Megan Hemphill, Founder + CEO
The path to entrepreneurship is rarely a boring one and Megan’s story is a testament to that. Raised by small business owners and instilled with a strong belief in the power of hard work, determination, and grit, entrepreneurship was a natural path for the midwest native, but it took her a while to get there.
A stay-at-home mother of two at 26, she found a creative outlet in photography. Relying on online courses and daily practice to learn the craft, she soon decided join the foray into small business ownership. Her lack of business acumen did not dissuade her, but the business was a failure. However, as with most failures, in it were the seeds of growth. Megan’s background in photography and portraiture, along with the relationships she cultivated in Kansas City’s business community, allowed her to explore the world of entrepreneurship and develop an appreciation for the challenges faced by entrepreneurs and small business owners, particularly women.
By 2017, coworking had become her passion and Firebrand Collective as we know it today was born. Megan’s goal with Firebrand Collective is simple: to enable women to build thriving careers alongside a strong, like-minded, and inclusive community while enjoying the benefits of an inspiring workspace. Firebrand is more than a business for Megan; it’s a mission.