Kalyn is a passionate social entrepreneur and former Wall Street lawyer.  Her company, Effie’s Paper :: Stationery&Whatnot is founded on the premise of pretty with a purpose; her motivational products serve as daily reminders for women everywhere to embrace their magic at every turn.  She’s working to empower women to live their best lives.  At its core, Effie’s Paper is about female empowerment, advocacy and promoting equity for women of color.

Following a ten year legal career as an environmental transactional lawyer at Jones Day, Kalyn returned to her first love, fashion in 2007. In 2007, she launched STYLE by Kalyn Johnson, a style consultancy focused on personal branding for men and women in the corporate arena. Her client roster consisted of television news anchors, attorneys, physicians and other professionals.  Now, a self-taught graphic designer, she’s extended her intrinsic fashion sense into a distinct lifestyle brand consisting of an on-trend, curated selection of stylish desk, stationery, travel and gift accessories that features her signature design aesthetic of bright colors, bold designs and witty “bon mots”.  Kalyn is a recognized Letter Writing Expert. In addition, Kalyn is a co-author of the cult classic, The BAP Handbook :: The Official Guide to the Black  American Princess.

Kalyn holds a BA in English and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan and an MA in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago.

Kalyn enjoys speaking, writing and contributing in the following areas:

  • Successful segues from the corporate world to entrepreneurship
  • Strategies to grow small businesses
  • Female Empowerment
  • Creative Collaborations

You can book Kalyn to join your panel discussion, podcast episode or empowerment event.

Kalyn speaking on the topic of Building A Business As A Black Woman at Goldman Sachs to their Black in Business Scholars.

Most recently, Kalyn has been a featured speaker for:

  • Goldman Sachs’ One Million Black Women: Black In Business Program
  • Hearst Magazine’s Diversity in Commerce Task Force panel
  • Google’s Allie’s at Google Lab’s International Women’s Day Women of Color Entrepreneurs panel
  • QuickBooks Online in a webinar called “Navigating Change: How Business Owners Leverage QuickBooks for Success”
  • Stacie Bloomfield’s Leverage Your Art Course, a course for creatives focused on monetizing artwork
  • Reese Spykerman’s Commerce Collab Online Masterclass series with 10 other e-
    commerce strategists, founders, and social media experts to talk about how to grow and
    scale your product-based business.
Click here to hear Kalyn sharing her insights on the Goldman Sachs Black In Business Accelerator Program.

How To Work With Kalyn

Fireside Chats & Talks

Hire Kalyn to speak at your event or conference.  Topics include Kalyn’s career journey, scaling her business to mass retail, strategies to grow small businesses, advise for aspiring entrepreneurs, working with companies in the post DEI world and more.

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Creative Consulting

Engage Kalyn to help you strategize about bringing your idea to market in a one-on-one strategy session.

“As a small business owner, I know how daunting it can be to try to ­figure out what to focus on and where to begin. Regularly, people reach out to me for advice on starting their own small businesses. The more requests I received, the more I realized that I have a wealth of expertise in this area. If you haven’t read my e-Book yet, REAL TALK 101: A Resource Guide to Starting Your Own Online Store?, it’s a great place to start.” Snag your copy here.

In addition to Kalyn’s e-book, REAL TALK 101, she consults with new and emerging businesses to help prevent them from experiencing many of the pitfalls she encountered when she fi­rst put herself out there on the world wide web. There’s so much to do when you’re starting a business that it’s sometimes hard to know where to begin.  If you want to pick Kalyn’s brain, click here to get started.

As a small business consultant, Kalyn’s job is to listen to your concerns and tailor each individual consultation session. One person may need a sounding board for new ideas and another may need a resource for helping her navigate the big questions she’s facing. Kalyn is here to offer her expertise so that your business can succeed!

For full pricing and availability, get in touch.