[{"photo":{"ID":290,"id":290,"title":"Srini-Pillay","filename":"Srini-Pillay.jpg","filesize":377709,"url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Srini-Pillay.jpg","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/srini-pillay\/srini-pillay\/","alt":"","author":"1","description":"","caption":"","name":"srini-pillay","status":"inherit","uploaded_to":289,"date":"2019-04-01 23:30:48","modified":"2019-04-01 23:30:48","menu_order":0,"mime_type":"image\/jpeg","type":"image","subtype":"jpeg","icon":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/default.png","width":828,"height":828,"sizes":{"thumbnail":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Srini-Pillay-150x150.jpg","thumbnail-width":150,"thumbnail-height":150,"medium":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Srini-Pillay-300x300.jpg","medium-width":300,"medium-height":300,"medium_large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Srini-Pillay-768x768.jpg","medium_large-width":640,"medium_large-height":640,"large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Srini-Pillay.jpg","large-width":640,"large-height":640,"1536x1536":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Srini-Pillay.jpg","1536x1536-width":828,"1536x1536-height":828,"2048x2048":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Srini-Pillay.jpg","2048x2048-width":828,"2048x2048-height":828}},"name":"Srini Pillay","job_title":"Author, Psychiatrist, Coach & Brain Researcher","city":"BOS","chapter":"bos","description":"

Tell us about your line of work.<\/strong><\/p>\n

I am a clinical psychiatrist and brain imaging researcher, and I also work in the public domain helping people execute brain-based mindset shifts for optimal living<\/a>. In addition, I work with investment companies in biotechnology, helping them understand whether drugs in development are likely to be FDA approved.<\/p>\n

I am also the Founder and CEO of NeuroBusiness Group<\/a>, a company that helps to develop leaders in Fortune 500 companies and non-profits by using a combination of research in brain science, human psychology, and business. And I co-founded NBG-Vivovii to be able to deliver these tools online as well.<\/p>\n

Recently, I have co-founded two other startups: CoolCranium (where I am also CEO), a technology company that is developing advanced (augmented and virtual reality) business and entrepreneurial mindset solutions; and huBhu<\/a>, a company that will crowdsource the wisdom of experience to help life\u2019s challenges.<\/p>\n

And I am also writing a musical, which centers around a young man\u2019s search for authenticity in love and in his life\u2019s ambitions. I am also an award-winning author and recently released my book, Tinker Dabble Doodle Try: Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind<\/a>.<\/p>\n

What\u2019s your source of inspiration?<\/strong><\/p>\n

I\u2019m not sure. I\u2019m not sure of anything, really. And this uncertainty drives my ambition to discover new frontiers in applying insights from psychology and brain science. It feels too glib to say that I want to help people or help them transform their lives, even though that is true. I think that there is mystery to this life that I find compelling, and I love having others on this intriguing journey with me.<\/p>\n

What change would you like to enact in the world?<\/strong><\/p>\n

I\u2019d like people to fully grasp the power of their ability to change their brains. And I\u2019d like them to understand that their own power resides in surrendering to their authenticity, and using existing frameworks to navigate to this ever-deepening place within themselves that connects them to others, too.<\/p>\n

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.<\/strong><\/p>\n

My twitter profile<\/a> describes my personal philosophy quite well: \u201csomewhere between martinis and meditation.\u201d While I have a deep respect for spirituality, I also find the carnal world spiritual and meaningful. I tend to inhabit this entire world with a theistic bent \u2014 a recognition that there is a unified coordinating intelligence behind the machinations of the world.<\/p>\n

Why did you join IVY?<\/strong><\/p>\n

I wanted to meet like-minded people, people who were socially and intellectually curious, and also wanted to have fun. But again, who knows why we do anything? If I had to be truthful, I would say I had an intuition \u2014 which seems to have been correct in this instance.<\/p>\n

What has been your most memorable IVY Experience?<\/strong><\/p>\n

I think the discussions of my book<\/a>, Tinker Dabble Doodle Try<\/em>, with IVY community leads (Jessie Stettin in Boston and Patrick Gallagher in San Francisco), in front of IVY audiences, were very memorable. The depth of the discussions and the audiences themselves were heartening, with and without the wine.<\/p>\n","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/srini-pillay\/","photo_url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Srini-Pillay.jpg"},{"photo":{"ID":288,"id":288,"title":"Amanda-Munz","filename":"Amanda-Munz.jpg","filesize":407811,"url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Amanda-Munz.jpg","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/amanda-munz\/amanda-munz\/","alt":"","author":"1","description":"","caption":"","name":"amanda-munz","status":"inherit","uploaded_to":287,"date":"2019-04-01 22:49:08","modified":"2019-04-01 22:49:08","menu_order":0,"mime_type":"image\/jpeg","type":"image","subtype":"jpeg","icon":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/default.png","width":828,"height":828,"sizes":{"thumbnail":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Amanda-Munz-150x150.jpg","thumbnail-width":150,"thumbnail-height":150,"medium":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Amanda-Munz-300x300.jpg","medium-width":300,"medium-height":300,"medium_large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Amanda-Munz-768x768.jpg","medium_large-width":640,"medium_large-height":640,"large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Amanda-Munz.jpg","large-width":640,"large-height":640,"1536x1536":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Amanda-Munz.jpg","1536x1536-width":828,"1536x1536-height":828,"2048x2048":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Amanda-Munz.jpg","2048x2048-width":828,"2048x2048-height":828}},"name":"Amanda Munz","job_title":"Founder and CEO of the Fashion Foundation","city":"NYC","chapter":"nyc","description":"

What do you do and why?<\/strong><\/p>\n

I\u2019m the Founder and CEO of The Fashion Foundation<\/a>. We\u2019re a nonprofit that serves as a platform for the fashion industry to donate excess inventory and with the funds raised we provide school supplies to local students in need \u2014 check out our recent feature in The New York Times<\/a>!<\/p>\n

I started the charity after being in the fashion industry and constantly seeing companies throw samples into the garbage. Thanks to our fashion industry partners and donors, we\u2019re able to support thousands of local NY students each year by providing them with clean uniforms, new backpacks, school supplies, art supplies, and so much more.<\/p>\n

What change would you like to enact in the world?<\/strong><\/p>\n

More small acts of kindness. Can we change the entire world tomorrow? No. But a small act of kindness goes a really long way and they start to add up when you do enough of them.<\/p>\n

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.<\/strong><\/p>\n

I have a pet turtle named Big Mama that I\u2019m obsessed with.<\/p>\n

Why did you join IVY?<\/strong><\/p>\n

For business and networking purposes, but I\u2019ve honestly made so many connections in IVY that have helped me grow professionally and personally. I\u2019ve made true friends that I see outside of IVY life who I can call to go out to dinner or go on vacation and they\u2019re there. (Shoutout to Beri for following The Fashion Foundation on Instagram a few years ago, because that\u2019s actually how I learned about IVY.)<\/p>\n

What has been your most memorable IVY Experience?<\/strong><\/p>\n

Summer camp! There\u2019s nothing like being a kid again with hundreds of fellow IVY members.<\/p>\n","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/amanda-munz\/","photo_url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Amanda-Munz.jpg"},{"photo":{"ID":286,"id":286,"title":"Deniese-Davis","filename":"Deniese-Davis.jpg","filesize":778830,"url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Deniese-Davis.jpg","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/deniese-davis\/deniese-davis\/","alt":"","author":"1","description":"","caption":"","name":"deniese-davis","status":"inherit","uploaded_to":285,"date":"2019-04-01 22:47:18","modified":"2019-04-01 22:47:18","menu_order":0,"mime_type":"image\/jpeg","type":"image","subtype":"jpeg","icon":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/default.png","width":828,"height":828,"sizes":{"thumbnail":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Deniese-Davis-150x150.jpg","thumbnail-width":150,"thumbnail-height":150,"medium":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Deniese-Davis-300x300.jpg","medium-width":300,"medium-height":300,"medium_large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Deniese-Davis-768x768.jpg","medium_large-width":640,"medium_large-height":640,"large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Deniese-Davis.jpg","large-width":640,"large-height":640,"1536x1536":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Deniese-Davis.jpg","1536x1536-width":828,"1536x1536-height":828,"2048x2048":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Deniese-Davis.jpg","2048x2048-width":828,"2048x2048-height":828}},"name":"Deniese Davis","job_title":"COO of ColorCreative","city":"LA","chapter":"la","description":"

What do you do and why?<\/strong><\/p>\n

I am a film and television producer, and the COO of ColorCreative<\/a>, a company I created alongside writer\/producer\/actress and\u00a0star of the HBO series Insecure,<\/em>\u00a0Issa Rae<\/a>. ColorCreative focuses on discovering and supporting emerging minority and women writers by providing a platform to get their work seen and heard, along with their career endeavors.<\/p>\n

Ever since I was 16 years old, I have always wanted to be a part of stories through moving pictures that can help change the world. Through ColorCreative, my passion for this has only increased, and I take great pride in being an advocate for those who are marginalized or largely underrepresented in the current Hollywood space.<\/p>\n

What change would you like to enact in the world?<\/strong><\/p>\n

I\u2019d love to see a world in which we all played a part in contributing to the greater common good. Sometimes we get into a habit of thinking selfishly when it comes to what we want for ourselves \u2014 but as a world, we are really stronger together when we want something for all of us. The Paris Climate Agreement is a great example of this. I hope there will be more of these types of conversations in the near future (and hopefully the U.S. gets on board!).<\/p>\n

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.<\/strong><\/p>\n

I was born and raised in Las Vegas. It\u2019s a random fun fact, but you\u2019d be surprised how many people I meet are taken back by this. My mother was also born and raised in Las Vegas, so my roots are pretty strong.<\/p>\n

Why did you join IVY?<\/strong><\/p>\n

I joined IVY because I was looking to be a part of a community outside my common circle, which is mostly comprised of entertainment industry affiliates. The IVY community seemed like a great mix of people from all different areas who share the same commonalities of just driven, dope, and all-around good natured.<\/p>\n

What has been your most memorable IVY Experience?<\/strong><\/p>\n

Definitely volunteering with After-School All-Stars in Los Angeles! It was so inspirational and moving to connect and mentor with the students and to learn more about the ASAS-LA program.<\/p>\n","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/deniese-davis\/","photo_url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Deniese-Davis.jpg"},{"photo":{"ID":284,"id":284,"title":"Ben-Needham-Wood","filename":"Ben-Needham-Wood.jpg","filesize":420565,"url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Ben-Needham-Wood.jpg","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/ben-needham-wood\/ben-needham-wood\/","alt":"","author":"1","description":"","caption":"","name":"ben-needham-wood","status":"inherit","uploaded_to":283,"date":"2019-04-01 22:41:16","modified":"2019-04-01 22:41:16","menu_order":0,"mime_type":"image\/jpeg","type":"image","subtype":"jpeg","icon":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/default.png","width":828,"height":828,"sizes":{"thumbnail":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Ben-Needham-Wood-150x150.jpg","thumbnail-width":150,"thumbnail-height":150,"medium":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Ben-Needham-Wood-300x300.jpg","medium-width":300,"medium-height":300,"medium_large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Ben-Needham-Wood-768x768.jpg","medium_large-width":640,"medium_large-height":640,"large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Ben-Needham-Wood.jpg","large-width":640,"large-height":640,"1536x1536":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Ben-Needham-Wood.jpg","1536x1536-width":828,"1536x1536-height":828,"2048x2048":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Ben-Needham-Wood.jpg","2048x2048-width":828,"2048x2048-height":828}},"name":"Ben Needham-Wood","job_title":"Dancer and Choreographer","city":"SF","chapter":"sf","description":"

What do you do and why?<\/strong><\/p>\n

I feel fortunate to have followed my passion and built a career as a professional ballet dancer, choreographer, and dance educator. In every interaction we share, body language serves as our most primal form of communication and can dramatically influence the exchange. Dance takes body language and transforms it into art, offering a unique expression that can transport an audience away from their worries, showcase the brilliance of our physical selves, and inspire people to dream of a brighter future.<\/p>\n

What change would you like to enact in the world?<\/strong><\/p>\n

My life was forever changed when I embraced how everything in our life has both positives and negatives, and it\u2019s up to us to choose which perspective we wish to indulge. Recent world events have turned the spotlight towards harsh, tragic circumstances across the globe, leading many of us to feel overburdened by the despair of others. I wish we could shift the mental approach away from the gravity of those difficulties, and instead feel uplifted by a rallying effort to enact positive change.<\/p>\n

If I could change the world, it would be to help inspire others to focus on celebrating the potential in each other, rather than mourning the struggles that hold us back.<\/p>\n

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.<\/strong><\/p>\n

I can \u201ctechnically\u201d say I\u2019ve performed for Madonna. When I was a kid studying dance in NYC, I was walking down the street with my family and we stumbled across a camera crew filming a new Corvette commercial. Apparently, this commercial was directed by Guy Ritchie, and Madonna just happened to be there at that moment to say \u201chello\u201d to her hubby. My mom turned to me and said, \u201cBen, this is your chance! Do something!\u201d So I ran out into the middle of the street and started doing every trick I could think of, from ballet to breakdancing. Madonna stopped what she was doing, tipped her sunglasses down, and smiled at me before climbing in a big SUV and taking off. I was not contacted to be in her next music video, but felt pretty solid getting a smile from Madonna.<\/p>\n

Why did you join IVY?<\/strong><\/p>\n

I have always found the most personal growth when meeting new people and learning from their experiences. IVY\u2019s network of thought-driven young professionals offers so many unique connections, all with their own accolades and resources, that I knew it would be a community that could inspire me to do more. I joined IVY out of curiosity, to find new inspiration and greater understanding \u2014 and with every IVY event, I feel I\u2019ve found both.<\/p>\n

What has been your most memorable IVY Experience?<\/strong><\/p>\n

I was very proud to help organize an IVY event with my dance company, Smuin<\/a>, where we invited IVY Members to sit in on a rehearsal and meet with our Artistic Director to learn about life in a ballet company. This event gave me the chance to share my world with a group of people who have never before experienced the performing arts in this way. Later, in conversation with many of them, I learned that the event shifted the way they understood the value of the arts and how it can impact their lives.<\/p>\n

