What do you love most about Your City? I live in a small town just north of Berkeley, CA in the middle of the San Francisco Bay Area. I have all the advantages of a university town and a vibrant cosmopolitan city. At the same time my town is a bit like the Cheers bar. The shopkeepers and restaurant staff know my name. Additionally I can walk to over 30 restaurants and rarely have to use my car.
My Deed of the Day: See someone new today—don’t look past anyone.
What do you love most about Your City? Its diversity. Chicago has over 70 diverse neighborhoods. It’s so full of unique people with different lifestyles, interests and contributions. Oh, did I mention the food? Chicago has taught me that there’s more to pizza here than deep dish and that there’s more to the Chicago food scene than pizza!
Career Advice to those in your industry? I encourage all college students in mass communications (print, radio, broadcast and multimedia) to get their start in the industry early. The opportunity is akin to having a new car: once you drive it off the lot, it depreciates. Gaining the necessary experience before you graduate works to your benefit. If you wait to look for an opportunity in this industry after you graduate, you’ll end up in a pool with thousands of others looking for the same limited job position. There are only a few slots to be filled, so the earlier you make meaningful connections for entry, the better. It’s also important to cast a wide net. Your first position may not be in a populous city like Los Angeles, but you can start working in smaller markets and work your way up. Lastly, networking and making meaningful connections with those in the industry is essential. Part of the job is not what you know but who knows you.
What do you love most about Your City? Dallas has such a layered persona – couture and high-end but also community-focused and kind. Businesses are flocking here, creating a really diverse group of global cultures and perspectives. Our economy is booming, which is great for me as an entrepreneur. I grew up here, so I have a deep love for the people and places that others are just discovering but have always been home to me.
What are you doing at 6:00 AM – By 6 a.m., I’ve already been through emails and packed lunch for my kindergartener. My friend, Kelly, and I head out for a run before everyone wakes up. I’ve embraced being a “morning person.” It gives me a jump on the day before things get too hectic.
My Goal of the Day: To appreciate the simple things many of us take for granted and perhaps forget notice because we are caught up in our daily routine
My Tip of the Day: Become comfortable being uncomfortable. It’s a tool that can potentially get you very far.
What drink do you need to get through the day? Water is my BFF. Nearly ice cold. I’m not sure I could easily quantify but it usually replaces the incredible amount of sweat I leave on the dance floor, on the mirrors and in my attire. If you’ve ever danced with me you see know I’m a sweater!
How did you get involved with social entrepreneurship? I had toyed around with launching a couple different social ventures earlier in my career, but this most recent leg of the journey started while I was in grad school for City Planning at MIT. The School of Architecture and Planning launched their own startup accelerator program, and a classmate and I decided to apply. We threw around ideas for a month or two before seizing upon the one we decided to pursue. Everything essentially snowballed from there; we ended up being accepted into the accelerator, and went on to win multiple other competitions and accolades while still in school. We went full-time immediately after graduation, and the company is still thriving today. We were extremely lucky to receive international attention and press as we were focused on the two hot button issues of housing and aging, and that really boosted our progress. It was really hard in a lot of ways but ultimately it was a great experience. I think I learned more lessons about myself in those couple of years than I had during the entire rest of my life up to that point.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)? Water. I drink a little over a half gallon of water every day.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account? Tone House (duh!)
What should everyone try at least once? Tone House. Taking your fitness more seriously is something we all need to do. Taking class at Tone House not only gets you in great shape, but it helps you become mentally strong as well. You also meet teammates that become your life long friends.
My Tip of the Day: I heard this and thought it was pretty great: When something goes wrong in your life just yell PLOT TWIST! And move on.
What should everyone try at least once? Surrendering to the universe, looking at every situation as a glass half full.
Where do you enjoy getting lost? Well I’ve got a pretty big imagination, so probably there. But if we are talking literally, I was recently lost in the halls on the ABC Disney lot, which is always special, looking at all the old posters and artwork.
My Thought of the Day: Each day we have the opportunity to do what is right and so we should, because life is short and purposeful.
My Action of the Day: Stay focused on your journey to your success, because only you control your destiny.
My Action of the Day: Talking to my students and making them understand the true aspect of yoga which is way beyond just the physical exercises (asanas).Spread the message of yoga through my teachings as well as help my students to improve their personal practice through tips, advises, demonstrations and recommendations.
