Saturday, July 11, 2015

Spotlight Jane: SOPHISTICATE

A Sophisticated Jane

Unchained Jane was launched by three women as a way to connect and empower phenomenal women everywhere. We admire the badassery that makes each and every one of you successful, happy, fulfilled, and sparkly.

This week we would like to feature one such Jane.

“The economy is tough,” they say.

“The job market is stale,” they say.

“If you have an idea that you are truly passionate about, go for it.”

This week Unchained Jane had the great fortune of doing some Q&A with S o p h i s t i c a t e CEO, Debbie Pfisterer.

In 2014, Debbie Pfisterer founded the social media company S o p h i s t i c a t e ™ after the success of her blog Sophisticate in the Suburbs. We are in love with her charm, spunk and sparkle!

Unchained Jane: Tell us a little bit about how you got started.

CEO Debbie: After the surprise minor success of my blog Sophisticate in the Suburbs, the networking group of all female entrepreneurs were providing compliments on the uniqueness of the blog. They would ask my advice about their blog and say "I wish I had a blog or a social media set-up like you.”
Then a fellow entrepreneur said that she hires someone to create her social media but would prefer to hire me.  She recommended that I go into business doing just that... 
S o p h i s t i c a t e was born.

UJ: What were you afraid of before you started, or when you first started?

Debbie: I wasn't scared when I first started. In the beginning I was in a bubble. The fear started midway through the process, when the problems began and I began to see potential "holes" or ways I could improve. When reality hits, you realize there is no one to blame, and that as a CEO you are solely responsible for failure or success.

Check out Debbie’s post on LinkedIn “TheFive Stages of an Entrepreneur.

So sassy, classy and super bad-assy! 

Fred Trolio Photography; Hair by Paige Leone at Jean Madeline Salon Plymouth Meeting; Outfit: Theory; Location: Cairnwood Estate

UJ: Who inspires you - past or present?

Debbie: In general, Gloria Steinem, Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X, and Dr. Martin Luther King.In business, Walt Disney.
Singer/songwriter Noah Guthrie travels around the world with no Plan B. He is doing what he is passionate about with a family who loves and supports him unconditionally.
FACE Africa founder Saran Kaba Jones from Liberia ( Saran left a job to help others to and make an  impact on the lives of the people who live in her birthplace and home in Africa.

All of these individuals had the bravery to say and work towards what they believe in and love… they work towards their goal with no fear, strong sense of belief, love in their heart, a clear focus, and purpose.

"With kindness (and a little fight) they risked failure to do what they loved for the people they love and a greater good." 
UJ: What makes you feel confident & successful?

Debbie: When I need to get that extra "boost" when running my Company I write for Sophisticate in the Suburbs.

I always like to try new things. New hobbies and activities help me meet new people and allow me to fail. I practice until I accomplish this new activity, which builds new confidence. 

As I am involved with learning and doing these new activities, I meet  "like minded" individuals. Meeting new people makes me feel not so alone in my passion for that activity or hobby.

"The combination of feeling connected to people and accomplishing something I've never done before allows me to explore and experience humility."

With the accomplishment of the activity, it builds my confidence. That confidence gives me the strength to continue to learn and be brave to keep doing new things.

UJ: Do you have a personal mantra or slogan/catch phrase?

Debbie: "Suck it up.”
"The faster you get started the faster you will get it done.”
"Get over yourself.”
When I'm feeling scared, insecure, and intimidated when meeting new people - "just be the kind person you are.”
My mother said those phrases when I was growing up and I hated them. Now that she is gone, they seem to be the phrases that give me that extra "push" when I feel overwhelmed or insecure.

Wanna get to know Debbie a little bit more?


"Memoirs of a Geisha" by Arthur Golden
"David Copperfield" by Charles Dickens
"Bergdorf Blondes" by Plum Sykes
"Alexander Hamilton" by Ron Chernow
"The Hunger Games/Catching Fire/Mockingjay" by Suzanne Collins


"Don't Put Dirt on My Grave" and anything from the TV Show Nashville.
Anything by Noah Guthrie. Especially seeing him and his band in concert. His music makes me happy & gives me energy, inspiration, and motivation.

Follow her on Twitter @trusophisticate

Check out Sophisticate in the Suburbs at

Need some social media marketing in your life or business?

Check out S o p h i s t i c a t e at

You’re an inspiration, Debbie! We are so stoked you took the time to share your story with us…keep sparkling & #stayunchained.

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