Hillary Randolph is a groundbreaking visionary and brilliant entrepreneur. She has over 25 years of experience in the luxury good market. From opening big brand retail stores on 5th Avenue to managing the Ralph Lauren stores in Palm Beach, Fl.
In 1999 she met the man of her dreams by parking in his driveway in Santa Fe, NM. She married Somers Randolph in 2000. Somers is a nationally recognized stone sculptor for over 30 years and she decided to create her own luxury.
Hillary developed a jewelry line that was created from her husband’s smaller carvings. The collection SOMERS can now be found in over 200 stores nationwide. Somers & Hillary still create each piece of jewelry together and now it includes the creative input of their 11 year old daughter, Coco.
Jessica Eaves Mathews is America’s Advocate for Women in Business®, an award-winning entrepreneur, intellectual property & business lawyer, best-selling author, sought-after speaker, and leading authority on helping women entrepreneurs and executives step into their power and create a brilliant business, career and life on their own terms.
She is the co-author of the #1 Best Selling book, Wonder Women: How Western Women Will Save the World, has been featured on MSNBC, Oprah Magazine, Forbes.com, NBC, Oxygen, Allure Magazine, and is the Silver Stevie® award winner for Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2012.
Jessica has spent her legal career representing all types of businesses from solopreneurs to Fortune 500 companies. Before launching her own firm, she was the head of litigation and compliance for Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft.
Jessica is the founder and CEO of Leverage Legal Group®, the premier, global intellectual property and business law firm for the new economy. Jessica’s team of exceptional, experienced attorneys provide world-class, flat fee legal services, virtual general counsel and in-sourced legal services to companies of all sizes. The firm’s award-winning, entry-level program, Leverage-a-Lawyer®, provides budget-friendly, flat-fee legal services, information and education for first-time business owners or start ups, who don’t yet have the budget for full-blown legal counsel.
She is founder and CEO of several other companies, including Grace & Game® and Untoxicating Beauty®. She is an adjunct professor at University of New Mexico Law School, a member of the New Mexico Economic Development Council, co-founder and Chief Legal Officer for The Virtual Accelerator™, a virtual business accelerator for startups, and co-founder of Hautepreneurs™, the Premier Peer Network for New Mexico’s Women Entrepreneurs.
Lisa Abeyta is Founder/CEO of APPCityLife, Inc. and Co-Founder of Hautepreneurs, LLC.
Lisa is Founder / CEO of APPCityLife, Inc, a mobile app development company bringing motivation for change and rewarding for good. Abeyta founded APPCityLife in 2009 to bring local to the emerging mobile platform and began focusing on city apps in 2012. She is responsible for customer relations, project management and fundraising as well as many other duties required to run the company.
She has been awarded Top 20 Hottest Startups by MobileBeat 2010 and is a frequent guest speaker on the topics of mobile innovation and entrepreneurship and works with several nonprofit organizations and educational institutions to provide mentorship opportunities to young women.
Prior to founding APPCityLife, Abeyta served as the Social Media Marketing Director for the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum and managed a thriving freelance writing business for over a decade. She has served on a variety of community boards and is an active member, volunteer and speaker for New Mexico Technology Council and NMTC Women In Technology.
Lisa is an award-winning freelance writer whose writing has been featured in local, regional and national publications. Previous credits include Writer’s Market 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, Writer’s Digest Magazine, New Mexico Magazine, Su Casa Magazine, Albuquerque the Magazine, New Mexico Business Weekly, Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque Tribune, and others.
Lisa has previously collaborated with businesses and publications to create web copy, profiles, and newsletters and once worked as an artist’s representative, writing press releases, creating press packages, scheduling interviews and securing performance venues.
Lisa is the creator of The Diet Diaries column, a humorous look at diet and exercise which was featured in The Albuquerque Tribune, until the Tribune closed in early 2008. The column’s companion blog was featured several times as one of MSN’s best and is also linked to the website of national radio talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger and continues to garner a popular following.
By Lisa Abeyta, Co-Founder
One of the questions I get asked the most frequently is what inspired me to launch a brand new business in the middle of growing another one. It’s a fair question – growing a business is a lot like having a newborn, and it can consume every waking moment as well as eat into your personal life. And I wasn’t the only one fully engaged in a business – my two cofounders are successful businesswomen running their own companies and raising their own families. So taking on another challenge might seem a bit counterintuitive for all of us on the face of it.
But launching Hautepreneurs was actually borne out of a need we all three knew was lacking in our own professional experience. Just weeks before I met my cofounder, Jessica Eaves Mathews, I’d flown to New York City to attend the Women Entrepreneurs Festival because I knew I needed to connect with other women who not only understood the unique challenges of launching a business but would also help me “up my own game” in my business. I needed to find women who could mentor me, push me, educate me so that I could grow something bigger in my own state. Jessica shared this same sentiment, and when we met for the first time with our cofounder Hillary Somers, we discovered we all had the same unmet professional needs that needed to be addressed locally.
Hautepreneurs is about create the “haute couture” experience for women professionals, thought leaders and entrepreneurs in New Mexico – about defining one’s own priorities, goals, dreams, and passions and then finding the right tools and support to build a meaningful life and successful business around those values. We want women to think bigger, dream bigger, believe bigger and better is possible right here in New Mexico. Not only will this change the economy of our own state, it will significantly changes the lives of the Hautepreneurs who are empowered to live the successful life they want to lead.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be rolling out our still-under-wraps website that will be complete with an online forum where women can access advice, information and camaraderie among their peers. We will be launching an entire calendar of events from intimate coffee Q&A’s with successful women and Saturday expert sessions to Gala celebrations to one on one mentoring with peers to help you grow your business to the next level.
In fact, our very first event is with this goal in mind – we are flying in one of the nation’s most respected branding experts to provide one-on-one mentoring as well as a group session to help women entrepreneurs learn how to brand themselves and their businesses for higher growth and revenue. For more information on Michelle, click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/9136440339
We are passionate about creating the lives we want here in the state we love – and we are just as passionate about making it possible for other women who want to create or grow their business or change the possibilities for women in New Mexico.