Showing posts from March, 2017

An Interview with Vidya Sankaranarayanan from Brihadisha

The meaning of Vidya in Sanskrit is knowledge, but many more adjectives sprang to my mind during this interview. Vidya to me came across as a highly passionate, principled, strong and fiercely independent woman. She is a remarkable dancer who has been blessed by some legendary teachers in the world of Bharatanatyam. Here are some snippets our very interesting conversation. Please tell me how you came up with the name Brihadisha for your dance school? Brihadisha is the primary idol in the Tanjore temple. Tanjore is where my Guru hails from, and where I learned Bharatanatyam. I relate Tanjore to my Guru, Shri K.P. Kittappa Pillai. His family was settled in Tanjore for several years, and were patronized by the Maratha King Sarfoji. I spent most of my summer holidays learning dance at my guru’s home. It was a second home to me. My guru’s ancestors have written several compositions on Brihadisha. To me, Brihadisha and Tanjore are synonymous to each other so I felt it was apt to n

An Interview with Kari Murphy from Loudoun Habitat for Humanity

Loudoun Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create safe and affordable housing for residents in Loudoun County. We sat down with its Director of Resource Development, Kari Murphy and got her insights into how the program works, how you can contribute and the impact it has on the community. Kari, could you tell us about yourself, and what you do at Loudoun Habitat for Humanity? I am the Director of Resource Development for Loudoun Habitat for Humanity. I am also a wife and mother of two wonderful boys. I grew up in the mid-west in a small town. I mention this because what I love about serving the community through my job was learned by growing up in a tiny mid-western town. In my hometown, individuals supported each other and the local business within the community. I saw an outpouring of support and assistance within the community all throughout my childhood. I love that I am now able to practice that in my profession on a day-to-day bas

An Interview with Gladys Burke from ADJ Enterprises

I t’s not every day that you meet a successful, grounded entrepreneur who is always ready to help the community and other entrepreneurs grow. So, I am really happy and excited to be meeting Gladys Burke, owner of ADJ Enterprises and getting to talk to her about her entrepreneurial journey. Tell me about ADJ Enterprises and your entrepreneurial work here? That is interesting what got me started. It goes two-fold. One is when I had my first child and fell in absolute love with him and being a mom. I was new to the area and didn’t know anyone here. So I wanted to do something that would allow me to take care of him myself. The flexibility of managing your time by having your own business appealed to me. Family is my utmost priority. Also, at that point I was trying to break into broadcasting and journalism. I faced some difficulty here from a race relations standpoint for opportunities. I decided I am never going to let one person determine my destiny. And that is why I

An Interview with Janell Zurschmeide from Dirt Farm Brewing

The Zurschmeide family is no stranger to farming and agriculture and have since grown three successful businesses in Loudoun County. We got to speak with the owner of Dirt Farm Brewing, Janell Zurschmeide, to hear how it all started and her thoughts on women in the brewing industry. The Zurschmeide family own and operate Dirt Farm Brewing , Bluemont Vineyard, and Great Country Farms all in one convenient and scenic location! Where did the idea and name for Dirt Farm Brewing come from? The brewery itself was just seeking creatively how we could expand our family business. The property across from our farm and next to our winery went on the market. We wanted to put the land back in agriculture and find a way to make a living from it. We had thought of some other ideas but I had been witnessing that the Virginia craft beer scene was booming. I also noticed the rise and demand for folks wanting local ingredients. We had already been having local brewers asking for our peac

An Interview with Carol Bleyle from

It is not every day that you get to talk to a serial entrepreneur. We had the opportunity to talk to Carol Bleyle, owner of It was an interesting, honest and inspiring interview. We thank Carol for taking time to talk to us and share her journey. It is a pleasure to be talking to you to learn more about your entrepreneurial journey and how you have overcome the challenges in your way. Can you tell us more about and your responsibilities at ? Practice is a software platform. We help companies improve employee performance through behavior tracking, behavior encouragement and on the job training. My job at is manifold. I am primarily a client consultant and support person but I do most of the marketing as well.  It seems like you are in a niche market with little or no competition. There must be some challenges convincing customers to accept a new product. Could you elaborate on your experiences. Yes, you are right. We re