Updated: Mar 11, 2019
Founder of And We Evolve
Tell us about your career and how it all started?
I originally wanted to be a writer who covered women’s issues and current events; my dream job was to write non-fiction books and be an opinion columnist for the New York Times. I graduated from college in 2009 and the recession made it clear early-on that media jobs were changing drastically. So I pivoted into doing marketing for startup companies. I love when someone identifies a challenge and serves up a really useful solution to that challenge… and I appreciate that working for startup companies tends to involve a lot of variety and autonomy and excitement about the shared mission.
I became interested in secondhand fashion when I was in college in New York City. I marvelled at the treasure that was out there, if you really looked for it. But most women don’t enjoy thrift shopping. There’s also this challenge that virtually every woman has clothes in her closet that she doesn’t wear any more, and virtually every woman would like to have a few more outfits. I was fascinated by how to solve this challenge. I’ve taken a stab at that challenge with And We Evolve.
What does sisterhood mean to you?
We’ve had a tumultuous couple of years as American women. A lot of women are reacting by looking for community in a more overt or structured way than before-- whether that’s through Facebook groups, in-person gatherings, or individuals taking time to think, Who are my people? In many ways, sisterhood is a support system. People who thrive have support networks, and the time to work on your support network is before you really need it. I love that women are being really intentional about seeking out other women and vocally supporting women who are going for it-- whether that’s running for office, launching business ventures, or building platforms around a mission or cause.
What's your personal mantra?
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and fascinating life?”
This is a quote by Mary Oliver. She died a few weeks ago, and people online were quick to point out that this quote is from a poem about the beauty of spending one’s days wandering in a garden, but I first heard the quote out of context and took it as a call to action to take brave changes and lead an interesting life.
Tell us about women that inspired you and your female role models:
Right now, I am so inspired by Alexandria Osasio Cortez. She is so knowledgeable and a very skillful speaker. She brings a realness to being a human in public office. I hope that her candor on Instagram and how she makes it clear she’s a real person will inspire more young women to think, I could run for office.
My sister, Allie, is one of my role models. She’s a Ph.D. candidate in psychology, and she is so intelligent and thoughtful. It’s also really convenient to come to her when I have a problem; it’s like having Brene Brown as a member of your nuclear family.
Danielle LaPorte, author of the books “the Fire Starter Sessions” and “the Desire Map,” is my favorite writer/public thinker around the intersection of spirituality and professional development. I buy a copy of her book “the Fire Starter Sessions” every year and make notes in it as though it was a workbook. I recommend it to anyone who wants to feel more aligned with their goals.
What would be your advice for women who are building careers in your industry?
For women who want to be entrepreneurs or want to launch a venture, I wholeheartedly recommend looking for other women in your geographic area who are also in the early stages of launching a business. It is so comforting to have peers at a similar stage as you are, to bounce ideas off of, to ask “Is this normal?” or to celebrate with! Celebrating your wins, whether it’s your first 1,000 Instagram followers or your first $1000 in sales is HUGE. Really make a big deal out of the early wins.
One piece of advice for your 18 year old self?
“Stay curious. You may be laser-focused on one singular goal (a trait that will serve you well in life), but be curious about other options.”
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