We had the good fortune of connecting with Carrie Wingfield and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carrie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Having THE WORST boss in my entire adult career transformed me into the female empowered entrepreneur I am today.
Never in a million years would I have thought anyone, let alone my boss, would tell me that I was a dime a dozen, that as a creative I could be replaced in a heartbeat, that I would never amount to anything without his approval, and that he would “forgive me” for taking leadership action in the company without his permission first. This man, whom mind you had zero experience in marketing got the VP of Marketing role because he knew the CEO, would sit me in his office for hours trying to convince me to quit and that I was worthless without him. But I was no quitter and I wanted to prove to everyone I was worthy of being on the team.
I had never felt so doubtful of my creative talent, my drive, my passions and my natural leadership skills. There was serious damage to my confidence as a woman on an all-male marketing team. I found myself shutting down, not asking questions or jumping in with great ideas for fear of his wrath and his public embarrassment routine. I didn’t recognize the person I was anymore, I was a shell of the wonderfully and fearfully made woman that was bigger than this job had to offer. After months of seeking advice from other people I admired in leadership positions, I quit.
Having the courage to close the door and dream bigger was not only faith-led but a total blessing that I still can’t believe has landed me where I am today. After several other corporate adventures from big tech to start ups, it became increasingly clear that I was made for so much more. I was tired of executive men telling me what I could and could not do, my $ value worth and whether my age and gender would be more important than the ideas I brought to the table. I wanted to be in a position where I called the shots, where I set my goals, where I determined my value and where I benefitted from the long, sleepless nights of carefully crafted branding strategies. I wanted to have sole ownership of the craft that I have spent years perfecting and complete confidence in my skills that people were dying to pay for. I welcomed the beauty, risk and fear of starting my own business and am thriving today.
I am so grateful for that terrible man from Pueblo. In his effort to destroy, a stronger, more fearless and empowered me emerged. But not without my faith, my man, my friends and my family who encouraged me every step of the way to total creative freedom.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
When I go into any project with a client, I am their total advocate and treat their business as if it were my own. My passion is seeing small and medium sized businesses flourish and grow from the changes we make together. I have grown my business because my clients refer me to their friends, family and customers because of the positive impact I made on their business and outcomes. It took time to create a network of people that love what I do and have done for them. Carried Away Creative truly ignites a business’s brand and story because we help them connect with their people.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would hit up Tennyson and Broadway for a visit to unique and fun stores. We would try to catch a red rocks show and go for a day trip in the mountains. One day we would definitely tackle the vast amount of escape rooms Denver has to offer.
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?
Family, Friends and Mentors