We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristen Renee Ingram and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kristen, what do you attribute your success to?
My external success could be attributed to any one of the values, principles, talents or “lucky breaks” that have unfolded throughout the journey thus far, but the factor that stands out the most is my ruthless focus. By applying ruthless focus to every aspect of my life, including my agency (PLUS ONE society) brand, I have achieved award-winning, historical, unprecedented and seemingly impossible successes. Since transitioning from NFL executive to SheEO of PLUS ONE society in 2017, I have become one of the premiere social justice campaign and event producers in the country with a Client roster that includes the NBA, COMMON, Amazon Prime and NBC Universal. PLUS ONE society is in essence the branded manifestation of my commitment to serve the community.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
PLUS ONE society is an award-winning Black woman-owned event production and marketing agency specializing in social justice and racial equity. Our intentional values first model for the way we operate internally and externally distinguishes us in the market:
– Community Over Everything!
– Give an 8-Figure Effort (e.g. how you do anything is how you do everything!)
– Find The Solution — Failing is NOT an Option
– Lean into the Pressure
– Serve the People from Where you are with What You Have
We are excited to continue to leverage the power of sports and entertainment to change hearts and minds through positive social narratives and authentic solutions to pressing cultural issues. And, feel privileged to work alongside our non-profit partners like Represent Justice, Anti-Recidivism Coalition, NextGen America and League of Women Voters California to positively impact the lives of countless Californians through policy reform.
One of the greatest lessons I have learned is that purpose is not what you do, but rather it is how you do what you do and who you become in the process.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Creating experiential moments is the joy of my life! First and foremost my must go-to neighborhood is Malibu (pack beach chairs and other fabulous accessories), destination Malibu Country Mart. “Tap back” and into your inner spin warrior for 45-mins at Soul Cycle, afterwards walk across the parking lot to the Malibu Kitchen (order: kitchen club on sourdough; don’t forget the orange soda!). Grab your beach gear and proceed to walk across the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) to Paradise Cove, set up shop, and revel in the glory of all the positive decisions you have made that have brought you to this very moment! For a different vibe, but same effect, enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail (Eastern Standard) at the Soho House Malibu (Members Only), watch the sunset on the ocean (give thanks!), then walk across the parking lot for dinner reservations at Nobu (order: crispy rice spicy tuna, new style sashimi, yellowtail jalapeno and tuna tacos).
Additional places that offer intangible value to one’s life experience are Osteria Mozza (swoon much?!), Osteria La Buca, Juice Crafters (hands down best acai bowls in the city!), Terranea Resort (spa day, all day!), *Bloom and Ploom Coffee (flowers and coffee, two birds one stone!), *My 2 Cents LA (everything in here is yummo, but definitely try the Gluten-Free BBQ Fried Chicken and Mac & Cheese), *Poppy & Rose (a brunch must!), Runyon Canyon (classic LA “hike” vibes), Melrose Rooftop Theatre, Rise Nation and Melrose Place Farmers Market. Most spiritual houses have moved online, but *Agape (Dr. Michael Beckwith) and *One Church LA (Toure Roberts & Sarah Jakes Roberts) produce amazing spiritual fruit to eat.
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The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Absolutely, I dedicate my shoutout to Debra ‘GG’ Morgan! For over 30 years, she has been my chief counsel, #1 fan, educator, advocate, accountability partner, editor-in-chief (in written and physical form) and served as an all encompassing earth guide. Without the impartation of her vast wisdom, fierce work-ethic, unyielding love, winner’s mindset and proverbial gut checks I would not have made it “off the blocks” (aka “out of the gate” for our non-sports obsessed fans). Mama, this one is for you!
There have been a handful of transformative moments in my life thus far. All of which have required me to become a higher version of myself; I would not have been able to reach these heights without the opportunities, guidance, support and faith given to me by others. That said, the award for best supporting cast in the documentary that is my personal revolution go to: Rick Ford, Brett Lippel, Kim Wilson, Lori Zlotnick, Deion Sanders, Tamara Brown, Common, Scott Budnick, Troy Vincent Sr. and DeVon Franklin.
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