Launching and running a business requires a lot of focus, hard work and thinking out of the box. Over the last several years we’ve come across many people, places and things that inspired us — here are some of our favorites!
People We Love- Jessica A. Shepherd, M.D., MBA
Dr. Shepherd was born in Canada and moved to the US at the young age of 13. She is the founder of Her Viewpoint, an online women’s health forum that focuses on addressing taboo topics in a comfortable setting. As an OB/GYN, she practices at the University of Illinois at Chicago and also serves as the Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecology. She treats women for obstetrics, pelvic health and sexual dysfunction. With her patients, she is able to offer them laparoscopic surgical procedures that may not have been offered in their past and has created a following within the community.
She is also seen regularly as an expert on “Dr. Oz”, both local and national affiliates for CBS News and “You&Me This Morning” in Chicago, in addition to radio programs nationwide such as Doctors Radio, Marilu Henner Show and Tress women’s health issues. She also collaborates with bloggers to spread the word and discuss health topics with their followers. As a new mommy to her second son Miles, she spends her free time with her husband Marvin and their first son Chanceom Joyner. She also has contributed to several leading publications including Women’s Day, Women’s Health, Essence and Just Parenting.
She writes for several blog posts including Cafe Mom, She Knows and Lux and Concord. Her
publications include a book chapter and several academic articles related to gynecology and women’s health. She has been able to learn from her patients in her practice that women’s health issues are not discussed enough and that there is a need have conversations on these matters that affect us. Women’s health spans physical, emotional and spiritual positions and she discusses many of these topics on her website HerViewpoint.com
As an health care expert, she strives to educate women on their bodies and how to address uncomfortable topics and issues. She is a national speaker for Poise as well as Change The Cycle to address women’s health issues. She also collaborates with bloggers to spread the work and discuss health topics with their followers. As a new mommy to her second son Miles, she spends her free time with her husband Marvin and their first son Chance.
I get inspiration for my work from…
The women I see everyday in the office who motivate me to be the best physician, wife, mother and person that I can be and also seeing women after I have operated on them and they feel so much better as a result. I love being a surgeon and using my skill in the OR to help women achieve certain goals.
My favorite thing about NYC is…
Its energy and diversity! I love walking the streets and seeing people from all walks of life in the same space. It’s so electric!
Biggest business challenge?Having the time to devote all my business ideas at full throttle. That is why my mantra keeps me in line.
Last time I tried something new?
Yesterday! My husband made an apple pie dessert that he found on a website…..YUMMY! I think trying something new almost everyday, it makes life so much more exciting.
My must-have beauty or fashion item is…
Mascara and a great smile! It can change a picture dramatically.
Best advice I’ve received…
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney
Worst advice I’ve received…. To “play by the book”. I never understood how that is good advice. Who wrote this book? Is this same book for everyone? I laugh when I think about that because I think if I played by the book I would never try to branch out and do something different.
Favorite basq NYC product?
I love all the products but the Mega Moisture cream is so luxurious and makes any bad day better! But a close second is the cooling body bliss because after standing all day at work, it immediately makes my legs like a supermodel
My personal mantra is… “You can have it all. Just not all at once.” – Oprah WinfreySEE MORE OF OUR FAVORITE PEOPLE →
Places We Love: Tribeca NYC
“Tribeca” comes from the Acronym Triangle Below Canal Street. We love the energy, stylish people and amazing restaurants in this neighborhood. Here are five things we love:
1. Tribeca scenery: Lots of former industrial buildings that have been transformed into residential housing and diverse stores. Tons of beautiful boutiques mix with the eccentric, too.
2. Transportation. In TriBeCa, there are Citibikes everywhere–the best way to navigate the complicated downtown one way streets.
5. Fresh Sangria to go anyone? A perfect summertime treat!SEE MORE OF OUR FAVORITE PLACES →