The Collaborative No. 1
Today we are kicking off our new blog, The Collaborative, with our own submissions of The Everyday Visionary Questionnaire.
We created this questionnaire to provide you with a unique vantage point of everyday visionaries sharing bits of themselves with us in a straightforward and compelling manner.
Our hope is that the responses that we gather to these 21 questions provoke unsuspecting collaborations and demonstrate how simple it can be to live as a visionary.
- What’s your name?
- Where do you currently work?
- What is your current role?
Founder + All of the Things
- How would you describe to a child what you do for a living?
I help adults feel good about themselves at the end of each day.
- What do you hope you have a reputation for as a professional?
Hardworking / Resourceful / Creative / … and just being someone who actually gives a damn.
- What is an accomplishment from your career that meant the world to you?
Finally branching off to pursue my dream of being an entrepreneur. Ever since I was a little kid I wanted to have my own company. It took longer than expected but I got here.
- What is one of the biggest lessons you’ve had to learn the hard way in your career?
Sometimes people will try to take advantage of you if you let them. So don’t let them. Know what you’re worth and don’t settle.
- What are some of your go-to sources of inspiration and staying on top of emerging trends that impact your field or industry?
Behance.net / Talking to strangers eating next to me at restaurants / Quality of Life Surveys / The Monocle Magazine
- What is something you need in your work environment in order to thrive in your role?
Regular change of scenery or new stimuli / a whiteboard / People to collaborate with who want to make a difference
- What do you envision for your customers/clients/stakeholders/ patients/citizens, etc.?
I want our customers to feel emboldened as they embark on each day.
- What is one of the biggest challenges you are facing or trying to solve right now?
Scaling the business as quickly and cost-effectively as humanly possible.
- What are three of your favorite books?
Originals by Adam Grant
Double Bind: Women on Ambition by Robin Romm
Designing Leadership by Moura Quayle
- What’s one of your favorite non-profits?
Catalyst.org – They focus on expediting gender equality in the workplace.
- If you could collaborate with any group or individual in the world, who would be your top three picks?
- What would you want to collaborate on with the people/groups you just mentioned?
Creating a performance-based compensation model to replace traditional salaried pay so that employees’ paychecks correlate with their productivity.
- If you were invited to give a TED Talk (or have given one), what would you speak about?
Borrowing ways of doing things from completely unrelated industries.
- How do you unwind at the end of a stressful day?
Playing my music at full volume, dancing with my dog in the living room, bowl of pasta, glass of wine… and then Grey’s Anatomy.
- What do you think your 80-year-old self would tell you right now?
80-year-old Elizabeth would tell me to stop wearing heels all the time because it will ruin her feet. 30-year-old Elizabeth says suck it up buttercup.
- What do you think your 10-year-old self would be most impressed with about your life right now?
Ten-year-old Elizabeth would be very impressed that 30-year-old Elizabeth still has Binki (my childhood blanket).
- What are your ideal retirement plans?
I’ll be living in Italy, listening to beautiful music every night, eating amazing food each day, and drinking good wine with interesting people from all walks of life.
- Is there anything particularly compelling that you want us to know that we didn’t ask?
I grew up riding horses and am basically guaranteed to connect with other equestrians so if you’re reading this, say Hayyy!