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Mochatern Monday: 09.21.15

Hey Mocha Club,

I have exciting news! Last week I found out that I will be traveling to Kenya for two weeks during Christmas break! I am excited to use what I learn about Africa at the Mocha Club during the trip. I’ve never been to Africa and I know God will use me to serve the people there. Please be praying for safety in Africa, that funds will be raised for all of the team members, and that the trip will be used to show God’s love to all of the people there.Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 3.06.20 PM

Our Mocha Club merchandise closet is close to empty after our sale – thanks for all who purchased! Head over to the store now to see what’s left before we release the new stuff! I got to look at all of the new designs and I can’t wait for all of you to see them.


Friday was one of the Mocha Club staff member’s, Katie Rose’s, birthday, so we celebrated at the office with donuts of course! Yum! Why is it so hard to eat just one?

As you may remember last spring, the Mochaterns hosted a Mocha Club event on Belmont’s Campus. Annabelle and I are also working on planning our Mocha Club events at Lipscomb and Belmont, so be on the lookout for news about those.


Don’t forget to follow along on Twitter @Mochatern and ‘like’ the Mocha Club Facebook page!

Thanks for reading!


Mochatern Bianca :: fashionABLE event

This semester’s mochaterns are an amazing crew. You can keep up with them over at the Mochatern tumblr. Here Mochatern Bianca tells us of sharing fashionABLE with her friends at Belmont University.

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Hey everyone, it’s the fashionABLE intern Bianca here. Everything is going well over at the fashionABLE // Mocha Club offices, but it’s bound to get busy as we receive a large shipment of scarves from Africa. We’re all ready to team together and get all of the scarves sorted and placed with their respective orders so they can be shipped out as soon as possible. We’ve received a bunch of new orders from retails worldwide (yes, worldwide!), and we can’t wait to provide them with a wonderful order of scarves to sell in their stores! It’s so exciting to see the fashionABLE brand continue to enter new markets and touch more and more people.

I’m happy to say that I helped spread the fashionABLE mission last week by hosting an event at my school, Belmont University. In partnership with my university’s SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise) Club, I planned an event to showcase social entrepreneurship through a presentation of a short documentary that showcases TOMS CEO Blake Mycoskie and a number of other social entrepreneurs. After the documentary screening, I hosted a small panel of social entrepreneurs, and I was glad to have Barrett on the panel. With over 175 students at the event, Barrett got the chance to share the fashionABLE story with them, and we even had fashionABLE scarves for sale at the event. I think it’s safe to say that the students loved what Barrett had to say, because they bought a ton of scarves. It was exciting to share my love for fashionABLE with my classmates and peers, because I know that they’re all passionate individuals who strive to make change by supporting and advocating for organizations like fashionABLE.

Overall, as the scarf orders continue to come in, it’s wonderful to think that it equates to more sustainable business for some wonderful women in Africa and ultimately, a better way of life for them.

Mochatern Bianca: fashionABLE

Hey everyone!

It’s Bianca, the fashionABLE intern for the Fall semester. I’m so excited to share my intern experiences with you over the course of the semester. I’ve been interning with fashionABLE for a few short weeks, and I’m looking forward to serving on the fashionABLE team for the next few months.

This week has been particularly exciting here at the Mocha Club / fashionABLE office. I’ve been working directly with Jordan and Marisa to help prepare scarves for orders, and I was delighted to have the privilege to help them get ready for their trip to New York for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week this past weekend. I helped get all of the scarves packed and ready to bring to NYC, and I also helped put together a lot of the marketing materials for potential retailers. In addition to getting the scarves and the marketing materials ready for NYC, I prepared invites for the fashionABLE party that took place at Diana Warner’s Store!

Jordan and Marisa got back on Tuesday, and I was excited to hear about their trip when I came into the office on Wednesday. They shared pictures of their trip with me, and I was glad to hear that the party with Diana Warner was a great success! It’s awesome to know that I helped play a role in fashionABLE’s participation in Fashion Week and Fashion’s Night Out.

On Wednesday, Vanessa, Lauren, and I had the opportunity of sitting in on a meeting with African Leadership. It was especially exciting because Barrett had just gotten back from Ethiopia, and he shared with us his journey of adopting his new daughter, Lena! It was incredible to hear about Barrett and his family’s journey that ended in bringing a beautiful new baby girl home to Nashville!

