1) Occupation/ Location:
"Founder/CCO, jack of all trades lol/Chicago born and always in my heart living in NYC since 1999 #NEWYORKSTRONG!"
2) What does International Women's Day mean to you?
"This year we watched the first female become the Vice President of America. Do you believe it has taken us this long!? International Women’s Day means recognizing the incredible leaders who got us here today by using their voices to pave us closer to change. We still have a lot of work to do but together we are getting there. IWD also means celebrating all the incredible women around us and this should be every single day! Gathering together with these incredible women on this shoot and around the world was about uplifting us together and celebrating life. We all need a cheerleader to keep rooting for us so turn to the women next to you and tell them they are doing a great job."
3) What is your favorite quote to refer back to that motivates you?
"You know me I like a lot of quotes. It is hard to narrow one down. But here is one I wrote: 'Don’t be distracted by the noise. Believe in yourself and your ability to forge ahead.'"
4) What advice would you give other women?
This applies to everyone:
I got this from a fortune cookie and it fits in so well here: “Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.”
My 5 Tips to Happiness:
Think. Say. Do.
Keep Calm and Breathe.
Music calms the soul.
Appreciate every day and everyone around you, especially those who support and love you, as life moves fast – way too fast!
Last, but not least... BELIEVE! I quickly learned the importance of hard work and customer service. There are a lot of amazingly talented people in this world. As noted above, while you may not always be the most creative, charming or brilliant person in the room, you can be the hardest working and most dedicated – that is something that is totally within your own control. By working hard, my bosses took notice at my earlier jobs and my employees take notice now. It's leadership by example and I think it fosters loyalty and camaraderie.