Favorite breakfast meal& restaurant? Being a yogi, I follow a simple vegetarian diet throughout the day. My day starts with a glass of lukewarm water with a little bit of lemon juice. For breakfast, I usually have some oats with milk and honey and a glass of fresh fruit juice. My afternoon meal is more of a ‘Sattvic’ diet which includes boiled rice, chapatti (Indian flatbread), daal (lentil soup), vegetable curry and green salad. Dinner is usually light and consists of a few chapattis with a vegetable curry. I hardly have outside food but when I do, my favorite is ‘Amrit Ganga Café’ in Rishikesh.
My Goal of the Day: Raise money and awareness for the Taco Bell Foundation
What drink do you need to get through the day? Champagne
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account? Chanel official
What should everyone try at least once? Meditate for 5 minutes
My Tip of the Day: Keep a childlike attitude and be a good listener
What should everyone try at least once? Get up on stage. There is no rush like it. I have been performing for years and I never get tired of it.
What do you love most about Your City? I love the beauty of Chicago – the architecture keeps my eyes engaged and inspires me creatively. The people of this fine city put all of their time intowork, family and fun. I love all the city year-round, but the summers is when the city really shines, with concerts in the park, packed rooftops and more festivals than you know what to do with.
My Thought of the Day: For all that has been, thanks. For all that shall be, yes
What should everyone try at least once? Mountain biking
What drink do you need to get through the day? Hot tea and iced tea – all day
How are small, independent, creative shops going to survive against the big holding companies? We are not only surviving but thriving! Many companies are looking for authentic, original thinking and a small shop like ours, puts talented senior people on every account. Our work is handcrafted and connects emotionally with consumers. Our big ideas drive consumer behavior.
If you weren’t a creative director, what career would you have? I’d be a drummer. I’ve played the drums since I was 10 and I still have a little garage band. If I wasn’t in advertising I’d be loading and unloading my drums every night at a new dive bar where the band gets 50% off all drink
How did you get the idea for your company? The idea for NewtonX formed when I was with McKinsey & Company, and realized that there was a massive pain point both in the management consulting industry and across enterprise organizations: Access to expert knowledge from C-suite executives, global influencers or niche subject matter experts didn’t exist in the market. My colleagues and I consistently needed reliable data from highly specific populations to effectively do our jobs, but had no way of accessing this data at scale. Additionally, I often needed this access under tight time constraints, but no firm in the market would be able to give me the access I needed by my deadline. In this, I saw a missed opportunity for automation – the industry is a perfect use case for AI today.
What advice would you have for young people who are concerned about the future of our environment and want to take up this cause? The advice I give to every young person is to stay true to yourself—to your beliefs and goals—and don’t ever let anyone tell you any different. When I was about to graduate law school, I watched so many of my classmates who professed their passion for the environment immediately sell out and start working for firms that defended polluters. They justified this by saying that they were going to go make money for the next five years, pay off their school loans, and then come back to fight for the earth.
My Goal of the Day: Do one thing that brings a smile to your face whether it’s listening to a good song or checking your favorite social media account for a new meme
My Action of the Day: Look for or follow up on opportunities for Art Start youth and programs
What should everyone try at least once? Authentic food from Trinidad and Tobago. Yes I’m biased, but one taste is all you need and you’re hooked!
My Action of the Day: Relax + Breathe
My Tip of the Day: Go into every situation knowing your own power, wisdom, and worth. And be grounded in that realty and don’t let anyone project their lack of this understanding on you.
What do you love most about Your City? Denver is a wonderful city with great weather and nice people. But what I love most is the food, lots of farm to table restaurants, they take great care in sourcing their food. I prefer high vibration food so it works for me and they are so passionate about it.
My Thought of the Day: We don’t have to choose between being kind and being strong. They’re not mutually exclusive. The most effective leaders lead with both.
What should everyone try at least once? Something that they are afraid of.
Where do you enjoy getting lost? In books
My Goal of the Day: Turn off all of my digital devices (phone, computer and TV included) each day for 2 hours, typically from 6-8pm, to be fully present with my kids and husband.
My Deed of the Day: Working with non-profit organizations I’m involved in right now including serving on the fashion committee at Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M), Dell Children’s Hospital, and the board of the College of Natural Sciences, Human Ecology at UT Austin.
What drink do you need to get through the day? Two large cups of coffee (black) and Waterloo. I am not a big water drinker so Waterloo helps get the job done. I am also addicted to Zevia right now! It’s the best!