Carrie Murray is the founder of BRA – Business Relationship Alliance, a network of powerful women devoted to advancing female-owned businesses by providing the community, collaboration, mentorship, empowerment and support needed to flourish as an entrepreneur.
After that, Carrie joined the Los Angeles School System and became a teacher working her way up to be an administrator at a LAUSD public charter school. Fueled by her passion and the inspiration that her mother instilled in her, Carrie rose up through the ranks and eventually became a Principal. She then excitedly made the jump to entrepreneur in 2011 and started her own school, Prestique Academy of Innovation and Technology, a school for twice exceptional kids. In doing that, she became the first person in her family to own a business. As a solopreneur, she realized that although she knew so much about education, she knew very little about running a business. Carrie would spend every spare minute researching all the best business practices possible, from finance, earning capital and business development, to marketing and public relations.
Simultaneously, while doing double-duty as a mom of two young kids, she would eventually build a circle of friends who were also in the same boat; not only “solopreneurs,” but “mompreneurs” who shared the same frustrations, limitations and struggles that she did. Through these friendships, Carrie quickly realized these women also had nowhere to turn but each other for answers and there had to be a better way. So what started out as casual dinner parties at her house, morphed into fruitful networking sessions as more and more women outside her immediate circle wanted in. At first, they would come together monthly, and then weekly to discuss all things business. It was through sharing their own personal experiences and providing advice, education and support to one another that they found a like-minded community of women who shared the same vision. From those dinners, BRA – Business Relationship Alliance – was born.
…all you have to do is show up!
A BRA Member shares in the understanding that:
… and we enjoy the journey!
Michelle Sciuto (she/her) is a Founding BRA Member and has been part of Team BRA since early 2017. She’s our very own “wizard” – the woman behind the curtain, if you will – and she ensures that our website, emails, and promotions are both strategic AND functional.
A self-professed data nerd with a profound love for spreadsheets, Michelle manages all our marketing, analytics, and operations from her home office in San Antonio.
Not only does Michelle have over 25 years’ experience as a marketing professional, but she’s also partnered with dozens of small business owners (primarily service-based female entrepreneurs) for the past 15 years as the Founder of Sciuto Marketing.
Backing up her expertise with education, Michelle holds a Master of Business Administration from University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) as well as Bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Psychology from Saint Louis University (SLU).
FUN FACT: Michelle is a Missouri girl living in Texas with her small zoo of 6 cats, 2 dogs, 2 teenagers, and 1 spouse. Her lifelong goal is to live near a beach someday.
Shayna Marks (she/her) is BRA Network’s resident social media maven. Shayna owns and operates Citrine Marketing Inc., a boutique social media marketing agency that specializes in brand storytelling through digital content for female-empowering brands and businesses.
Shayna loves working for BRA because “the community has given me so much as a Member and I truly believe that every woman in business—and the world at large—can be benefited by this powerful group and our mission.” She has been a BRA Member since 2017.
Shayna has a B.A. in Literary Journalism from UC Irvine. Outside of the 9-5, she spends her time with her two pups, friends and family, doing yoga, and working on home décor projects.