To hear people that are more familiar with tech or corporate America reflect on how they can reassess their own work environments based on the examples we offered as an arts organization \u2014 that truly helped reaffirm my belief in the progressive potential of the artistic perspective.<\/p>\n","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/ben-needham-wood\/","photo_url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Ben-Needham-Wood.jpg"},{"photo":{"ID":282,"id":282,"title":"Aaron-Erickson","filename":"Aaron-Erickson.jpg","filesize":240273,"url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Aaron-Erickson.jpg","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/aaron-erickson\/aaron-erickson\/","alt":"","author":"1","description":"","caption":"","name":"aaron-erickson","status":"inherit","uploaded_to":281,"date":"2019-04-01 22:37:57","modified":"2019-04-01 22:37:57","menu_order":0,"mime_type":"image\/jpeg","type":"image","subtype":"jpeg","icon":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/default.png","width":828,"height":828,"sizes":{"thumbnail":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Aaron-Erickson-150x150.jpg","thumbnail-width":150,"thumbnail-height":150,"medium":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Aaron-Erickson-300x300.jpg","medium-width":300,"medium-height":300,"medium_large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Aaron-Erickson-768x768.jpg","medium_large-width":640,"medium_large-height":640,"large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Aaron-Erickson.jpg","large-width":640,"large-height":640,"1536x1536":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Aaron-Erickson.jpg","1536x1536-width":828,"1536x1536-height":828,"2048x2048":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Aaron-Erickson.jpg","2048x2048-width":828,"2048x2048-height":828}},"name":"Aaron Erickson","job_title":"Portfolio Director at ThoughtWorks","city":"SF","chapter":"sf","description":"

What do you do and why?<\/strong><\/p>\n

I am the west region Portfolio Director for ThoughtWorks, a global technology company helping companies achieve their most ambitious missions. Technology \u2014 when used for good, not evil \u2014 has fed billions of people, lifted billions out of poverty, and saved millions of lives. When technology\u2019s used for ill purposes, however, it can do the opposite. I engage in this mission to advocate for the good use of technology over its evil use.<\/p>\n

Additionally, I speak at a few conferences a year, and have authored a couple of books, including one on how to navigate the world of technology consulting.<\/p>\n

What change would you like to enact in the world?<\/strong><\/p>\n

Generally, I would love to see an increase in empathy and a decrease in judgmental views of the world. Of course, in terms of technology, I would love to see more technologies that empower people \u2014 and fewer that exploit them. I would love to see a social media world in which the product is designed for the end user as its primary customer, rather than on in which users\u2019 information is sold to advertisers as a revenue model. Generally, anything that promotes more hope-based decision making over fear.<\/p>\n

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.<\/strong><\/p>\n

I have a 775-day streak learning Portuguese on DuoLingo, and over 1100 consecutive days logging my food on MyFitnessPal. Despite this, I totally promise I don\u2019t suffer from OCD!<\/p>\n

Why did you join IVY?<\/strong><\/p>\n

Personally, it was about making connections with people a bit outside my normal professional circles. I was new to SF, and one day, I woke up and realized that nearly all my friends here are current or former ThoughtWorks employees. I figured it was about time to change that.<\/p>\n

I have not been disappointed, as I\u2019ve had experiences \u2014 from bubble soccer to traveling in Peru to numerous thought leader conversations \u2014 that I would have not had anywhere else.<\/p>\n

What has been your most memorable IVY Experience?<\/strong><\/p>\n

On a hike in Peru, one of my fellow hikers and I decided to make our way down early, ahead of the rest of the crowd. It was an exhausting hike (14 miles at 13,500 feet) \u2014 and though we got a bit lost (and, in retrospect, I would not recommend breaking away from the group) \u2014 I made a great connection with the person I got lost with and the rest of the group as a result!<\/p>\n","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/aaron-erickson\/","photo_url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Aaron-Erickson.jpg"},{"photo":{"ID":280,"id":280,"title":"Alyson-Stoner","filename":"Alyson-Stoner.jpg","filesize":337569,"url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Alyson-Stoner.jpg","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/alyson-stoner\/alyson-stoner\/","alt":"","author":"1","description":"","caption":"","name":"alyson-stoner","status":"inherit","uploaded_to":279,"date":"2019-04-01 22:32:05","modified":"2019-04-01 22:32:05","menu_order":0,"mime_type":"image\/jpeg","type":"image","subtype":"jpeg","icon":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/default.png","width":828,"height":828,"sizes":{"thumbnail":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Alyson-Stoner-150x150.jpg","thumbnail-width":150,"thumbnail-height":150,"medium":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Alyson-Stoner-300x300.jpg","medium-width":300,"medium-height":300,"medium_large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Alyson-Stoner-768x768.jpg","medium_large-width":640,"medium_large-height":640,"large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Alyson-Stoner.jpg","large-width":640,"large-height":640,"1536x1536":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Alyson-Stoner.jpg","1536x1536-width":828,"1536x1536-height":828,"2048x2048":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Alyson-Stoner.jpg","2048x2048-width":828,"2048x2048-height":828}},"name":"Alyson Stoner","job_title":"Actress, Singer and Choreographer","city":"LA","chapter":"la","description":"

Alyson Stoner has accumulated more film and television credits by the age of twenty-three than most actors amass in a lifetime. A triple threat \u2014 actress, singer, and choreographer \u2014 Alyson is best known for her work in the Step Up<\/em> film series and Cheaper by the Dozen<\/em>, along with appearances in music videos for popular artists like Missy Elliot, Will Smith, and Outkast.<\/p>\n

\u201cEntertainment is equally technical and creative,\u201d Alyson shared in a recent interview with IVY Magazine<\/em>. \u201cIt demands rigorous daily training and self-development, followed by repeated surrender and surprise. Essentially, we are aspiring experts of people and ourselves \u2014 researching, analyzing, empathizing, portraying, and storytelling through infinite media.\u201d<\/p>\n

Alyson is also known for her role in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody<\/em>, as the host for Disney Channel\u2019s Mike\u2019s Super Short Show<\/em>, and for voicing Isabella Garcia-Shapiro in Phineas and Ferb<\/em>. She sat down with IVY Magazine<\/em> to discuss her rollercoaster journey to fame, describe how she maintains her tireless motivation, and provide five concrete tips for those juggling multiple talents at the same time.<\/p>\n

When did you fall in love with entertaining? What was your first joy \u2014 acting, singing, or dancing?<\/strong><\/p>\n

I didn\u2019t know I loved entertainment until 10 years in when I contemplated quitting. My health was failing from pressures to stay size 000 \u2014 yes, three zeroes; the constant rejection of auditioning had ruined my identity and self-worth; and I wondered if it\u2019d be wiser and more meaningful to pursue other careers. I then filled in all the blank space beyond the typical job description and felt my true passion for the first time. I saw how art was not only a life instructor, but also perhaps what rescued me from a lot of other painful circumstances. However, I don\u2019t feel married to it: I\u2019m dedicated, yes, but I\u2019m also willing and interested in possibly forging a completely new path in the future.<\/p>\n

How did you get so good at dancing so young? Did you fall in love with hip-hop (as a dance style) first? Was it all hard work or do you have some crazy natural rhythm?<\/strong><\/p>\n

Thanks. Well, we\u2019re a culmination of our DNA, households, the million moments and interactions with strangers and teachers and peers, right? So\u2026 I guess I have my parents, everyone in the world, and a good work ethic to thank for learning how to dance so young. I didn\u2019t know anything about hip-hop when I booked Missy Elliott. I\u2019d like to think all humans have their own rhythm (heartbeats, hello!), and my deliberate training across cultures and styles has made me the mover I am today. I\u2019m not the most talented: I\u2019m laser-focused and work smarter and harder.<\/p>\n

What was it like being involved with the Disney Channel during what many millennials probably view as its golden age?<\/strong><\/p>\n

\u2026scary question. Let\u2019s just say I voluntarily asked to start therapy at 13 to cope with the \u201cwonderful world of Disney\u201d and that\u2019s probably why I\u2019m more stable than many of my peers. It was very fun, yes. I have many scars to prove it. Haha.<\/p>\n

You hear horror stories all the time about growing up working in the <\/strong>entertainment industry; how have you kept so levelheaded?<\/strong><\/p>\n

See above. Contrary to what it may look like, my career has been 98% Almosts, Failures, Losses, and Heartbreaks. It\u2019s not hard to stay \u201cgrounded\u201d if you\u2019re literally knocked down there. It\u2019s more of a victory, in my opinion, to be whole-hearted and optimistic despite the rejection, ridicule, and fear-based rat race.<\/p>\n

Over the years, what has been your favorite or most memorable on-set experience and why?<\/strong><\/p>\n

Cheaper By The Dozen 2<\/em> \u2014 20 kids, three months in Canada, water sports, ping pong tournaments. A huge crush on Sharkboy. And bonus: Carmen Electra took me as her guest to the Much Music Awards. What?!<\/p>\n

What has been the most entertaining character to play? What has been the most challenging?<\/strong><\/p>\n

I played Bug, a homeless drug addict, on Major Crimes<\/em>. Entering that headspace and manifesting the addiction and behaviors was very scary and exhausting. I actually got kicked off set by a security guard who thought I was a drug addict roaming the lot. That was kind of cool and flattering.<\/p>\n

Some people find it hard to maintain consistent opportunities when business is booming, and others find it hard to stay motivated to hunt down opportunities when business is slow. How do you keep the hustle going during both busy and slow times?<\/strong><\/p>\n

Vision. The vision keeps you specific about today\u2019s and tomorrow\u2019s goals, inspired by the future, and committed to being your own solution when challenges arise. The ebb and flow are to be expected, and both are important. See every season as an opportunity to maximize.<\/p>\n

And dear workaholics: sometimes that means refocusing on holistic balance and not being controlled by the obsession of having a successful business.<\/p>\n

Who are you favorite performers, and why?<\/strong><\/p>\n

Underground dancers and singers and theater actors. No glory, no ego. Just love, art, and authenticity.<\/p>\n

What\u2019s the best piece of advice you\u2019ve ever received?<\/strong><\/p>\n

\u201cKnow thyself\u201d so you can be freed from being a victim of your circumstance and instead the writer of your own story and future.<\/p>\n

Five tips for developing multiple talents (or skill sets) at the same time:<\/strong><\/p>\n

  1. Break down your day or week into sustainable windows and continually revise\/execute action plans for specific goals in each. For example: Acting (Mon\/Wed\/Fri), Dance (Tues\/Thurs). Or, AM = Acting, Noon = Singing, PM = Dance.<\/li>\n
  2. Be your own solution and ally: eliminate your own self-made obstacles, whether it be procrastination or negative thinking. You can\u2019t afford to not be an efficient, high-functioning, problem-solving chameleon.<\/li>\n
  3. Master the art of being present. You\u2019ll go nowhere by running around to fifty different rehearsals completely scatterbrained and invulnerable. Deliberate, concentrated effort for shorter periods can be just as productive as the countless hours your single-trade peers have the privilege of spending on one skill.<\/li>\n
  4. Live the rest of your life. Don\u2019t be a machine. Do other things. Visit other places. Meet other people. It adds nuance and character, breaks up the monotony. You don\u2019t have time? Read 4-Hour Work Week<\/em><\/a> and get back to me.<\/li>\n
  5. Be led by joy. Packed schedules can lead to burnout and mechanical living. Remind yourself daily to pursue the vitality, light, and purpose associated with each skill set. How can you serve others and contribute to the human narrative with each skill?<\/li>\n<\/ol>\n

    Bonus Tip:<\/strong> don\u2019t do it all alone! Find your perfect balance of training with a community and training alone for optimal growth and enrichment.<\/p>\n","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/alyson-stoner\/","photo_url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Alyson-Stoner.jpg"},{"photo":{"ID":278,"id":278,"title":"Garrett-Neff","filename":"Garrett-Neff.jpg","filesize":314808,"url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Garrett-Neff.jpg","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/garret-neff\/garrett-neff\/","alt":"","author":"1","description":"","caption":"","name":"garrett-neff","status":"inherit","uploaded_to":277,"date":"2019-04-01 22:26:09","modified":"2019-04-01 22:26:09","menu_order":0,"mime_type":"image\/jpeg","type":"image","subtype":"jpeg","icon":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/default.png","width":828,"height":828,"sizes":{"thumbnail":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Garrett-Neff-150x150.jpg","thumbnail-width":150,"thumbnail-height":150,"medium":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Garrett-Neff-300x300.jpg","medium-width":300,"medium-height":300,"medium_large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Garrett-Neff-768x768.jpg","medium_large-width":640,"medium_large-height":640,"large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Garrett-Neff.jpg","large-width":640,"large-height":640,"1536x1536":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Garrett-Neff.jpg","1536x1536-width":828,"1536x1536-height":828,"2048x2048":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Garrett-Neff.jpg","2048x2048-width":828,"2048x2048-height":828}},"name":"Garret Neff","job_title":"Founder and Designer at Katama","city":"NYC","chapter":"nyc","description":"

    Standing 6\u20192\u2033 with a calm disposition and polished aesthetic, Garrett Neff looks like a picture. One of the world\u2019s most recognizable male models for the better part of the last decade, Neff has worked with some of the fashion industry\u2019s greatest brands and creative minds. Ten years of participating in the creative visions of those around you fosters not only artistic appreciation, but also ambition. Throughout his tenure in front of the lens \u2014 having honed a critical eye \u2014 Garrett was ready to helm a vision of his own.<\/p>\n

    KATAMA<\/a> is the brainchild of the Delaware-born wunderkind whose adventures in fashion began, as is oft recollected by industry mainstays, with a \u201cdiscovery\u201d \u2014 and at an airport no less \u2014 but despite his countless travels, the inspiration for his swim line harks back to Garrett\u2019s humble childhood. \u201cI was looking through old family photos and seeing all of these fantastic trunks and vacation looks \u2013 rugged but sharp, tailored yet easy,\u201d Mr. Neff tells me as his lips curl with nostalgia. \u201cI launched KATAMA as a way of introducing a style and an ethos I think is underrepresented in fashion.\u201d<\/p>\n

    It\u2019s believable, too. For all the fashion shows, the campaigns, the television appearances, Garrett retains the Americana you\u2019d imagine lives in a boy from Wilmington, Delaware. It is with this American ease that Neff unfolds his journey from model to designer,\u00a0and lays out his five tips for making the perfect swimsuit.<\/p>\n

    What attracted you to design \u2014 specifically to swimwear \u2014 after being on the other side of the industry for so long?<\/strong><\/p>\n

    A men\u2019s swim trunk can be so many things at the same time. As a kid, I would wear my swim trunks all day \u2014 morning to night \u2014 and through all of the outdoor activities we\u2019d have going on during family vacations. Those ideas alone excited me. But I also knew I could succeed in the execution. Being, as you say, \u201con the other side of the industry,\u201d I know swimwear very well. I\u2019ve been the face and body of so many brands and have worn every shape and size bathing suit out there.<\/p>\n

    Of all the people you\u2019ve worked with, does anyone stand out as a creative inspiration or role model?<\/strong><\/p>\n

    I\u2019m asked this often and I could go on forever. But Bruce Weber often comes to mind first. He has a way of taking photos that are both timeless and modern. I\u2019ve shot photos with him many times, and the way he works with his team, and his loyalty to all of the people around him is so admirable. It\u2019s something I\u2019ve always paid close attention to.<\/p>\n

