We had the good fortune of connecting with Mayem Metzger and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mayem, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
My business is a happy mix of the two things that are very passionate to me. I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst by day and love to bake on my free time. The Behavior Baker is a platform that I created to showcase my baking journey, sell some goodies, as well as be a resource for people of color in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, providing people with resources, helpful tips, and ultimately a face to show that we too are the field and are needed more than ever!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The mission behind The Behavior Baker is to be a space for people of color in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis to learn, gain helpful study tips, and overall encouragement to be the best in the field. In the future I plan to embed my two passions of behavior and baking more to bring even greater products and resources for everyone; so everyone can experience the love of behavior and baking like me. I am excited for the things I am working on rolling out, which will hopefully allow me to reach new people and build more interest in the field, as well as build an interest in having the confidence to bake at home. My journey has been a progressive one. I am still learning things today. It has not been easy, but it definitely has been worth it! Through ups and downs, highs and lows the one thing that has stayed consistent is my faith in God. It truly has continued to keep me going through it all!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First off we would start the morning by going on a nice run around Hermann Park. We would then venture around the Museum District and explore all of the great sightings. We would also slip in a nice hot yoga session at my favorite yoga studio. Food and brunch spots that we would check out include Soul Food Vegan, Taste Bar and Kitchen, The Breakfast Klub, and Cafeza for some awesome live music. My friends and I love to shop, so a trip to the Galleria would be an all day event! There’s so many advantages living in a big city. One being you will never be bored! There is always something to go check out, somewhere to visit, and some place to eat. I think that is one of the greater joys I have living here is the ability to discover so many cool things, and to explore all that Houston has to offer.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Throughout my journey I’ve been blessed to come across many people and get involved in various groups that did nothing but uplift me, encourage me and support me 110%. First being my family. They supported me throughout grad school, my certification exam, and supported my baking journey. I’ve also gotten plugged into many organization groups through social media for people of color in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Seeing so many people who look just like me is, and continues to be, the best motivation, uplifting, and encouragement.
Mallory Neely (Photo of self). IG: @m.cimone_ Baking photos: Myself (Mayem Metzger)