We had the good fortune of connecting with Leah Ryan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Leah, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk… there’s risk in everything but you have to focus on what you can gain from taking that risk! When I was approached by the Housewives in the City brand in 2016, I had no idea what I was getting myself into but I was willing to take the risk. Pre-Covid, throwing monthly Ladies Night Out + Networking events was always exciting and I would always be nervous that no one would attend… that all of the work and effort to spotlight and feature these amazing local businesses would be for nothing if no one responded to our social media efforts or didn’t come out for the meet up. That was rarely the case (except for snowy nights, thanks ….Colorado) and we always have had amazing turn outs. I have made so many amazing friends, connections, and memories through the last 4 years of being a blogger and event director! We have partnered with dozens of non-profits and out philanthropic gains have been worth every attempt and risk. I can wholeheartedly say that we have made an impact in our community. I have a very strong mindset in regards to the saying “you won’t know unless you try.” You have to be willing to jump in and figure it out because if not, you’ll always wonder “what if!?”. Fear, excuses, negativity and other obstacles have no place here! Take that risk, make that leap, jump right in and see what you can do to make an impact in your personal or professional life! And always remember to pay it forward!
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?
I wear a lot of hats… I have my day job in the real estate and mortgage industry, I own and run Denver Housewives, I am the Western Regional Brand Director for Housewives in the City, I run a co-ed networking group called BASH (Business Affiliates Social Hour) with one of my best friends, I have my own brand and business directory called Hey, Leah, I am the Co-Owner/President of a non-profit called Be The Good Ones and I am writing a book. I know it sounds like A LOT, but during this crazy year of 2020 madness I have come to realize that I can master it all. I have always kept my plate very full because I love it and I can! I am grateful and lucky to have the opportunities that I do. Trust me, I find plenty of time to binge watch serial killer documentaries and Gilmore Girls on netflix, cook dinner at home almost every night and stay plenty social! I am proud of myself for being a great leader, achieving everything I have and not letting anything stop me!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m going to pretend like half of the world isn’t shut down because of this pandemic when I answer this question. We would definitely take a trip to the mountains and visit some mountain towns, go to a concert at Red Rocks, spend a couple days downtown in Denver eating at some of the best restaurants and maybe seeing a show at the Denver Center for performing arts… There are so many different things to do in and around the Denver area that we could easily spend days shopping and eating and playing and having fun or… Laying around some amazing hotel rooms getting room service and watching movies all day.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are definitely a few people in the past 20 years that have helped drive me to where and who I am today. Some of my best friends have been my constant cheerleaders. Some people I’ve met through Networking have helped me understand how important it is to network and grow your warm market. My significant other has never been opposed to my wild ideas and impulsive actions to make moves. Because of these individuals and this support, I’ve learned that I like people more than I ever thought I would. I’ve learned that I can do anything I want to. I’ve learned that other people’s opinions of me are none of my business. I’ve learned that I am too much for some people, which is okay because… they’re not my people. And most importantly, I’ve learned how much of a difference I can make by being a good leader, a good friend, a good spouse, a good listener and a good person.
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