    Modeling is a very, very competitive space. How were you discovered, and what made you stand apart from your competitors on your way up?<\/strong><\/p>\n

    I was discovered while connecting to a flight at Miami International Airport. I guess what made me stand apart is that I really took the opportunity seriously from the very start. I\u2019m obsessive by nature and responded to that need to perfect every detail. I saw the hard work being done by everyone I worked with, and in turn was committed to keeping myself in great shape, showing up on time, treating the set like family.<\/p>\n

    In addition to being competitive, only a few people have staying power. What contributed to your longevity?<\/strong><\/p>\n

    People say it all the time, but it really does help to love what you do. I think it\u2019s clear that I have a great respect for the business and for the enormous amount of behind-the-scenes work. Also, having a great team gives you staying power. It\u2019s important to surround yourself with the right people and people who also love what they do.<\/p>\n

    What has the most exciting thing been about enjoying a successful modeling career, and what has been the most frustrating?<\/strong><\/p>\n

    The travel and the travel. For so many years I\u2019ve been putting loved ones through the wringer trying to keep plans. It\u2019s so difficult to schedule anything because the industry is nimble and surprising, and when inspiration strikes or certain elements fall into place, new work can appear. It\u2019s important to say \u201cno\u201d a lot, but just as important to say \u201cyes\u201d to the right opportunities \u2014 even if it means letting down the people you\u2019ve had plans with. I\u2019ve been working on it a lot with my KATAMA team though, and at this stage, there\u2019s no one job that can make or break my career.<\/p>\n

    How do you think social media has changed the nature of the industry?<\/strong><\/p>\n

    This is a huge question. But for our small brand, it has allowed us to test the waters without the same media barriers and budgetary needs that have existed for so long. I think it\u2019s also given a newfound importance to print media. You have to create so much more content to stay competitive on social media, and your content is often sitting next to so much other content, which is not as curated. So it\u2019s refreshing to pick up a GQ or Vogue or V Magazine and get lost in the pages editors have spent so much time putting together. The social media stream is endless and unnatural. There are no chapters, no beginning, no end. I\u2019m not saying that it\u2019s a problem, I think it\u2019s a great tool, but I also think we should take care to find balance in our lives along with it.<\/p>\n

    Have you learned any lessons from modeling that have applied to starting your own brand?<\/strong><\/p>\n

    The two big takeaways have been to have patience with the creative process and to keep insane attention to detail. These can often go hand in hand. These details \u2014 say the exact stretch of a fabric or the font of a label \u2014 help achieve specific looks.<\/p>\n

    How did you arrive at the look and feel of Katama?<\/strong><\/p>\n

    The style is always combining what I see in old family photos and also my modern sense of what is missing in the market \u2013 it\u2019s sporty, outdoorsy and practical, yet sophisticated and exciting. Of course, as our brand grows, it\u2019s also about what our customers are responding to and how we can keep giving them what they enjoy in new ways.<\/p>\n

    How did you learn about the design and manufacturing process? Where do you produce your pieces? How difficult is it to find high-quality manufacturers at reasonable prices?<\/strong><\/p>\n

    I have learned a lot from my business partner Geri Gerard. She\u2019s a member of the CFDA and makes clothes for some of New York\u2019s top luxury houses. We started making samples and producing in New York exclusively, but have since expanded to sampling and producing in LA and Portugal. It\u2019s a lot of coordinating for our small team, which is growing soon, but the variety allows us to get the best product and value from manufacturers that specialize in the respective products.<\/p>\n

    How did your marketing strategy develop, and how have you continued to develop it? Many entrepreneurs in the fashion space would love to get the kinds of press and magazine placements that you\u2019ve enjoyed \u2014 what was your process for getting eyes on the brand?<\/strong><\/p>\n

    Of course, it helped to have pre-existing relationships with many editors and influencers. But that can really only take you so far. We\u2019re insanely proud of the product we create and made sure others experienced the value of our product as well. Before we even got in the press, we had our friends test the product. Did it help that some of them worked in fashion and media? Sure, but their endorsement came from the most honest place.<\/p>\n

    We\u2019ve also done pop-ups in Miami, Provincetown, and Montauk (at the Surf Lodge) \u2013 places customers can wear their trunks right off the rack and onto the beach. It\u2019s so important that people don\u2019t just hear about the quality of our product, but can speak to it personally. Being that we don\u2019t have a stand alone store, it is super helpful to have face to face time with customers and to connect with them in a place that feels so authentic and natural. It\u2019s helpful for the feedback, but also helpful for people to see what we stand for and connect us back to an experience they\u2019ve had when they next see KATAMA.<\/p>\n

    How has business development worked for your brand \u2014 from fashion shows to pitching to buyers, how did you get KATAMA in stores?<\/strong><\/p>\n

    What is more valuable: having strong retail partners, or having a strong e-commerce presence? As a small brand, having our own e-commerce presence has proven extremely valuable. From a retail perspective, that\u2019s really the most that I can speak to because that\u2019s where all of our focus has been.<\/p>\n

    How do you continue to stay in top shape over the years? What does your routine and nutrition look like?<\/strong><\/p>\n

    It\u2019s nothing groundbreaking \u2014 running, gym classes, working out with a trainer. Nutrition, frequency, variety, these are also really important things to consider.<\/p>\n

    What has been the most interesting shoot or project you\u2019ve worked on?<\/strong><\/p>\n

    I\u2019ve been the only talent on studio shoots with multimillion-dollar budgets and 60-plus person production teams, and I\u2019ve been with small teams outdoors making it up as we went along. I\u2019ve really been able to appreciate it all. But I think those early shoots where I was meeting with some of the best photographers really stand out as the coolest. Shooting Lagerfeld\u2019s collection on my first paid job, with Karl Lagerfeld in the Chanel mansion in Paris while also staying there. And for sure, shooting Calvin Klein Underwear advertising with Bruce Weber in Miami, and VMan at his place down in Golden Beach,\u00a0are probably the top.<\/p>\n

    Garrett Neff\u2019s 5 Tips for Making the Perfect Swimsuit<\/strong><\/p>\n

    1. Find or make the right fabric you want in order to create the fit you want. Just because you love a fabric doesn\u2019t mean it will work with everything you try to do with it.<\/li>\n
    2. The piece must be practical and durable.<\/li>\n
    3. Design and source trims that help tell the story of your brand.<\/li>\n
    4. Fit, fit again, fit a few more times.<\/li>\n
    5. Use the great factories that you trust, and know that the longer you work with one factory, the better the trunks will get over time.<\/li>\n<\/ol>\n","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/garret-neff\/","photo_url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Garrett-Neff.jpg"},{"photo":{"ID":276,"id":276,"title":"Natasha-Rocca-Devine","filename":"Natasha-Rocca-Devine.jpg","filesize":199903,"url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Natasha-Rocca-Devine.jpg","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/natasha-rocca-devine\/natasha-rocca-devine\/","alt":"","author":"1","description":"","caption":"","name":"natasha-rocca-devine","status":"inherit","uploaded_to":275,"date":"2019-04-01 22:19:18","modified":"2019-04-01 22:19:18","menu_order":0,"mime_type":"image\/jpeg","type":"image","subtype":"jpeg","icon":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/default.png","width":828,"height":828,"sizes":{"thumbnail":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Natasha-Rocca-Devine-150x150.jpg","thumbnail-width":150,"thumbnail-height":150,"medium":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Natasha-Rocca-Devine-300x300.jpg","medium-width":300,"medium-height":300,"medium_large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Natasha-Rocca-Devine-768x768.jpg","medium_large-width":640,"medium_large-height":640,"large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Natasha-Rocca-Devine.jpg","large-width":640,"large-height":640,"1536x1536":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Natasha-Rocca-Devine.jpg","1536x1536-width":828,"1536x1536-height":828,"2048x2048":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Natasha-Rocca-Devine.jpg","2048x2048-width":828,"2048x2048-height":828}},"name":"Natasha Rocca Devine","job_title":"Novelist","city":"LA","chapter":"la","description":"

      Meet Irish-Italian philanthropist Natasha Rocca Devine<\/a>: IVY LA Member, novelist, daughter of a former Miss Ireland and Irish Footballer, and stepdaughter of music icon Van Morrison. Guided by\u00a0a genuine love for social impact, she\u00a0serves as an assistant consultant for a wide range of non profits, including Al Gore\u2019s The Climate Reality Project, Lady Gaga\u2019s Born This Way Foundation, Bono\u2019s ONE Campaign and Theolonious Monk Institute of Jazz.<\/p>\n

      What is the social cause you care most about, and what are the biggest ways IVY members can help support?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      The social cause that I wish to share with IVY Members\u00a0is Mr. Al Gore\u2019s The Climate Reality Project<\/a>,\u00a0which\u00a0fights\u00a0climate\u00a0change. This cause is inextricably linked to all other causes, so it must be addressed in a proactive way. For example, in the last 40 years, 50% of the wildlife on earth has been wiped out<\/a>.\u00a0If we don\u2019t address the climate issue, other issues (such as the drought in California) will continue to rise, affecting us and the following generations. In addition, all the other social issues will only be exacerbated.<\/p>\n

      Learn more about the Climate Reality Project here<\/a>.<\/p>\n

      Tell me about your first book\u2014what was the impetus and what is the greatest lessons from your journey?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      Awareness: Creating your own Balance in Life<\/a>\u00a0<\/em>is an A-Z style self-improvement book encouraging everyone to live in the moment and in balance. It stems from the fact I was in a coma when I was 19 after a really bad car accident and had to remain in the moment to get through each day.<\/p>\n

      In a sense it\u2019s like a diary of things that helped me through my recovery but it\u2019s much broader and I did a lot of research to connect this book to all personalities. The message of my book is about living in the moment and if you can\u2019t because of certain difficulties, then finding options to help you to do so.<\/p>\n

      After this experience, I traveled the world, worked and studied and took on the role as an ambassador for\u00a0Aware<\/a>\u00a0and\u00a0SARI<\/a>\u00a0to encourage others in finding happiness, something I believe we all deserve.\u00a0<\/strong><\/p>\n

      What\u2019s a current project of yours\u00a0that you are excited about?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I adore each of my clients projects\u2019 and have the honor to assistant one of the most talented philanthropists and creative minds I\u2019ve ever met, Ms. Kimmel. At ck\/la each day working for our causes is a pleasure.<\/p>\n

      Prior to this, I had so much fun writing my second book (first fiction),\u00a0The Industry<\/a><\/em>,\u00a0and at present I am creating my third book, a romantic comedy. Meanwhile, I am Interiors Editor\u00a0for\u00a0Haute So Fabulous<\/a>\u00a0and cherish the time spent writing monthly\u00a0Love Letters From LA<\/a>.<\/p>\n

      One day I hope to create my own Foundation in support of positive mental health, particularly for young kids and teenagers.<\/p>\n

      Until then, my aim is to make the most of everyday and in some way to share and create light on the way!<\/p>\n","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/natasha-rocca-devine\/","photo_url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/04\/Natasha-Rocca-Devine.jpg"},{"photo":{"ID":242,"id":242,"title":"Brock-Stearn","filename":"Brock-Stearn.jpg","filesize":446284,"url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Brock-Stearn.jpg","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/brock-stearn\/brock-stearn\/","alt":"","author":"1","description":"","caption":"","name":"brock-stearn","status":"inherit","uploaded_to":241,"date":"2019-03-25 02:12:02","modified":"2019-03-25 02:12:02","menu_order":0,"mime_type":"image\/jpeg","type":"image","subtype":"jpeg","icon":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/default.png","width":828,"height":828,"sizes":{"thumbnail":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Brock-Stearn-150x150.jpg","thumbnail-width":150,"thumbnail-height":150,"medium":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Brock-Stearn-300x300.jpg","medium-width":300,"medium-height":300,"medium_large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Brock-Stearn-768x768.jpg","medium_large-width":640,"medium_large-height":640,"large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Brock-Stearn.jpg","large-width":640,"large-height":640,"1536x1536":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Brock-Stearn.jpg","1536x1536-width":828,"1536x1536-height":828,"2048x2048":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Brock-Stearn.jpg","2048x2048-width":828,"2048x2048-height":828}},"name":"Brock Stearn","job_title":"Director of Immersive Technology at Edmunds","city":"LA","chapter":"la","description":"

      What do you do and why?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I work as a blend of a technologist, a futurist, an immersive technology designer and simply a dreamer. I specialize in studying a company or an industry to develop ideas and solutions to their problems using immersive technologies including augmented reality, virtual reality, 360\u00b0 imagery, and CGI. Despite spending over a dozen years creating content for films and commercials, I believe these innovative technologies are meant for everyone, and I enjoy using my content creation background to help guide companies into adopting these new technologies to solve problems and to generate new revenue.<\/p>\n

      One of the immersive products I am most proud of I created for Edmunds, the leading car shopping site, was recently released this September along with the new Apple iOS. Using the Edmunds\u2019 app, a customer can use an augmented reality feature titled \u201cCan It Fit?\u201d to \u201cscan\u201d their garage or parking spot to see if the car they are thinking of purchasing can actually fit in their space. The customer is shown a CGI version of the vehicle, at the correct real size, placed in their parking area. As this feature is using augmented reality, the customer can simply walk around and see where the car doesn\u2019t fit. Since there is no returning a purchased car, this is a real problem that car shoppers face, and, I\u2019ve been very happy to show how new technologies can solve this real problem. After solving problems and generating new sources of revenue with immersive technology in the fields of design, engineering, automotive and eCommerce, I\u2019m eager to find the next industry or problem to solve!<\/p>\n

      What change would you like to enact in the world?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      Given the current state of the world, this is such a hard question to answer as there are so many things that come to mind. Overall, I wish I could change people to be more open about other people\u2019s lives, beliefs, and circumstances instead of so much of \u201cit\u2019s my way or the highway\u201d attitude towards others.<\/p>\n

      Tell us a fun fact about yourself.<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I have always been good about remembering all sorts of \u201cuseless facts\u201d and then finding a good use for them days, weeks, months, or even years down the road. I am often asked \u201chow do you know that?\u201d by my friends, and I don\u2019t recall how\/why I remembered something \u2014 but somehow, I do. Fortunately, when I work as a Futurist, this often comes in handy.<\/p>\n

      Why did you join IVY?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      L.A. is well known as a town where people have a \u201cwall up\u201d or are perceived as \u201cfake.\u201d and because of that, it is very difficult to meet quality people here. However, within the IVY group, I\u2019ve found that the walls are down, and people are happy to meet new faces and build friendships. In addition, the majority of the members are curious and want to learn more and frequently attend a wide range of events, so you never know who you\u2019ll meet at the next one.<\/p>\n

