Veteran entrepreneur, writer and cancer survivor Rebecca Thomas dives into the flow that gave her strength during the toughest of times.

Photography by Heather Michelle Photography | Video by Starchild Productions,

About the speaker

“One theme has remained consistent throughout my career: I rely on my best ideas for work.”

Rebecca Thomas is a veteran entrepreneur, expert problem-solver and writer of useful things. Her entrepreneurial career began at twenty-four with a small real estate firm. In 2005 she opened a retail wine bar which has grown into a 150 seat restaurant (

Her experience in building a restaurant from the ground up, sustaining it and evolving the business to meet a changing marketplace has enabled her to understand how important it is to set your enterprise up correctly from the get-go. Structure sets success.

She has developed real estate for specific use both in residential and commercial, worked with cities to secure incentives, scouted locations, created a concept and brought it to fruition. In 2016 she began consulting to select clients to help them access the mentorship and clarity that made such a difference throughout her own career.

Rebecca is also a freelance writer who maintains a weekly email blog on the subject of what makes a good life. She believes understanding yourself and learning to train your mind to interpret other people’s actions, the systems we live in, and our true motivations lead to a more satisfying life. Her work centers on the idea that the examination of the self is a worthwhile endeavor that can contribute a greater good to society at large.

Rebecca moved to Richmond in 2014 to have more access to culture and the arts. She is a passionate pedestrian who has made it a point to walk the whole city. You can find her enjoying the many public trails, sampling yummy things and relishing in her own good life.

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What do people get wrong? What do you see that others don’t? What subject interests you that is being passed over by everyone else? That is where the start of your story is. — Rebecca Thomas

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