My Origin Story: Rachel Pace
Generation Titans' "My Origin Story" is part of ongoing series to feature talented, innovative, and dope entrepreneurs of color (EOC). We are providing a platform where founders and creatives can tell their stories in their own voice and in their own unique way. These stories are not highlight reels, although they do highlight success. Also, these stories are not focused on only the hardships, obstacles, and racial inequality that entrepreneurs of color face, although they do squarely address these challenges. Today, Generation Titans catches up with Rachel Pace to hear more about her origin story and her journey as an entrepreneur.
Stories like Rachel's are American stories that push the culture forward, spark conversation and connections in the startup ecosystem, and also inspire a younger generation of entrepreneurs. These stories and the founders are a counter narrative. Through "My Origin Story," Generation Titans is proving that the pipeline of EOCs exists--despite the media's prevailing deficit narrative about entrepreneurs of color.
WHO ARE YOU?
A little light in what can seemingly be a dark world at times.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM AND HOW HAS THAT SHAPED YOUR OUTLOOK ON LIFE?
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. Was the only child for 7 years until my sister graced us. Those 7 years really shaped me into the independent and uber creative lady I am today.
WHAT IS ONE THING THAT SOCIAL MEDIA WON'T TELL US ABOUT YOU?
I am an extremist (says my Fiance lol) - I love extremely hard, dream extremely vivid and put intense effort into my passions and beliefs.
WHAT'S PENNY BREW AND HOW HAS YOUR JOURNEY AS A FOUNDER SHAPED WHAT YOU'RE DOING AS AN ENTREPRENEUR?
Penny Brew is a community coffee experience. When I found the idea, or better yet when the idea found me, I didn't realize it would resonate with so many people. It's indescribable to give birth to an idea and watch strangers rally around it in support - surreal! That feeling in and of itself is very encouraging and gives me the motivation on days I don't have it to keep moving forward with my entrepreneurial aspirations.
WHAT DRIVES YOU TO CONTINUE ON YOUR JOURNEY?
Doing something impactful for my community. Creating a space where neighbors feel like they have stake in the business as well. Also, for younger women, particularly young black women, to see a reflection of themselves in me - they go harder at achieving their dream because its wildly possible.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR SIXTEEN YEAR OLD SELF?
"Just because they are doing it doesn't mean you have to do it too" - ask yourself do you even like that? do you even enjoy that? Pay attention to your interests and likes and pour into those instead of being so willing to go with the crowd. - time is of the essence!
WHAT BOOK(S) ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones and The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem by Nathaniel Branden
WHAT ALBUMS OR SONGS DO YOU CURRENTLY HAVE ON HEAVY ROTATION?
J. Cole - KOD
WHAT DOES SELF-CARE LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
Doing anything in nature! But specifically a blanket laid out by a body of water, under a tree, sun shining, with good snacks and a captivating book. I also really enjoy learning new things and/or experiencing something new.
WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND YOU ON THE INTERWEBS?
All social media platforms - @pennybrewdc