      What has been your most memorable IVY Experience?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      Snowmobiling across a glacier at night while in Iceland. We were bundled up so much in our snowmobile suits that no one was recognizable. We began our ride at sunset, so by the time we arrived at the mid-point, it was pitch black and the only things visible were what was illuminated by the headlights. Despite the cold, it was amazing fun and everyone had a blast, which we followed and celebrated by having a private dinner where each IVY member shared their most valuable life lesson to the group.<\/p>\n","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/brock-stearn\/","photo_url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Brock-Stearn.jpg"},{"photo":{"ID":240,"id":240,"title":"Lindsay-Moran","filename":"Lindsay-Moran.jpg","filesize":335995,"url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Lindsay-Moran.jpg","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/lindsay-moran\/lindsay-moran\/","alt":"","author":"1","description":"","caption":"","name":"lindsay-moran","status":"inherit","uploaded_to":239,"date":"2019-03-25 02:07:11","modified":"2019-03-25 02:07:11","menu_order":0,"mime_type":"image\/jpeg","type":"image","subtype":"jpeg","icon":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/default.png","width":828,"height":828,"sizes":{"thumbnail":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Lindsay-Moran-150x150.jpg","thumbnail-width":150,"thumbnail-height":150,"medium":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Lindsay-Moran-300x300.jpg","medium-width":300,"medium-height":300,"medium_large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Lindsay-Moran-768x768.jpg","medium_large-width":640,"medium_large-height":640,"large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Lindsay-Moran.jpg","large-width":640,"large-height":640,"1536x1536":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Lindsay-Moran.jpg","1536x1536-width":828,"1536x1536-height":828,"2048x2048":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Lindsay-Moran.jpg","2048x2048-width":828,"2048x2048-height":828}},"name":"Lindsay Moran","job_title":"Author and Former CIA Operative","city":"DC","chapter":"dc","description":"

      Several years out of the CIA, former covert operative Lindsay Moran still knows how to crash cars into barriers at 60 mph.<\/p>\n

      Yet, though the agency does train its operatives to master highly specific, niche skills \u2014 like jumping out of planes wearing full cargo \u2014 some the CIA\u2019s most powerful lessons are the ones that can apply to any person\u2019s life, undercover or not.<\/p>\n

      IVY Magazine<\/em> sat down with Lindsay to hear what it takes to become a CIA spy, and how her experience has translated to her current work as a\u00a0freelance writer.<\/p>\n

      One of the biggest things the CIA wants is an extrovert<\/strong><\/p>\n

      The main thing I learned from being in the CIA was that spying is not about running around in a cat suit, scaling walls, and assassinating people. Espionage is about learning to read people, and discovering what makes them tick.<\/p>\n

      All of us took, among other psychological exams, the Myers Briggs test as part of the application process to become what\u2019s called an ops officer \u2014 what most people commonly think of as a spy. The type of person the CIA\u2019s clandestine service recruits is typically an \u201cENTJ:\u201d extraverted, iNtuitive, thinking, judging.<\/p>\n

      I\u2019ve never really been into the whole Myers Briggs thing, but it\u2019s interesting to me that one of the main things the CIA wants is an extrovert, someone who can adapt to any social situation and empathize with other peoples\u2019 situations. You\u2019re being trained to meet people and recruit them into doing something that you yourself would never do: commit espionage. You don\u2019t blackmail them or put a gun to their head; instead, you help them see what\u2019s in it for them. You figure out how to probe people to find their hidden vulnerabilities.<\/p>\n

      Being a spy is less about being a badass, and more about being an empathetic listener<\/strong><\/p>\n

      What\u2019s surprising to a lot of people is that you need to give in order to get. You traditionally think of a spy as being James Bond. The only piece of information he ever reveals is his name. But in reality, as a spy, you have to share a little bit about your own life, and your own motivations and psychology. That\u2019s the only way someone is going to open up to you. You might be including false information, but sometimes you include genuine information. You talk to the person about your own life. That\u2019s what gets people to open up to you.<\/p>\n

      Contrary to what everyone thinks, being a spy is less about being a badass, and more about being an empathetic listener. You\u2019re serving a number of roles when you recruit someone. You\u2019re their employer, but you\u2019re also their psychiatrist, their counselor, and their teacher. It\u2019s an extremely intimate relationship.<\/p>\n

      The CIA teaches you to convince people to talk to you because it\u2019s in their best interest. That\u2019s an invaluable skill.<\/p><\/blockquote>\n

      The people skills I learned as a spy are skills I\u2019m now using in my own life. As a journalist, I\u2019m always trying to find people who have access to information, and get them to tell me their stories. It\u2019s the same challenge I had in the CIA, except that now I get to do it out in the open, rather than meeting strangers in parked cars. For the shows TechKnow<\/a> and America Tonight<\/a>, I elicit information from people in a friendly way, obviously; it should never seem like an interrogation. And the same holds true for spies. Also, just like in the CIA, for TechKnow, I often have to quickly process and understand technical information outside my own area of expertise, and be able to translate that accurately to our viewers. The CIA teaches you to convince people to talk to you because it\u2019s in their best interest. That\u2019s an invaluable skill. I don\u2019t think of it as manipulation; I think of it as the ability to listen and relate.<\/p>\n

      What\u2019s interesting is that when I worked for the CIA, I was lying all the time. One veteran CIA officer once said to me, \u201cBe careful, because when you start lying for your job, you end up lying about everything else.\u201d I found that to be really true. Lying became so second nature that it almost was the default. It\u2019s hard to lose that tendency too, I have to say.<\/p>\n

      The best spies are women<\/strong><\/p>\n

      When I joined the agency, women made up 50% of my training class. The women were also the top graduates. To this day, I maintain that the CIA\u2019s biggest secret is that women are the best spies. There are a number of reasons. First, no one suspects women. Second, we have a lot of natural advantages. Most of our targets in most parts of the world are men, and it\u2019s much easier as a young American woman to go up to a man and say, \u201cHey, do you want to meet me for coffee?\u201d He\u2019s just always going to say yes.<\/p>\n

      At the same time, there are some additional challenges. You\u2019re meeting with these men at random times in the night and asking them not to tell anyone else about your relationship. Inevitably, the guy is going to get the wrong idea. It\u2019s like a courtship, except you need to make it perfectly clear that you\u2019re never going to sleep with him.<\/p>\n

      In some ways, the CIA is still a \u201cgood ol\u2019 boys\u201d network, and I know a lot of women who feel that it\u2019s difficult to get ahead. There\u2019s never been a female head of the CIA, for example. All that being said, I personally never felt held back by my gender.<\/p>\n


      Once you know you\u2019re not going to die, you think: can this person do anything for me?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      Being a covert operative is an incredibly stressful job, but the weird thing is, you\u2019re not worried about your own life. You are generally more afraid about your agents getting caught. If they get caught, they could get sent to jail for the rest of their lives.<\/p>\n

      I never felt in danger when I was actually meeting a foreign agent. You\u2019re both trying not to get caught, so it\u2019s not in their interest to kill or harm you. You\u2019re in a very intimate but professional relationship with that person. The scariest part for me was actually getting to those meetings. You don\u2019t go out and meet these people at 9am. Instead, it\u2019s in the middle of the night and you\u2019re driving around some godforsaken area in the war-plagued Balkans. I was in Macedonia when the country was teetering on civil war. I\u2019d be at a clandestine meeting and there was the sound of shelling and gunfire in the background.<\/p>\n

      The most frightening moment I had was in Macedonia, when I was riding my bike up to the top of a hill to put a chalk mark on a water fountain, which is the kind of thing a spy sometimes does to send a signal to his agent. I had my hair in a baseball cap, so I looked kind of like a guy riding a mountain bike. On the way up, I saw this motley crew of soldiers and insurgents who all had AK 47s. This was very normal in Macedonia. So I\u2019m riding up this hill, and on my way down, all these guys just jump into the bushes. I thought: This is it. They\u2019re going to take me out. I screeched my bike to a halt. I spoke the local language well enough to start yelling some obscenities, like \u201cWTF?\u201d Once they realized I was a girl and an American, they came out and started talking to me. I thought that one of them might have access to information we wanted, so I asked him for coffee. That\u2019s a very typical mindset. Once you know you\u2019re not going to die, you think: can this person do anything for me?<\/p>\n

      The future of the CIA: how much bang for our buck are we really getting?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I, along with other former operatives, many of whom had much longer careers mine, have been critical of the CIA, in part because we saw it from the inside looking out. I also was disgusted by the CIA\u2019s torture program and feel that the post-9\/11 decade was a very dark chapter in CIA history.<\/p>\n

      Human intelligence will always be extremely important. There\u2019s nothing more valuable than a well-placed source. That said, the CIA is bloated by bureaucracy right now. We have to look at how much money we put into the intelligence community, and how much bang for our buck are we really getting. The agency did not predict a number of major geopolitical shifts, from the rise again of imperialism out of Russia to the Arab Spring.<\/p>\n

      A number of us believe that the CIA needs to be a much smaller, nimbler organization. In the wake of 9\/11, the CIA went on massive hiring spree, and ended up bringing on people whose mentality was less about getting quality intelligence, and more about getting revenge. I would recommend a truly secret, much smaller and more nimble cadre of extremely skilled covert operatives.<\/p>\n

      For more information on Linday\u2019s story, check out her best-selling memoir,\u00a0Blowing My Cover: My Life as a CIA Spy<\/a>.<\/em><\/strong><\/p>\n","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/lindsay-moran\/","photo_url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Lindsay-Moran.jpg"},{"photo":{"ID":238,"id":238,"title":"Amber-Whittington","filename":"Amber-Whittington.jpg","filesize":218716,"url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Amber-Whittington.jpg","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/amber-whittington\/amber-whittington\/","alt":"","author":"1","description":"","caption":"","name":"amber-whittington","status":"inherit","uploaded_to":237,"date":"2019-03-25 02:00:59","modified":"2019-03-25 02:00:59","menu_order":0,"mime_type":"image\/jpeg","type":"image","subtype":"jpeg","icon":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/default.png","width":828,"height":828,"sizes":{"thumbnail":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Amber-Whittington-150x150.jpg","thumbnail-width":150,"thumbnail-height":150,"medium":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Amber-Whittington-300x300.jpg","medium-width":300,"medium-height":300,"medium_large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Amber-Whittington-768x768.jpg","medium_large-width":640,"medium_large-height":640,"large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Amber-Whittington.jpg","large-width":640,"large-height":640,"1536x1536":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Amber-Whittington.jpg","1536x1536-width":828,"1536x1536-height":828,"2048x2048":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Amber-Whittington.jpg","2048x2048-width":828,"2048x2048-height":828}},"name":"Amber Whittington","job_title":"YouTube Sensation and Social Media Influencer","city":"LA","chapter":"la","description":"

      Over the past decade, developments in the social media landscape have given rise to an exponential growth in people\u2019s power to grow and cultivate their personal brands. Virtually every aspect of life has touched by this societal shift, creating an ecosystem in which the concept of personal agency maintains great significance.<\/p>\n

      YouTube sensation and social media influencer, Amber Whittington<\/a>, is a leading example of this movement.<\/p>\n

      Amber originally started her YouTube channel to help others struggling with the question of sexuality and identity, using comedy, vlogging, and honest conversation as conduits for open interaction and expression. She has since transformed her online presence into an influential force on social media, using humor and motivation to broadcast to a loyal following of over 600,000 YouTube subscribers.<\/p>\n

      \u201cI love to do what I do for so many reasons,\u201d Amber said in an interview with IVY Magazine. \u201cNot only am I able to work for myself while doing something that I enjoy, but the fact that I can touch so many people is what makes it worth it. Whether it\u2019s through comments, emails, or meeting my subscribers in real life \u2014 and hearing them tell me that my videos made them feel good about themselves or changed their life in some way \u2014 that is happiness for me.\u201d<\/p>\n

      Amber sat down with IVY Magazine to reflect on her journey to YouTube stardom, how to create content that cuts through the noise and inspires, and the conceptual tools needed to accrue a following in today\u2019s digital landscape.<\/p>\n

      What was your inspiration for starting your own YouTube channel?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      Creating Ambers Closet<\/a> was an accident. My sister, \u201cAshtons Closet,\u201d was already a YouTuber, and when I did a sister tag video with her, a lot of the comments were asking me to start my own channel.<\/p>\n

      About a month later, I decided to try it. I threw up a video and a few days later I had thousands of views and 1,500 subscribers.<\/p>\n

      I wanted to keep up with my channel because I didn\u2019t see anyone that looked like me or represented me on the Internet. I really started my channel to explain what I went through growing up bi-racial and being afraid to come out of the closet. I feel like it took me too long to be completely secure with myself, so I wanted to share my story to help anyone else go through what I went through, to be where I am now.<\/p>\n

      Many people find it difficult or intimidating to get on camera and let loose. How did you become comfortable in front of the lens \u2014 was it natural or did it just take time?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      It was definitely a process, but I have always been a goofy and entertaining person. Before YouTube, I was creating cell phone videos for Facebook. But in high school my electives were Economics and Drama, so I think I subconsciously prepared myself for both futures.<\/p>\n

      How many videos did you post before you started to gain traction? And when did things really start rolling in \u2014 was it one big hit or many small successes?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      After a week of posting my first video, I had thousands of views and 1,500 subscribers. I was blown away. I did videos for a year and a half as a hobby, before I realized I could make money from them.<\/p>\n

      A little after my first-year mark, a few of my videos started to take off. I had two that reached over 500k views, and one that started to rise into the millions. That really helped jumpstart my channel and reach over 200k subscribers within the first two years. After that, it\u2019s been a slow and steady grind, growing 100-200k subscribers a year.<\/p>\n

      Over the years, YouTube has become saturated with vloggers. How has your voice been able to stand apart from the rest?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I actually started vlogging before it had a name. I started showing clips of my real life. My first video to go viral was actually a vlog of me visiting my mom!<\/p>\n

      I think what made my vlogs stand out from others is the fact that I am real. I really let viewers into my life. They saw my old relationship grow, my nephew get old, my ups and downs. Most vloggers only show you what they want you to see \u2014 and sometimes, it\u2019s a facade.<\/p>\n

      What is the most meaningful thing a fan has ever said to you?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      Some of my subscribers almost bring me to tears weekly, especially when I meet them in person. The most memorable have always been the ones that say, \u201cYou saved me from wanting to commit suicide. You made me realize that I am amazing for who I am. I love myself because of you.\u201d<\/p>\n

      Most of them have grown up in a place where their small society makes them feel like outcasts, or that something is wrong with them for being a different race, dressing different, or because of their sexuality. My videos, as well as others on YouTube, are an outlet for them to get out of that place.<\/p>\n

