Innovator Insights: Rachel Cargle, Founder and CEO of Harlem-based The ADC Collective
Name: Rachel Cargle
Title: Founder & CEO
The ADC Collective was born when Rachel Cargle recognized that the incredible entrepreneurs that she was meeting were in desperate need of professional administrative assistance for the continued growth of their projects, businesses and brands.
Me: Why are you an entrepreneur?
Rachel: I’m an entrepreneur because I recognized that the best way for me to serve the world in a way that was meaningful and long standing was to use my passions and skills to build meaningful companies. It is this dynamic ecosystem of providing excellent service to clients and providing exciting work opportunities for my employees that solidifies my passion as an entrepreneur.
Me: What problem would you like solved?
Rachel: I would love to see more women going BIG in their businesses. Getting women away from the small kitchen table businesses into multi-million dollar revenue companies. The problem is that a lot of women feel ill-equipped with the business background, financial knowledge or adequate network to really push their idea into a scalable business model.
Me: Advice you’d wished you’d had or had followed?
Rachel: I wish I would have been given a heads up about how long it really does take to build something special in your businesses. When we first get started we are so full of excitement and creative energy we want it to launch exactly how we see it in our minds. But it takes lots of grooming, occasional pivoting and the support of several different people for a company to really round out in a more “perfected” way and it is absolutely worth the wait!
Me: What does success look like for you?
Rachel: Success for me is a life that is rich in the areas of love, purpose and personal development.
Me: Who are your heroes?
Rachel: My heros are the women who I see all around me who live their lives with no holds barred. The Lena Dunham’s, the Maya Angelou’’s, the girl in the subway who sells her art, the activist who stand on the front lines unwavering in protests for women’s reproductive rights, the authors who speak their truth and encourage others to as well. I’m inspired and encouraged by these women who recognize and use their power for meaningful action and results in our world. I want to be just like them.
Me: What is your best discovery?
Rachel: My best discovery is co-working spaces. There is this magic that happens in a room full of creative energy. The focused effort, the generous encouragement, the good vibes, and the endless inspiration has been an awesome find for me. Harlem has some incredible co-working spaces as well as the innovated online co-working platform Weleet.com that allows me to get all that goodness either from home or in a shared space!
Me: What would the title of your biography be?
Rachel: I think the title of my biography would be “A Renaissance of My Own”. Growing up I had very few examples of people living big and purposeful lives. It took a lot of digging and self assertion to figure out exactly how I could build the type of life and career I know I really wanted.
Me: What makes the Harlem entrepreneurial ecosystem unique?
Rachel: Harlem, like NYC as a whole, has this dynamic!
Me: From meetups to co-working to networking events, what are your top recommendations for someone just stepping into the X startup ecosystem?
Rachel: The Harlem eco -system is friendly and open to those who are ready to be part of its Magic. Take time at local social scenes to get a feel of the people in the neighborhood like MIST or Corner Social and don’t shy away from introducing yourself and letting the community know what you bring to the table!
Me: Anything else we should know about?
Rachel: I am now working on a podcast titled Proof: Proving the power of the modern day woman. We are now curating our guest list! If you are (or know) a woman who has broken down barriers, built something meaningful, went against the odds or used your power to really make a difference and would like to use your story to encourage other women all over the globe we would love to have you on the show! Please reach me through the contact form on www.womenaremagic.com
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