We had the good fortune of connecting with Stacy Brecht and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stacy, what are you inspired by?
I’m inspired by creativity, innovation, and individuality, which are some of the reasons I love Los Angeles. It’s a city full of dreamers who push the envelope in business and entertainment. Art in various mediums speak to me and inspire me, but performing arts, namely live music and dance arts, are lifelong interests and passions that inspired me to dance professionally as well as open my public relations company, Carder Brecht Communications, LLC (CBC). I started CBC in Los Angeles more than a decade ago with the goal of helping others achieve their dreams while sharing my artistic and business abilities.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Since forming Carder Brecht Communications (CBC) in 2009, we have successfully managed public relations for a diverse clientele ranging from Billboard charting recording artists to Silicon Valley technology companies. Running CBC enables me to merge my passion for entertainment and training in business to advance the public image and marketing goals of our clients. In addition to providing public relations services to help artists, businesses, and nonprofit organizations shine in the media, CBC is helping entrepreneurs build their companies. The services offered are strengthened by my experience as a business professor and an entrepreneur. I teach a variety of college business courses such as Principles of Marketing, Business Communication in Organizations, and Culture and Gender in Organizations and am working toward my Doctorate in Business Administration from a leading business school, Grenoble Ecole de Management, in France that is enabling me to share my international entrepreneurship research and knowledge with clients to help them succeed.
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?
Fortunately, my husband and I have been able to share the city with several friends throughout the years. During a week-long trip, we enjoy taking friends to Malibu and hanging out at Zuma Beach, getting fish tacos and Hula Pie at Duke’s while sitting on the patio, going to the Getty Villa, and stopping by Malibu Wines for tasty vino and great views. We also love taking friends to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and hanging out by the pool, visiting the Sunset Strip for live music at the Whisky a Go Go and the Roxy, and checking out stand-up comedy at The Comedy Store. The Griddle Cafe in Hollywood is one of our favorite brunch spots, so we make sure to take friends there too.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband, Tom, is my biggest fan and best friend who inspires me to live out dreams every day. We’ve built a beautiful life together in Los Angeles throughout the past 12 years, and he’s a rock star software engineer, husband, father, and all-around human being.
I’ve been fortunate to have support from my family since I was young. My mom, Michelle, drove me to and from competition dance practices several days a week after working long hours, encourages higher education, and always supports my diverse endeavors. She taught me how to be a strong business woman while also, most importantly, being a loving individual. Also, my mama Kim who married my late father, encourages me to spread my wings and dream big while having fun along the way! Both of my moms are entrepreneurs, and I admire their strength and perseverance.
One of my first bosses out of college, Melinda, is a dear friend and mentor. She is as intelligent as she is kind and compassionate, and she continues to inspire me with her insight and perspective. She’s always stressed the importance of being myself, no matter what.
I also want to give a shoutout to Dr. Louise Kelly for including me as a co-author on my first textbook chapter, “Building Entrepreneurial Community: A Collaborative Benefit Corporation for Women Empowering Women,” in the textbook titled, Socio-Tech Innovation: Harnessing Technology for Social Good. She’s helped me find my voice as a researcher, and I am inspired by her success as a scholar and professor as well as her admirable character.
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