Aya Garcia Shlachter is the whirlwind founder and creative force of MG Shlachter, global architectural services firm, Tablea Chocolate, Filipino chocolate cafes, and chief designer for her family’s Ariana Hotel. Listen to Ep 65 as she describes how her entrepreneurial journey began in NYC, what took her back to the Philippines, and how chocolate saved her during the 2008 financial crisis. Recently finding her stride back in the US, Aya now manages her global operations remotely from Cleveland, OH.
06:08s Connecting at Launchhouse and common interest in Asia
08:01s Climbing Linabod peak in Dipolog, Philippines and finding your stride
12:04s Growing up the Philippines and deciding to study architecture rather than art
14:12s Starting consulting with big retail brands in New York City
17:53s Moving back to Philippines and creating Tablea Chocolate during 2008 recession
24:26s The genesis of MG Shlachter as economy recovers and moving back to USA
28:03s Contrast of living in Cleveland vs the Philippines
31:35s Meeting friends through triathlon training
33:38s Forced to find more clients and awakening as an entrepreneur
37:11s Snapping out of it, networking and discovering Launchhouse coworking
38:48s Building the project team for the Ariana Hotel in Dipolog city, Philippines
41:52s MG Shlachter’s new design support offerings for Audimute.com
47:22s Understanding the role and power of social media and podcasting for business
50:24s Staying open and pivoting MG Shlachter to hospitality
53:08s Dakak resort in Dipolog Philippines
57:36s Clarity of vision as a leader
“I actually jumpstarted the tablea movement in the Philippines by opening up a café… The idea was to re-introduce it (table chocolate) to the youth.”
“I’m out here in Cleveland biking, doing makeup and going to the gym. Um, that’s really not that responsible, but that was part of my reawakening and reinvention…my journey as entrepreneur.”
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