In addition, it was incredible to hear about all of the other efforts African Leadership is involved in. From pastor training to medical supply delivery to building dorms for young men and women, African Leadership is making a great contribution to people in need, and it was fascinating to hear about these efforts from the people who are spearheading them.

Overall, it’s been a fun week, and I’ve truly got to know a lot more about the Mocha Club, fashionABLE, and African Leadership. I’m excited to work with Barrett and help implement all of the wonderful ideas he has for fashionABLE!

Until next time,



Mochatern Update: Mary Catherine

The summer is almost half over and we wanted to give you an update from our Mochaterns (that’s Mocha Club interns, just in case you didn’t know).

Today we feature Mary Catherine. (You met her already here.)


mary_catherineDescribe your internship so far. In 140 characters or less.

A-ma-zing. Love every part of working at MC from the staff who is like a family to the single purpose of working to make an impact in Africa, every part of this internship is stellar.

Mary Catherine works well in 140 characters. Follow her on Twitter.

What projects are you working on?

So many, that’s what I love about Mocha Club! My absolute favorite is an exciting new MC venture working with women in Ethiopia and celebrity supporters — needless to say, it’s thrilling and we are beyond exciting for it to launch. Stay tuned MCers, this one is huge.

What has been the biggest surprise?

How involved we are. Barrett frequently comes into the mochatern room to hash out ideas and brainstorm with us. They use us as the dreamers and we love that 🙂

In one word, describe each of the other interns.

  • Katie — a guaranteed fun time.
  • Brent — the singing lone ranger
  • Kourtney — the sweetheart. so precious!
  • Amy — a brilliant creative.

Who is your favorite Mocha Club artist?

Wertz and Barnes will have to throwdown for this one. I first heard of Mocha Club from their shows!

What has been the coolest part of the internship so far?

The people by far. The Mocha Club team is unbelievable and being a part of a community that is truly anchored it’s mission statement has been incredible to contribute to and learn from.

What do you hope to accomplish by the end of the summer?

By the end of the summer, I hope to be able to look back and see the ripple effect of our contribution within the organization extending externally and impacting Africa.


The Mochaterns have started their own blog. Crazy kids. So keep up with their daily experiences, plans, and hijinks there.

MC Interns at Cadillac Sky/Civil Wars concert in Nashville


MC Summer 2010 interns Mary Catherine, Kourtney, and Katie (photo by MC Intern Amy Nicole Gwaltney)

On Weds, June 2nd, one of our MC artists, Cadillac Sky, played a CD release show in Nashville with The Civil Wars. Several of our MC Interns were there to represent Mocha Club!  Check out this post by our intern (and amazing photographer!) Amy Gwaltney on their fun evening…

Life on the Road: Volume 5 – Final Tour Thoughts

Mocha Club volunteer, Lauren, is currently out on tour with MC Sponsors Addison Road and Sanctus Real.  She will be giving us insight to life on the road over the next few weeks.  Read the intro to this series here.

It’s been a little over a week since the Addison Road and Sanctus Real tour came to a close. I can’t believe it’s already over. I had the time of my life meeting new people and seeing new places. Let me preface what I’m about to say by saying that I LOVED EVERY MINUTE of this tour. I will carry these memories for the rest of my life!

But, honestly, for me, the longer the tour went on, the more it felt like “work.”  That’s okay though, because you’re supposed to love your job, right?!  There were many conversations had about how it’s ALL (late nights, early mornings, BBQ for dinner five shows in a row, broken down buses, RVs, vans, etc.) worth it.  It’s all worth it because every night we watch it pay off.  It pays off because these artists meet people at every show who have been touched by their music, some who would say they have even had their lives changed by it. More importantly, though, it all pays off because people halfway across the world are getting the chance to have access to clean drinking water for the first time… ever!

Yep… I’d say it pays off.

{Side note: MC sponsor Matt Wertz put together a really great video giving insight on what it’s really like being on the road.  He speaks the truth.  Thanks, Matt.}

Here’s a picture from one of the last nights of the tour – an offstage view right before Sanctus takes the stage…

Sanctus Real // Addison Road tour