      What kind of sketch or topic is the most fun for you to shoot and why?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I love creating videos that have to do with what is going on in the world at that time, or that is related to something happening in my life or one of my close friends. Most of the time they are things that others can laugh at and relate to as well. I just like to put a dramatic<\/em> spin on the subject!<\/p>\n

      Many IVY members have expressed interest in starting a channel, but have yet to take the plunge. Where do they even begin?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I think it\u2019s all about knowing what you want to create, and knowing what and who your audience will be. Think of it as creating a business plan. Do a SWOT [strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats] analysis and figure out where you differ from other creators that may be in your lane. Then figure out your target market.<\/p>\n

      What\u2019s the best way to start to accrue a following? Should you tailor content to fit your following as it grows, or should you keep exploring new topics and formats?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      It really depends on what category your content falls into. If you are not directly personality-based, such as How To videos or tutorials, then the goal is to produce the cleanest\/sharpest content. If you are personality-driven, then I believe being as open and real as possible is the goal.<\/p>\n

      I think it\u2019s always safe to pick a specific niche and conquer that before trying other things. I started with fashion, discrimination. and LGBT topics before getting into vlogging, skits, and the like. I allowed my following to tell me what they wanted to see from me.<\/p>\n

      How do you find the time in the day to juggle fitness, blogging, business, and everything else you do?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      It is really hard. I would say organization, but most things come up last minute, so I am always juggling multiple things. What I am good at is putting priorities first. If I only have time for a few things, I try to mesh them together \u2014 for example, record a video at the gym while working out.<\/p>\n

      I try to schedule my days to have some time at home working on the computer or filming\/editing videos, then a few days for hosting or attending events.<\/p>\n

      Who is your creative inspiration or role model?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      A few of my friends, my girlfriend, and my sister are my inspirations. I see them hustling and being amazing at what they do, and it is inspiring and drives me to keep going.<\/p>\n

      My dad was definitely my role model growing up. He was so successful and still to this day attracts all the attention when he walks into a room. It was amazing to witness.<\/p>\n

      What\u2019s the best piece of advice you\u2019ve ever received?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I think it was a lot of different things my dad would say to me growing up, like: \u201cDon\u2019t be afraid to be yourself\u201d; \u201cYou\u2019re a star and you will shine in everything that you do\u201d; \u201cPeople will love you for who you are\u201d; and \u201cKeep your mind focused on your goal and you will get anywhere you want to be.\u201d<\/p>\n","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/amber-whittington\/","photo_url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Amber-Whittington.jpg"},{"photo":{"ID":236,"id":236,"title":"Julien-Marlon","filename":"Julien-Marlon.jpg","filesize":320579,"url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Julien-Marlon.jpg","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/julien-marlon\/julien-marlon\/","alt":"","author":"1","description":"","caption":"","name":"julien-marlon","status":"inherit","uploaded_to":235,"date":"2019-03-25 01:55:46","modified":"2019-03-25 01:55:46","menu_order":0,"mime_type":"image\/jpeg","type":"image","subtype":"jpeg","icon":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/default.png","width":828,"height":828,"sizes":{"thumbnail":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Julien-Marlon-150x150.jpg","thumbnail-width":150,"thumbnail-height":150,"medium":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Julien-Marlon-300x300.jpg","medium-width":300,"medium-height":300,"medium_large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Julien-Marlon-768x768.jpg","medium_large-width":640,"medium_large-height":640,"large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Julien-Marlon.jpg","large-width":640,"large-height":640,"1536x1536":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Julien-Marlon.jpg","1536x1536-width":828,"1536x1536-height":828,"2048x2048":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Julien-Marlon.jpg","2048x2048-width":828,"2048x2048-height":828}},"name":"Julien Marlon","job_title":"Actor, Model and Comedian","city":"LA","chapter":"la","description":"

      If you have yet to see Lyonnaise actor, model, comedian, and occasional European reality protagonist Julien Marlon learn to speak English, then you have failed your own happiness. His \u201cTeaching English to a Frenchman\u201d sketch series has made Julien a fixture on the social feeds of blithe millennials eager for the next piece viral, escapist humor.<\/p>\n

      \u201cI love making people laugh!\u201d jests the bearded Frenchman as he takes in some sun and wine on the patio of Los Angeles\u2019 fashionable eatery Zinque. \u201cComedy is a lot of fun when done right, and forces me to push the boundaries of what I\u2019m comfortable doing on camera.\u201d<\/p>\n

      If nothing else, Julien\u2019s journey has been a long exercise in growth through self-induced discomfort. Raised between the banal comforts of France\u2019s gastronomic mecca, Lyon, and the ros\u00e9-drenched beaches of celebrated Caribbean isle, St. Barthelemy, Julien was unsatisfied with the prospect of la vie facile.<\/em>\u00a0\u201cI was growing edgy in Lyon. I needed to get out and see what was waiting for me Westward.\u201d<\/p>\n

      Boxing up his pleasant childhood, Julien caught a flight to Montreal where he would attend university and study finance. Reticent to embark on a path oft-trodded, however, Julien began dipping his toes into the dramatic arts prior to his graduation. \u201cI started acting towards the end of completing my degree and loved it right away. After graduating, I moved to Los Angeles and have been here ever since.\u201d The following five years would see Julien appear on a number of popular American television programs, lead multiple French reality series, and produce, direct, and star in his collection of widely viewed comedic sketches.<\/p>\n

      Over perhaps one more glass of wine than planned, Julien reminisces on the whirlwind of amusement, frustration, and adventure that has characterized his post-graduation romp in tinsel town, and lays out his five tips for making a video go viral.<\/p>\n

      What has been your most exciting moment while filming a project?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      My most exciting experience on set came fairly recently. I booked an episode of the new Starz show Counterpart<\/em> and played opposite Oscar winner JK Simmons. It was a great moment for me to realize that give years ago I was studying finance, and now I\u2019m sharing the screen with such a remarkable talent.<\/p>\n

      How do you find the funny in a moment?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      It\u2019s not a super involved process; I just keep my eyes open and stay attuned for gifts from the comedy gods \u2014 I\u2019ll end up noticing something happening in my life that I find funny, and I end up turning it into a sketch. When it comes to writing and making it funny, I just trust my instincts, cast whoever I think might be right for the role (typically my friends), and produce what makes me laugh. Hopefully, if the material triggers a response in me, then it will trigger a response in others too!<\/p>\n

      How would you characterize your style of comedy?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I tend to make light, funny, relatable material, with an emphasis on relatable. I like when people look at my skits and write comments like, \u201cOh my god, that\u2019s so me!\u201d<\/p>\n

      How does the French market, experience, and audience differ from its American counterparts?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      French television is very different than American television, one of the largest differences being the discrepancy in budget sizes. I feel that French TV is able to tell a big story with small budgets, whereas the US tells a small story with big budgets.<\/p>\n

      What do you love doing outside\u00a0of work?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      Outside of work I love working out, going to the movies, and spending a nice afternoon on a terrace drinking wine or beer with my boys!<\/p>\n

      How would you describe yourself in 5 words?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      Hard working, determined, emotional, easy-going, reliable.<\/p>\n

      What\u2019s your guilty pleasure and why?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      Flourless chocolate cake, because it\u2019s good!<\/p>\n","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/julien-marlon\/","photo_url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Julien-Marlon.jpg"},{"photo":{"ID":234,"id":234,"title":"Laurel-House","filename":"Laurel-House.jpg","filesize":413301,"url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Laurel-House.jpg","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/laurel-house\/laurel-house\/","alt":"","author":"1","description":"","caption":"","name":"laurel-house","status":"inherit","uploaded_to":233,"date":"2019-03-25 01:52:31","modified":"2019-03-25 01:52:31","menu_order":0,"mime_type":"image\/jpeg","type":"image","subtype":"jpeg","icon":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/default.png","width":828,"height":828,"sizes":{"thumbnail":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Laurel-House-150x150.jpg","thumbnail-width":150,"thumbnail-height":150,"medium":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Laurel-House-300x300.jpg","medium-width":300,"medium-height":300,"medium_large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Laurel-House-768x768.jpg","medium_large-width":640,"medium_large-height":640,"large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Laurel-House.jpg","large-width":640,"large-height":640,"1536x1536":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Laurel-House.jpg","1536x1536-width":828,"1536x1536-height":828,"2048x2048":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Laurel-House.jpg","2048x2048-width":828,"2048x2048-height":828}},"name":"Laurel House","job_title":"Dating & Empowerment Coach at E! \"Famously Single\"","city":"LA","chapter":"la","description":"

      Vanity Fair<\/em> recently published an article, which likens the current dating scene to online shopping\u2014only you\u2019re ordering a person, not a piece of clothing.<\/p>\n

      \u201cWe are in uncharted territory,\u201d says Justin Garcia, a researcher from Indiana University\u2019s Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. The rise of online dating and dating apps is rewriting the way people have interacted romantically for hundreds \u2014 maybe even thousands \u2014 of years. How, then, do you wade through such uncharted territory? IVY member Laurel House has some ideas.<\/p>\n

      Laurel House is the \u201cFamously Single\u201d Dating Coach<\/a> on E! Network, and she\u2019s appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, Glamour, AskMen, Brides.com, Thrillist.com, and dozens of other print, online, and television outlets. As a relationship expert and dating coach, Laurel knows the ins and outs of the dating, and she sat down with IVY Magazine to share some of her best advice.<\/p>\n

      Do you really think we\u2019re in a dating apocalypse (as Nancy Jo Sales <\/b>wrote<\/b><\/a> in Vanity Fair)?<\/b><\/p>\n

      I wouldn\u2019t go that far. But the romance of dating is dwindling and that\u2019s sad. And it\u2019s something that I am holding onto tooth and nail because that\u2019s one of the most fun elements of dating. Sure, chemistry is fun, but it\u2019s the chivalry, the conversation, and the connection that is magical.<\/p>\n

      Dating apps and online dating make casual \u201changouts\u201d not only easy, but expected. Instead, you need to take control of the dating platform and set the expectation by creating opportunities for real connection through pre-date conversations where you ask real substantive questions and make an effort to prequalify. Then go on a real date. Not a coffee date or a quick drink, but a date. Linger for a little while over that gimlet, or make reservations for dinner.<\/p>\n

      Why do you think people have trouble committing these days?<\/b><\/p>\n

      BBM (Bigger, Better, More) is out in full force! There is literally someone richer, hotter, funnier, more intellectual, more interesting, more \u201cyour type\u201d just two swipes away. But more than opportunity, daters are less aware of their dating purpose and their needs and more driven by their wants.<\/p>\n

      When it comes to dating purpose, it\u2019s having confident clarity on what you are ready for: fun, friends, or a relationship. Then you have to be true to that dating purpose and make sure that you date on purpose. Oftentimes a dater\u2019s purpose and style don\u2019t align. You might want something real, but you are acting like you are looking for fun. That\u2019s a huge mistake.<\/p>\n

      When it comes to Wants vs Needs, here\u2019s what I mean:<\/p>\n

      Wants<\/b> = hot, fun, funny, spontaneous, great body, witty, exciting, similar likes\/dislikes.
      \nNeeds<\/b> = mutual respect, mutual admiration, communication, shared core values, consistency, and feeling safe, sexy, and seen for who you truly are.<\/p>\n

      Drop the fa\u00e7ade and you can be yourself, unapologetically and without judgment. What actually matters in a relationship are your needs, not your wants. If you get what you want all day and everyday, you will never be happy. If you get what you need, you\u2019re set for life. The problem is that most daters are unaware of their true relationship needs.<\/p>\n

      What\u2019s your take on dating apps? Which is your favorite? Which one do you think has the most potential for finding the ideal match? <\/b><\/p>\n

      Any dating app can result in love, if you take control of the app and prequalify your dates before you actually go on a date. I help my clients to date on purpose, giving them ice-breaker conversation starters as well as tips to dig deeper and truly get to know someone through the app.<\/p>\n

      What are other great ways to meet people?<\/b><\/p>\n

      Beyond online and app dating, the real world is still one of the best places to find love. Events where like-minded people come together like meet-ups, charity events, museum mixers, and IVY events are a great start. And then it\u2019s all about how you communicate, which includes both nonverbal and conversation. Forget the surface topics. If you want to be memorable and create something real, you\u2019ve got to get real and create a connection, quickly! And that takes practice.<\/p>\n

      What are your opinions on ghosting, and do you have any advice for people dealing with it?<\/b><\/p>\n

      Ghosting is a huge problem. Especially with today\u2019s casual dating culture, ghosting is on the up and up. Whether it\u2019s sudden or slow, the withdrawal without confrontation, without reason, without a firm end, without a conversation, can happen after 1 date, 1 month of dating, or even 1 year. It leaves the ghosted feeling insecure, wondering what they did wrong, questioning their datability, and likely becoming jaded about the entire dating \u201cgame.\u201d Yes, it\u2019s hard to utter those painful two words, \u201cit\u2019s over,\u201d and it\u2019s also necessary. If you know how to do it and exactly what to say, it\u2019s less difficult.<\/p>\n

      What\u2019s the most important thing to look for in the first five minutes of a first date?<\/b><\/p>\n

      Forget chemistry. Don\u2019t put your blinders on to the sparks or make a snap \u201cthey\u2019re not my type\u201d if there aren\u2019t any. Instead, go onto the date with an awareness of your dating purpose and true relationship needs.<\/p>\n

      There aren\u2019t many needs that you can suss out within the first 5 minutes, but you will be able to see how they greet you, if they are a happy person or a downer, if they treat it like a \u201cproper\u201d date and practice chivalry and manners, if they treat the wait staff and service professionals well, if they look you in the eye, if they smile, if they are on time, if they don\u2019t immediately dive into talking about themselves and instead make sure to ask you questions, showing you that you are a priority and your time and insight are valued too.<\/p>\n

      Then forget the small talk. Dig into deeper and real conversation, conversation that actually creates a connection. Because it\u2019s not just about the spark, it\u2019s about who they are as a person and if you two are on the same life page.<\/p>\n","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/laurel-house\/","photo_url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Laurel-House.jpg"},{"photo":{"ID":232,"id":232,"title":"Vanessa-Black","filename":"Vanessa-Black.jpg","filesize":358104,"url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Vanessa-Black.jpg","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/vanessa-black\/vanessa-black\/","alt":"","author":"1","description":"","caption":"","name":"vanessa-black","status":"inherit","uploaded_to":231,"date":"2019-03-25 01:45:13","modified":"2019-03-25 01:45:13","menu_order":0,"mime_type":"image\/jpeg","type":"image","subtype":"jpeg","icon":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/default.png","width":828,"height":828,"sizes":{"thumbnail":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Vanessa-Black-150x150.jpg","thumbnail-width":150,"thumbnail-height":150,"medium":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Vanessa-Black-300x300.jpg","medium-width":300,"medium-height":300,"medium_large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Vanessa-Black-768x768.jpg","medium_large-width":640,"medium_large-height":640,"large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Vanessa-Black.jpg","large-width":640,"large-height":640,"1536x1536":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Vanessa-Black.jpg","1536x1536-width":828,"1536x1536-height":828,"2048x2048":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Vanessa-Black.jpg","2048x2048-width":828,"2048x2048-height":828}},"name":"Vanessa Black","job_title":"Director, Producer at BLKLFM","city":"NYC","chapter":"nyc","description":"

