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Monday Maven Kiran Gandhi

Interview by Allison Daroie- August 10, 2015

I sat down with my good friend Kiran Gandhi last week. I thought who better to start off the Monday Mavens series than a mover and shaker, who really pushes the envelope daily. Kiran went on tour as the drummer for MIA, she recently received her MBA from Harvard Business School, and she constantly speaks out for gender equality. Recently, Kiran received a lot of attention from the likes of People and Cosmo for making a political statement, running the London Marathon on her period! Kiran bled freely to raise awareness about the shame that often occurs when women experience their monthly cycle.In short, Kiran is an overall bad ass. Enjoy!  

AD: Please explain who you are and what you do.                                                                                                       
KG: I am a musician, who works for Spotify, drums and creates electronic music.  

AD: Where are you from originally?                                                                                                                                   
KG: New York City 

AD: Where did your motivation to pursue your passion originate?                                                                           
KG: I thought drumming was badass!! 

AD: What is a typical day like for you?                                                                                                                         
KG: I love to live my life “atomically” which means I don’t set many plans for the day. Instead, I try to make sure I address my passions each day spontaneously - I try to make sure I do something feministy, musical and physical every day. Beyond that, I let the flow of life take its course! This way of living absolutely requires versatile clothing though, so that you are ready for any turn of events. Hence why I am a huge fan of the Paridaez movement! 

AD: What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome to get where you are today?                                       
KG: I think a constant obstacle is to trust the path I am on and preserve inner confidence and stability. Sometimes during stages of flux you don’t know if you are making the right choice, so for me, being able to trust my gut, stay confident, is something I work hard at daily.  

AD: What was your proudest moment?                                                                                                                 
KG When I ran the London Marathon on my period!! 

AD: What does being successful mean to you?                                                                                                 
KG When you are able to feel really good and secure in many types of situations - highs and lows combined. 

AD: What advice would you give your younger self?                                                                                                   
 KG: To have practiced my drum chops more!

AD: How do you unwind?                                                                                                                                           
KG: With a good, amazing person, talking for hours over shisha 

AD: What’s your typical fitness routine?                                                                                                                       
KG: I do something every day and alternate between Crossfit Medusa (all-women’s!), SoulCycle, Bikram yoga and running on the Charles River. I also walk and bike around Boston daily. And…I drum! 

AD: What are your daily beauty rituals?                                                                                                                 
KG: Make sure I drink water, eat greens and get some sun! 

AD: What’s a hidden gem in your area? (It can be a cafe, store, studio, etc.)                                                   
KG: Habibi Cafe in Allston 

AD: What’s the top song on your playlist right now?                                                                                           
KG: “Make You Feel” by Alina Baraz 

AD: Who is the most inspiring person in your area and why?                                                                               
KG: My producer, Anthony Saffery. He has worked with Beck and Portugal the Man, and is just so cool. He is patient, thoughtful, and helps gets the best music out of me. He is the most in the flow, talented person I know in my area. I love his family too - his wife JJ owns Cuisine En Locale, and I love hanging with their two teenage kids and chatting about music and other fun things. They are all just so real for being so extraordinarily talented. 

AD: How do versatile pieces make your life easier?                                                                                                     
KGI have so many different moments in my day - working out, drumming, working in the office at Spotify, working in the studio, I NEED versatile clothing! I literally own specific pieces of clothing that I already know can carry me through the different parts of my day - stuff that I can get away with wearing to the office that I can then work out in later - this is why I NEED PARIDAEZ in my life!! 

AD: Is there any last comment you would like to leave us with?                                                                           
KGThank you to Paridaez for enabling women to live empowering, diverse lives!

Monday Maven Olivia Ives-Flores

Interview by Allison Daroie -January 4, 2016

2016 is here and we're starting off strong with an exceptional Monday Maven! Say hello to Olivia Ives-Flores! She's the founder & designer of Oh Olive Creative. Olivia is a multi-talented, multi-passionate creative entrepreneur living and creating in Boston. I first met Olivia while I was working at Karmaloop and she was working to find locations to exhibit the collection she co-curated called the "Sneaker Museum". The exhibition was recently featured at the Brooklyn Museum in NY!

You might see Olivia cruising around the city on her bicycle, dashing from meeting to meeting, always with a big smile on her face. Olivia is very driven, accomplished and the greatest of connectors. She has an incredible talent of connecting people... better than any connector from a Malcolm Gladwell novel. She introduces people with no other intention than for the sake of creating something beautiful and the desire to see others succeed. She's a total gem, and I'm happy to have her as a friend.  Say hello and enjoy! 

