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HerCampus Cofounder Annie Wang on Starting a Global Media Company For Women

HerCampus Cofounder Annie Wang on Starting a Global Media Company For Women

Annie Wang and her two Her Campus co-founders saw a void in the media industry in 2009: There weren’t any destinations for lifestyle content for college women by college women. So, they launched HerCampus.com, which soon took off as the #1 website and community for college women everywhere. Her Campus has since grown into a sisterhood with a presence at over 380 chapters at colleges all over the world and is now the leading lifestyle content platform for millenial and Gen Z women. Annie sat down with us to talk about the early beginnings of Her Campus, her business advice, and of course, her favorite jewelry!

Why This Jewelry Designer Calls Making Jewelry “Addictive”

Why This Jewelry Designer Calls Making Jewelry “Addictive”

“It's just like learning alchemy,” says Gillian Steinhardt of the process of creating jewelry. A master in one-of-a-kind, meaningful jewelry design, Steinhardt has become known for the signature hand motif in her pieces. As someone who studied textiles and art history in school, she married her love for form and shape to her interest in the ancient to create pieces with a unique reimagining of architecture and history that are intricate in their simplicity. Her work has even been worn on the CW historical drama Reign. We got the chance to visit her at home to look at her beautiful collections and discuss how she got to where she is today, her design process, and advice for budding jewelry entrepreneurs.

 

Fashion Journalist Rebecca Suhrawardi on Mentors, Media, and Finding Your Path

Fashion Journalist Rebecca Suhrawardi on Mentors, Media, and Finding Your Path

Though she was a reader from an early age, fashion journalist Rebecca Suhrawardi wasn’t always interested in writing. Discovering her calling during a stint at Interview magazine, she went on to build an incredible career writing for other landmark publications such as Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Paper, and Vogue.

“Fashion school is a ridiculously female-driven environment,” she says. An alumna of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and the prestigious Central Saint Martins in London, she was able to find a cadre of strong, career-oriented female mentors.

How This Designer and Entrepreneur Aims to Empower Women

How This Designer and Entrepreneur Aims to Empower Women

Katie Farnan is one of Shiffon’s earliest customers and one especially near and dear to our hearts. An entrepreneur and designer herself, she reached out to us to donate part of her own profits to our nonprofit arm, the Startup Girl Foundation. She had an unconventional start to creating her eponymous line: she had no formal schooling in fashion design and started off as a marketer for IT companies. She eventually became a personal stylist and decided she wanted to create. That prompted her to launch KATIE FARNAN a year and a half ago with the objective of empowering women through modern and versatile designs. We chatted with her to learn more about her business and why she believes in paying it forward.

Hitha Palepu: CEO, Mother, Blogger, and Author

Hitha Palepu: CEO, Mother, Blogger, and Author

As a CEO, mother, blogger, and author, Hitha Palepu is a self-confessed multi-hyphenate. First and foremost, however, she is a mother to her three-year-old son, Rho. The CEO of her son’s namesake company, Rho Pharmaceuticals, she is in charge of ensuring that the company meets its objective to develop faster treatment for immediate heart attack and stroke, expecting to launch the product by 2021. Since 2009, she has also been running the blog Hitha On the Go where she shares packing and travel expertise. It’s even led her to a book deal — which she signed the day after giving birth to her first kid! She released How to Pack in 2017 which is now in its third printing.

Q&A: Alexandra Waterbury

Q&A: Alexandra Waterbury

On September 4, Alexandra Waterbury filed a lawsuit alleging that her ex-boyfriend Chase Finlay, a principal dancer at the New York City Ballet, or NYCB, had secretly taken intimate photos and videos of her without her knowledge and shared them with others affiliated with the company. In the suit, she accuses NYCB of creating an "out of control fraternity-like atmosphere" enabling these men to feel comfortable degrading and “[violating] the basic rights of women.” We had the chance to sit down with Waterbury to learn more about her experience.

