Ep. 013 Kenia Mattis: Crushing Business Goals With Creativity

The Transformation Blueprint 013 Kenia Mattis

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Kenia Mattis (@keniamattis) is a founder of ListenMi, a creative design studio that helps companies, communities and NGOs create messages that excite and connect with their audiences through non-traditional brand-driven storytelling.

ListenMi specializes in visual storytelling, illustration, animation, voice-over and music scores and reinvests part of its profits into producing its own content such as digital graphic novel series and improving the lives of our indigenous people and children.

Kenia is the recipient of the 2016 DBJ Ignite Grant and was the 2016 Startup Winner at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit Spark the Fire Pitch Competition at Stanford University, among many other achievements.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • How to design an environment that brings out the best from each employee;
  • What are the benefits of keeping a lean, small team;
  • How to work optimally with creative people; and so much more.

CONNECT WITH KENIA

Twitter: @keniamattis
Instagram: @kenia.mattis

ListenMi:
Website: ListenMi
Twitter: @listen_mi
Instagram: @listenmi
Facebook Page: @ListenMiCaribbean

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KENIA’S BLUEPRINT

  • The origins of ListenMi Caribbean
  • The pros and cons of combining business and art
  • The startup story for ListenMi Caribbean
  • Some of the creative projects which have come out of ListenMi
  • How to develop company culture that’s in line with your values
  • The advantages of using networking as a recruiting source
  • The case for maintaining a small team size
  • Caring for your employees beyond the deliverables
  • Kenia’s drive to create intelligent campaigns and commercials for Jamaica
  • Becoming Brand Storytellers
  • How Kenia optimizes her first 90 minutes of the day
  • Why it’s important to take care of yourself first
  • The books that Kenia would recommend each and every time
  • Why you have to push beyond talent to achieve success
  • What Kenia is most excited about right now
  • Making an impact beyond ourselves
  • The types of people that make up Kenia’s inner circle

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

  • ListenMi Caribbean, an illustration and sound design studio
    • League of Maroons, an interactive graphic novel
    • ListenMi News, a short web show putting a new spin on the news
    • Greater Cakes, a project to help children learn story writing skills and become digitally published authors
    • Go Lexi Go, a learning adventure game for kids and parents
  • Women’s Entrepreneurship Network of the Caribbean, a regional body with the goal to strengthen the voice, visibility, viability and interests of business women in the Caribbean.
  • Women Who Code, is a global non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers by creating a global, connected community of women in technology.

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