AD: Where are you from originally? 
OIF: I grew up in NYC.

AD: Where did your motivation to pursue your passion originate? What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome to get where you are today?
OIF: Both of my parents are artists (or as I like to call them) creative entrepreneurs, so I was spoon fed creative problem solving and independence since I was a wee tot. An obstacle I have observed myself encountering is how to maintain a good relationship with money. I used to have trouble charging for my skills and time because it is my passion and pleasure to offer. My solution was to view money as life tickets which I welcome in to my life.

AD: What is a typical day like for you?
OIF: As an entrepreneur everyday is completely different & rarely “typical”. I think the key to being productive and maintaining a routine is about striking a balance between work, and play - Input & output - the interior and exterior. On that note, I do have a morning ritual that sets the tone for the day...I never set an alarm so I always wake up right on time :) First thing out of bed, I start a pot of coffee and put on some tunes so I can dance and loosen up while the coffee is brewing. After pouring a cup, I dash a few notes in my journal, review my agenda and tune in with my missions for the day. From there anything can happen .. usually I work at home for a bit, then go to the gym, take a sauna, have a green drink, then go to my studio for the rest of the day. Evenings are a wild card. Depending on the night it is a toss up between an art event or fun happening, working late, making art or creating a delicious feast at home. 

AD: Who's your favorite artist?                                                                                                    OIF: I’v never really been one for picking favorites - I like to keep my eyes and ears open and my palette full. It helps me stay surprised and inspired.

 AD: What was your largest life leasson?                                                                                         OIF: My mentor and best friend, Doris Yaffe, who is a glorious 86 years young has always taught me to reach for the moon - even if you miss you’ll end up with a handful of stars. She also is a believer that mistakes are never wasted if you learn from them - I have to agree.

AD: What’s your typical fitness routine?
OIF: Like my taste in most things, my fitness routine is based on my mood. I cycle between yoga, Pilates, strength training, basketball and running. My constant is bicycling because it is my main mode of transportation.

AD: What are your daily beauty rituals?
OIF: Hmmm. Im pretty low maintenance in this department. I do have a couple of habits though … hot water and lemon through-out the day, saunas, coconut oil for the skin and a positive attitude with plenty of smiling :)

AD: What's a go to place in your area?
OIF: The courtyard garden at the Isabella Stewart Gardner for inspiration and peace. La Voile to enjoy a glass of wine and good conversation.

AD: Who inspires you more than anyone else in this world?
OIF: My father, Enrique Flores-Galbis, is my greatest inspiration. He is truly a modern day renaissance man and is prolifically skilled and versatile as a painter, novelist, poet, songwriter and lecturer. Everything he does is a creative endeavor and he is constantly creating. I also admire how emotionally attune and expressive he is. He can always share with succinct eloquence and sensitivity how he is feeling and I think that is an important quality.

AD: How do versatile pieces make your life easier?
OIF: The life of a creative entrepreneur requires flexibility to adjust to change on a whim. Versatile clothing is a necessary ingredient to encountering the day with gusto and welcoming whatever occasions may arise.

AD: Are there any words of wisdom you'd like to leave with us, especially with the New Year in mind?
OIF: Just a reminder to live and lead with intention, gratitude and kindness to others. Oh ! and keep in mind that a smile is contagious. It is something we all have to give and it doesn’t cost a thing :)

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 Monday Maven Lauren O'Neil

Interview by Allison Daroie- January 11, 2016

Lauren O'Neil is the talent behind many of the photos you see on our site and beyond. She's young, quirky and has a brilliant eye for both photography and design. She's a street and fashion photographer with the skill to make trash into art... quite literally. Amongst the gorgeous scenes of her street fashion photography you might find shots of dumpsters and the often overlooked pieces of structures and life in an urban environment. She has a skill level far beyond her years and will certainly be a force in street style photography. She's already on her way. It's about time I highlight this young lady and the beautiful things she brings to life. I am so grateful to have her involved with Paridaez... so without further ado...

AD: Please explain who you are and what you do.
LO: I’m 23 and I work full time as a graphic designer in Boston. On the side I work on various design and photography freelance projects with different businesses and individuals. I specialize in street style photography and started exploring it after creating, designing, and photographing a lifestyle brand for my college thesis.
 
