Posted on October 1, 2015
I had the pleasure of interviewing the beautiful Founder & Owner of Zena Presley, Zena. Her designs are not only vibrant & beautiful, but they tell a story.
“Zena’s debut collection stems from her fascination with the African heritage, which is rich in emotions and compelling stories. Her collection represents the colorful and vibrant Africa contrasted with vivid imagery of struggle, fight, survival and hope.”
Please tell us a bit about your business. What was your main inspiration to be an entrepreneur?
What are the rewards?
It is highly rewarding to be able to manage a business as per my vision and my specific mindset, all the hard work and stress begin to fade when my business is performing and I start reaping the benefits of all the efforts invested in the business. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to build something significant from nothing, and being able to create a name that people know and respect, and achieving that is not easy at all, but it is sure worth it.
Something a lot of people might not know is that I have a day job. I work as a project manager for Hewlett Packard by day in the IT industry which is a completely different environment for me. The IT industry is highly male dominant and my role is always challenging me in different ways and offers me a great learning experience, where I have managed to apply a lot of the things I have learnt to my personal business. Although in essence the two industries seem very different, what I have learnt and still am learning as a project manager can be applied in different scenarios when managing my brand, as many of the principles are the same.