      When you ask a 19 year-old Ukrainian girl in the middle of the Crimean Crisis what message she would send to the world, you don\u2019t expect her to say, \u201cDon\u2019t be afraid of your own voice because you can do anything.\u201d<\/p>\n

      Vanessa Black had no idea what she\u2019d encounter when she spontaneously bought a plane ticket to Kiev in 2014, but she knew some higher force was calling her to capture the stories of everyday Ukranian people that were not being told by the national news. What she couldn\u2019t imagine was that her journey would bring her face-to-face with regular individuals, enduring the most incredible loss and uncertainty.<\/p>\n

      With BLKFLMS, Black hopes to be a catalyst for change, whether it\u2019s bringing voices to the faceless protesters in the Crimea or raising awareness for climate change around the world. Black sat down with IVY Magazine <\/i>to talk about her experience in Ukraine, her new short film Kid Warrior<\/i>, and how she\u2019s hoping to change to face of modern media.<\/p>\n

      What\u2019s your goal with your photography and filmmaking?<\/b><\/p>\n

      I\u2019ve always been interested in youth movements. In college, my favorite classes in history were always about kids who were taking their future into their own hands \u2014 whether it was the Berlin Wall falling or college kids protesting Vietnam or even the Civil Rights movement. I\u2019ve always loved seeing kids standing up for what they believe in, so I look for projects that showcase them.<\/p>\n

      What brought you to Kiev when the Crimean Crisis broke out?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      The day I bought the ticket was the day I heard that the president of Ukraine had fled. I called my mom and told her I was doing something crazy, and I was shocked how supportive she was. I\u2019ll never forget what she told me: \u201cI have this feeling that you have to be there right now.\u201d<\/p>\n

      Then I bought the ticket.<\/p>\n

      Can you describe one of the greatest challenges you faced while you were there? <\/b><\/p>\n

      I had zero contacts in the news when I got there, so I didn\u2019t know how to get the word out about my project. I think what ultimately made me different from other news outlets was that I was able to tell a story in an extremely personal way.<\/p>\n

      It became clear in a very visceral kind of way how deeply emotional the conflict was. \u00a0Citizens watched as all these untrained boys were drafted to fight one of the most powerful armies in the world.<\/p>\n

      You talk about the need to make news more about the people and less about statistics. How you are accomplishing this? <\/b><\/p>\n

      We live in The Age of Disconnection where people are less and less in tune with one another. They\u2019re less in touch with their own communities, and they\u2019re less in touch with the people in the headlines. When I went to Ukraine, it was fascinating feeling so connected to the people I met. You learn that the anonymous protester in the headlines is actually a grandmother throwing stones at special forces or a college girl stitching wounds. When you meet these people, you realize what an extraordinary mosaic of stories isn\u2019t conveyed in that word \u201cprotester.\u201d<\/p>\n

      Now, we\u2019re so bombarded with news, it\u2019s hard to focus on any one thing or person. I believe we need that connection to inspire action for any crisis, whether it\u2019s Climate Change, Ebola, or the Migration Crisis in Europe.<\/p>\n

      Who were the most memorable people you met when you were in Ukraine? <\/b><\/p>\n

      The girls my age were definitely the most memorable. It was just so interesting to see what humans are capable of when they\u2019re threatened. The women were more about providing aid and support and cooking or cleaning wounds, but for boys, it was about suiting up. Seeing those stereotypes and how impactful they were first hand was so surreal. It was crazy for me to come home and turn on the lights.<\/p>\n

      I remember there was this one camp of guys from Kalush, which a city in Ukraine, who took me under their wing. Those guys were so supportive and funny.<\/p>\n

      There was one day I remember specifically when they called me again and again and again. Honestly, I thought they were pranking me. Then I got a call from my editor, and she said I needed to come right away. When I got there, the guys had me jump into a van, and we headed to these Russian banks. I watched as they proceeded to spray paint and protest\u00a0people at the banks, as a way of publicly telling Ukrainians to take their money out of Russian banks because they were funding Russia in the war.<\/p>\n

      I was the only photographer there with them, so I was the only one capturing the moment. There\u2019s a lot of trust there\u2014it was my job to get there story out there.<\/p>\n

      Why do you feel particularly attracted to film and photography as a documentary medium? <\/b><\/p>\n

      I think media is a powerful tool for relating human experience across different backgrounds. It helps us to transcend boundaries and relate what it is to be human. It\u2019s like poetry between people.<\/p>\n

      Film, in particular, helps to capture vulnerability. When you can see the other side of a situation, it makes you feel less alone and less vulnerable. When you\u2019re exposed to someone else\u2019s perspective, you somehow feel less insecure about your own. With video, I love stories about real people and everyday heroes.<\/p>\n

      What are some of your new projects?<\/b><\/p>\n

      I started BLKFLMS as way to use media to activate, inspire, and empower kids to look in their own communities and figure out how to make a difference. Over the last year, I have been doing a lot more work with companies and organizations around the idea of youth activism and Climate Change.<\/p>\n

      Recently, I did a short film called Kid Warrior<\/i>, which has gotten a lot of positive media coverage. The film follows this inspiring teenage activist, who I met at the U.N. at Peace Day. He\u2019s on front lines of climate change and talking about what he does and his perspective about what we\u2019re facing as a global community.<\/p>\n

      It\u2019s been amazing to see the impact. Before we did the project, his nonprofit had 50 satellite groups, and now there are over 300 all over the world in over 40 countries. With that ton of media, different experts are weighing in, and now we\u2019re pushing out a whole slate of new media.<\/p>\n

      What does a modern-day superhero look like?<\/b><\/p>\n

      Not everything\u2019s perfect, and not everyone\u2019s perfect. Our goal should be to be passionate and be willing to put that passion towards something good.<\/p>\n

      All the media we see is so unrealistic. I\u2019ve seen it make people feel bad and insecure. It can hurt the relationships we have with ourselves and the relationships we have with others. The idea of superhero who might save us all is awesome, but also I believe that we don\u2019t necessarily need a \u201csuperhero.\u201d We can be our own superhero if we find our own inner strength.<\/p>\n","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/vanessa-black\/","photo_url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Vanessa-Black.jpg"},{"photo":{"ID":230,"id":230,"title":"Michael-Tylor","filename":"Michael-Tylor.jpg","filesize":452556,"url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Michael-Tylor.jpg","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/michael-tylor\/michael-tylor\/","alt":"","author":"1","description":"","caption":"","name":"michael-tylor","status":"inherit","uploaded_to":229,"date":"2019-03-25 01:34:17","modified":"2019-03-25 01:34:17","menu_order":0,"mime_type":"image\/jpeg","type":"image","subtype":"jpeg","icon":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/default.png","width":828,"height":828,"sizes":{"thumbnail":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Michael-Tylor-150x150.jpg","thumbnail-width":150,"thumbnail-height":150,"medium":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Michael-Tylor-300x300.jpg","medium-width":300,"medium-height":300,"medium_large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Michael-Tylor-768x768.jpg","medium_large-width":640,"medium_large-height":640,"large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Michael-Tylor.jpg","large-width":640,"large-height":640,"1536x1536":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Michael-Tylor.jpg","1536x1536-width":828,"1536x1536-height":828,"2048x2048":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Michael-Tylor.jpg","2048x2048-width":828,"2048x2048-height":828}},"name":"Michael Tylor","job_title":"Founding Partner at The Hollywood Watch Company","city":"MIA","chapter":"mia","description":"

      What do you do and why?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I am one of the founding partners of the Hollywood Watch Company. Nearly two years ago our team was able to track down the last known remaining metal on the open market from the original 1923 Hollywood Sign. Most people don\u2019t realize the iconic Hollywood Sign has only been there since 1979. The original sign that stood watch over the golden age of Hollywood and that would have been seen by Cary Grant, Judy Garland, and Marilyn Monroe fell into disrepair and was ultimately replaced by an identical \u2014 but much sturdier \u2014 construction.<\/p>\n

      We started the Hollywood Watch Company with a vision to take this historic icon and return it to the people. The idea for a watch came early on as we believed that it would be a perfect way for people to have history literally on their wrist and to be readily able to share that history with all around them.<\/p>\n

      It has been a long journey of trial, error, and experimentation, but we are almost there. Our Swiss manufacturing partner is now in the final stages of design and we\u2019re going to have working prototypes and head into production by the middle of the year!<\/p>\n

      I have always been a watch, film, and history enthusiast, and this project is a perfect blend of my passions and interests. Every day keeps on getting better as people tell us how much they love this story, what we\u2019re doing, and how they want to support it in any way possible. Starting a new brand is not an easy journey, but it\u2019s a journey that is worth it in every way possible!<\/p>\n

      What change would you like to enact in the world?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I would love to create a world where no talent or potential in a human being goes to waste. Aside from the watch project, my day job is working in the art world and living in Miami, I see so much creativity and talent everywhere I go, and yet so much of it is never realized due to poverty, drugs, or other negative factors. I try to do my small part by supporting and focusing on local talent both here in Miami and also in the Caribbean, for which Miami is the gateway city. Giving these artists a forum and a voice to express themselves, be noticed, and build their artistic lives is hugely rewarding for me.<\/p>\n

      Tell us a fun fact about yourself.<\/strong><\/p>\n

      The summer I graduated from high school, I joined the army and went off to bootcamp. Even though that was more than 20 years ago, I still make my bed every morning as though a red-faced sergeant were going to walk in and scream his head off at me and make me drop and do 50.<\/p>\n

      Why did you join IVY?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I moved to Miami two years ago from Vancouver, Canada. For most of that time I have been focused inward on building the business and getting the Hollywood Watch project moving. When I paused to take a breath, I realized that I didn\u2019t really know anyone in Miami outside of business associates. Ivy has provided an incredible way for me to build a social network of friends here in Miami. I have met so many wonderful people who are smart, ambitious, entrepreneurial, and artistic. Miami is not the easiest city to meet new people and Ivy really made it so simple.<\/p>\n

      What has been your most memorable IVY Experience?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      There have been many experiences that are memorable. If I had to pick, though, attending the private rooftop cocktail reception at the New World Symphony here in Miami, followed by an incredible concert of iconic movie themes that blended the full orchestra with a DJ, would top my list of experiences!<\/p>\n","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/michael-tylor\/","photo_url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Michael-Tylor.jpg"},{"photo":{"ID":228,"id":228,"title":"Rachna-Nivas","filename":"Rachna-Nivas.jpg","filesize":343728,"url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Rachna-Nivas.jpg","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/rachna-nivas\/rachna-nivas\/","alt":"","author":"1","description":"","caption":"","name":"rachna-nivas","status":"inherit","uploaded_to":227,"date":"2019-03-25 01:22:26","modified":"2019-03-25 01:22:26","menu_order":0,"mime_type":"image\/jpeg","type":"image","subtype":"jpeg","icon":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/default.png","width":828,"height":828,"sizes":{"thumbnail":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Rachna-Nivas-150x150.jpg","thumbnail-width":150,"thumbnail-height":150,"medium":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Rachna-Nivas-300x300.jpg","medium-width":300,"medium-height":300,"medium_large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Rachna-Nivas-768x768.jpg","medium_large-width":640,"medium_large-height":640,"large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Rachna-Nivas.jpg","large-width":640,"large-height":640,"1536x1536":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Rachna-Nivas.jpg","1536x1536-width":828,"1536x1536-height":828,"2048x2048":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Rachna-Nivas.jpg","2048x2048-width":828,"2048x2048-height":828}},"name":"Rachna Nivas","job_title":"Co-Founder and Principal Artist at Leela Dance Collective","city":"SF","chapter":"sf","description":"

      How did you get into dance?<\/strong>
      \nI was always involved with Indian folk dances while growing up. Bollywood did not exist yet so everyone did traditional folk dance with real instrumentation. It\u2019s a big part of the Indian community to express oneself and our culture through song and dance, but it wasn\u2019t until I was in college that I stumbled upon a Kathak class that my friend brought me to. At that time, I naively thought I knew everything about my Indian heritage \u2013 that my leadership in the Indian culture club at UC Berkeley and my love of Indian food and clothing somehow rendered me a knowledgeable advocate of my homeland. But when I entered the room, my entire world was turned upside down. The energy was palpable. The electric sounds of the ankle bells (ghungroo), the students in the class dripping in sweat with piercing focus, and a hypnotic drum being played by a spirited and intense man in the front of the class. He was yelling \u201cDo or die!\u201d He would intersperse grueling physical training and nuanced artistic beauty with words of wisdom, life lessons, and lectures for each student to face their own inner demons. I could not understand what was happening. This is Indian dance? I had no idea that Indian dance could be this emotional, physical, and spiritual all at the same time. And I certainly hadn\u2019t met a teacher who so relentlessly taught his students with unwavering faith that every person could learn it. I was hooked from day one. The rest is history.<\/p>\n

      What does the training to become a classical Indian dancer entail?<\/strong>
      \nKnowledge of a classical Indian dance is passed down through a one-to-one relationship between guru and student. Guru literally means \u201cone who removes the darkness.\u201d Traditionally, in Indian classical dance and music, one does not study under multiple teachers but rather picks one guru and one philosophy to follow. There is no shortcut to this path. You have to study and train with painstaking repetition before ever daring to become creative yourself. I was lucky to train with a great guru, Pandit Chitresh Das for 17 years until his passing. In addition to the grueling training 3-4 days a week in the Bay Area, I also traveled with him annually to India and trained in a traditional gurukul setting. Students and teacher live together, eat together, do chores, and of course train in dance, expression, music, theory, and history. The teachings of the dance expand far beyond the classroom and just learning dance moves. The training is meant to affect one\u2019s entire behavior \u2013 tenets for how to live and how to conduct oneself. It teaches respect, humility, and most importantly, a sharp mental acuity to be alert at all times \u2013 when we\u2019re eating, speaking, or just sitting quietly. That awareness and ability to respond to daily life helps with the improvisational and spontaneous nature of Kathak dance. Also, the ability to observe humanity translates into understanding motives behind people\u2019s actions and gestures, which trains students to portray all types of characters: Heroes, villains, and sorcerers of the great epic stories.<\/p>\n

