The events take place March 14 at Brighton Park Branch and March 15 at Harold Washington Library Center. The events feature Rebecca Wu, a self-published children's author, and Christen Carter, owner and president of Busy Beaver Button Company.
Here’s a brief Q&A with Rebecca and Christen:
Q: How did you build up an entrepreneurial spirit? Do you believe you were born with it or you developed it?
Rebecca: I think I had it in me as a child. I also grew up in my parent’s small restaurant, and my maternal grandparents were entrepreneurs in Hong Kong as well… I always loved building and creating with my own hands; building an organization is very similar to that.
Q: What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur?
Christen: The ability to create a culture that I’d like to see more in the world—in my life and the lives of people I work with and customers. That human connection is really what makes my world go around.
Q: What is the one word of advice that you would give to others when it comes to succeeding as an entrepreneur?
Rebecca: Be flexible, work hard, stay true to your passion, and include the community in your life as an entrepreneur.
Q: Which book(s) motivated you to be an entrepreneur?
Christen: Small Giants by Bo Burlingham still motivates me. The idea of being small but community-minded and focused is so important to me because I want to be able to proudly stand behind what we do. I also like Strength Finders—life is so much easier when you know what you’re working with!
Q: In one word, describe your life as an entrepreneur.
Christen: Exhausting (but getting better!)