What Members Say About the CR

“I really enjoy our monthly meetings with Nancy and the group. Her style promotes open discussion and keeps everyone involved. With her years of experience, she offers valuable insight and advice, but also solicits feedback and input from others. Nancy sets the tone for a collaborative environment where everyone helps each other. I'm thankful to have the support of the Creatives’ Roundtable throughout the year!”

—Tara Hoover

“Having Nancy as a moderator in the Creatives’ Roundtable mastermind is a huge leg up on working out my business goals because she has been there. Her decades of real world business experience, coupled with her insights, resources, encouragement and accountability, help me stay on track with my business goals.”

—Patrick Sesko

“The Creatives’ Roundtable is more than an accountability group — it is a resource that allows for open and honest discussions around business challenges and ideas for growth. Being a part of this group has changed the way I think about my business and has given me the tools and support to expand and thrive.”

—Wendy Wood

“The Creatives’ Roundtable is more than an accountability group—It’s a community where you build relationships and friendships with fellow independent designers and creatives. The group sessions are a safe and private space to speak frankly about specific struggles and questions that other open forums and groups tiptoe around. Nancy does a great job covering topics from business development and marketing to the day-to-day of running a business. My business has both grown and become more efficient thanks to being a member of the group. The Creatives’ Roundtable has all the moral support you get from being employed—minus the office politics!”

—Cara Capizzi

"If you've been in business less than a year... or more than 10, you'll love working with Nancy Ruzow. I've been in business for over 15 years and have grown exponentially this past year by being a part of her private mentoring group. She's amazing! If you have the opportunity to reserve one of the highly sought after, coveted mentoring spots through the Creatives' Roundtable, grab it up quickly! Your business will make those milestone goals you've set for it, and you'll probably grow personally as well. Nancy looks young, but has over 25 years experience running her own award-winning design company. She'll shine a light on things that may need more attention in your business, offer invaluable resources to help you be more efficient and also praise you on even the smallest of wins. So what are you waiting for? Just dive in! You'll be happy you did. It's time your business thrives."

—Damien Golden

"Working with the Creatives' Roundtable is, dare I say,life-changing. Well, at least it’s business changing. The group helps me focus on making my business more successful. Talking with others who are working in the industry is invaluable as we share ideas and processes and insights. Nancy does an outstanding job keeping us on target and on task, which is helpful when you have a bunch of creatives together. More than a business confidant, she also is personally interested in each participant. Working with her has helped me raise the bar for my own business. I’ll always be trying to keep up with her, as I work to grow my own business. Thanks Nancy!"

—Christine Rains

"Being a member of the Creatives' Roundtable is a great benefit for a solo creative like myself. I have been in the business for over twenty years and what I have learned is that in order to grow and evolve, you can’t do it in a vacuum. having a community of like-minded creatives who all have their own experiences and insights to share when it comes to owning a creative business is invaluable. What really makes the cake sweeter is having Nancy at the helm as the moderator. Her years of experience and ability to manage the discussion and flow of the group, as well her ability to assist us in clarifying our vision so we can reach our goals is really appreciated."

—Crystal Reynolds

"It was a pleasure having Nancy moderate my Designers Roundtable group. I love the freeform format she initiated, as opposed to formal presentations. Though she has more experience than us, she always maintains a friendly and approachable tone when offering advice. She is generous with her sharing of both knowledge and resources. I was thrilled to hear that she will be taking over the group and look forward to continue growing my design business alongside Nancy and the group."

—Lidia Varesco Racoma

"What I love most about Nancy, as a woman creative business owner as well as facilitator of creative accountability groups, is her confidence and strength to influence, inspire, and motivate. Being an independent business owner challenges ones’ character, can cause self-doubt, and requires a whole new level of self-awareness. Nancy’s leadership abilities, years of experience, and authentic character - makes defining yourself and increasing self-confidence attainable and rewarding. She’s the push that every solo creative needs in order achieve their own personal success."

—Jenny Poff

"Belonging to the CR has been a complete up-level to my business. Having the support and accountability of fellow industry professionals allows me to jump into business with two feet knowing that I have a crowd behind me ready and willing to help propel me forward. From email check-ins to the monthly hot seats, I know I’m not going to get away with being stagnant. Being a part of the CR, has given me the confidence to take my business to the next level every year."

—Cassie Brkich

The Creatives Roundtable helps me to stay focused AND accountable so I actually accomplish my monthly goals. It’s a safe place to share challenges, talk things through, and share ideas.

—Paula Mottshaw

The CR has been a great accountability/support group for me. Sometimes working “on” your business can feel daunting… But with each CR session, I always walk away re-energized and inspired to do the work. The camaraderie of the group is an invaluable resource. And the added lunchtime workshops have been such a great bonus! Thank you!

—Amy Gorrek

“Being a part of the roundtable for the last 3 years has been integral to the growth of my business. Not only does having accountable peers foster success, but having a group of friends who celebrates each others' accomplishments is a great feeling! Nancy is very supportive of each member, even doing mid-month check-ins to see if we are on track or could use some assistance. Not only do our sessions feature hot topics suggested by members, but we also set aside time to discuss planning that benefits all types of businesses. These subjects can be situations we haven't encountered yet, but we will now be more prepared when they do arise.”

—Deb Dulin

“Nancy’s group sessions have been such an asset to my business. Nancy is ‘in the trenches’ and understands the day-to-day challenges of getting new clients, marketing, and staying on top of your work as a solo. Her experience and advice has given me motivation to keep moving forward and reach for new goals in my business. Thank you, Nancy!”

—Gina Morin

“The Creatives' Roundtable is awesome for peer-to-peer feedback, bouncing ideas off of one another, and keeping up with what other freelance designers like me are doing. Nancy is an amazing facilitator and helps breakdown goals into manageable tasks in a fun and supportive environment.”

—Jill Anderson

“The Creatives’ Roundtable has been an invaluable resource for my business. Nancy is a fantastic moderator, keeping everyone motivated, on-track, and inspired. She’s always willing to lend extra support and is a wealth of knowledge.”

—Nadine Noble