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, promotions, and backend systems are both strategic AND functional. A self-professed data nerd with a profound love for spreadsheets, Michelle works remotely from her home office in San Antonio on all our marketing, analytics, and operations.
Not only does Michelle have over 23 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 14 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).
Michelle feels incredibly privileged to have been part of BRA’s evolution over the years and see first-hand the positive impact this community has had on so many other women in business. She’s excited to to see what we do next!
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.
Casey Killian (she/her) has been with BRA since 2017. Starting as a Founding Member and evolving her role over the years, she has always been at Carrie’s side, ready for anything on this entrepreneurial journey.
Although many know Casey as “BAMF” (we’ll let you search the internet for the expletive-laden longhand), she happily handles BRA Community Relations as the Community Manager.
She also has a heavy hand (a red-pen-happy one) in the brand voice of BRA, giddily correcting grammar, making sure semicolons are correctly used, and endowing our messaging with just the right emotional verbiage and striking the perfect tone that keeps you coming back to read more.
Casey loves working with BRA because it gives her the freedom to work from home with her two dogs and daughter for a cause she fervently believes in.
FUN FACT: Semicolons are her favorite punctuation mark and she wants to teach the world fun facts about grammar. Did you know when you talk about plural relatives through marriage, you pluralize the relationship type and not the in-laws (e.g. sisters-in-law). FUN, RIGHT?!
Shiries Stahl (she/they) likes to wear many, many hats. When she’s not working as our Executive Assistant, she’s knee-deep in research and homework to finish her Master of Science in Positive Human Resource Management at Claremont Graduate University.
Shiries loves just about nothing more than working to bridge the equity gap between marginalized and nonmarginalized groups, so it goes without saying that working for BRA really fills her cup.
Shiries finds herself in flow constantly with the administrative and creative work she does for us. She’s able to merge her growing expertise in HR with her existing knowledge from her Bachelor’s (Business Administration, ASU) in her work daily.
One of her favorite things about working with BRA is that she has a seat at the table, getting to constantly provide insight, collaborate with and learn from the well-established entrepreneurs and business experts on Team BRA.
FUN FACT: Before she found us in 2021, she worked as a makeup artist for 5 years. To this day, makeup artistry and gaming are her favorite creative outlets.
Shayna Marks 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.
Analisa Moskus is many things – a serial entrepreneur, a growth strategist, a Human Design Reader (and true multi-passionate Man Gen), a crypto investor, event producer, and wealth-building enthusiast. Equal parts intuitive and analytical, she loves to create, build and inspire.
Her latest venture, The AM, helps entrepreneurs, brands, and individuals develop intentional growth strategy so they are building from the inside out. The overall goal is to get you out of doing and into being.
Ana has been with the team since 2019 and she loves working with BRA because she gets to bring her full self to work and always feels supported. She also loves that the work she does has impact not only with the internal team, but she gets to see the ripple effects in all of our Members and their businesses.
FUN FACT: She doesn’t like chocolate. She moved to Guatemala on a whim and has lived there since 2021.