My Name is … Leah Ryan

Networking whisperer and passionate Parkerite

Posted 8/20/19

I am a Colorado native. I grew up in Aurora and Denver and have lived in the Parker area since 2003 with my significant other (Nick). We live pretty rurally, which is fun. I like the peace and quiet to go home after being crazy busy all day every day. I work full time, run a blog, networking socials and have had a hobby of throwing fun vendor-centric events on the side since 2007.

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My Name is … Leah Ryan

Networking whisperer and passionate Parkerite

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About me

I am a Colorado native. I grew up in Aurora and Denver and have lived in the Parker area since 2003 with my significant other (Nick). We live pretty rurally, which is fun. I like the peace and quiet to go home after being crazy busy all day every day. I work full time, run a blog, networking socials and have had a hobby of throwing fun vendor-centric events on the side since 2007.

What I do

I wear a few different hats. I run the Denver Chapter of Housewives in the City, which is a lifestyle, entertainment, foodie type of blog. We also throw monthly “Ladies Night Out” networking events where we feature locally owned small businesses to shine a spotlight on them and get them in front of a new demographic and followers. I've been the Lead Publisher and Event Coordinator since 2016. I recently took on a role with them as the Western Regional Manager, so I oversee, hire, train, recruit, and launch everybody who is north, south or west of Colorado.

I am also a part of the Board of Directors for the Parker Secret Closet, which is a nonprofit that provides free formal wear, homecoming and prom dresses to teens who are in need and may not otherwise be able to get dolled up and have a fun time at these types of important and formative events we all go through.

Why I love my job

I've always been a huge advocate and supporter of locally owned small businesses. My day job has always been in the real estate and mortgage industry. Back in 2007, I was working for a real estate office where it was quite slow in the winter months. I decided we should have a big Open House party and do a big food bank food drive and have some local businesses set up in the building…vendor style. We raise money for the food ban, had tons of non-perishable donations and gave away swag bags!

It was such a huge turnout that people kept asking if I was going to do it the next year And… I have every year since then. Now, it has evolved to a larger event I throw every November, where I focus on local businesses with handmade, giftable items.I love to promote those mom-and-pop businesses while bringing some fun and unique gifts to the community, and be able to support local entrepreneurs growth, which is something I've always been so passionate about, not only because I've done that myself, but my mom is a local business owner…It's really fun for me to watch these businesses grow and flourish and to be part of it is really rewarding. This annual event was a very important stepping stone for me to start larger events and networking groups, such as the Denver Housewives in the City group and blog.

Like, know and trust

I've always just been this way. I've always been interested in helping my friends and supporting my friends in any kind of venture they have. I have come to accept that I am a natural connector and thrive on helping people come together to figure out the best way they can drive each other to accomplish bigger and better things in life and business…I always tell everybody `You really have to start with building that relationship so you can like, know and trust the person you're about to potentially do business with. You want to feel comfortable supporting their business.' Conducting that interaction…it's just a part of me. It's something I've always done, even since I was a kid.

`Don't overthink it'

Speaking of connecting people and networking, I try to make everyone feel welcomed and comfortable at every event. A lot of people are super intimidated to go into networking events or put themselves out there to meet new people. Sometimes it's awkward to do that by yourself. I always tell people to not overthink it. We're all here for the same reason. We all want to get to know who each other are, and - this sounds a little bit cutthroat - but if your mouth is closed, so is your business. You have to feel comfortable to put yourself and your business out there so they know who you are what you're about, and what your goals are so they can properly support them. The less you overthink it, the more you're going to have things fall into place without any added pressure from yourself. You can do it, and I will help!

My favorite thing about Parker

I adore the Mainstreet downtown Parker area. It's so cute, there are amazing shops, there's fantastic restaurants and lots of things to do. I love the farmer's market the most. I like how it's kind of like a big-little town or a small big town,however you want to look at it. I like that there's so much of a community feel in the area. There are some local social media groups and pages where if somebody needs assistance, help or has questions…. The community just jumps in to help. Just knowing that's how everybody is – everyone is nice, smiles, waves as you drive by…. It's just fun to be part of a town that is so welcoming.

If you have a suggestion for who should be featured in "My Name is..." please contact Nick Puckett at npuckett@coloradocommunitymedia.com.

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