AD: Where are you from originally? 
LO: About 45 minutes out of Boston in Westford MA
 
AD: Where did your motivation to pursue your passion originate? What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome to get where you are today?
LO: I took a history of fashion design class in college and did a project on photographing street style. I was really interested in how brands interacted with street style, how it came to be, and how different aspects of fashion throughout history influenced it. The biggest thing I was drawn to was how raw and natural it was. All different types of people are represented as how they truly are. It’s not contrived. It’s whatever type of fashion an individual wants it to be. I became very interested in lifestyle design, things like magazine/editorial spreads, look books, advertising campaigns. Whatever was combining photography with graphic design. So that brought me to my thesis, and then my freelance, and to working professionally. I’m really excited to be where I am in my career today. The biggest obstacle was probably just figuring out my own personal artistic style and establishing myself, especially in a male dominated industry. I’m still doing that everyday and trying to build myself up, network, and prove myself. So many people are doing the same thing, so it’s like, what is so different about me? How am I any more impressive? That is an ongoing obstacle, and some days I have more clarity on myself as an artist than other days. What am I doing, why am I doing this, what inspires me, am I just going through the motions? It’s a common inner struggle to go through as a creative person. It’s both exciting and frustrating.

AD: What is a typical day like for you? 
LO: I work 9 – 5, and then I like to get a work out in, whether it be going to the gym or going to the Nike workouts. Other days I meet with different people to talk about projects or work on freelance projects.
 
AD: Who's your favorite artist?                                                                                                     LO: Currently I admire the work ethic of Raf Simons, Ysana Perez, and Shantell Martin.

AD: What was your largest life lesson?
LO: It’s inevitable that you will screw up or something will go wrong, but you can’t stop doing what you like to do and feeling good about yourself. It’s important to not give the wrong people the satisfaction of you being upset. Just keep pushing forward. And I’ve always found it harder to give up then to keep moving forward.

AD: What’s your typical fitness routine?
LO: It varies depending on the day, but I’ll do an hour+ of legs, arms, or cardio (sometimes combining cardio with legs or arms), I do hour long classes of yoga, and then some high intensity training hour long classes.

AD: What are your daily beauty rituals?                                                                                       LO: I’ve never been one to do too much to myself. I enjoy my natural hair on its good days. I have freckles and I like my skin so I have a relatively simple makeup routine. I love Urban Decay products, I use their primer, Naked Palette, and eyeliner. I also love the company Hourglass for eyeliner and mascara. And then I swear by Anastasia Beverly Hills for their brow pencils. If I’m doing anything to my lips ill use Nars.

 
AD: What's a go to place in your area? 
LO: I like to spend time with my friends at little bar down the street from my apartment called The Abbey.

AD: Who inspires you more than anyone else in this world? 
LO: I don’t even think I can answer this. There are too many people I look up to artistically who inspire me.
 
AD: How do versatile pieces make your life easier? 
LO: It makes my life less frustrating and it’s easier to function. I can move seamlessly from one activity to another and apply the garments to different social settings.

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Monday Maven Serene Bacigalupi

Interview by Allison Daroie- Feburary 7, 2016

Serene Bacigalupi, founder of Leroy's Place built a magical business from her creative genius and wit. She’s an illustrator of monsters, unicorns and jewelry with hilarious pop culture portraits. This maven comes from a family of artists and it served her well.Serene and I have been friends for over a decade and initially connected over our love of dance. Serene played an integral role in my life from dance to the food I eat. She really taught me that life isn't linear, you can pursue many passions and that it's ok to shift gears. Serene is an example that when coupling passion along with determination, anything is possible. Serene is an out of this world babe with a million dollar smile.  She's great at way too many things to mention. Just don’t challenge her to a dance off… you’ll get slaughtered!  Please enjoy…

 AD: Please explain who you are and what you do.

SB: I'm Serene Bacigalupi, and I'm a full time illustrator and puppeteer. In 2009, I founded Leroy's Place, the umbrella company for all of my work. Best known for my acrylic jewelry line that features funny pairs of illustrated portraits (Think Biggie & Tupac, or Hall & Oates), Leroy's Place is also the home of an collection of Monster paintings, and more recently some very exciting projects in puppetry. 

AD: Where are you from originally? 
SB: Norman, Oklahoma

AD: Where did your motivation to pursue your passion originate? What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome to get where you are today?
SB: I come from a family of artists, so I had a great model for how to turn my art into a business from early on. The hardest part is learning that you have to spend money to make money.

"It always feels like a risk, but I believe that if you invest in anything, it is always a good idea to invest in yourself."
 
