With over 20 years of experience in new product development and strategic marketing at both Fortune 500 and small start-up businesses, Renata’s professional background includes developing and launching new brands, products and services into the marketplace. Leveraging her new product development and marketing experience coupled with her passion for helping others with their career advancement, Renata launched her first start-up in 2008, Strategic Prep, a successful MBA (Masters in Business Administration) admissions company. In 2011 after moving from the city to the suburbs, Renata identified an unmet need. Women living in the suburbs lacked a venue, community and support system where they could network with other like-minded women. Renata launched Blazin’ Babes in 2015 to help empower women to band together, support one another and utilize the power of networking to advance their careers. By providing career-related programming, speaker series, workshops and networking events in a fun, female-centric environment Blazin’ Babes has inspired women to launch new businesses, gain new clients, advance careers and re-enter the workplace. With over 120 members in it’s first chapter, Blazin’ Babes has helped countless women achieve career success through the power of networking. Renata is a recipient of a merit-based University of Chicago Booth School of Business scholarship award, a member of The Chicago Booth Women’s Network and Ellevate Network (formerly 85 Broads). She is fluent in Spanish, a recipient of The Girl Scouts of America Gold Award, and an alum of Newton Country Day School of The Sacred Heart, an east coast all women’s private high school where she joins the ranks of other Sacred Heart alum including Lady Gaga, Gloria Venderbilt and Rose Kennedy, women pioneers in their own respective career pursuits. Blazin’ Babes is a women's professional networking organization supported by a networking website platform where women come together in a social setting to network with one another to elicit business connections, opportunities for professional growth and offer guidance to other women in achieving their professional dreams and aspirations. Blazin' Babes provides female-centric networking events including workshops, panel discussions and other career-related programming based on a social platform which encourages women to network.