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May 2021 | Member Features

PUBLISHED 05.30.2021

The Collective Rising | Editorial Team


Meet Whitney Ortiz, Founder and President of Whole Health Self-Care and  Eliana’s Light. 

Where are you located? 

Washington, DC

Tell us about what you do professionally? 

I help mission-driven women leaders and parents of children with medical complexity release stress and connect more deeply to themselves and others so that they are able to experience greater fulfillment, a deeper inner peace, and an enhanced quality of life. I describe myself as a systems change and social entrepreneur, connector, and stress relief, and well-being coach and mentor. My goal is to help people live a better quality  life 

Describe your personal brand. 

  • Whole-health driven
  • Well-being oriented
  • Healthy mindset

Share a piece of advice or a lesson you wished you learned earlier in your career.

You must consider your whole health, and commit to taking care of your own well-being so you can have the capacity to lead with compassion, empathy, and kindness both at work and at home.

View Whitney’s profile on The Collective Rising. 

How can our members and readers get in touch with you? 

Email is the best way to reach me. My email address is whitney@wholehealthselfcare.com

Meet Kylee Fields, student and freelancer at KyleeCodes LLC.  

Where are you located? 

Charleston, SC

Tell us about what you do professionally? 

I develop websites for clients, consult with local startups, and mentor Computer Science students.

Describe your personal brand. 

  • Creative
  • Progressive 
  • Collaborative

Share a piece of advice or a lesson you wished you learned earlier in your career.

My best piece of advice is to just focus on RESULTS above all  else! Don’t waste time being a perfectionist, don’t get caught up in “tutorial hell”, don’t overthink which technologies to learn – just start somewhere. Just start creating!

View Kylee Fields’ profile on The Collective Rising. 

How can our members and readers get in touch with you? 

Email is the best way to reach me. My email address is kylee.codes@gmail.com

Meet Shirley D’Mello, Founder and CEO of SHIRLS. 

Where are you located? 

Dubai, UAE

Tell us about what you do professionally? 

I work with passionate entrepreneurs and help them launch their business with confidence by crafting a unique and strategic visual Identity for their company.

Describe your personal brand. 

  • Playful
  • Contemporary
  • Chic

Share a piece of advice or a lesson you wished you learned earlier in your career.

Stop the comparison game — simply stop comparing yourself to others! Comparison is the thief of joy. It makes you feel negative and causes you to neglect your personal wins. My best advice is to stay in your own lane. 

View Shirley’s profile on The Collective Rising. 

How can our members and readers get in touch with you? 

Email is the best way to reach me. My email address is hello@byshirls.com.

Meet Ami Patel, Product Manager at Microsoft. 

Where are you located? 

Los Angeles, CA

Tell us about what you do professionally? 

As a product manager, my responsibilities include understanding and representing users by translating their pain points into requirements for software advancement. My day-to-day work consists of working alongside engineers to develop and build features that solve users’ problems.

Describe your personal brand. 

  • Authentic
  • Ambitious
  • Ever-Growing 

Tell us about a recent experience that has sparked growth, new insight, or played a role in your professional development?

Quite recently, I started a Clubhouse room. This was initially outside my comfort zone, but I am so glad I did it, as it has encouraged me to get more comfortable being vulnerable and candid with my thoughts and feelings.  As women, we tend to often think we should suppress our personality because we were taught “women shouldn’t be so bold.” Recently, I have found myself strongly advocating towards breaking the mold myself and encouraging others to do the same.

View Ami’s profile on The Collective Rising. 

How can our members and readers get in touch with you? 

LinkedIn or Instagram is the best way to reach me. My Instagram handle is @_amibpatel. 

Meet Kassidy Gamble, Marketer at Modern Nature. 

Where are you located? 

Denver, CO

Tell us about what you do professionally? 

I help women with their confidence through nontoxic, vegan self-care and I help women to be their own boss through building an online business and achieve what they’ve always wanted in life.   

Describe your personal brand. 

  • Sustainable
  • Goal-driven
  • Adventurous

What opportunities, projects, or professional plans do you have for this year?

After graduating with my M.S. in Marketing from the University of Denver, I plan to escape the 9-5 grind by growing my online business and mentoring others to do the same. 

View Kassidy’s profile on The Collective Rising. 

How can our members and readers get in touch with you? 

Instagram Direct message is the best way to reach me. My Instagram handle is @kassgamble. 

Meet Morgan de Klerk, Owner and Teacher at Master Your Finances.

Where are you located? 

South Africa

Tell us about what you do professionally? 

I teach business owners how to master their finances and help lead them closer to achieving financial freedom.

Describe your personal brand.

  • Knowledgable
  • Qualified
  • Approachable

Tell us about a recent experience that has sparked growth, new insight, or played a role in your professional development?

I have recently learned the importance of “play and relaxation.” It is so important to create space for curiosity and creativity without pressure. Recently, I have added several new activities to my life that I do just for me because they bring joy (such as playing piano, trying boxing, etc.) and it has greatly impacted my life and professional development. I am feeling more inspired than ever before and have this newfound vitality! 

View Morgan’s profile on The Collective Rising. 

How can our members and readers get in touch with you? 

Email is the best way to reach me. My email address is hello@masteryourfinancestoday.com

Meet Tiffany Napper, CEO of Tiffany Napper. 

Where are you located? 

Nashville, TN

Tell us about what you do professionally? 

I believe all women deserve to have wild success and that they shouldn’t have to sacrifice self-care and joy along the way. As a Holistic Business Coach and founder of the Upleveler Society, I empower women to mindfully generate 6+ figure success with their own businesses. 

Describe your personal brand. 

  • Organic
  • Energetic
  • Modern 

Tell us about a recent experience that has sparked growth, new insight, or played a role in your professional development?

On March 21st of 2020, I hosted my first zoom workshop. Prior to that date, I had never hosted a virtual workshop before and I candidly felt a bit nervous about it. However, I still said yes because I knew I could provide pivotal guidance for my female co-workers during our newly-given quarantine time. That “yes” I said to the March 21st event, led me to where I am today. My advice to other women is to say yes and then watch what happens. 

View Tiffany’s profile on The Collective Rising. 

How can our members and readers get in touch with you? 

Email is the best way to reach me. My email address is tiffany@tiffanynapper.com

Meet Geraldine Orentas, Founder of Gerie Media.

Where are you located? 

Coral Springs, FL

Tell us about what you do professionally? 

I am a digital copywriter, SEO specialist, and content creator. I help small businesses, startups, and brands create engaging content for their websites that not only attract audiences but generates high traffic conversion rates. I have had the privilege of working with publications like Forbes Advisory, Supermarket, and GR8NESS. 

Describe your personal brand. 

  • Authentic
  • Passionate
  • Strategic 

Share a piece of advice or a lesson you wished you learned earlier in your career.

Just do it… just take the leap! There are many opportunities I missed earlier in my career because I was afraid, or thought I wasn’t ready, or didn’t have enough experience, or wasn’t as deserving as others.

Here’s what I know now… the more I put myself out there, the more opportunities I’ll have. Now it is just up to me to take them. 

View Geraldine’s profile on The Collective Rising. 

How can our members and readers get in touch with you? 

Email or Instagram is the best way to reach me. My email address is gorentas@me.com and my Instagram handle is @geralorentas.


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