About Us

The Spark List is an online magazine and resource created by two women who know what it is to be an entrepreneur. Through The Spark List, we share the strategic tools, choices, and ideas behind how we both left the corporate world, created our own successful consulting businesses, developed long term contracts, successfully sold online products and live the life we love, with independence, autonomy, creativity and joy.

Welcome to The Spark List!

Cheers,
Lolita & Summers

About Summers

A UC Berkeley grad with an MBA from UCLA Anderson, Summers has been building successful Do Good/Do Well businesses for over twenty years. As a Strategic Growth Guide, she leads both executive development and strategic masterminds groups.

A lecturer for UCLA Anderson, and instructor for UCLA Extension, in Social Media Marketing and Leadership Strategy, Summers brings a rigorous and tactical path to growth.Summers has run successful crowd funding campaigns, launched global brands, leads personal development groups, and creates strategic plans for non profit and for profit organizations, is a contributing writer, podcast host and author. She is determined to apply lucrative and scalable business rigor to the world of doing good.

In addition to working with clients to develop strategic growth plans, Summers founded Love Summers Company. Love Summers makes all-natural skincare and body care products that bring the healing capacity of sunshine oils like coconut, avocado, almond, coffee and sunflower to the mainstream beauty market.

Summers is a nine time marathoner, four time Olympic distance triathlete, Kilimanjaro climber, wife, parent, and ocean swimmer. Her passion for endorphins and inspiration are her driving force for helping you spark your business goals.

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About Lolita

Long before the word “mompreneur” entered our lexicon, Lolita was already blazing trails as a true media pioneer as founder of Modern Mom Inc., one of the first major online presences for mothers. With the success of both ModernMom.com and the GLOSS Network for Women, Lolita has rooted herself as one of the industry’s top marketers and influencers.

Prior to launching successful media properties, Lolita established a solid career as a PR and marketing pro with over 20 years in the technology and digital media industries. Lolita has always been intrigued by technology and its influence on behavior and on the way we communicate and gather information. Working to launch some of the first well-known brands and technologies online, such as Shopzilla and Launch.com as well as the digital arms of major entertainment brands such as Bravo TV and AMC Networks, Lolita established herself as a leading marketer for the industry.

Today, she consults with a variety of start-ups and established brands — creating and executing effective marketing communications and brand/product development strategies.

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Contributors

Erin Erickson

Dog mom, golfer and trivia-addict, this Westmont Alumna is constantly searching for what she can learn next. Erin is a hard worker who believes you should never want to be a master of just one thing, but able to be a worthy participant in just about everything. That may explain why she always has her hands on so many projects at once. Currently, Erin is the Director of Communications at a small design agency in Santa Barbara. On the side she produces content [graphics, photo, video and copywriting] for a startup in town as well as for a few of her close friends who are pursuing their own entrepreneurial endeavors.

Community, challenge and generosity are some of the pillars of Erin’s life. She finds herself restless in the “bottom-line” world and is seeking out partners striving for the double-bottom-line. While patiently scanning the DBL landscape, Erin is building content for her blog platform ‘Soft Pretzels & Sarcasm’ and is pursuing web programming and development as the next addition to her arsenal.

Staff

Editorial Development: Kathryn Arthur

A dreamer at heart, Kathryn has always strived to live in balance and harmony with herself and the world. With a relentless passion for helping others, she spent her college years crafting her own bachelors degree in Social Entrepreneurship and Cause Related Marketing at the University of Redlands.
Since graduating she has endeavored on a journey of self discovery and transformation that has circumvented the globe and included a diverse collection of jobs and passions. She has truly lived the idea that, “it is better to have tried and failed than never have tried at all”. From working in economic development in South Africa, to tourism and wine, to now as a freelance writer, she is always open to new ideas, opportunities and learning experiences (like travel!).
Beyond her constant soul searching (a true Pisces if you ask me!) she enjoys coffee, reading and cuddling with her adorable rescue cat, Kirby.

Editorial Intern: Sydney Antil

Sydney Antil is a recent Alta Vista Middle College graduate and the 2018 Student of the Year award recipient in Middle College. She is in pursuit of an associates degree in journalism at SBCC and hopes to transfer to NYU to get her bachelor’s in Television production. In her spare time she enjoys journaling and playing with her two dogs Forrest and Penny.