About Us

Our Companies:

liftUPlift is two companies: a technology platform and a non-profit, united by our mission to empower women worldwide. Our global marketplace and social network connects women entrepreneurs and consumers. We make it easy to find and shop from women-owned businesses with great products and benevolent agendas.Sellers contribute 5% of every transaction to our 501(c)3 nonprofit, liftUPlift Worldwide, which is dedicated to ending violence against women.

Our Story:

liftUPlift was founded in Chicago in 2014 by Corielle Heath Laaspere, an extremely passionate entrepreneur on a mission to empower women worldwide.

“liftUPlift is a unique technology platform…inspired, created and supported by women who are passionate about uplifting other women. As liftUPlift grows, the inspiration grows along with it.” – Ari Krzyzek, Owner of Chykalophia, liftUPlift Founding Ally

Our Team

Founder and CEO

My Super Power:

Positivity

Why I love what I do:

Freedom and fulfillment

Why I support liftUPlift:

There is nothing I would rather do with my life than uplift other women.

Advice for my younger self:

Stop trying so hard to be normal. You are special.

What inspired me to start liftUPlift?

I have always been so proud to be a woman.

I owe that to my Mom. She has occupied a position of power since the day I was born, and she has always used her power to uplift others.

Women use their power for good.

Women’s economic empowerment is especially good for everyone. In the developing world, women reinvest 90% of their earnings in their families and communities, compared to 30% for men.

Business is the most powerful force on earth.

Women own less than 1/3 of the world’s businesses. Even though American women started over 60% of new US businesses since 2002, female entrepreneurs received less than 3% of money invested in new businesses.

Women drive the global economy.

Women control over 70% of global consumer spending, roughly $28 trillion per year.  The problem is, according to a landmark study by the Harvard Business Review, female consumers feel their needs are misunderstood and vastly underserved by businesses.

We need an easy way for consumers to support women-owned businesses.

Connecting women’s purchasing power to female entrepreneurs is an obvious solution to our two-sided problem, so I couldn’t believe there was no easy way to shop from or hire women.  There was no marketplace, directory or public database of women-owned businesses, and they are not easy to find.

That’s what inspired me to create liftUPlift.

When I started seeking and finding women entrepreneurs, I noticed a higher level of quality and service, and more importantly, I discovered a whole new world of brilliant innovations designed by women to serve women better. I wanted it to be easier to support and shop from women entrepreneurs, and that’s what inspired me to create liftUPlift.

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My Super Power:

Boldness

Why I love what I do:

I love technology, and I want to create a better world for the next generation.

Why I support liftUPlift:

I believe that women’s economic empowerment and physical security are the most important things in the world.

Advice for my younger self:

Relax and follow the positive.

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My Super Power:

Sincereity

Why I love what I do:

Friendship and helping people

Why I support liftUPlift:

I want to lift myself up by uplifting other women and ending violence against women.

Advice for my younger self:

You cannot make everyone happy.

What inspired me to cofound liftUPlift:

I co-founded liftUPlift because I believe all women deserve a marketplace where they are empowered and inspired. We are all allies, ready to make a difference in this world.

V.P. of Solutions
Advisor
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Renaissance Women Council

Members of the Renaissance Women Council are helping liftUPlift build a diverse international alliance of women makers and entrepreneurs. These women work along side our team at liftUPlift to create a community where women entrepreneurs thrive and young girls can be inspired.

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Natasha Casanova, Founder and Owner of Kathmandu Yogi

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Keisha Howard, Founder at The BlazeBreakers, CEO & Founder at Sugar Gamers

Ari Krzyzek Chykalophia

Ari Krzyzek, Creative Director at Chykalophia, Co-Founder of Creative Women’s Conversations

Makeda Ricketts

Makeda Ricketts, Founder of PinkThink

Karen Torres

Karen Torres, Founder of Tulia’s Artisan Gallery

Colette Chreitin

Colette Chrétien, Founder/Creative Director of La Fille Colette

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Silvana Favaretto, Founder of The Tulle Project

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Fetesha Downs, YShop @ YWCA Chicago

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Julie Kramer, Founder of Shift Clothier Inc.

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Tiffany English, Founder of Velvet Style PR and Marketing

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Nora Brathol, Founder of Arka Pana Consulting

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V.P. Solutions, liftUPlift Worldwide