As part of our series about “Why We Need More Women Founders”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jennifer Lindsey.

Jennifer Lindsey, the founder of Inspired Wraps, was born with creativity running through her fingertips. At 10 years of age, her grandmother taught her how to wrap gifts, and while she has loved doing so since, little did she know she would make a career out of it!

Lindsey wanted to pursue Fine Arts in school but, wanting to make a more stable income, she shifted her focus to another type of creativity through food — the culinary arts. After attending culinary school, she worked as a chef for 14 years in the fast-paced kitchens of Pappasito’s, Paesano’s, and Whole Foods but due to health issues that made it impossible to continue, she had to pivot again.

After Christmas one year, she noticed she had an abundance of ribbon, paper, and various gift wrapping supplies. Lindsey realized if she did not let them go, they would overtake her space. So, she began to sell what she could on Etsy where she found there was quite a market for specialty supplies. With her love of wrapping and putting together gift baskets, it was a natural and seamless transition to turning her hobby into a business.

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