What Participants Say About the CR

The Creatives Roundtable is an open and supportive community for creatives. It's a resource where we can ask questions, find support, discuss challenges, and grow our businesses among like-minded entrepreneurs.

—Jeannine Papelino

I really enjoy our monthly meetings with our moderator 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. She 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 freelance graphic designer, Pittsburgh, PA
—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, freelance graphic designer, Maryland
—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 freelance graphic designer San Francisco, CA
—Wendy Wood

I have always worked well with accountability, but having a group setting and a group in which to collaborate and connect has taken it to the next level. The additional CR60 content has been so valuable in taking my work to the next step such as the Trello social media calendar session. The best part is being able to quantify my progress through the months and see how my small steps each month become huge strides when looking back at the overall experience.

Nancy Rhodes, Alternew, freelance shoe designer, NYC
—Nancy Rhodes

The Creatives Roundtable has been a game-changer for my business. From the accountability groups that give support, feedback and referrals, to the scheduled monthly learning events with education built right in… this membership has given me the big picture thinking and outside perspective, I needed for my business. Creatives Roundtable also provides access to the Slack community of designers in the group. Our fearless leader, Nancy Ruzow, is such a great resource. She keeps a consistent feed of timely, relevant items posted in Slack. For example, joining a LinkedIn “pod” has been very helpful for engagement and visibility of my posts — and for the group as a whole. If you have been looking for a community with engagement and accountability for your business and haven’t found it, sign up now!

—Jen Leonardson

As an entrepreneur, I spend so much time working in my business that I forget to work on my business. Not only do the meetings bring a new, and creative, perspective to my business, but it forces me to improve my business by holding me accountable. I enjoy the energy that everyone brings each month. Also, the bonus events have incredible speakers that I have received so much value from.

Laura Cheek social media marketing, Long Island, NY
—Laura Cheek

Being a member of the Creatives Roundtable has helped me prioritize what to focus on to grow my business. The monthly calls and goal-setting keep me accountable and ensure that I'm getting those things done—step by step. Over the past year, I've learned so much from, and have been so inspired by, the moderator and the other members.

Libby Ventura freelance graphic designer, colorado
—Libby Ventura

Having Nancy (and the group) in my corner has really helped me to keep my head on straight. She has been there in her own experiences and is the "tough love” I need at times, and the cheerleader I need at others. She genuinely wants to see everyone grow and succeed, and it shows. Her + the group is a collective of knowledge and without the mastermind group, I am not sure my agency would have seen the growth it has.

Nick Matarese sport graphic design, Wilmington, DE
—Nick Matarese

I joined the Creatives Roundtable at the height of our socially- and professionally distanced times, and it's one of the most supportive professional networks I've ever been a part of. Engaging regularly with this welcoming group helped me level up my skills as a narrative strategist and better address the demands of running a solo business. Membership also enabled me to connect with talented, knowledgeable individuals willing to share their insights during frequent virtual discussions and monthly online events about their work. It's encouraging to know there's a group of fellow creatives who understand your challenges and who continue cheering you on throughout your professional journey.

Genevieve K. Waller
—Genevieve K. Waller

Creatives Roundtable is a lifeline. It reminds you that you are not alone by providing invaluable access to support through its community of dedicated designers, who are always open to discussing challenges, sharing resources, and providing encouragement.

Lauren Wickware
—Lauren Wickware

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. Our moderator 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 freelance graphic and events designer, Washington, DC
—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. Our moderator 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!

—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 as her ability to assist us in clarifying our vision so we can reach our goals is really appreciated.

—Crystal Reynolds

I love the freeform format Nancy has initiated for the Creatives Roundtable group sessions. Though she has more experience than most of us, she always maintains a friendly and approachable tone when offering advice. She is generous with sharing of both knowledge and resources. I also find the CR60 monthly educational sessions very useful, as the content is always relevant to growing my business.

Lidia Varesco Racoma freelance graphic and web designer, Chicago
—Lidia Varesco Racoma

What I love most about Nancy, as a woman creative business owner as well as a 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 creative person needs in order to achieve their own personal success.

—Jenny Poff

The focus, inspiration, and motivation I get from the Creatives Roundtable have all been vital to my business's growth. It has been invaluable to learn from a group of smart, motivated colleagues working through some of the same challenges I encounter as I develop and expand my own company. I look forward to the monthly calls with my group and am delighted by the variety of different classes and additional programming available. I highly recommend this group!

Rachel Arnold Sager freelance graphic designer, Pittsburgh
—Rachel Arnold Sager

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
Being part of the Creatives Roundtable with Nancy has been an incredible opportunity as a business owner. Each month, I leave our sessions feeling inspired and excited about further strengthening my own foundation so that I can provide greater value for my clients.  The community as a whole is authentic and supportive, and really works together to push each member towards success.
Justina Lucas
—Justina Cerra Lucas

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 freelance graphic designer
—Paula Mottshaw

Creatives Roundtable has added the missing community and accountability aspect into my company of one. I love being part of a group of creatives that champion each other’s success, help problem-solve when needed, and keep me inspired. On top of that, the monthly meetings and CR events have helped me stay connected through the Pandemic. This group is an invaluable resource that completely worth the investment and time.

— Emma McGoldrick

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 freelance package and web designer, Norwalk, CT
—Amy Gorrek

Creatives Roundtable has been an important part of my business development. From the ongoing accountability to the monthly goal setting and everything in between like the informative workshops and the supportive Slack channel. Nancy has created such a great community where we not only get to learn from her years of experience but also from what everyone brings to the table. I look forward to continuing to grow with the help of this community.

Karla Pámanes
—Karla Pámanes

I really enjoy being a part of the Creatives Roundtable. It definitely contributes to my personal and professional growth. The CR is for me a wonderful community of like-minded professionals who have inspired me to keep growing my skills, knowledge, and business acumen. I appreciate that within the group we can share highs and lows with each other, and each meeting presents an opportunity to learn and make great connections.

reggie holmes
—Reggie Holmes

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! Our moderator 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 have given me the motivation to keep moving forward and reach for new goals in my business. Thank you, Nancy!

Gina Morin freelance graphic designer, Mystic, CT, Rhode Island
—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, Document designer, Canada
—Nadine Noble