Today we’d like to introduce you to Natalie Leon, Wine With Nat® and founder of Women Who Wine®
Natalie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’m a Cuban-American living in Miami. A public relations and marketing professional by trade with over 12 years experience, I decided to follow the lifestyle of my dreams as a winepreneur, because I’ve always been an entrepreneur at heart. In 2015 and with the support of my life and business partner (my husband), I decided to share my story with the online world through blogging with a little help from wine. In just a short amount of time, I witnessed the positive impact I was making in other women’s lives through the power of my voice and wine. So, I turned life’s circumstances and passions into purpose-driven brands and business ventures aimed at empowering and bringing women together through wine.
I kicked off my career at a local Miami PR agency and then moved onto The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. In 2009, during the economic crisis, I was courageous enough to launch NAT-PR, INC., a boutique ‘a la carte’ Public Relations & Events Management firm. I recognized the challenges that businesses encountered in obtaining public relations firms at a fair budget with proven results. One of my biggest accomplishments during that time was NAT-PR’s signature event, Get Connected, an event with over 500 attendees that offered all South Florida professionals a networking platform to build relationships. I was featured on NBC 6 South Florida, BizBash, Selecta Magazine and IN FOCUS Magazine. In 2011, I was awarded “Publicist/PR Executive of the Year” by BizBash.
I lost my mother to domestic violence and watched my father receive the murder conviction. Several years later, I forgave my father. I had to raise my younger brother after experiencing family problems. Just a few weeks apart, both my husband and I became unemployed after our wedding, and my health took a turn for the worse.
I’m grateful for my story because it led me to this moment. I am now on a mission to empower and bring women together one sip at a time.
Has it been a smooth road?
Entrepreneur life has never been a smooth road. But, here is what I’ve learned when building a dream.
There are highs and there are lows. You have to ignore the noise and naysayers. You have to be ambitious and take action. Be willing to set aside your ego and take constructive criticism to grow. When partnerships and efforts don’t work out, don’t look at it as a failure, but an opportunity to create something better. Listen to your audience… your brand(s) and business(es) should be valuable to them. Surround yourself with empowering supporters and find yourself a mentor(s).Disconnect from the online world from time to time and have face-to-face meaningful conversations, because that is how you build healthy relationships with others and yourself.
Most importantly, stay positive and enjoy every minute of the journey!
We’d love to hear more about Natalie, Wine With Nat® and founder of Women Who Wine®.
In 2015, life’s circumstances lead me to blogging with a little help from wine. In just a short amount of time, I witnessed the positive impact I was making in other women’s lives. So, I established my brands and the Women Who Wine® community.
Most proud of:
1. Courageously sharing my story with the online world through blogging. My healing journey now allows me to be a voice for other women. I want to inspire others to own and rise above their story.
2. Breaking the mold in the wine industry: using the power of wine for empowerment
3. Establishing the Women Who Wine® community
WHAT IS WOMEN WHO WINE®
A brand created by Wine With Nat®, Women Who Wine® is a registered trademark and community.
SIP. RISE. THRIVE.
Through online engagement and in-person events, the Women Who Wine® community empowers each other one sip at a time by fostering meaningful conversations and connections in order to rise and thrive in life.
Some other things you should know about me:
1. I’m a content creator.
2.Coordinate, market and host Women Who Wine® events: http://www.winewithnat.net/miami-wine-events/.
3.Brand and business coach for women entrepreneurs (and great clients): http://www.winewithnat.net/brand-business-coaching/.
4.This year, I’m focusing on: getting clear on my personal and business goals, as well as wine education with WSET.
Do you feel like there was something about the experiences you had growing up that played an outsized role in setting you up for success later in life?
I lost both my parents at 14. I had to grow up very quickly and survive. I’m not ashamed to say that my past (pain and struggle) drives me. I turned pain into triumph and courageously shared my story with the world. I can now be a voice for other women. Life’s circumstances didn’t break me; they made me resilient. Because I turned struggle into strength. I’m grateful for it all because it made me who I am today.
- Website: http://www.winewithnat.net
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- Other: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCFVkDqIcqdhHXgDoNyIYtg