We had the good fortune of connecting with Rylie Jennings Makenzie Hatfield and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rylie Jennings, what do you want people to remember about you?
If we could name one passion in life and what set the entire foundation of Baddies Mean Business, it is to inspire our generation to be brave, bold, and brilliant change makers. A podcast is a small step towards this aspiration of creating a generation of innovators. It is truly incredible how much a person can accomplish with the right mental resources and support, so Baddies Mean Business is our contribution to this effort. If we could be remembered for one thing, it would be that we gave someone the perspective necessary to accomplish what they didn’t believe they could accomplish before. – Rylie Jennings + Makenzie Hatfield, Co-Hosts
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Starting when I was 18, I immersed myself in the start-up ecosystem specifically student incubators at San Diego State University (Zip Launchpad and Lavin Entrepreneurship Center). The best thing I did for myself was start early in learning the process of creating a business, understanding people, and finding out what I want to accomplish as an entrepreneur. No, the process of starting a business is not pretty and I’m just getting started. It genuinely takes going through the tough and ugly to learn how to mentally overcome the hardships of building a functioning entity out of scratch. Baddies Means Business is an outlet of my passion of inspiring others, and I hope to create a full revenue producing business that supports start-up companies in their efforts to thrive. – Rylie Jennings, Co-host
I primarily work in social media management/marketing but also have many hobbies in graphic design, video, audio, and photography. My involvement with this career path started with my part time job as a social media coordinator. I really developed a passion for working in social media, which led me to majoring in Digital Technology and Culture and minor in Business Administration. I find that what sets me apart from others is my activity in the career path I am. Ever since I created an Instagram account when I was a early teen, I always enjoyed the process and now as an adult, I understand the need for social media in the business world.
Creating Baddies Mean Business has had its challenges but I am confident in the fact that my co-host and I hold a huge purpose for this industry and I am looking forward to gaining more knowledge before entering the professional field. My co-host and I’s number one goal is to inspire. Baddies Mean Business was created to be a space where others can feel empowered in anything that they do; personally, professionally, academically, etc. We have so much love for everyone who are just trying to find their way in this world. We aim to inspire passion and create a community were people can relate to one another.
– Makenzie Hatfield, Co-host
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I could go on and on about this topic. I thrive on exploring new places. My best friend comes to town, I am taking them straight to Olive Cafe in Pacific Beach. It’s an intimate place to eat next to Mission Bay Aquatic Center and the food is just right. Don’t forget the Cinnamon Rolls at their bakery down the street. After,we choose a spot to hike. Preferably by water. Torrey Pines is always a great choice. After that, we head to Liberty Station Market to grab small bites to eat from the many pop-up food joints that give countless options of International cuisine. Nothing is better than having a bonfire at Mission Beach directly in front of Belmont Park. I love being where the action is. If not, you have to grab Rico’s Taco Shop at Ocean Beach and watch the sunset from this underrated beach location between Sunset Cliffs and Ocean Beach. I choose to keep it a secret:) Dessert is Crumbl Cookies in Point Loma of course. – Rylie Jennings, Co-host
I could make so many variations of this topic but based on the things I am currently really enjoying, this is how a perfect day with my best friend in San Diego would go. We are first going to Cafe Italia in Downtown Little Italy and walk around the farmers market – preferably having them visit on a Saturday or Sunday (if not, just walking Downtown is super fun). Then, head over to La Jolla for brunch at Snooze and shopping at UTC. After spending time shopping, we would chose a beach location – my favorite spot is Pacific Beach. If the weather is good we’ll spend some time in the sun or taking a walk on the sand. Then we would get Oscars for fish tacos as a late lunch. After, we would throw on some workout clothes and take a hike at either Torrey Pines or Cowles Mountain. In the evening time, we will go to Javier’s for dinner and later head to the Pacific Beach again for sunset. But first, stop at The Baked Bear for ice cream sandwiches to eat at sunset. – Makenzie Hatfield, Co-host
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My acknowledgement would be dedicated to my mentor, Gary Weiss, for pushing me to be my most genuine self in my work. My Mom and Dad for teaching me to push the limits of what my mind says I’m capable of. Lastly, the friends and colleagues that surround me at my workplace everyday who continuously inspire and motivate me to live a beyond average life as a young individual. – Rylie Jennings, Co-host
I would first like to acknowledge my wonderful aunt and mentor, Emily Schnetz-Murphy for encouraging me to embody an abundance mindset in all that I do. Also, my loving parents for doing everything they can to make my dreams become a reality. Lastly, my dearest friends and loving boyfriend for always motivating and supporting me along my ever-changing journey. – Makenzie Hatfield, Co-host