AD: What is a typical day like for you? 
SB: My studio is the second floor of my house, so I have a pretty nice commute! The beauty of having my hand in a few different honey pots is that I can work on different projects on different days. Recently, a lot of my energy has gone to exploring puppetry. This process is much more collaborative than say, painting, so I have been really enjoying breaking up the physical work with creative meetings and rehearsals. But in the end, I am a business owner, so a lot of my time is dedicated to writing emails, filling out applications, shipping packages, book keeping, etc.. Gotta run a tight ship! Haha! 

AD: Who's your favorite artist?
SB: I have a few! Wayne White is a big inspiration. In fact, it's a little eerie to me how much my own creative career has unintentionally mirrored his. Gary Larsen (of The Far Side) is a big one. Dealing with humor is a sticky area, and Gary Larsen had an incredible way of being really funny and making gentle social commentary without being offensive. I aspire to walk the same line. Also Quentin Blake and Tim Burton have influenced my illustrative style. 
 
AD: What was your largest life lesson?
SB: That progress isn't always linear. Sometimes two steps back is the best way to move forward. 
 
AD: What’s your typical fitness routine?
SB: I was a pretty serious dancer for many years, so being in touch with my body is really important to me. I often start my work day by stretching in my studio, and I try to go to dance classes at least once or twice a week. 
 
AD: What are your daily beauty rituals?
SB: As long as I've got sunscreen and eyeliner, I'm good. 
 
AD: What's a go to place in your area? 
SB: Leroy's Place, duh. 
 
AD: Who inspires you more than anyone else in this world? 
SB: This might be cheesy, but my Mom is a pretty incredible lady. She's a hitchhiking Yogi from the Bronx, with an incredible attitude towards life, and a kick ass wearable art business. I would love to be like her someday. 
 
AD: How do versatile pieces make your life easier? 
SB: As a business owner, I have to fill a lot of roles. I need clothing that can take me from a puppet rehearsal to a meeting with my accountant! 
 
AD: Are there any words of wisdom you'd like to leave with us?
SB: I always have to remind myself that the only thing that remains constant is change!

* If you would like to see more of Leroy's Place, check em out on Insta @Leroysplace or at www.leroysplace.com and Look out for Serene's short film "Hot Air Balloon Animals" to be released in March!

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Monday Maven Kylee Anderson 

Interview by Allison Daroie-September 28. 2015

This week's Monday Maven is Kylee Anderson, who's now making a serious name for herself in the world of fine dining.  Kylee is a local chef at Liquid Art House and a very close friend.  LAH is an innovative restaurant and gallery concept.  The art hanging from the walls is for sale and each dish from the menu is beyond delicious, thanks to the likes of Chef Kylee.  Kylee is an inspiration in the kitchen and beyond.  She will be contributing delicious healthy dishes to the blog from here on out!  We're so excited to see what she comes up with next! 
AD: Where are you from originally?
KA: That is a tricky question because I was born in South Korea, yet raised in MA, FL, CA, TX.  Since most of my family and friends are located in Boston, MA, and I've lived here for almost 15 years, this is, I suppose, "where I am from".
AD: Where did your motivation to pursue your passion originate?
KA: Well, I wasn't always sure I would cook for a living but I wanted to be a teacher and be involved in the art world.  I went to college to be an English teacher and fell in love with fiction.  Now, I tell my stories through all five senses on a plate.  I now know that being a chef covers teaching, science, and art!  I get to be creative and then I get to share that knowledge and passion with others.  My mother always cooked us dinner at night and often changed the menu so I grew up trying many different types of food and styles.  I tried sushi when I was only 8!  This love for food started early and grew as time passed.  
AD: What is a typical day like for you? 
I am a total night owl.  Staying up late and sleeping in is one of the perks of working a night job for me.  I usually wake up and immediately brew some dark colombian roast and then make a quick egg based breakfast.  Then, I pet my cat, Scout and get ready for work.  After, I kiss my boyfriend , Brayan, also a cook at Puritan &Co., and I head to work via bike or T depending on weather. At work, I turn on all equipment, make a thorough prep list and get crack'a'lackin'!  I jot down specials and notes about points I need to address in meetings and the rest of my day is full of guiding my crew through preparing their dishes and service.  Constant checking of quality and organization is key.Then I head home, make a late night snack and read a cookbook or Eater while waiting for my guy to get home.  
AD: What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome to get where you are today?
Well, in the kitchen you are constantly being challenged as a young cook and especially, as a woman.  Unfortunately, the sexism in kitchens has not yet totally ceased to exist.  I once had a chef call me names and tell me I was an utter idiot so close to my face that he expectorated on me (which is really unsanitary in a kitchen, mind you)!
AD: What was your proudest moment?
When one of my dishes got the cover photo of the Improper Bostonian's summer food article last year.  I'd been conceiving and working on that dish for about 6 months so that was very exciting to see.
AD: What does being successful mean to you?
KA: Living healthy and happy and leaving a minimal footprint on the earth.  The environment's health is one of my passions.
AD: What advice would you give your younger self?
KA: Focus!
AD: How do you relax?
KA: Netflix and some Sauvignon Blanc.
AD: What’s your typical fitness routine?
KA: Yoga by Allison Daroie!... and lots of sit-ups and elliptical time.
AD: What are your daily beauty rituals?
KA: I always go to bed make-upless! Many people have told me I have incredibly soft skin so I should probably mention that I moisturize with Cocoa Butter based lotion daily and I add about a tablespoon of Extra Virgin olive oil to my bubble bath (not a daily, but thought worth mentioning).
AD: What's a go to places in your area? 
KA: In Kendall Square, Bon Me, State Park, West Bridge, Puritan & Co. and Tatte are my faves.
AD: What’s the top song on your playlist right now?
KA: Castles Made of Sand, Jimi Hendrix
AD: Who is the most inspiring person in your area and why?
KA: Besides Allison Daroie... ?!?!??!  Carolina Curtin, another hard working chef, inspires me with her spirit, hard work, and humor!
AD: How do versatile pieces make your life easier? 
KA: They cut down your carbon footprint, make life lighter, and make less of my time wasted. Plus, they look great!
AD: Is there any last comment you would like to leave us with?
KA: Support local business!  XOXOXOXO,Kylee
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Monday Maven Kinesha Goldson

