Today we’d like to introduce you to Karen Beninati.
Hi Karen, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I was a feature film producer before becoming a mom, I found the travel and unpredictable demands of entertainment and filmmaking nearly-impossible to reconcile with motherhood. Finding flexible childcare for her working hours was an ongoing problem.
I wanted a beautiful space where I could choose when and how I needed it, so I created the solution. Beautifully designed centers, flexible care while still getting a robust curriculum that I needed in 2009 with WeVillage (locations in Portland and Los Angeles, currently). Best tip: “Don’t be afraid to create something that doesn’t exist! If you see an opportunity, TAKE IT and never look back. I saw the need for my business idea and had little capital, but I knew I wanted to create it, and everything fell into place. It doesn’t have to be perfect from day one, just make a day one.”
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Oh my gosh! No! It’s been incredibly challenging. There are so many regulations to follow, then the constant staffing issues, cleaning to my standards, parent demands, contractor mess ups. Shall I go on?
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am so proud to say I broke the mold! Others may claim it, I am proud I have cared for over 10 thousand families over the past 11 years, is pretty amazing. We have provided families with the peace of mind. Whether it’s been for a few hours or full-time care. Newborns till school age! We are a WeVillage and will continue to do our absolute best. We love what we do!
Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
I surrounded myself with business owners and a strong team. I have been so lucky to have had people along the way who without them, I would not have been able to keep moving forward! I build a women’s networking group where I could release the fest and stress and have woman who have my back and I have there’s. Always give to others. Always be of service and help!
- Email: Karen@wevillage.com
- Website: www.wevillage.com
- Instagram: Wevillage
- Facebook: Wevillage
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