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1:1 with Pepperlaner Brandyn Campbell

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TraciElaine_Brandyn_Nov2021-5In our new 1:1 series, we talk to women who are full members in our Pepperlane community about their business and how they use Pepperlane to learn, grow and solve business challenges.

Tell us about your business

Brandyn Campbell Communications is a diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting firm that helps individuals and businesses navigate challenging conversations and build inclusive cultures. We provide services ranging from training to consulting engagements for small-to-medium-sized businesses to help them embrace and embed DEI into their cultures.

Have you always owned this business or what made you decide to start it?

I have not always had my own business. I worked in higher education and in the nonprofit sector for much of my career. A particularly toxic office environment and having my second child, heightened my desire to spend more time with my family. So, wanting more flexibility, I launched my business full-time.

The Facebook community is so helpful and supportive. The one common thread to both the Boosts and the Facebook group? Pepperlane members! They are the most warm, welcoming group I have come across in my life as a business owner.

We like to say that everyone has a journey to Pepperlane. How do you use Pepperlane as a female entrepreneur balancing business with motherhood?

Though I am an extrovert and enjoy networking, I quickly discovered that traditional networking events were not for me. Further, I had an infant and a toddler when I started my company and had very limited hours. Discovering the Pepperlane community showed me that I shouldn't apologize for when I create the space to work. If anything, it helped me lean into authenticity, which helped me better manage expectations for my professional and personal lives. My workday ends when I pickup my kids form school, and I no longer feel any need to make apologies for that fact.

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What do you struggle with?

Self-care, not in the traditional get a spa and manicure sort of sense. My work involves talking about incredibly heavy topics on a daily basis. Knowing when I need to separate to sustain myself is critical. In addition, there needs to be space for rest and joy for its own sake to provide me with the necessary fuel.

When I decided to focus on DEI work, a friend advised me to take the amount of self-care I needed and double it. For me, I think the right formula may be closer to triple that amount.

Finding a way to do that with two young kids and a business is still something I haven’t quite figured out, but part of that journey includes embracing the joy from the moments of play I have with them.

How can someone best work with you and what is your core product offering?

The best thing to do is reach out to me! My core product offering for small business owners is the Antiracist Business Framework, where I help you identify opportunities to support what you value within the structure of your business. There are so many opportunities to be antiracist in our businesses that we frequently overlook.

I will soon be launching a very different sort of offering, but one that is close to my heart: A program to help parents navigate how to speak about race and difference with their children and families. Stay tuned! This will launch in early 2023.

 
Where can clients learn more about you or purchase a package?
Because the services I deliver are customized for each person/organization, the best thing to do is contact me so that we can set up a consultation, and we can take it from there.
 
What's your favorite feature of Pepperlane Membership?

The Boosts! They are such an incredible way to connect, inspire, and move forward in your business. I get so much from them, whether I am leading one or taking part as a participant! The Facebook community is so helpful and supportive. The one common thread to both the Boosts and the Facebook group? Pepperlane members! They are the most warm, welcoming group I have come across in my life as a business owner.

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Written by Team Pepperlane

The Pepperlane team is a group of women who are leaders, entrepreneurs and mothers.

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