Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Renee Reyes, a successful American transsexual entrepreneur. She invented a product for cleaning “dry clean only” clothes at home in a household clothing dryer and holds eleven patents in this regard. She recently sold the enterprise that manufactured and distributed her product and now lives in Atlanta, GA. Hello Renee!
|Eleven patents later... at the shelf with her inventions. Now preparing to launch|
her newest technology & company. One more patent? She wins a set of steak knives.
Monika: At that time of your transition, did you have any transgender role models that you followed?
I approached and discovered role models outside trans-world for help with success in my business career – learned from others who once faced significant business discrimination – Afro-Americans and Jews. Learned helpful approaches and mindsets from these wonderful mentors.
|Living with two of her greatest passions: art and antiques.|
Each subset has different needs – even taking offense to the needs and forms of expression by the others. We’re the smallest subset but we’re greatly divided in our agendas. Until we improve that issue, we’ll struggle creating a cohesive identity.
Pinterest has become my new best friend. I wear a different outfit every day of the year. I pull a base item I find appealing – go to Pinterest for novel matching ideas – and give that ensemble a whirl. If I don’t receive at least two compliments from strangers regarding my newest outfit? I never wear it again.
Monika: Many transgender ladies write their memoirs. Have you ever thought about writing such a book yourself?
A key aspect of my success is rooted in the fact I learned to throw away my rear view mirror: I don’t re-live past mistakes or successes: I stay focused on what’s directly in front of me. A book or movie would force me to re-live memories I worked hard to forget. My transition wasn’t pretty: got hurt by people, hurt myself and I hurt others – no benefit in revisiting such trauma. Besides, I have too many positive things to accomplish now and in the future.
I’m blessed to already possess enough financial resources to provide for my present and future needs. Thus, I’m a position to create consequential means for others from my ongoing success. I never dreamed of living a mega-rich lifestyle. However, I do dream of making a difference with my life.