Senior Planet Entrepreneurs
Madelyn Rich - Accents by MadelynClick here to see Madelyn's scarves
Growing up in a family of tall women, Madelyn Rich had difficulty finding fashionable pieces that looked good. She began knitting and sewing at the young age of 10. Madelyn preferred to make simple, classic pieces so she could create “crazy, funky hats, scarves and handbags.” At a young age she had mastered the art of accessorizing.
Madelyn loves designing pieces that are multi-functional using dramatic colors, striking patterns, and alluring textures that make her happy. Fibers speak to her — whether fabric or yarn — revealing what they want to be. She believes clothes make the person, but accessories make the clothes.
Virginia Hamlin - Virginia’s Clay and ClothClick here to see Virginia's store
Virginia was introduced to ceramics as a young military wife traveling the world. Upon returning to the US from Nigeria, Virginia enrolled in a Fine Arts Course at Kingsborough College, where she learned hand-building at the pottery wheel and other techniques. Some years later, she founded V Ceramic Art, a unique ceramic online retail store.
In 2013 after retiring, Virginia began to delve into fabrics, and sewing scarves became her passion, and so Virginia’s Clay and Cloth was born.
Rachel Roth - Opera NutsClick here to buy Rachel's Opera Nuts
Rachel Roth has always had her pulse on current trends in fashion, food, and culture. Formerly a leading marketing executive and fashion journalist in Manhattan, she combined her love of “delicious and nutritious” food with the music and drama of opera to create her latest business venture: OperaNuts. She’s crazy about both!
A serial entrepreneur, she launched OperaNuts after months of experimentation, usually on Saturday afternoons as she listened to the Metropolitan Opera. She received overwhelmingly positive feedback from friends and family when this unique concoction of premier roasted California almonds, rich dark chocolate, and a secret sea salt sauce was born. Now OperaNuts ships to 32 states. That’s progress!
Selma Jackson - Children’s Book AuthorClick here to buy Selma's book
Selma McNeely Jackson’s diverse and accomplished career includes bank management, nonprofit management, teaching, founding and running a business, and community activism. In retirement, Selma began writing children’s books to share the stories of her childhood. She now has two self-published books: GRANNY’S HELPER, recounting time spent with her grandmother as a young girl, & MY BIRTHDAY SURPRISE, about her love of the Brooklyn Dodgers and the importance of Jackie Robinson.