Why are Women entrepreneurs still missing out?
After years working at a luxury entertainment design company in NYC, Keanna O’Quinn noticed a void in the live music community, one where planners saw music as the background to the main event rather than something that can guide and elevate it. “The bands weren’t listening to the room,” she says. “We should make deliberate music choices based on the people in it, reacting to them. Not the other way around.” Her desire to create this harmony sparked the founding of Honey+Vinyl in 2013.
Throughout her 10 years in the industry, she saw mismatched music and event concepts and began to dive deeper into how sound influences sight, taste and smell. Understanding the science behind how lighting, décor, food and timing interact with music drove the Chicago native to establish Sonic Sommelier®, an experiential music and sonic branding company.
Amanda is a humanitarian, self-proclaimed anthropologist, and mediocre ukulele player. When not adventuring outdoors with her daughters, her passion is in eradicating the gender gap from a systemic and research-based approach. She believes in the power of diversity and bringing people and resources together to create a more powerful and effective impact.
Amanda is the founder of VOXAPOD®, a period care brand fighting for gender equity, reducing waste, and building stronger communities, and the board chair of XXcelerate, helping Oregon women entrepreneurs grow their businesses, connect with resources and peer support, and scale profitably.
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