Interview By Allison Daroie- October 5, 2015

Kinesha Goldson is this week's Monday Maven and Owner of Cameo Macaron, Boston's only French macaron food truck. When she isn’t driving around in a bright pink elaborately painted truck, she can usually be found hanging at the gym getting her bod even more babely. Did I mention Kinesha also spent last summer as a contestant in the Miss Universe Jamaica competition? She’s not only killing it as a #girlboss, but she’s achieved envious fitness goals through hard work and dedication. Enjoy… 

AD: Where are you from originally? 

KG: Boston, Ma. Born & raised.

AD: Where did your motivation to pursue your passion originate?

KG: I studied abroad in Paris and would spend my rent money on macarons. A real addiction. When I came home and learned they couldn't be found anywhere, it only made sense.

AD: What is a typical day like for you? 

KG: Hitting snooze too many times. Green goddess smoothie. Equinox for exactly 3 hours -- transparency: an hour of that time is actually spent in the steam room. Lunch. Emails & tv shows I'm too embarrassed to share. Think about food until dinner. Dinner & tv shows I'm too embarrassed to share.

AD: What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome to get where you are today?

KG: Being the first. I'm the first person in my family to have ever received a college degree. I've always had great role models in my life, and my mother and father are both entrepreneurs but not having anyone in my family who could relate to my college experience was tough.

AD: What was your proudest moment?

KG: I don't think I've ever had a time where I thought, "You're killing it Keeks", but I guess living alone in France was pretty cool.

AD: What does being successful mean to you?

KG: Being in control of my own schedule and spending as much time as possible with people and doing things that make me happy. 

AD: What advice would you give your younger self?

KG: Easy on the candy. #Girlboss

AD: How do you relax?

KG: A rigorous workout followed by an hour of Eucalyptus + steam. 

AD: What’s your typical fitness routine?

KG: I like to mix it up. For the past 6 months I've been working with Katie Boyd of Katie Boyd's Miss Fit Club to get in the best shape EVER in preparation for the Miss Universe Jamaica Pageant. The workouts are about 2 hours long and more challenging than anything I'd ever do on my own but #results. Lots of plyometric, HIIT training and cardio works amazingly for me.

AD: What are your daily beauty rituals?

KG: Spending the summer in Jamaica as a contestant in the Miss University Jamaica pageant, I earned a new appreciation for the affects of humidity on my skin. Sweating out toxins is a big part of maintaining beautiful skin. I cleanse with Cetaphil & use a detoxifying serum by Caudalie at night. 

AD: What's a go to places in your area? 

