- Upper School
LincUPtoLearn–Lincoln’s mentoring program that connects current students and alumnae–is taking place during the first two weeks of April, and last Thursday, Maleah Weaver ’20 and Maya Kelly ’22 visited Jamie Sweeney ’08, the owner of Pure Barre Rhode Island. They learned all about running a small business from Jamie and her business partner, Sara Cabral, and share their reflection on the inspirational afternoon in this blog post!
Maleah Weaver ’20 and Maya Kelly ’22
We visited Pure Barre, a fitness studio in Cranston, Rhode Island. On our visit, we participated in a class, learned about inventory and retail, and met two inspiring women; Jaime and Sara. Meeting Jaime, a Lincoln alumnae, and her business partner, Sara, was our favorite part of our visit. They both taught us so much. Going into the visit, we knew very little about running a small business. We were both surprised to learn how much work is put in behind the scenes so that Pure Barre can be successful. For example, athletic clothing that is sold at the studio has to be ordered months in advance of when it is needed. Jaime and Sarah also go to the manufacturer to try on outfits to make sure that they will satisfy their customers. Another example is making sure that the studio is always clean. The studio has huge glass mirrors that line the wall and they were spotless. We are so glad that we had the wonderful opportunity to participate in Lincoln’s LincUPtoLearn program and to learn the ins and outs of owning a small business with Jaime and Sara.
Stay tuned here, as well as on Instagram, Facebook, and Lincoln Connect, for more behind-the-scenes footage of LincUPtoLearn!
Are you an alumnae interested in participating in next year’s LincUPtoLearn? Reach out to Courtney Trafton, Associate Director of Advancement, at firstname.lastname@example.org.