have a house, spouse, kids, etc. you have the unique opportunity to make big changes and take big risks. This may be the only time in your adult life where you’ll have that. Don’t waste it ‘building your resume’ to get to a place you don’t even really want to be. It’s not worth it. You know what is? Taking the time to find work worth doing and then shaping a life around that purpose.

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