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Anna / Female / 7 years old
Caelin / Female / 5 years old
Collaborating, Finding a Mentor, Mentoring, Networking
We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now. - MLK Jr.
Do your research.
I feel like I'm a jill of all trades but a master of none, but I'm always happy to talk to women looking to jump into their own new entrepreneurial pursuits and offer my own experiences of what has worked and what hasn't worked for me.
My personal passion (other than my two girls!) is learning about world cultures and finding ways to connect across cultures. As an interfaith family (my husband is Jewish and I am Catholic), we teach our children that different people, cultures and religions make the world interesting and beautiful, and that we should respect all cultures and ways of life. I think the best way to promote intercultural unity is through dialogue and, in particular, sharing stories in a way that allows members of different groups to identify with each other on a personal level. This flows through to our brand mission at Victoria Road, where we seek to use common interests like fashion and design as a stepping stone to breaking through cultural boundaries and stereotypes. Here's something I wrote about that over the summer: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bridging-cultures-one-person-at-a-time_us_57abeeede4b08c46f0e4b467 Favorite charities / organizations these days are Planned Parenthood, Anti-Defamation League, Southern Poverty Law Center and Counsel on American-Islamic Relatio
Marketing and scaling up! We are picking up larger accounts now like Barneys and Maisonette in 2018, and we're building up both our technological and our human infrastructure at our studio to fill larger volumes without sacrificing quality or our ethical standards. It's exciting! We're also building up our sales and marketing team that will help us share the amazing story of our brand in a way that resonates with our audience.
Losing any member of my family.
I've been spending the start-up years at Victoria Road making sure we are doing everything the right way in terms of design, quality and ethics. Our product speaks for itself, and what would be game changing now would be to be able to spread the message quickly to a national and international audience.
Don't give up on your dreams, and don't lose sight of your values.
I love the support system of this amazing group of women. It's rare to see such a thriving network of fierce, savvy women that are always ready to lift each other up through their networks, advice, care and concern. It's a growing power family and I'm so humbled to be a part of it.