Renata Mutis Black is the CEO and Co-Founder of EBY. She studied microfinance under Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, has had a chapter in Deepak Chopra’s book “The Soul of Leadership” written about her, and has been featured in such as the WSJ, Forbes, InStyle and TechCrunch. Renata speaks at numerous institutions including the United Nations, MIT and Harvard Business School on the topics of entrepreneurship, female empowerment and women in business. She is also the founder of Seven Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mandate is to raise awareness for micro-finance and to raise funds for micro-finance programs focused on women globally.
EBY Love In Action Awards:
For Women’s History Month, female-empowerment brand, EBY has partnered with New York Times’ bestselling author Deepak Chopra Actress & Humanitarian Gabriella Wright for the first-ever EBY Love in Action Awards on March 29th. The event is free and is dedicated to lifting up women around the world who are doing truly incredible things. The EBY Awards have a special award for anyone to nominate their favorite championing woman in their life. Some of the judges involved include fashion designer Mara Hoffman, Intermix President Joythi Rao and iFundWomen of Color founder Olivia Owens. The winners will get to choose the next microfinance beneficiary country on behalf of EBY, an interview on Deepak’s social channels, and an iFundWomen coaching package. EBY is a company that empowers women out of poverty and into business through microfinance. Sign up here.
BELLA got to know Renata + her inspiration behind creating this platform for female empowerment…
What do you think is the importance of female empowerment?
It is statistically proven that when you empower a women out of poverty into business the first thing, she does is break the cycle of poverty for her children. The reason it is important is because women have proven to be the best investment to have a real impact on the world.
Why did you decide to use underwear as a motif for female empowerment?
Seduction is one of the most powerful energies that exists. If we can redirect that energy to the empowerment of women, it would be transformative.
From your degree in microfinance how did you find your way into design?
My original degree was in Journalism. I have always had an eye for design and was fortunate to have fashion mentors. I understand the commercial markets and how to spot trends before they happen. I think with design, it is an eye that you refine as you mature in your career.
EBY is a size inclusive female brand, what is the importance of inclusivity?
As opposed to seeing it as inclusive I prefer to see it more as relatable. We are a brand that builds consistent relationships to our members and customers. In order to have a meaningful relationship with someone, you need to be able to relate. We love to relate to all the beautiful versions of women that are out there. The more different we are, the more perspectives are possible and the richer all our lives become. If we all looked the same and talked the same the world would be a bore. Diversity is the spice of life – says a Hispanic woman that loves to make all situations spicy.
What does it mean to be a woman and an entrepreneur for you, and do you have any advice for aspiring female entrepreneurs?
As unpopular as this may sound, I don’t necessarily feel that everyone is built to be an entrepreneur. It comes with a lot of life sacrifices to see a vision out. Sometimes innovation comes from extending the reach and impact of existing organizations and make them bigger, better with an expanded vision.
Where can one purchase and or find out more information about EBY?
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