302: From Opening for Nicki Minaj to Millions in Revenue: Mary Seats and How She Built Cupcake Mafia and the Largest Coworking Space for Women


Welcome back to CEO School, where we bring you the stories of extraordinary leaders and delve deep into the lessons they’ve learned on their journey to the top.

Today, we’re joined by the remarkable Dr. Mary Seats, aka Mz Skittles, a powerhouse of inspiration and a trailblazer for women in business. With the biggest co-working space in Atlanta under her belt, Mary is known for creating electrifying events and fostering a community where women from all walks of life can collaborate, thrive, and dare to dream.

Mary doesn’t just build businesses; she “bakes dreams,” providing a unique platform for female founders to flourish. From investing half a million dollars to create the ultimate co-working experience at “the Bakery Cowork” to starting “the Icing Agency,” which generated an impressive $16 million in 2020, Mary’s journey is a testament to determination and resilience.

In today’s episode, we explore Mary’s transformative path from music artist to serial entrepreneur to digital community leader with over 10,000 women in her network. We talk about the highs and lows, like how a difficult exit from her previous company, Cupcake Mafia, shaped her future ventures and her decision to spearhead Girl Mobb.

Mary’s experience with the challenging balance of work, family life, and self-care is one that is relatable to many, including Suneera. Together, they explore the crucial concept of pouring into oneself to prevent burnout and the impact of stress on women entrepreneurs. And just as serendipity would have it, their paths crossed at an event in Austin, a moment that underscores the power of networking and real-life connections.

So, join us in this heartfelt conversation with Dr. Mary Seats. Mary’s is a narrative of hope, a story that reminds us to face adversity with courage, to connect deeply, to solve problems with our accrued wisdom, and to prioritize our well-being along the way.

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