KG: Marry O' Malley park. I live in Chelsea and on days where my workout doesn't require weights or heavy gym equipment I do them outdoors at the park.

AD: What’s the top song on your playlist right now?

KG: Hotline Bling. I know I know... In my defense I tried to not like it and failed miserably.

AD: Who is the most inspiring person in your area and why? 

KG: All of my girlfriends are bosses. Like amazingly inspirational women. From the girlfriends I've had since high school to the women I've met in the last year. I learn so much from the people I surround myself with and what's doper than that?  

AD: How do versatile pieces make your life easier?                                                            KG: I've worked in corporate America and done the whole, leave the house by 5am to get to the gym and work before 8am then have to put on heels and dress business casual for a 10 hour day thing. There's nothing more gratifying than a good workout and being able to put on comfortable clothes. I spend a good part of my time in transitional gym clothes so it helps to look good in them.

AD: Is there any last comment you would like to leave us with?

KG: Be great. It's easier than you think. 

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Monday Maven Tanya Henderson 

                                   Interview by Allison Daroie- November 23, 2015

This week's Monday Maven is Tanya Henderson, a truly magical human. She is kind, sincere and fighting for women globally on a daily basis. She founded, Mina's List, a Cambridge-based, non-profit organization working to place women in political leadership positions all over the world. It's been shown that when women are placed in political roles, women gain more rights, also countries experience better education, health and economic development. 

Tanya is a close friend. We spent a great deal of time together when discussing plans of our prospective startups. We're working on doing some fun things together. Keep an eye out! Please enjoy... 

AD: Please explain who you are and what you do.

TH: By training I'm an international human rights and women's rights attorney. For the past several years I've worked on the women, peace, and security policy agenda promoting the role of women in conflict prevention and peace-building. Through this work, I came to realize how necessary it is to have empowered women in national decision-making roles. Despite being more than fifty percent of the population, globally, only one in five parliamentarians are female. I founded Mina's List to help women, who commit to women's rights, get elected to national governments in countries around the world. Our current project is in Afghanistan, where we are training 15 women to run for parliament in the Afghanistan's next elections.

AD: Where are you from originally? 
TH: I grew up throughout the New England area. I say "throughout" because my parents were hippies and we moved around a lot. In fact, my parents started a macrobiotic commune in the early seventies in Cohasset, Massachusetts where we lived in my early childhood.
AD: Where did your motivation to pursue your passion originate? What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome to get where you are today? 
TH: I can't remember a time when I wasn't fighting against some inequality or injustice. I think that for me, it was a 'given' that all people are equal and deserve to treated with fundamental respect and dignity. As a young girl I would get confused when others tried to limit me or my potential merely because of my sex. While, I have worked as a civil rights attorney and on poverty issues globally, I have been working to advance the empowerment of women and girls since I worked for the Girl Scouts in the early 1990's. 
AD: What is a typical day like for you? 
TH: Oh wow,... as a start-up, a typical day includes everything from writing training curriculum for the aspiring women political candidates, to skyping with my women's rights partner organizations in Afghanistan, Nigeria or Cameroon, working on financial budgets to writing a grant proposal, content for my website or a speech for an upcoming conference. I get to wear many hats.
AD: What was your largest life lesson?
TH: That life never unfolds as you plan, but the potential to transform the 'unexpected' into opportunities for growth, joy, and deep fulfillment is unlimited.
AD: What’s your typical fitness routine?
TH: I work out twice a week with the most amazing personal trainer (Joanne Schumacher at Healthworks:)) because if she wasn't expecting me at the gym, I'm not sure I would ever get there!
AD: What are your daily beauty rituals?
TH: I am meticulous about washing my face twice a day, and using moisturizer as well as a good toner.
AD: What's a go to place in your area? 
TH: Mass Ave Diner - best banana walnut pancakes in town!
AD: What’s the top song on your playlist right now?
TH: Ellie Goulding is one of my current favorites.
AD: Who inspires you more than anyone else in this world? 
TH: My mother,... I know that sounds cliche but if you met her you would understand. She is absolutely beautiful, always growing spiritually and in life, and is the best cheerleader a girl could ask for.
AD: How do versatile pieces make your life easier? 
TH: Anything that means I have to think less about day-to-day activities.
AD: Are there any words of wisdom you'd like to leave with us? 
TH: Women have so much untapped potential! We spend far too much time trying to overcome the layers of insecurity and doubt that have been placed on us. It's time to shed the social constructs that have absolutely nothing to do with who we really are and truly shine!