Woman Crush Wednesday: Grace Wallace
Another Wednesday, another day to give thanks! My sweet, dear friend, Grace Wallace, is my #womancrushwednesday today, and I am so grateful for our friendship and entrepreneurial journey together. (We found out we were destined to be BFFs around sophomore year when we learned we were essentially the same person: same first name (her real first name is Mary), same college major, same #girlboss dreams, the list goes on...) Grace, founder of WritefullyHis, is a woman on a world-changing mission. She's got a big heart and even bigger ideas.
Senior year of college, I was beyond honored to be one of the first that Grace shared her business vision with. After studying a semester abroad in Aix en Provence, France, Grace returned to the US with a fiery spirit and a plan. She loved sending letters back and forth during her time across the pond, and she wanted to find a way for this simple practice to benefit those who really need it, those yearning yet lacking educational tools. Enter WritefullyHis. She found artists who shared her vision and began selling a collection of curated stationary and greeting cards. With each card sold, a portion of the proceeds went to supporting education in Uganda, Africa, all the while fueling the local economy of the villages with which she was partnering. This was the simple act that turned into an amazing business venture.
Within one year of first presenting her idea to a board of directors assembled on Wofford's campus, Grace was working full time on WritefullyHis. She now creates custom wedding suites, personalized stationary sets, and of course, the greeting cards that started it all, among several other things with which I'm still learning (read about her WritefullyHis Foundation, launched this year). She's collaborated with The Not Wedding, Style Maven, Freshly Picked, Jubilee Weddings and Events, and Olive Box by The Pink Olive, just to name a few. WritefullyHis is not even three years old, and Grace is already killin the "stationary that gives back" game!
Last night I had the pleasure of joining Grace for her Studio Launch Party in Spartanburg, SC. A competition in college won her some shared office space in downtown Spartanburg for the past year or so, but last night, Grace launched a space all her own, and it was BEAUTIFUL! I am so proud to call Grace a friend and fellow female entrepreneur; us #girlbosses gotta stick together!