LBW 013: Meet Saran Kaba Jones, the Liberian Entrepreneur Behind the Successful Non-Profit, FACE AFRICA

Ladybrille Woman Alum Saran Kaba Jones joins host and Ladybrille Founder Ms. Uduak for an insightful interview about her non-profit Face Africa and how to build a successful non-profit.

Saran Kaba Jones is a clean water advocate and social entrepreneur. In 2009, she founded FACE Africa, a non-profit organization that provides marginalized communities in Liberia with access to clean and safe drinking water. With the support of companies like Chevron, JP Morgan Chase and P&G’s Covergirl, FACE Africa has provided access to drinking water for thousands of Liberians. Jones has received numerous awards and recognitions for her contribution to Liberia through FACE Africa.

In 2013, she was named by the Guardian UK as one of Africa’s 25 Top Women Achievers with the likes of Malawaian President Joyce Banda and Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee. She was also named a 2013 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. In 2012, Jones received the Longines/Town&Country “Women Who Make a Difference” award. Also in 2012, she was listed by the Daily Muse as one of 12 Women to Watch and as one of 10 International Women of Power to Watch by Black Enterprise. In 2011, she was the Voss Foundation’s Women Helping Women Honoree, she received the Applause Africa “Person of the Year” award and was listed as one of Forbes Magazine’s 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa. Jones recently cofounded Empire Group, a Monrovian-based company which aims to create businesses in the areas of small-scale manufacturing, agriculture and hospitality. ~ Elfonnie Inokon Anusionwu

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Quick Preview of the Podcast

  1. Personal challenge of juggling a very hectic schedule
  2. Taking time for family and friends.
  3. Health challenge as a result of not taking time for Saran.
  4. Launching Face Africa
  5. Important questions to ask yourself before you launch a non-profit.
  6. Operating and maintaining a non-profit.
  7. Face Africa Projects & tips for others.

Where to Find Saran Kaba Jones

Twitter: @sarankabajones

Website: www.faceafrica.org.

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LBW 012: Meet Franka Asindi Chiedu, CEO and Publisher of Blanck Digital Magazine

Frank Asindi Chiedu, CEO & Founder of Blanck Magazine, joins Ms. Uduak on The Ladybrille Woman Podcast show to discuss fashion business and the business of magazine publishing in Nigeria. Franka, who previously worked as Editor-in-Chief for Complete Fashion Magazine,  is credited for revamping Complete Fashion magazine and helping it  become the highest selling glossy magazine …

LBW 011: Meet Bisila Bokoko, Philanthropist and Ladybrille Woman of the Month, January 2015

 Bisila Bokoko, a JD and MBA degree holder (Spain), is the Founder and Chairperson of ‘’The Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project’’ (www.bbalp.com), a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote literacy among the African people. She was the Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce US-Spain in New York for almost seven-years, which is …

LBW 010: Meet Kara Goldin, Hint CEO and Ladybrille Woman of the Month December 2014

Thank you Ladybrillers for a GREAT 2014. Our goal this year was to shift the focus from the activities you do whether fashion shopping, attending events e.t.c. to looking at you in a more wholistic and even more mature approach. Once we identified what the wholistic you was about, we went about  responding to those needs: business, family, health, relationships, lifestyle and spiritual, while of course still making sure we gave you the activities you enjoy i.e. fashion, shopping, movies, music and other events. Our goal was to bring even more value to your lives as successful entrepreneurs and leaders.

To that end, we launched the Ladybrille Woman Podcast show to compliment the website and hope we have managed to show the blue print for what lies ahead in 2015. A special ‘thank you’ to our podcast sponsor Bisila Bokoko for her  support.  It made a difference.

Please enjoy our last podcast and website entry for 2014. It is our interview from Hint CEO Kara Goldin, our Ladybrille Woman of the Month for December 2014, who closes our year at Ladybrille by telling us how she built a company grossing over $50Million in revenue a year. We believe this is exactly the kind of motivation you need as we prepare to usher 2015 shortly.

Once again THANK YOU for being simply brilliant, and sharing your stories with our Ladybrille community.

We will see you Friday January 9th, 2014 after we return from our annual vacation.

On behalf of the Ladybrille Team, HAPPY NEW YEAR! We wish you nothing but great success.

/s/Uduak Oduok
Uduak Oduok, Esq.
Ladybird Editor-in-Chief

“Kara Goldin is chief executive officer and founder of San Francisco based hint Inc., which produces the leading unsweetened flavored waters, with nothing artificial. Since its official launch in April 2005, hint® has received numerous accolades from national publications including “Best Flavored Water” (in Health, Men’s Health, and SELF in both 2010 and 2012), “Best Enhanced Water” (BottledWaterWorld and BevNET) and “Top 25 New Products”.

Kara started hint, Inc. to make it easier for consumers to lead a healthy lifestyle. Flavored only with natural fruit, hint delivers refreshment without unnecessary additives and sweeteners. hint’s latest brand extension is the introduction of hintfizz, a carbonated version of hint Water, that received the 2012 Better Homes and Gardens “Best New Product Award” as well as the 2012 Silver Stevie Award for “Best New Product or Service of the Year.” Kara has been a contributor to national outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, MORE, The Huffington Post, Forbes.com, Reuters and Businessweek as well as appearances on national programs including CNBC and Fox News.

Kara was formerly the Vice President of Shopping and E-commerce Partnerships at AOL, where she grew AOL’s shopping business from startup to more than $1 billion in revenue in less than 7 years.

Kara has been selected among only 10 other women as Fortune’s 2011 “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs,” and was named in 2012 as one of Ernst and Young’s “Entrepreneurial Winning Women.” She was honored as the 2012 Gold Stevie Award Winner for “Female Entrepreneur of the Year” and was listed as a “Rising Star” and a “CEO to Watch in 2013” by OpenForum.com. Kara’s most recent accolade includes being named one of the “40 Women to Watch Over 40,” a list which is recognized by Forbes.

hint is available at leading retailers and is one of the top beverages at Google, Facebook and other forward-thinking companies. Kara is also an active member of SFBay YPO.”


BBES International:BBES international is a passport to other markets. BBES makes the connections needed to take brands and companies where they want to go.

Quick Preview of the Podcast

  1. Kara’s view on women in tech and the 2014 focus on women entrepreneurs
  2. Kara’s personal background.
  3. How Kara discovered Hint water.
  4. Trademark registration & self funding of Hint.
  5. Researching and understanding the marketplace.
  6. Dealing with distribution, retailers and e-commerce.
  7. How she got Facebook & Google to stock Hint Water.
  8. Hiring the right employees and maintaining the proper workplace culture.
  9. Marketing & promotions.
  10. Work-life balance and general tips for entrepreneurs.

Where to Find Kara Goldin

Twitter: @hintwaterCEO

Website: www.drinkhint.com

Contact & Links

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Feedback options: Please leave comments on this post or sen to (editor@ladybrille.com).

Sponsorship: (uduak@ladybrille.com)

Thank you for listening!