      Can you give us a little history of classical indian dance and its role in Indian society?<\/strong>
      \nThere are 8 distinct and recognized classical Indian dance forms. Many of them have origins dating back to the Natya Shastra \u2013 a ancient Sanskrit text on the performing arts dating between 200 BCE and 200 CE. All the Indian classical dance forms have an aspect of pure rhythmic dance as well as a storytelling and expressive aspect. They differ in technique, postures, gestures, music, etc. Kathak dance, began as a storytelling art as way of telling stories of the land through dance. It then moved into the temples as a form of worship and then moved into the courts of India during the Moghul dynasty that ruled India for 400 years. This is how Kathak beame the only dance form to be influenced by both Hindu and Muslim cultures. The Islamic and court influence brought in the heavy and intricate technique in pirouettes and footwork. During British rule, Kathak and the other classical forms were banned from public performance forcing many lineages to dissolve or go underground. Many of the women, who were powerful figures in Indian society, not only lost their stature and wealth, but many had no choice but to go into sex-work to survive. It was not until Indian independence time in 1947, that a renaissance and \u201creclaiming\u201d of Indian traditions took place. Today, classical Indian dance has moved to the proscenium stage and is gaining popularity again. However, it is in a continuous struggle of being diluted and eclipsed by pop culture such as Bollywood dance and western pop. It is my life mission to help raise awareness of the dynamism, richness, and beauty of Indian classical dance across the globe.<\/p>\n

      What is the relationship between classical Indian dance and more contemporary styles of dance coming out of India today (like Bollywood)?
      \nBollywood dance was actually derived from some aspects of Kathak dance, particularly that of the courtesan tradition of courtly entertainment. At one time, Indian movies displayed this aspect of Kathak dance in a pure form, but with western influence. Bollywood dance is no longer recognizable to any classical Indian dance today.<\/p>\n

      Why is classical Indian dance relevant in the U.S. in 2018? Has the art form changed\/evolved\/adapted upon coming to the U.S.?
      \nClassical Indian dance is a living breathing being. It has survived hundreds of years of war, invasions, regime changes, colonization, and even migration to different continents. It has been able to do this only through evolving and adapting to its time. I believe the art form is even more relevant today where we live in a \u201cinstant gratification\u201d society and where there is less focus on mastery of a craft and human to human mentorship. Kathak is traditionally a solo art form with a continuous improvisational rhythmic interplay with live musicians. After coming to America, classical Indian dance companies have evolved to include ensemble work with higher production value. At the Leela Dance Collective, we are preserving both the choreographic ensemble work as well as the traditional solo improvisation work. I have traveled around America, teaching and performing the art \u2013 from the smallest of towns like Sheboygan, Wisconsin to New York City. No matter where we are, audiences respond not only enthusiastically but with a deep need in particular for the spontaneous aspect of the dance \u2013 where one does not know whats coming next. It mimics life in a way that is sharp contrast to a society where things are highly produced, edited, and fixed.<\/p>\n

      What is your process as an artist to take an art form that is hundred of years old and make it come alive to audiences today?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I was taught that the most important aspect of being an artist is to reach people. That it is a platform to commune. At the Leela Dance Collective, we are in a very unique position to educate, because we were trained directly by a master from the old-school generation yet we are also of a generation that understands and lives today\u2019s society and culture. We are the ones who can serve as the bridge between today\u2019s millennial generation and the integrity and discipline of the previous generation. Being in this position allows artists like myself to be able to collaborate with artists of different genres, highlight social issues relevant today even when using ancient Indian stories, and bring visibility to my own experience as a child of immigrants who grew up in America.<\/p>\n

      Why is being a good storyteller important for emerging leaders like those in the IVY network?<\/strong>
      \nStories are the only way we can truly understand our fellow citizens. It is how we build empathy and compassion for another, hence making for a more tolerant and humble society.<\/p>\n

      What is the best way to support classical Indian dance in our communities?<\/strong>
      \nFirst and foremost, attend performances! If we do not have patronage, we cannot create our art. Take any opportunity to learn more deeply what the art is about \u2013 whether through a class, lecture, demonstration, or talk-back. It is an educated audience that will help cultivate the deepest foundation of support for the art. And of course, supporting as a donor is critical. Art forms like ballet and contemporary are thriving because of the incredible community backing that the institution receives. We are currently trying to build a sustainable infrastructure for Indian classical dance \u2013 something that we lost during British rule of India and when the patronage system was collapsed. To this end, we, at the Leela Dance Collective, have launched the first ever endowment for Indian classical dance in the U.S. Our vision is to be able to provide fellowships for artists for the incredible work they are doing so that artists can make a dignified wage in society and so that the notion of \u201cstarving artists\u201d become something of the past.<\/p>\n

      In your opinion, why has dance been such an important part of all cultures since the dawn of time, and why do we continue to dance?<\/strong>
      \nI believe that dance is the purest expression of emotion and of humanity on a whole. It is the perfect intersection of physicality, emotionality, and spirituality. Dance transports both the dancer and the observer to a place that elevates our state of mind. Dance has incredible power to heal \u2013 something that we so desperately need today more than ever.<\/p>\n","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/rachna-nivas\/","photo_url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Rachna-Nivas.jpg"},{"photo":{"ID":226,"id":226,"title":"Helene-Clabecq","filename":"Helene-Clabecq.jpg","filesize":576220,"url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Helene-Clabecq.jpg","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/helene-clabecq\/helene-clabecq\/","alt":"","author":"1","description":"","caption":"","name":"helene-clabecq","status":"inherit","uploaded_to":225,"date":"2019-03-25 01:17:51","modified":"2019-03-25 01:17:51","menu_order":0,"mime_type":"image\/jpeg","type":"image","subtype":"jpeg","icon":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/default.png","width":828,"height":828,"sizes":{"thumbnail":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Helene-Clabecq-150x150.jpg","thumbnail-width":150,"thumbnail-height":150,"medium":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Helene-Clabecq-300x300.jpg","medium-width":300,"medium-height":300,"medium_large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Helene-Clabecq-768x768.jpg","medium_large-width":640,"medium_large-height":640,"large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Helene-Clabecq.jpg","large-width":640,"large-height":640,"1536x1536":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Helene-Clabecq.jpg","1536x1536-width":828,"1536x1536-height":828,"2048x2048":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Helene-Clabecq.jpg","2048x2048-width":828,"2048x2048-height":828}},"name":"H\u00e9l\u00e8ne Clabecq","job_title":"Founder at Lives \/ Disrupted","city":"LA","chapter":"la","description":"


      With an influx of stories constantly coming from every direction and ever-growing list of media outlets, we often hear the same stories over and over again. Newspapers, magazines, books, TV shows, blogs, social media platforms all start to look similar. Only certain memorable stories stick with you.<\/p>\n

      If you are a storyteller, this idea is nothing new. How do you make your story stand out? It is hard to find the unique angle. The untold stories are buried. How do you find them?<\/p>\n

      What is your background and what inspired you to create Lives \/ Disrupted? What is it about and what makes it unique? <\/strong><\/p>\n

      I have a background in Marketing & Communication. Funny enough, I figured out what I wanted to communicate about when I moved to California. Strangers were approaching me on a daily basis, telling me about their lives, and their different ways of getting \u201cunstuck\u201d from unhappy situations to finally follow their passion.<\/p>\n

      Aside to that, I\u2019d meet friends who would complain about their career, relationship or anything else they had committed to. I realized that sharing stories of transitions and turning points would help others to do the same.<\/p>\n

      You tell the untold stories. What is the process of collecting these stories like? How do you decide who to talk to and which stories to feature? <\/strong><\/p>\n

      So far, I have been blessed as the stories always came to me. I think it is an energy attraction. I would sit in an Uber, stand in line at the bakery or wait for the bus, and strangers would approach me and literally open up.<\/p>\n

      Because I am fascinated by stories and people in general, no matter who they are or where they come from, I\u2019d listen with genuine care and they would start telling me their deepest secrets that they had never shared with anyone, not even their closest friends or family. Listening without an ounce of judgment is empowering for people who have the courage of being vulnerable.<\/p>\n

      The only criteria for my stories is that the persons I\u2019ll feature need to have had a breaking point in their life. I can tell whether they\u2019ve had one, are on the edge of having one, or whether it\u2019s too fresh for them to discuss and take learnings from it.<\/p>\n

      What do you hope to express to readers? What do you want them to feel or know after reading or listening to Lives \/ Disrupted?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      The purpose of the blog is to inspire anyone to follow their passion. To realize that you can make anything of your life. That you do not have to stay stuck in a toxic situation.<\/p>\n

      Apart from that, I believe that those stories help create empathy in the sense that you can relate to anyone and learn from anyone, no matter if they live on the other side of the globe, are 30 years younger than you or have a completely different lifestyle or even religious or political view.<\/p>\n

      What is the key to storytelling?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I believe that it\u2019s important to let your personality show through your storytelling so that readers can recognize your touch. I\u2019d define my style as raw honest. I also use my French roots as an advantage rather than a weakness \u2013 I express myself differently than a native English speaker, and it sets me apart as a story teller.<\/p>\n

      What makes a story stand out to you or to your followers?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I love to hear stories of major turning points, that create contrast. For instance, an accountant turned rock-star, a criminal promoting kindness or a model encouraging inner beauty.<\/p>\n

      Regarding my followers, I\u2019ve noticed that they enjoy most the stories involving people taking on challenges to step outside of their comfort zone. Probably because it provided concrete steps to take to fight fears.<\/p>\n

      What advice do you have for people who are looking to follow a passion just as you did?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      In the end, we already are who we want to be. But sometimes, for the wrong reasons. Peer pressure, money, fear of failure\u2026<\/p>\n

      The question is, if you are lucky enough to know what your true passion is, set triggers. Gentle reminders which, added up, will push you to eventually take action. Before moving to California, I was typing the password \u201cdreamofLA\u201d for months on my computer, and had the picture of a palm tree on my vision board. I talked to people who had moved there. I searched for jobs\u2026 Until I finally made it happen!<\/p>\n<\/div>\n

      <\/div>\n<\/div>\n","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/helene-clabecq\/","photo_url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Helene-Clabecq.jpg"},{"photo":{"ID":224,"id":224,"title":"Rohith-Amruthur","filename":"Rohith-Amruthur.jpg","filesize":629892,"url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Rohith-Amruthur.jpg","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/rohith-amruthur\/rohith-amruthur\/","alt":"","author":"1","description":"","caption":"","name":"rohith-amruthur","status":"inherit","uploaded_to":223,"date":"2019-03-25 01:12:57","modified":"2019-03-25 01:12:57","menu_order":0,"mime_type":"image\/jpeg","type":"image","subtype":"jpeg","icon":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/default.png","width":828,"height":828,"sizes":{"thumbnail":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Rohith-Amruthur-150x150.jpg","thumbnail-width":150,"thumbnail-height":150,"medium":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Rohith-Amruthur-300x300.jpg","medium-width":300,"medium-height":300,"medium_large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Rohith-Amruthur-768x768.jpg","medium_large-width":640,"medium_large-height":640,"large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Rohith-Amruthur.jpg","large-width":640,"large-height":640,"1536x1536":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Rohith-Amruthur.jpg","1536x1536-width":828,"1536x1536-height":828,"2048x2048":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Rohith-Amruthur.jpg","2048x2048-width":828,"2048x2048-height":828}},"name":"Rohith Amruthur","job_title":"Founder and CEO of The Lost Geographer","city":"CHI","chapter":"chi","description":"

      What do you do and why?<\/strong><\/b><\/p>\n

      I am the Founder and CEO of\u00a0The Lost Geographer<\/a>, a platform to promote geographic and cultural literacy. It initially started out as just a blog detailing some cultural differences, but then grew into something much bigger. In addition to a weekly podcast, articles, and city guides, we also create personalized travel experiences for our clients and cater to their interests. More importantly, we make sure these experiences are authentic so that people get a better understanding of a culture. I started the platform because geography, culture, and travel are major passions of mine, and I wanted to share them with the world.<\/p>\n


      What change would you like to enact in the world?<\/b><\/p>\n<\/div>\n

      I started The Lost Geographer because I saw a major gap in peoples\u2019 understanding of the world around them. More importantly, I (and many others) have witnessed the harm that this lack of understanding was causing to humanity. Furthermore, I was unhappy with the way these gaps were being addressed. Telling people to be politically correct or mandating sensitivity training seemed counterproductive to me as it often left people resentful.<\/p>\n

      Personally, I\u2019ve always been curious about the world around me. Due to my curiosity, I\u2019ve learned so much, grown personally, and met some amazing people of all backgrounds. My take on this is that if you inspire curiosity among people and tell them that this understanding will benefit them on an individual level, they\u2019ll be more naturally inclined to become more geographically and culturally literate. So the change that I would like to enact is to facilitate this understanding by providing the proper educational materials and creating authentic travel experiences.<\/p>\n

      Tell us a fun fact about yourself.<\/b><\/b><\/p>\n

      When I was 22, I decided that for a summer in college, I wouldn\u2019t take summer classes or get a job\/internship like all of my friends. Instead, I saved up money and moved to Germany for the summer by myself. In addition, this was not with a study abroad program or anything similar. It was just me, and I started my career as an online entrepreneur there.<\/p>\n

      Why did you join IVY?<\/b><\/b><\/p>\n

      I joined IVY for several reasons. The first was that I was brand new to Chicago and really wanted to meet and network with like-minded people. In addition, when I looked at the events, I saw that they catered to so many different hobbies, interests, and passions. I thought it\u2019d be a great way to explore all of those further and meet new people while doing so. The concept was so appealing to me, and over a year later I can still say it was the right decision.<\/p>\n

      What has been your most memorable IVY Experience?<\/b><\/b><\/p>\n

      Honestly, I\u2019d say it was my first one. It was a talk on emotional intelligence, and going into it, I had no idea what to expect and was honestly\u00a0a little nervous. I was so impressed by how friendly everyone was and that the community managers made sure nobody was left out. What made it more interesting was the fact that everybody must have had a shared interest in that topic if they had come, so it\u2019s another point over which people could bond.<\/p>\n","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/rohith-amruthur\/","photo_url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Rohith-Amruthur.jpg"},{"photo":{"ID":222,"id":222,"title":"Renner-Winston","filename":"Renner-Winston.jpg","filesize":430614,"url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Renner-Winston.jpg","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/renner-winston\/renner-winston\/","alt":"","author":"1","description":"","caption":"","name":"renner-winston","status":"inherit","uploaded_to":221,"date":"2019-03-25 01:10:49","modified":"2019-03-25 01:10:49","menu_order":0,"mime_type":"image\/jpeg","type":"image","subtype":"jpeg","icon":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/default.png","width":828,"height":828,"sizes":{"thumbnail":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Renner-Winston-150x150.jpg","thumbnail-width":150,"thumbnail-height":150,"medium":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Renner-Winston-300x300.jpg","medium-width":300,"medium-height":300,"medium_large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Renner-Winston-768x768.jpg","medium_large-width":640,"medium_large-height":640,"large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Renner-Winston.jpg","large-width":640,"large-height":640,"1536x1536":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Renner-Winston.jpg","1536x1536-width":828,"1536x1536-height":828,"2048x2048":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Renner-Winston.jpg","2048x2048-width":828,"2048x2048-height":828}},"name":"Renner Winston","job_title":"Entrepreneur and USATF Certified Running Coach","city":"CHI","chapter":"chi","description":"