Why This Model And Nonprofit Founder Dedicated 11 Years To Girls' Education In The Congo

Why This Model And Nonprofit Founder Dedicated 11 Years To Girls' Education In The Congo

We founded Malaika in 2007 as a grassroots nonprofit with a mission to empower girls and communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) through education and health programs. Malaika, which means angel in Swahili, believes in the enormous potential of the Congolese people to bring about lasting, positive change on their own terms. The DRC has great potential wealth due to the minerals in the land, and through education we aim to help the people of DRC to take control of this wealth. We provide them with the tools and opportunities so they can move forward and live their lives with dignity and purpose.

How NASCAR Driver Julia Landauer Learned To Thrive In A Male-Dominated Sport

How NASCAR Driver Julia Landauer Learned To Thrive In A Male-Dominated Sport

At the tender age of 14, stock car racer Julia Landauer already displayed immense potential to become a professional racer: she was the first female champion of the Skip Barber Racing series in its 31-year history. Now 26, she has made it to NASCAR, is the highest-finishing female in its K&N Pro Series Championship, had a short stint on SURVIVOR, and also made the Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2017. We chatted with her to learn more about her career and, of course, jewelry.

How Megha Rao Balances a Full Time Job and Running a Startup

How Megha Rao Balances a Full Time Job and Running a Startup

By day, Megha Rao works for Citigroup’s transformation team, helping shape the future of the retail bank as we know it today. If that weren’t enough, by night, she also serves as designer and curator for her South Asian-inspired contemporary clothing brand, holiCHIC by Megha. With her line, she wanted to create versatile pieces that could be mixed, matched, and worn to any occasion. Starting a business certainly isn’t an easy undertaking, especially starting one while maintaining a full time job.  We chatted with Megha to learn more about how she came up with the idea for holiCHIC, women she admires, and her number one life hack for balancing her responsibilities.

Why This Model Started A Sustainable Clothing Company (And How You Can Too!)

Why This Model Started A Sustainable Clothing Company (And How You Can Too!)

Britt Bergmeister is a model with a mission. After a few years in the modeling industry, she began to be disheartened by the message she was sending to younger girls about beauty standards. Inspired by fellow model (and #girlgang member!) Cameron Russell’s determination to use her platform and voice to promote what she was passionate about, sustainability and women’s rights, Britt decided to do the same. With her mom, also a former model, she founded Off Duty Model/On Duty Citizen, an online site curating sustainable and ethical clothing basics for the perfect “off duty model” look. It has since blossomed into a platform and community promoting sustainable habits, travel hacks, health and wellness, and more. Read on to find out about the challenges of starting a company, what her sustainable life hacks are, and why she says “jewelry is like a scent!”

From Malaysia to LA: Wendy Ong's Whirlwind Rise in the Music Industry

From Malaysia to LA: Wendy Ong's Whirlwind Rise in the Music Industry

Wendy is the Chief Marketing Officer for Roc Nation, the full service entertainment company founded by Jay Z in 2008. Roc Nation’s roster now includes some of the most recognizable names in music and beyond, including Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Shakira, J. Cole, Jaden Smith, and Kevin Durant.

As a woman, an immigrant, and a person of color, she definitely stands out in the largely male-dominated music industry. We talked to her to learn more about how she got to where she is today, navigating cultural differences in the workplace, and how to deal with failure. 

Thara Natalie: Business Owner, Nutritionist, Mom, and Co-manager of Jay Sean

Thara Natalie: Business Owner, Nutritionist, Mom, and Co-manager of Jay Sean

Thara Natalie didn’t always think she’d open a studio so young. Her career started with modeling and music, which she pursued while she went to Fordham University in the Bronx. Her music career took off, getting her a record deal and world tour. Along the way, she met her husband, singer Jay Sean. Now a full time business owner, mom, co-manager of Jay Sean, and nutritionist, she shared some tips for success and talked to us about the women she admires - and, of course, jewelry!