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Career coach starts fashion business

Photo courtesy of Carena Gang, Career Coach

Photo courtesy of Carena Gang, Career Coach

Photo courtesy of Carena Gang, Career Coach

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Career coach Carena Gang, in addition to her work in the career center, has started a new fashion business, Rena’s Boutique. Gang, who previously worked in Calvin’s pre-college programs, began her new role as career coach in February 2018. As career coach, she is responsible for mentoring students, offering resume critiques, referring qualifying students to the Calvin LifeWork program, networking, conversations about vocation, mentoring and more.

She expressed that the best part of her job as a career coach is that she gets to “help students walk in the path God has created for them.”

In addition to her full-time job as career coach and her roles as wife and new mother, Gang has recently begun a new business venture by starting her own boutique through Piphany, a network of stylists that empowers people to grow their own fashion business. She sells clothes online through her Facebook page called “Rena’s Boutique.”

In midst of her busy schedule as a new mom, wife, and full-time employee, Gang expressed that she is “in a self-discovery mode.” When she was asked to answer the question “who am I?”, she realized that she didn’t know exactly how to answer, and that inspired her to start her boutique.

Through her new business venture, Gang hopes to empower women to step outside of their comfort zone. She also hopes to have an outlet for her creativity and discover more of who she is in the process of growing her business and inspiring other women.

When asked about the mission of her business, Gang added that she wants women to be themselves and feel confident in what they wear, whether they are wearing a nice outfit to the office or a comfy sweater from her collection at home. Though she is busy, she encourages working moms and others interested in starting their own business to take a leap of faith and share their excitement with others.

Gang added that she prioritizes her time in order to maintain a healthy balance between family, work and her boutique. She involves her family as much as possible in her new business by asking her husband for advice and ideas, as well as having her son help pick out names for prize-drawings that she hosts. Students and staff interested in learning more and supporting fellow Calvin staff member can find Rena’s Boutique on Facebook.

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  1. Shawn Beene on October 26th, 2018 1:05 pm

    So proud of you. Awesome to see what you’re doing and empowering young people. Keep up the great work!


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