We’re excited to announce that we’ve welcomed a new leading lady to the team! Liezel Oosthuizen joined the Worn family as our new Operations Manager. Liezel comes from a tech startup, where her event and client services experience developed both the company and her nonprofit client’s success. While her passion lies with logistics and operations, she is driven by Worn’s creative work and mission to empower women. Originally from South Africa, Liezel has lived in Europe and moved to the US at the age of 14. Here’s a quick Q&A between Nicole Corbett, CEO of Worn and Liezel to help you get to know her and see why we couldn’t be happier to have her on our team.

N: What was the #1 thing that made you want to work at Worn?

L: The #1 thing that drew me in is the incredible team of women who, together, have managed to build the most uplifting and collaborative work culture that is unlike any other. I felt it the second I stepped into the office for the first time and knew I wanted to be a part of this family. They care about their clients the same way they care about each other and that’s the recipe and special sauce for empowering women to lead and be successful!

N: Describe your first week at Worn. Was it what you expected?

L: It was like a party when I walked in and everyone was just as excited to see me as I was to see them! With a decorated desk and a wonder woman balloon, I was ready to take on my first day. I loved getting to know the team over a cozy lunch and really enjoyed diving straight into the work. By the end of the day it somehow felt like I had been working there for months because everyone made me feel so welcomed and comfortable.

N: Why are you passionate about empowering women?

L: We’ve come so far but it’s shocking how much ground we still have to cover to reach true equality for women in the world. It seems so simple that men and women should have equal opportunities in economic participation and political representation, but the progress we need to see is happening all too slowly. Empowering one woman to lead means that she can turn around and empower ten more women to be strong and stand up for their rights and to go after powerful positions in the workforce. We can speed up the change we need to see and make a lasting impact by working hard to empower the women around us. I want to see true equality for women in my lifetime!

N: Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

L: Ooo fun! First on the list is Nelson Mandela, my grandma and Jesus. All are my heroes and would be able to provide all the wisdom we could wish for. Michelle Obama is also there with her plus one. Brene Brown and Seth Godin both teach me so much about living boldly both personally and professionally and I’d be honored to have them in conversation. To keep things fun, Jimmy Fallon, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are all there to keep everyone laughing. I also need to be in the same room as two of the greatest talents of our time, so Meryl Streep and Beyonce are there and probably sitting at the heads of the table. To complete the most amazing dinner party of my life, my Worn family will be there to enjoy every second of it with me!

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