Mom of two little ones, Claudia is truly one of those moms who somehow does it all! Having grown up surrounded by communities of amazing women (attending all-girls high school and college), she made It her life mission in 2012 to provide a way for people to engage more in women’s issues by founding S.H.E. Summit. While S.H.E. Summit now stands for SHE, HE & the Equity of All People, Claudia and her team are on a mission to create a more thriving and equal humanity by connecting, educating, and activating a new generation of leaders through conferences, courses, and community. At home, she swears by the Nest App, Aimee Raupp’s nourishing face oil, and might have been an actor in another life! Anyone who knows Claudia knows she is a true change agent, and her charisma and passion for inspiring others is undeniably one of a kind.
If you have been anywhere in Westport lately and seen the striking black and white photos of women, men and even children – all photographed to support Stage 4 metastatic cancer research, you should know Jerri Graham was the photographer behind them all. A Westport mom of a 19 year old daughter, Jerri’s love for the camera – and capturing those fleeting life moments – came from her dad, and has come full circle after years in the food industry. Jerri is the real deal – she loves avocados, can’t tolerate superficial conversations, and has a deep appreciation for quiet, having grown up as one of five. At her core, she is an artist who loves finding beauty in the people around her, and capturing It. The incredible portraits she’s done will be featured at the POP’T Art Gallery on March 7th as part of a project she started for AWARE (a local charity organization) in support of The Cancer Couch. Thank you Jerri for capturing the spirit of what makes our community so special.
Meredith is a Westport native, mom of two daughters and a highly respected realtor in town (@weknowwestportrealestate), but most importantly she is one of those people whose name comes up and everyone in earshot can be heard saying “Meredith is amazing!” Knowing she would always return to Westport, Meredith’s mom inspired her to try real estate for the long-term work life balance It would allow for, and she is forever grateful. While a powerhouse in the industry, her latest passion is educating women – and men – on the importance of genetic testing, particularly for the BRCA gene mutation, after her own experience with this knowledge truly changed – and possibly – has saved her life. Meredith loves to sleep, dreams nightly about her morning cappucino and loves nothing more than laughing about anything (particularly reality TV!) with her sister! Meredith is truly one of the most courageous people around – and a true inspiration.
A Westport native, and mom to two kids under two, Emily Dreisman returned to her hometown when given a tremendous opportunity to take over a boutique orthodontic practice now called Embrace Orthodontics. Emily has always been motived by idea of creating confidence in young kids, and feels so fortunate to be able to do this by improving someone’s smile! And as she shares, given straight teeth are as much the rage these days as Jennifer Aniston’s hair in 90s, she is fortunate to work with clients of all ages and still make a difference! Emily can’t be missed with her shiny red locks, big smile, and even bigger mission of helping to make others smile just a little bit brighter!
If you like New York bagels, Shark Tank and/or kick-ass women entrepreneurs, Elyse is your girl! Amidst careers in finance, she and her husband Nick spent years brainstorming business ideas until one day they decided to pursue the idea of creating and selling pre-filled on-the-go bagels, and their dreams became a reality! Enter Bantam Bagels! Over the last 6 years, Elyse (and her husband) built their company (starting with a small shop on Bleecker St), had 2 boys, moved to Westport and traveled an amazing journey. After pitching their company on Shark Tank (very pregnant no less), the company truly took off, and they’ve never looked back! Bantam Bagels are now a staple across Starbucks, most grocery stores nationwide, and of course millions of households! Fun facts – Elyse doesnt leave her house without lipstick, still eats bagels every morning, and shares that her husband remains her greatest source of inspiration! We are so lucky to have you in our community, and are going out to buy bagels NOW! Thanks for changing the way we do breakfast!!
If you like clothes and shopping, you likely know about Groove, a beloved children’s and women’s clothing store in Westport, run by the driven and talented owner and local mom of 3, Corri Neckritz. What started as a small business out of her home to fill a desire she had to find hip, yet tasteful clothing for her own children, has grown over 20+ years into a tremendously successful and coveted brand and retail store. Some fun facts about Corri – she loves dogs (and has four herself!), has her masters in elementary education, and is a host family for the “A Better Chance” program, with a scholar spending time in their home on weekends. Like Corri and her family, Groove is always looking to give back, and partners closely with many local organizations, including STAR and Abilis. She is also currently supporting Local Love at Groove, offering 20% off through Sunday!! We are grateful for all she has brought to this community – and let’s be honest, our kids are pretty well dressed thanks to her!