Women’s History Month commemorates the vital role of women within American history and society, paying tribute to historical women who have paved the way for the next generation of trailblazers. Here at Creative Circle, we want to celebrate our network of influential women leaders and learn about what has uplifted them along the way. This month, we’re highlighting the voices of our Circlers with everything from their favorite female leaders to advice to their past selves – we want to share it all!
1. What advice would you share with your younger self?
To have more fun and not take life so seriously
2. Who is an influential female figure in your life?
My mother, Meghan Markle, former New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
3. Which women helped you create your Creative Circle community and how?
There are so many to name! Houston Lead Recruiter Ramsay McCoy was the first friend I made at Creative Circle. She was also the first person to identify that I had what it took to really accomplish a lot within this company. Other women in my community include Enterprise Accounts Managing Director Alexandra Whitmore, Enterprise Sales Managing Director Lizzy Griffin, Dallas Managing Director Amy Knigge, Enterprise Accounts Managing Director Kristen Rosselli, Enterprise Accounts Managing Director Molly McGlynn Peek, Regional Director Ramona Estephan, Regional Director Gretchen Ciampi, Regional Director Carrie Ek, Regional Director Jenna Miller. I could honestly go on and on!
4. What do the women in your life mean to you?
Everything. I belong to several women-based communities where we can freely discuss finances, life, fears, career, goals, and family. The support system is crucial to my mental health and survival.
5. What are some ways you’ve felt supported as a woman during your career? Who has supported you?
I’ve worked with mostly or only women for most of my career, which has been a blessing. My past leaders and managers at Creative Circle both advocated and created paths for advancement in my career.
6. If you had to invite one inspiring woman to a dinner party, who would it be and why?
Definitely former New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. I have followed her journey as one of the youngest national leaders in the world during her time as PM of New Zealand. She led one of the strongest responses to COVID in her country, leading to a very low spread in their region. Additionally, she showed that a leader can have children, enjoy a night dancing with friends on video, and still lead the world. I know she stepped down due to burnout but I wish she would’ve stayed in her post. I often find women put pressure and standards on themselves that men won’t.
7. What do you love about being a woman?
I love that we are so multifaceted. We can be strong, powerful, smart, and empathetic but also beautiful all in the same day.