We’re excited to announce that we’ve welcomed a new leading lady to the team! Elizabeth Davis joined the Worn family this month as Director of New Ventures. Originally from Montana, Elizabeth has spent her career focused on mission-driven projects from the World Wildlife Fund to The Coca-Cola Company. She is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and incredibly passionate about empowering women. Here’s a quick Q&A between Nicole Corbett, CEO of Worn and Elizabeth to help you get to know her and see why we’re so crazy about her.
N: What was the #1 thing that made you want to work at Worn?
E: The people. When I met you (Nicole) and the rest of the Worn team I was blown away. The culture you have built here, where mission is embedded into everything that we do as a company and success metrics around working with women-owned business, were something I had never seen. So many organizations say they are mission-driven, but at Worn it is something that is core to what we do. And it starts with the women we work with on a day-to-day basis.
N: Describe your first week at Worn. Was it what you expected?
E: From hosting F*it: A New Manifesto in D.C on Friday with women storytellers, musicians and performers to marching on Washington in the Women’s March surrounded by 500K+ women, men and children, it was one of the most inspiring, empowering, and energizing weeks. I was having a conversation with Lela (rare Unicorn Creative Strategist) about my first week and how I feel like I have been here for months! These women have become like my family in a little more than a week.
Lela Feldmeier, Nicole Corbett, Madame Gandhi Carolyn Rush and Elizabeth Davis at Worn’s F*it, pre-March event in Washington, D.C
N: Why are you passionate about empowering women?
E: One of my responsibilities on the Global Sustainability team for The Coca-Cola Company was to work on the company’s 5by20 initiative which was to empower 5 million women by 2020. I had the opportunity to meet entrepreneurial women in developing countries around the world who were working to support their family, and yet I was stunned to come back to the United States and see women trying to beat other women down in the workplace. It made me realize that there are not just problems abroad but that we have so much work to do in equality in our own workforce. Only 24 of the Fortune 500 have women CEOs. We need to work harder in this country for equality, whether that’s equal pay, or having the same number of board seats and C-Level executives.
N: What are you most looking forward to in 2017?
E: Seeing how the momentum from the Women’s March translates into action and impact.
N: Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
E: Such a good question!!! My Worn family (obvi), Mom, Dad and brother, Gloria Steinem, Nelson Mandela, Sheryl Sandberg, Aristotle, Michael Bloomberg, Ajum (an 18 year-old-woman I met in India who started a store to support her two sisters), Louis L’Amour (one of my favorite western novelists), Sophie Cruz from the Women’s March, and Harry Truman. I love connecting people, building partnerships, and understanding where we came from, so this dinner would hopefully be all three!
Want to work with Worn? Get in touch with Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org
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