Emerging Founders

Nicole Skandalaris

Nicole is a strong advocate for social entrepreneurship and utilizing business to alleviate poverty and better developing economies. She studies marketing and management at Taylor University where she continues to grow more in her concept of marketplace ministry. Nicole has spent time in the Dominican Republic working with microloan recipients looking to mitigate the cycle of poverty through self-employment. Her previous work experience for Samaritan’s Purse also contributed to her global vision and passion for international relief. Nicole enjoys writing and has used this medium to create impact, most recently seen in her published work for Delight Ministries. Through Emerging Founders, Nicole gainined wisdom on how to grow and scale high-impact organizations. 

Nicole was an apprentice alongside Mica May of May Designs. She is a 2015 Praxis Academy alumna.

May Designs is an e-commerce company selling beautiful, customizable paper goods. The flagship product is the May Book, a simple notebook that can be customized to reflect each customer’s style; it lays flat and fits nicely in your purse. The product line now includes stationery, greeting cards and photo books that pull in your Instagram feed into canvas-bound books. The heart behind each product is allowing customers to create something that makes everyday life more beautiful. May Designs has been featured by “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” Real Simple and was named one of Oprah’s Favorite Things.