Charmin Bates, Creative Girls Rock Founder, Talks Taking A Leap of Faith To Leave Corporate Job in NYC

Charmin Bates, Creative Girls Rock Founder, Talks Taking A Leap of Faith To Leave Corporate Job in NYC
We recently caught up with Charmin Bates, the founder of Creative Girls Rock. Creative Girls Rock is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was birthed from her passion for creative arts, youth development, community engagement; and, a therapeutic method for anxiety.

Their mission is to educate and empower young girls through adulthood to utilize their creative talents in unique ways to enhance creativity and to foster balanced living, personal growth and happiness. 

Bates hosted a 2019 black-tie fundraiser event to support the Creative Girls Rock® Foundation called the CGR Sneakerball and we were in attendance! 

photo taken by I Am The List


Proceeds from that event were used to partner with other 501(c)(3) organizations to create additional organizational programming for females from grade school through adulthood that align with CGR’s mission, purpose and initiatives.

The event also highlighted 5 innovative women in the categories of Creative Arts, Mental Health & Wellness, Women Empowerment, Youth Development and Social Media Innovator.

They are listed as follows :

Donna Woodley

Jessica Kern

Danielle McGee

Lagra Newman

Kenya Raymer, respectively.

photo taken by Croy


The CGR Sneakerball also included a CGR Shoe Drive, which exceeded  their goal of collecting 3,000 shoes.

The ambiance was spectacular and the vibes were set by DJ Jazzy T. There were performances, an award ceremony and a celebration that concluded the evening.

 photo taken by I Am The List


photo taken by Thomas 


Find out more about Charmin Bates from her interview below:

What are you passionate about?

I'm passionate about empowering others to help them reach their full potential.

Do you consider yourself to be creative? Why or why not? 

Yes, being creative means solving a problem in a new way. It means changing your perspective. Being creative means taking risks and ignoring doubt and facing fears. It means breaking with routine and doing something different for the sake of doing something different. I do that every day!

Where are you from and how did that place shape who you are today?

I was born and raised in Joliet, IL, a suburb of Chicago. I grew up in a well-grounded home and community that instilled positive principles in me and my siblings to ensure we would stay on the right path.

I attended church and other activities, reinforced education as a priority, limited negative spaces, and was active in the community. I am a firm believer in the word of God, Proverbs 22:2, “train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it”. These principles helped shape me to who I am today.


A "Cool Girl" is a woman who uses her creativity and brilliance to walk in her purpose and create her own success. What is your definition of success? What do you feel your purpose is?

My definition of success is knowing who you are and what you have been called to do. We all have a life mission; that is why God created us to help live out his work. My purpose is to use my God-given talents and resources to inspire/help others to reach their full potential.

How did you get started in your career?

I've honestly been a planner my entire life. I am extremely organized and plan out everything. When I saw the job opening at Vanderbilt, I went for it and after 4 interviews here I am...3 years later :-).

Are you in your career of choice?

Yes, event planning and community engagement.

Who or what inspires your work and what sets you apart from everyone else?

My mother is my role model and seeing her faith in God inspires me to stay focused on my task. My creativity and faith in God sets me apart from everyone else.

Tell us about a time that you were in an unfamiliar or difficult scenario. How did you navigate the situation and overcome any obstacles?

As an event planner, I am always in an unfamiliar situation, overcoming obstacles or having to think quickly while under pressure. The best advice I can offer, that I practice faithfully, is to stay true to yourself and notate facts that can help make the best decision.

What is your background and how did you develop the skills to get into your work?

My professional experience consists of diverse work including: fashion merchandising, design, styling, marketing, product development, interior decorating, youth program development, college prep consulting, event planning, and arts.

I like to refer to myself as a "Universal Architect," having the ability to do and accomplish anything I set my mind to with God's guidance. Throughout all of these positions, they all have something in common; organization and interpersonal skills which are required of me in my role as an event planner.

What are  3 tips you would you give to someone starting a brand new business in your industry?

Never give up
Only you have your best interest at heart
Trust God

What is your biggest “win”? Explain what it was, how it came about, and what it meant to you.

My biggest win was taking a leap of faith and leaving my dream job in NYC as a retail buyer for Macy's. I sold everything in my apartment, packed up shoes and clothes and moved back to Nashville to begin the work God has called me to do.

Describe your typical day.

My typical day includes prayer/meditation, and physical training. My work day includes planning, emails, phone calls, venue walk-throughs, meetings, spending time with loved ones, getting sleep and repeat!

Thank you Cool Girl, Charmin Bates, for an inspiring interview.

Read more interviews from Cool Girls Winning here!


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