Give us your “elevator pitch” (What you do, who you are, where you’re from).
I’m a writer, digital strategist and amateur photographer. After spending my early career trying out several different fields and working with several different types of organizations, I discovered that freelance work enables me to maintain a lifestyle that I love. I never imagined being an entrepreneur, but now that I am, I can’t imagine being anything else.
If you could spend one day with any famous person (past or present), who would it be?
For fun, I serve as a volunteer docent (translation: tour guide) with the Chicago Architecture Foundation. If I could spend a day with a famous person, I would love to get to know Rick Steves. He’s an author and television personality who hosts a travel show on PBS. I’d love to pick his brain and get a few tips and tricks.
Do you feel college and postgraduate education is essential for success? Why or why not?
I think college and postgraduate education are essential for success in some fields, but not in every profession. For me personally, the lessons I learned outside the classroom during my years in college were almost as important as my course work. So, for that alone I’m thankful for my degree. But I’m discovering that on-the-job-experience is also essential for success in my chosen career.
What’s your favorite book?
A book that I could read over and over again is Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies. Her prose is so rich; it deserves to be read multiple times. It introduced this midwestern girl to a culture with which I had very little experience. Plus, as a huge fan of short stories, its structure is really appealing to me.
What causes or organizations are you passionate about?
When I first came to Chicago I learned about CAASE and immediately became a supporter. The Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation does amazing work in this city and around the country. What impresses me most about their work is that they don’t only focus on policy and advocacy, they’re also developing curriculum with prevention in mind.
What’s your favorite quote?
“I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
Describe your dream vacation.
Someday I’m going to take a yearlong around-the-world cruise. To me that trip sounds like heaven. You unpack once and wake up in a new city every day! Plus, you’re served all the delicious food you can eat and there’s no cleanup required afterwards.
Where do you see yourself in 25 years?
I hope I’m still doing work that I love and living a life that makes me smile. Part of what I love about my work is the variety and unpredictability. As long as there is still plenty of that, I won’t complain.
What’s currently on your radar? Tell us about your latest project.
As a member of the Thin Difference team, I’m excited about the recent launch of Jon Mertz’s book, Activate Leadership: Aspen Truths to Empower Millennial Leaders. I’m proud to be a part of the project. Jon’s worked hard to create a book that’s both helpful for readers and enjoyable to read. It’s packed with anecdotes from his career, millennial leader success stories and practical advice that's easily applicable to work and life. I can’t recommend it highly enough!
Any advice for recent college grads?
Now that you have your degree, get out there and get networking! Finding the right opportunity for you is often more about who you know than what you know. I know that’s not a popular thing to say, but it tends to be true. So, take some time and get to know people.
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