We had the good fortune of connecting with Karen Nguyen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Karen, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind my success has been consistent innovation. My mind is always thinking of new ways to serve my customers/clients. Whether it’s introducing a new product or process, I’m passionate about delivering quality results at every touchpoint of the business. While it’s important to know what competitors are doing in the market, I consider myself my biggest competitor. Maintaining this mindset inspires me to work harder, work smarter and think more creatively so I can continue to be a value-add to my clients.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Before starting my art and wine businesses, my career led me to high-tech global marketing after graduate school. I’m grateful for the opportunities my corporate career afforded me because it enabled me to learn how to grow a business. So after 10+ years climbing the corporate ladder, I decided to take the entrepreneurship plunge. Building an art studio wine bar from the ground up wasn’t easy, but I’ve learned to be resourceful and pivot during challenging times. Over the past five years, I’ve built several creative businesses all with the mission of educating, entertaining and inspiring the global community. Taking an “edu-tainment” approach, my goal is to make the learning process fun and enjoyable for anyone who is willing and wanting to learn regardless of age, race or gender. From a 90-year grandma to the blind, I’m most proud my team and I have taught over 20,000 students at Inspired studio. This year, we introduced the Artrepreneur Academy to help emerging artists build and grow their own art business. The Artrepreneur Academy is an MBA bootcamp that teaches business fundamentals and innovative strategies to help any type of creator grow a thriving business and/or career.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend were to visit me in Costa Mesa, I would first take them to my art studio wine bar. I would invite them to enjoy a painting class at Inspired Art Wine in the evening. The next day, I would take them to my favorite brunch place (Toast) followed by a bike ride from Huntington Beach to Newport Beach. The following day, I would take them to the Anti-Mall where we can enjoy an artisan coffee, shop and then have dinner at Habana. I’m a huge wine enthusiast so I’ll take them to the Wine Lab in the evening. The next day, we would head to Twinkle Park for some reading and photos. The last day will be reserved for shopping at South Coast Plaza.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Growing the business would not have been possible without the unwavering support of my family, significant other, friends and loyal customers. They have been my rock and biggest cheerleaders!
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