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The one thing to know about Casey Cawthon is that she genuinely wants to know about you. The mother of an incredible son named Caiden who is legally blind and was born 15 weeks premature, Casey has a “passion for helping people tell their stories.” By day, you can find Casey in the Salesforce Tower as the vice president of marketing and communications at Indy Chamber. In the evenings, she balances her time between teaching public speaking as an associate faculty member at IUPUI, supporting clients as CEO of her own business, CNC, or serving on the boards for PATTERN and the Indiana Fashion Foundation. Casey also mentors through Pass the Torch for Women. She has a strong desire to support small businesses — especially women- and minority-owned businesses that can truly use entrepreneurship as a means to overcome systemic barriers and create generational change. Turning it over to you now, Casey!
My Maven Superpower is … My ability to think strategically. If you want to achieve outcomes at steps seven, eight, or nine — I want to talk about steps two through six that get you there.
A fun fact about me is … I love flamingos — and everyone in my life has embraced me, so now I own nearly every product ever made with a flamingo on it. I also get random texts and snaps with flamingo pictures when friends and family members are vising zoos. If you see me in the wild, ask me how this deep love started!
The best book I’ve read lately is … Just one?! I really enjoyed “Hotel Nantucket” by Elin Hilderbrand. Super light, super fun, and a nice little escape!
The skill I most want to learn is … Authoring and publishing — I have long-term dreams of penning my own book.
My first job was … Teaching dance classes at the Academy of Dance Arts!
The best career advice I can offer is … Know confidently what you bring to the table, and know what you need from those around you to be successful once you take your seat.
A purchase I’ve been loving lately is … My new work tote via Amazon because I couldn’t decide on a bag.
Self-care habit I swear by is … Boundaries. Set them, respect them.
My favorite non-profit to support is … The Lupus Foundation of America.
I feel most confident when … I’m meaningfully connecting with people.
My favorite local restaurant dish is … Livery’s steak empanadas.
The thing I’ve been binging lately is … “Love is Blind”!
A maven you should know is … Erien Dickens, founder of All Things MOMMIE.
The thing I’d like to celebrate with the Maven community is … I finally, after seven years of freelancing, formalized and registered my own business, CNC, and I signed three clients in my first week.
What’s next for me is … Well, in a year my son will likely go off to school in the D.C. area, and that will change everything! In the next year, you can expect to see me scale my impact. I look forward to continuing to educate and connect the community with resources through the Indy Chamber. I also look forward to the growth of CNC in the years to come.
Amanda Rooksberry is a fall editorial intern for Indy Maven. She is currently a junior at Butler University as a Theatre and Creative Media & Entertainment double major. She is very excited to be working with Indy Maven!
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