Rise’s Radical Renegade is a monthly series featuring interviews with trailblazing career mavens. Meet Helen Huettner, CEO and co-founder of Honey Dipped Girls – a company dedicated to artistically producing music and theatre that embodies the female voice with a specific focus on new and emerging works, queer narratives, and stories inclusive of women+ and artists of color.

Artistic Director Helen Huettner and Executive Producer Kelly Glenn.

Why did you start your company focusing on female+ works and what motivates you every day?

Never trust an all male creative team telling you how feminist their work is. We wanted to create a production company to handle female+ works with the same care with which they were conceived.

What are some of the major lessons you’ve learned along the way?

Lead by listening.

Tell us about a setback you’ve faced and how did you overcome it?

Appealing to a diverse audience as two white women was a major concern for us. We’ve diversified by seeking out WOC creatives and expanding our platform by really looking within for the ways in which we perpetuate majority theater.

Helen Huettner and Kelly Glenn, building a company that produces female+ works

What advice do you have for women who feel stuck in their careers?

Do the thing. You can be strategic and cost efficient and you can put on the show, sing the song, do the dance. Putting yourself out there creates unparalleled avenues for growth and connection which can further your career and your confidence.

We all know how difficult work/life balance is. How do you draw the line to create separation in these two spheres?

Turn your phone over and spend time face to face with the people you can be your authentic self with. Enable yourself to show up for yourself and others through self care.

We love to support women-founded ventures. Is there a company/product that you’ve come across recently that you think more people should know about?

Sugaring Brooklyn!!! A female owned and operated space for hair removal that’s so inclusivene of lgbtq+/gender identities/victims of assault and trauma I couldn’t recommend Natalie more!

Helen Huettner and Kelly Glenn