CANDID: Cheree Berry

 

Cheree Berry started her eponymous paper company to create custom stationery for private individuals, but CBP has since evolved to become a national graphic design firm sought after for its playful, yet polished, sensibility. CBP's team of creatives are visual story tellers who strive to create conceptual designs that are unexpected, clever and command attention.

Cheree is CEO, Owner and Creative Director at Cheree Berry Paper in Saint Louis, Missouri.

 
 

 
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The future is female! Be yourself, find your voice and put it to action. Oh, and write thank you notes!
 

 

My personal style is playful/sophisticated. I put the playful first as I’d say it’s 60% playful and 40% sophisticated. Cheeky, yet tailored and ever-changing. I’m inspired by childhood, graphic design greats (ie: Cepe Pineles, Tibor Kalman, Michael Bierut, etc!), communication in the everyday world, and occasions that occur all year round.

If I had a style uniform it would be really fun sneakers, a skirt and a cotton tee. 24/7.

I’m making my mark by keeping paper alive and well! Stationery, holiday cards, wedding invitations, kids’ lunch box notes, etc. I see the relevancy and importance of printed pieces from everyday communication to big milestones.

Professional and personal challenges that keep me up at night... Is my amazing staff happy? Did I forget to turn in my daughter’s field trip permission slip? Are my parents okay? Did I forget to tag someone in a social media post? Is it going to rain on a client’s wedding day? So many things!

In moments of self-doubt I build myself back up by checking in with my husband, calling my sisters/mom/friends, hold my babies (not really babies, anymore!), go to coffee with my business partner, and reach out to my accountability network. I have a large squad that luckily continues to grow.

Words of wisdom that resonate with me are…  If mom/the boss is happy, everyone is happy. I try and remember that before I react or radiate unpleasant vibes.

I stay true to my passions by continuing to stay motivated. I absolutely love what I do. There is never a day that I don’t want to creatively solve a design brief with a client or a CBP designer.

When it comes to my work, I’m most proud of my team! I love what I see being created in the studio. It really takes a team to extract the information, concept, create, adjust, refine, schedule, produce, quality check and put it altogether. It’s rewarding to see the variety of projects and new ideas that are generated with each one. I love our signature style of interactive and engaging  paper pieces, our true specialty... And am amazed when we make annual events feel new each year.

The one thing I would like to say to every woman in the world is, the future is female! Be yourself, find your voice and put it to action. Oh, and write thank you notes!

 

 

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Since I've known Cheree Berry, I've always been energized by her effervescent imagination. It radiates from her - she is absolutely brimming with curiosity and creativity. Cheree and her team at Cheree Berry Paper are consistently producing paper and digital delights that are almost waiting for us to take a bite into them! The CBP team is all around awesomesauce and it shines through in the work they do every day. 

 

CANDID: Manisha Thakor

 

Manisha Thakor is devoted to helping women “Live A Richer Life” - literally and figuratively.  Her personal website is MoneyZen.com and that feeling of calm, confidence and clarity embodied in the phrase “MoneyZen” is what she strives to leave all clients feeling.

Manisha is VP, Financial Education at Brighton Jones and is based out of Portland, OR. 


 
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I believe that money gives women voices and choices.  And I’ve also noticed that when women are living from a place of financial knowledge and empowerment they not only improve their own lives but those of their family and their broader community around them.
 

 

My personal style is simple, classic, and timeless. My goal is to have a look that inspires people to see me, my soul, my heart and not be distracted by my clothes... because my clothes seem like such a natural extension of who I am as a human being. I travel a lot for work so I also love pieces that pack & unpack graciously as well as mix & match so that I can pack as light as a roller bag ninja. Style icons for me include Audrey Hepburn & Princess Di in her post-divorce days.

The best piece of fashion armor in my closet  is my navy blue Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress. It goes from day to night. Makes me feel like a princess by accentuating my curves in just the right way.  And is so timeless I can wear it for years to come and always feel fresh and au courant. Also love my Jimmy Choo booties. They make me feel fiercely feminine.

I’m making my mark by inspiring and teaching women how to stand in their financial power.  I recently saw an OpEd  headline that said, “Money is Power.  And Women Need More of Both.”  I couldn’t agree more.  I believe that money gives women voices and choices.  And I’ve also noticed that when women are living from a place of financial knowledge and empowerment they not only improve their own lives but those of their family and their broader community around them.

A professional/personal challenge that keeps me up at night is how to simplify the world of personal finance and investing in a way that makes it not only accessible but desirable for women to learn about.  How to inspire women to incorporate financial well-being into their overall definition of personal well-being.  How to shift the wealth management industry from one that focuses on managing money to one that is holistically focused on financial well-being along with social, emotional and physical well-being… because one can’t have a truly “Rich Life” without having all of those components integrated.

In moments of self-doubt I build myself back up by smiling as wide as I can, doing the Dab and simultaneously saying out loud “It’s Showtime”. (Hat tip to my Brighton Jones colleague Jens who taught me this trick -- truly it works!)  I also reach out to my girl posse, reminding myself of the Helen Keller quote, “Alone we can do little; together we can do so much” and get an infusion of #girlfriendlove. And sometime I just need to have a good cry, get it out of my system, eat some dark chocolate or marzipan… and march forward.

Words of wisdom that resonate with me are “Our life is frittered away by detail… simplify, simplify.” - Henry David Thoreau.   "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment “ - Ralph Waldo Emerson   “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” - Albert Einstein.

I stay true to my passions by focusing daily on sleep, exercise & nutrition.  Without that foundation there is no energy to pursue my passions.  I also find daily, deliberate human connection nourishes my soul -- which in turn fuels my passions. And I try to remind myself that giving to others in ways big and small is one of the best investments one can make in their own happiness and personal growth.

I’m most proud of loving my family deeply & wholeheartedly.  At the end of the day, love is all there is.

The one thing I would like to say to every woman in the world is #Be$mart - it will change your life.

 

 

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A mentor and friend, I'm excited to launch CANDID with Manisha Thakor. Since we met three years ago, Manisha has been relentlessly encouraging of me and helping me channel my love for fashion and my creative soul into my first entrepreneurial experience. Manisha is a constant source of approachable and practical knowledge, and I am glad to be sharing her story and some of her insights on CANDID.  x LKS

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