According to the latest census numbers (2008), women make $0.77 to every man's dollar (1) and the average revenues of majority women-owned businesses were still only 27% of the average of majority men-owned businesses (2). My hope for Sparking Cinderalla is to foster a community of support for female entrepreneurs as well as provide a little juicy insight into who these women are in their everyday lives. After all, as Mama Gena says, "Women are the greatest untapped natural resource in the world."

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Terry Lynn LeCompte: Community Stages

Name: Terry Lynn LeCompte
Job Description:  Founder and Director, Community Stages, Inc.

Community Stages (CS), a pending non-profit, creates one-of-a-kind performing arts benefits with members of sponsoring communities, to raise awareness and much needed funds for the community’s chosen cause. Spotlighting What Matters Most to You ™, CS tailors each show to meet the community’s interests, needs and goals; together revitalizing tired fundraising efforts through the transformative power of performing arts. CS programming is currently available in the NYC Metro Area. 


1. What made you decide to start your company?  
Two years ago, I returned from directing in Juneau, Alaska and learned that two of my friends’ sons were diagnosed with life threatening diseases, Severe Aplastic Anemia and Leukemia.  I felt like the time had come to find a way to use my gifts and experience to rally support and create change for those in need.

2. Where do you see your business in 5 years?  
In five years, Community Stages will be available nationally, sending directors into sponsoring communities across the country.  As part of our community outreach, we will partner with one under-recognized organization and one under-served community each year to bring special, sponsored programming.

3. Who was your inspiration? 
As early as high school, I remember my theater mentors always saying “You have to make your own opportunities.”  That’s what led me to directing and arts education in the first place. As an actor, I always hated the feeling of being left to the mercy of casting directors.  I still do!

As far as Community Stages goes, my inspiration comes from the strength, courage, and determination of my two young friends and their families.  Their struggles keep things in perspective and their desire to enjoy life reminds me that one of Community Stages’ biggest goals is to create a fun and nurturing experience for all those involved with the creation of each benefit.

4. What turns you on?  
Adventure and beauty.

5. What advice do you have for tomorrow’s female entrepreneurs?  
Be open to help.  Seek mentors and guidance.  People are good.  They want you to succeed and, will more than likely, honored to be part of your development.  If you are in the NYC area, check out for a 16 week program to help you lay a strong foundation for your business. 

6. Tell us a sexy secret ;-)
My adventurous streak often lands me in hot water…or under 100 feet of 3,000 year old glacial ice.  The picture above was taken while cave exploring under Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska.  Not the brightest idea, but it was amazing!

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