Amanda Scotese is the founder and executive director of Chicago Detours, a unique Chicago tour company founded in 2010 with a focus on hyperlocal culture and curiosities, tours and now virtual events! Read on to learn how she decided to make the leap, where she’s traveled she’s learned the most and more!
Alexandra Pourvali is an illustrator by training, designer and entrepreneur focused on womxn’s holistic wellness, and founder of Gively Studio, living in California. A role as an RA in college (at the Rhode Island School of Design – RISD) bolstered her passion to champion female entrepreneurship and collaboration – and so she founded Gively Studio, a space for community, creativity and wellness for womxn. Read on as she shares her experience navigating the uncertain landscape of COVID as a new graduate and entrepreneur, some seriously sage advice for doing life, and her favorite resources and travel memories.
Bethini ‘Syx’ Williams is a data analyst, product manager, singer/songwriter and all-around creative who has worked in non-profit, photography, education, business analytics and is constantly learning. Read her inspiring interview to learn how she got into data analytics and product management, her best advice for working with a mentor, what she learned in Accra, Ghana (and her other favorite travel memory), plus where you can listen to her music!
Amy Giddon is the cofounder and CEO of collaborative media and empathy-building app, Daily Haloha. Coming from a career in management consulting, Amy recognized our relationships at work and in our lives affect our sense of belonging and well-being – and that this social wellness was increasingly strained by polarization and social media. Read on to learn how she became an entrepreneur after 50 and launched her business, the best thing she’s ever taught herself (it’s a good one) and the one place in the world that is not only her favorite, but that taught her the most too.
Brooke Eben is an engineer, a wife, mother, travel blogger and real estate developer living in Houston, Texas. In addition to completing her MBA, evolving her professional career and foraying into real estate development as a pure passion project, she still finds time to make use of every single second of the 3.5 weeks of vacation she gets a year. Read this inspiring interview to learn how she learned to deal with failure and the lessons failure has taught her, advice for working with a mentor, and the one place in the world that not only is her favorite travel memory, but also has taught her the most.
Megan Snedden began her career as a journalist in New York City. She is currently a creator, writing and shooting photos and videos for brands, as well as building the Kind Effect – an acts of kindness movement and video series. Realizing the need for perpetuating hope in humanity, she shares content meant to inspire and additionally partners with brands such as Chevrolet, Amazing Thailand, Kind Traveler, Alaska Airlines and the Greatness Foundation to spread hope and kindness in the world.
Weslie Iza is a jack of all trades who works as a product specialist at a SaaS in Chicago and lives in Uptown. She’s had an untraditional (and exciting) journey; studying abroad in Kenya, beginning her post-collegiate journey as a marketing strategist before teaching ESL in Bangkok, working for the Kellogg School of Management and then completing a 6-month full-stack coding boot camp before transitioning into AdTech/MarTech. Read on to learn the best thing she’s ever taught herself, where she’s traveled she feels she’s learned the most, and what gets her out of bed every day.
Terilyn Eisenhauer is a theater artist, tarot reader, travel enthusiast and works in people operations at a startup in Chicago. At 17, the death of her mother catapulted her into ‘living a full and juicy existence’, with the goal of making art from all facets of her life. Read on to learn the most important thing she’s taught herself, some of her favorite go-to resources for online learning, and the travel destination she feels she’s learned the most from and why!
Katharine Haring is a photographer and administrative assistant at Shark Shredding Inc. living in Tinley Park, IL – she never thought she’d be photographing portraits, but she loves working with people, learning their stories and capturing their memories. Read on to learn the major life lessons two life-threatening health events taught her first-hand, why Germany is her favorite place and the next thing she’s going to teach herself!
Jenny Vyas is an artist and muralist who came from a background of eCommerce (even managing eCommerce at The Oprah Store at Harpo!) and now creates paintings, commissions and works throughout Chicago focused on the beauty in complex human emotions and human condition. She recommends everyone read The Alchemist (more on how she regularly weaves it into her life below) and loves traveling. Read on to learn the destination she’s learned the most from, a time she "threw herself in the deep end and figured it out", and the one thing she wishes people would ask her more about.