“If you don’t put in the work, you won’t enjoy the reward.”
This is what entrepreneur and TV personality Danielle Cabral told aspiring young entrepreneurs at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ, on Tuesday, January 9. She spoke as part of the Bosses@Berkeley series, which invites professionals in the fashion industry to come to Berkeley in order to share their wisdom and experiences to the younger generation that aspires to be in their industry.
Cabral, who starred on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” for a season has shifted her attention to bigger endeavors. Now, as a self-made, independent entrepreneur, Cabral was able to teach herself everything she needed to know to build her children’s boutique, Boujie Kidz, from the ground up.
“If you are getting educated in (business) you are one step ahead of everyone else,” Cabral said. “Set yourself apart – there are a million people who want to do what you do, especially in the fashion world.”
Cabral spoke about the importance of mentors and internships. Students in the Fashion Merchandising and Management program at Berkeley are granted the unique opportunities to experience hands-on learning whether it be through internships or other job-related assignments.
Despite all of her successes, Cabral admittedly says that “not all that glitters is gold”.
“Failures are where you learn everything,” Cabral said. “If you don’t learn in the process, what’s the point? I’m still not at my pinnacle of success and I will not accept anything less.”
“At Berkeley College, our fashion students not only learn in the classroom and in the field, but also through meeting and networking with fashion innovators such as Danielle Cabral,” said Andrea Kennedy, Lead Faculty with Fashion Merchandising and Management at Berkeley College’s Larry L. Luing School of Business. “Danielle infused such great humor and joy into the stories of her life and business journey. Her inspiring talk allowed our students to learn in multifaceted ways.”