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A lifestyle blog with a focus on my food adventures

IMG_2431This past Tuesday, a group of Boston’s finest (founders, journalists, executives, entertainers, students and creatives among others) donned shorts and blazers for a power hour networking event hosted by The Good Ones. The event took place at Montage on Arlington Street in the Back Bay.

IMG_2426Montage is a family run business that showcases some of the finest contemporary furniture.

IMG_2425The storefront was a great backdrop for the third event in the Power Hour series.

IMG_2438Some amazing brands were at the event – one of my favorites, Motto sparkling matcha green tea. Check out some great recent coverage on them in the Boston Globe.

IMG_2439Evy tea is a premium cold brewed tea that comes in amazing flavors like: Meyer lemon and basil green tea, peach ginger white tea and Earl grey and vanilla black tea. The tea is light, crisp and has so many layers of flavors.

IMG_2443Evy Chen, founder of Evy Tea.

IMG_2446Crop Vodka was mixing up their organic vodka into delicious cocktails – the cucumber vodka with lemonade – so perfect for summer!!

IMG_2449Gregg Renfew, founder of Beauty Counter, is on a mission to revolutionize the cosmetic industry. The personal care industry hasn’t passed laws to regulate ingredients that are used in personal care products since 1938. Beauty Counter has banned over 1,500 ingredients, setting a new health and safety standard. Their line features products for hair, makeup and skin.

IMG_2451Gianne and Jay of Organic Bath Co. were at the event with a variety of their products. Their SubLime organic body scrub is made from Fair Trade Certified sugar and Fair Trade Certified coconut oil, blended with organic shea nut oil.

IMG_2490Sara Gragnolati, founder of Cocomama, was sampling her new product, Crunched Out. Crunched Out will come in two flavors, fudgy chocolate and vanilla cinnamon.

As a fun twist to the night, I asked some of the guests a fun question to get to know them a little better!

Q: If you could be a CEO of any company, not your own, what would it be and why?

A: (Sara) A craft brewery, I love food and beverage!

IMG_2455Christina Kotseas (Personal Assistant)

IMG_2462Lauren Creedon (Co-Founder and Chief of Staff of Sports Loyalty International)

Q: If you could be a CEO of any company, not your own, what would it be and why?

A: (Lauren) Lulu Lemon. It is positioned as a lifestyle brand – they inspire people to work out, they’ve made workout clothing more mainstream. They have so much future potential, especially with partnerships. I’m passionate about empowering women – their brand , as a consumer product, has a great platform to convey that message. I would partner with brands like Equinox or Red Bull, brands that stand for/represent fitness, living out your passions and taking charge of your day to day happiness. Lulu Lemon can represent a happier healthier lifestyle.

IMG_2477Jennifer Brooke and Carolyn Kim (Co-founders of The Good Ones)

Q: If you could be a CEO of any company, not your own, what would it be and why?

A: (Jennifer) Facebook: Visual knowledge is power. Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn says it’s largely because we’re getting less attentive and more anxious: “The average American attention span in 2013 was about 8 seconds. The average attention span in 2000 was 12 seconds. And then get this kicker – the average attention of a goldfish is 9 seconds.”

(Carolyn) MIT – I’d focus on attracting talented professors from leading liberal arts, psychology, and communications schools, and design an uniquely branded undergraduate program around “Business & EQ”.

IMG_2470Matt Moynahan (President, Arbor Networks); Pamela Michelle Paquin (Founder, Petite Mort); Eric Papachristos (Co-Owner, TRADE Restaurant); Liri Kovalski (Real Estate Principal); Christina Kotseas (Personal Assistant)

Q: If you could be a CEO of any company, not your own, what would it be and why?

A: (Christina) Travel and Leisure Magazine, I’d get to travel to fabulous places and see places I wouldn’t ordinarily go to.

IMG_2471Ariana Morris (Practice Lead, Monster.com); Gianne Doherty (Founder, OrganicBath.co); Julia Stewart (Manager, Monster.com)

IMG_2483Jennifer Brooke (Co-Founder, TheGoodOnes.co); Eric Papachristos (Co-Owner, TRADE Restaurant); Kristina Tsipouras (Founder, DrinkZoos.com); Tom Olcott (Co-Founder, DrinkMotto.com); Ruta Laukien (President, Liquid Art House)

Q: If you could be a CEO of any company, not your own, what would it be and why?

A: (Eric) I would be CEO of Google because they do a lot of cool things in a lot of different industries and their philantropic.

(Kristina) Vogue magazine because it’s been my inspiration my whole life. I always come back to it, I love everything about it and what they stand for.

IMG_2500Ruta Laukien (President, Liquid Art House); Elena Kazlas (Global Consultant for Museums); Heloisa Helena Fitzgerald (Design Entrepreneur, Designs for Lives)

Q: If you could be a CEO of any company, not your own, what would it be and why?

A: (Heloisa) I have 3 jewelry companies and I admire Bulgari, they do an unbelievable job in design. Their pieces can be trendy, yet always elegant. Their pieces are classy and elevate everyone’s look.

IMG_2515Kinda Touma (Fashion Designer); Tommy “Hollywood” Severo (Actor/Comedian, Winner of Beauty & The Geek – Season 5)

Q: If you could be a CEO of any company, not your own, what would it be and why?

A: (Tom) Tom’s shoe company because I like the work they are doing in Africa, they are providing quality product.

IMG_2522Janet Wu (Anchor, Channel 7 News); Jennifer Brooke (Co-Founder, TheGoodOnes.co); Carolyn Kim (Co-Founder, TheGoodOnes.co); Kinda Touma (Fashion Designer)

IMG_2504Tom Olcott (Co-Founder, Drinkmotto.com), Devin Thomas (IT Consultant), Jay Weeks (Co-Founder of Organic Bath Co.)

Q: If you could be a CEO of any company, not your own, what would it be and why?

A: (Tom) Uber because they are changing the world, one city at a time. You would have the opportunity see a lot of cool places.

(Devin) Google, because of the money – with that type of money and platform, you could do anything.

(Jay) Apple, also because of the money, and because you could create anything you envision. You would have so many talented people working for you.

 

Want to join the next Power Hour? It’s on Wednesday, June 25 at Liquid Art House. Request an invitation by emailing Carolyn at Carolyn@thegoodonesboston.com

 

 

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