As the daughter of Puerto Rican and Italian immigrants, Renee's mixed heritage has given her a unique lens to view the world. She is the CEO and founder of My Half of The Sky, a social justice coffee shop that addresses social concerns and systemic injustice through opportunity.

Renee is passionate about creating hope & bringing healing to women with obstacles to employment due to poverty, addictions, trafficking or life as a refugee. She believes opportunity & relationships are essential to helping women live a better story. Renee has worked for over 20 years with grassroots organizations that remind both men and women that there is hope after trauma or hardship. She believes opportunity gives dignity and value. Renee desires to trail blaze the concept that businesses and Capitalism can use the marketplace to build sustainable enterprises while doing good.

Renee is a member of: Women’s Speakers Collective, Propel Women, and several Direct trade, Fair Trade & Ethical Fashion Movements


Interested in starting a coffee shop? Or another business? Perhaps you have launched and you are looking for ways to grow your business.

Consulting and mentorship opportunities available with our Founder, Renee Pollino. Choose an in-person 1-on-1 mentorship or coaching available online as well.

Everyone needs guidance to launch or grow their business. Renee works with entrepreneurs and business leaders to help them launch their start-up as painless as possible, as well as achieve their goals. 


Renee is here to help launch your business, grow your business or speak at your next conference or event.

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From business conferences, education round tables, as well as, women's events, business events, and nonprofit gatherings, Renee loves to be a source of encouragement at your gathering. 

Renee enjoys inspiring others to believe they were made to flourish. Through her story, she brings authenticity and passion to the audience, as her contagious spirit inspires others to be all that they were meant to be.

Let's partner to inspire your audience and make your upcoming event a success.