      What do you do and why?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I am an entrepreneur and a USATF certified running coach. I am currently transitioning my running brand, Renner\u2019s High<\/a>, into a non-profit that helps teach people how to replace addictions with running! I have a strong passion for both running and helping others eliminate the addictions that are holding them back from living life to the fullest.<\/p>\n

      Tell us a fun fact about yourself.<\/strong><\/p>\n

      Outside of running, I love to travel! My favorite city and country is Florence, Italy.<\/p>\n

      What change would you like to enact in the world?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      My dream is to see everyone find their natural high in life. For runners, this is the \u201crunner\u2019s high\u201d that convinces most new runners to trade in their bad habits for a new life of running. For others, this could be starting an organization that helps them give back more than what they have been given<\/p>\n

      Why did you join IVY?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      When I first moved to Chicago and started up my Renner\u2019s High, I knew that I would need to make connections across the city. I found IVY online and followed my gut to show up and see what happens. I made the right choice!<\/p>\n

      What has been your most memorable IVY Experience?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      My first ever IVY event was the Winter Gala in 2017. This event stood out to me in many ways, and I remember being so shocked that I had found a perfect networking event and organization.<\/p>\n","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/renner-winston\/","photo_url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Renner-Winston.jpg"},{"photo":{"ID":220,"id":220,"title":"Kristina-Marie","filename":"Kristina-Marie.jpg","filesize":315047,"url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Kristina-Marie.jpg","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/kristina-marie\/kristina-marie\/","alt":"","author":"1","description":"","caption":"","name":"kristina-marie","status":"inherit","uploaded_to":219,"date":"2019-03-25 01:04:48","modified":"2019-03-25 01:04:48","menu_order":0,"mime_type":"image\/jpeg","type":"image","subtype":"jpeg","icon":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/default.png","width":828,"height":828,"sizes":{"thumbnail":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Kristina-Marie-150x150.jpg","thumbnail-width":150,"thumbnail-height":150,"medium":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Kristina-Marie-300x300.jpg","medium-width":300,"medium-height":300,"medium_large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Kristina-Marie-768x768.jpg","medium_large-width":640,"medium_large-height":640,"large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Kristina-Marie.jpg","large-width":640,"large-height":640,"1536x1536":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Kristina-Marie.jpg","1536x1536-width":828,"1536x1536-height":828,"2048x2048":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Kristina-Marie.jpg","2048x2048-width":828,"2048x2048-height":828}},"name":"Kristina Marie","job_title":"Licensed Clinical Psychologist at NVision You LLC","city":"CHI","chapter":"chi","description":"

      As children, we are constantly asked what we want to be when we grow up. We are taught to find our purpose in life. And when we have found it, we have reached our full potential in life. Or so they say.<\/p>\n

      Some people spend their entire lives searching for this potential, unsure as to what it means or how to know when they make it. Are we constantly searching for an ah-ha moment that will never come?<\/p>\n

      What is your background and what made you initially interested in psychology?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      Being an athlete through my formative years not only taught me discipline and coordinated skills, but social adeptness and how to work with anyone for the good of the team. I was still pretty young when my dad\u2019s slew of health problems began, so a lot of time was spent in hospitals with him as I grew up. His illnesses never got in the way of school or athletics for me, but they enhanced my understanding of healthy living and medicine and its limitations.
      \nMy analytic side as well as my aversion to needles and blood pointed me in the direction of being an academic doctor instead of a medical one. Psychology was a natural fit because I\u2019ve always found people fascinating, and learning about them and their struggles \u2014 and then getting to help them through their tough times \u2014 is a challenge I\u2019m happy to meet every day. Thankfully, it\u2019s also a field I can do a lot with, such as research and teaching, so I can evolve throughout my career in ways that interest me.
      \nNow, I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in Health Psychology, which means I treat the emotional consequences of health, wellness and illness. I work with a variety of people looking to improve themselves in some aspect of health \u2013 losing weight, managing diabetes, exercising, even performing better in their hobbies (ie, running or golf); anything that may require a bit more attention and focus to help them reach a goal. I do this by incorporating mental health and wellness techniques, such as relaxation, meditation, effective stress management, habit formation and rewards, and productive goal setting, even increased environmental and social consciousness to help people realize what stands in the way of reaching their best life, and how to overcome it.<\/p>\n

      What do you love about your work?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I love that moment when a client is telling a story and they start to cry, or have some other big emotional reaction to what they are saying. It\u2019s a true privilege to be witness to their realization that this<\/i> (whatever it is) is meaningful to them. It means that we\u2019ve hit something important that they realize for the first time affects their lives in a seminal way. That\u2019s when change can start to happen, and we both know it, and it\u2019s scary and sad and exciting all at once.<\/p>\n

      What does it mean for someone to reach their full potential?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I think, in my field, full potential might be defined as self-actualization. Abraham Maslow evolved the term to mean \u201cthe desire for self-fulfillment, namely the tendency for him [the individual] to become actualized in what he is potentially.\u201d But that, to me, sounds like circular thinking a bit \u2013 to reach full potential, one must realize the desire to reach full potential?
      \nSo, I\u2019m not sure I believe in reaching \u201cfull\u201d potential, but instead of reaching partial or sectional potential. Reaching potential, to me, means achieving something \u2013 a big goal, a milestone \u2013 and feeling accomplished. But what I\u2019ve experienced from people is, once they achieve a goal, they often set a new one. It\u2019s rare for someone to set the goal of running a marathon by their 40th birthday, and then never set another fitness or workout goal after their race!
      \nPerhaps full potential really means the realization that a person CAN do what they set their mind to. Everything else \u2013 support from others, training, time, etc \u2013 is just logistics.<\/p>\n

      How should someone know when they have reached their full potential?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      It\u2019s a feeling \u2013 a flow state, if you\u2019ll allow a little Csikszentmihalyi here. That realization of capability first, and then the ease of follow-through. It is both a physical and mental awareness that achievement is within your reach.<\/p>\n

      What advice do you have for individuals who are struggling in realizing what their purpose or potential may be?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      The tricky thing about achievement and potential is that you have to fail \u2013 and likely fail quite a bit, or in a big way \u2013 first. This is the flip side of success, and most people would like to avoid it. But I say embrace it. No one ever learned anything from doing it all right the first time. And the real interesting bits of life are what you find out about yourself, and others, when you fail. So, lean into your mistakes. Embrace the oops moments, big and small. Go into things knowing you\u2019re going to screw up, sometimes big time, and find the lessons or the humor or the joy in that. Just don\u2019t be afraid of having to start over, apologize, take a few steps backward, or pick yourself up. In truth, failure is the only way we truly realize how strong and powerful our potential can be.<\/p>\n","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/kristina-marie\/","photo_url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Kristina-Marie.jpg"},{"photo":{"ID":218,"id":218,"title":"Alissa-Kerner","filename":"Alissa-Kerner.jpg","filesize":567987,"url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Alissa-Kerner.jpg","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/alissa-kerner\/alissa-kerner\/","alt":"","author":"1","description":"","caption":"","name":"alissa-kerner","status":"inherit","uploaded_to":217,"date":"2019-03-25 01:01:39","modified":"2019-03-25 01:01:39","menu_order":0,"mime_type":"image\/jpeg","type":"image","subtype":"jpeg","icon":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/default.png","width":828,"height":828,"sizes":{"thumbnail":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Alissa-Kerner-150x150.jpg","thumbnail-width":150,"thumbnail-height":150,"medium":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Alissa-Kerner-300x300.jpg","medium-width":300,"medium-height":300,"medium_large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Alissa-Kerner-768x768.jpg","medium_large-width":640,"medium_large-height":640,"large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Alissa-Kerner.jpg","large-width":640,"large-height":640,"1536x1536":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Alissa-Kerner.jpg","1536x1536-width":828,"1536x1536-height":828,"2048x2048":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Alissa-Kerner.jpg","2048x2048-width":828,"2048x2048-height":828}},"name":"Alissa Kerner","job_title":"Associate Director, New Product Planning at F1 Oncology","city":"MIA","chapter":"mia","description":"

      What do you do and why?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I work for a biotech startup company, F1 Oncology, developing innovative therapies to treat solid tumor malignancies. We work in the field of CAR-T, which uses a patient\u2019s own T cells as a \u201cliving drug\u201d to kill their cancer. My background is in science and engineering but currently I do corporate strategy, new product planning, and financial forecasting for F1 (or as I like to say, I\u2019ve gone to the dark side). Working at F1 has been extremely intense and incredibly meaningful. Every day we try to push a little harder so that we can potentially cure one more person of cancer\u2013or prolong one more life\u2013and this gives me an immense sense of purpose to push through all of the long days and constant travel.<\/p>\n

      What change would you like to enact in the world?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      As I work in cancer therapeutics, obviously finding cures for cancer is top of mind. However we will likely never get to a place where people don\u2019t get cancer, but we can get to a place where the treatment will be as easy as a quick stop to the doctor\u2019s office, and I truly believe this is doable in our lifetime. So I hope we can develop therapies that are good enough so that everyone can live a long, full, and happy life, sitting on the porch getting old and complaining about millennials (and millennial\u2019s children\u2026 and their children\u2026).<\/p>\n

      Tell us a fun fact about yourself.<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I am a pretty serious runner and have trained for about 10 half marathons and various 5Ks and 10Ks, and plan to run more full marathons and ultra marathons in the future. I have also run a half marathon with the only underwater mile in the world. Ask me about it! \"\ud83d\ude42\"<\/p>\n

      Why did you join IVY?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I joined IVY to meet interesting people and have transformative experiences and my membership has paid off in spades. I was a member of the Boston chapter for about two years and have been a Miami member for about two years as well. I have made many lasting friendships in both cities and gone on several trips (Cuba, Amalfi, Summer Camp) and hope to continue traveling and meeting awesome IVY members across the US.<\/p>\n

      What has been your most memorable IVY Experience?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      This is a tough one! It\u2019s a tie between the East Coast Summer Camp and the IVY Cuba trip. Camp because of the friendships that I made there, and Cuba because of the overall experience. We went to Cuba right after hurricane Irma and even though it was a difficult time for the country cleaning up after the hurricane, our hosts were incredibly hospitable and welcoming. It was a such a unique experience as well\u2013to visit a country living under communism and to learn about and discuss the perspectives they have on their lives in Cuba, on the US, and on historical events between the two countries, was invaluable.<\/p>\n","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/alissa-kerner\/","photo_url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Alissa-Kerner.jpg"},{"photo":{"ID":216,"id":216,"title":"Tiffany-Forte","filename":"Tiffany-Forte.jpg","filesize":350473,"url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Tiffany-Forte.jpg","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/tiffany-forte\/tiffany-forte\/","alt":"","author":"1","description":"","caption":"","name":"tiffany-forte","status":"inherit","uploaded_to":215,"date":"2019-03-25 00:56:24","modified":"2019-03-25 00:56:24","menu_order":0,"mime_type":"image\/jpeg","type":"image","subtype":"jpeg","icon":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/default.png","width":828,"height":828,"sizes":{"thumbnail":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Tiffany-Forte-150x150.jpg","thumbnail-width":150,"thumbnail-height":150,"medium":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Tiffany-Forte-300x300.jpg","medium-width":300,"medium-height":300,"medium_large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Tiffany-Forte-768x768.jpg","medium_large-width":640,"medium_large-height":640,"large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Tiffany-Forte.jpg","large-width":640,"large-height":640,"1536x1536":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Tiffany-Forte.jpg","1536x1536-width":828,"1536x1536-height":828,"2048x2048":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Tiffany-Forte.jpg","2048x2048-width":828,"2048x2048-height":828}},"name":"Tiffany Forte","job_title":"Founder of Fit & Female","city":"DC","chapter":"dc","description":"

      What is your background and what got you to start Fit & Female Fitness Programs?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I have been a fitness coach since 2012. I started out as a Personal Trainer in Little Rock, Arkansas and then started working with an amazing fitness company that specialized in fitness for elementary school children. That was going well in Arkansas and I was promoted to a higher position that led me to the Washington DC area. I\u2019m no longer with that company, but my husband and I really liked this area, so we decided to stay. I then began to work with a fitness apparel company for women and became very connected in the DC fitness community. Fitness has always been my first love and I knew years ago that I wanted to start a movement and really make an impact on my community through fitness, primarily with women. I feel that as women, we prioritize a lot of things, and our health seems to be at the bottom of the list\u00a0\u2014 especially in the African American community. I wanted to create a platform that gave us something else to talk about, something to shift our mindset and get us to start making healthier decisions. Fit and Female started out as a one-day fitness expo in Arkansas. I wanted to bring fitness coaches together along with people who were new to fitness or wanted to add something new to their routines. I brought in different fitness coaches that taught different things such as yoga, MixxFit, Zumba, kickboxing, and even weight training. We worked out all day and had a BLAST! When I moved to DC, what was just a one day expo, turned into my movement and Fit & Female was born. I want women to know that fitness can be incorporated into their lifestyles, just by making a few small changes, and becoming more educated! I currently am a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Core Training Specialist, and Certified Sports Nutritionist. I am currently working on my Master\u2019s of Science in Exercise Science with a concentration in Wellness and Performance.<\/p>\n

      What is Fit & Female Fitness Programs? What is it about and what makes it different than other fitness centers or programs?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      Fit and Female has had a few make-overs! With anything new, I needed to test the waters and see what worked best for me as a coach and for the people who attended my classes! Fit and Female started out as a high intensity outdoor boot camp for women, but then I quickly realized that that was not the best option\u2026mainly because of the weather! Ha! I then had to go back to the drawing board and really decide what I really wanted to teach? What is needed? It took some time, but I am proud to announce that my new program under the Fit and Female umbrella is grHIIT: Strength X Power X Conditioning. We found a new home, which will be announced at a later date, but the concept is to create a class for women that focuses on HIIT, Explosive Performance, plyometrics, core training, and weight\/resistance training. There aren\u2019t too many programs like this right now, and I am really happy to coach something that quite frankly many women are intimidated to try when they go to the gym. Also under the Fit and Female umbrella, I am hosting several free fitness workshops that will cover various topics, again all for the ladies! Fit and Female is now becoming a brand, and grHITT will now be the new program name. We are shattering preconceived notions of female power!<\/p>\n

      What does it mean to be a woman in the fitness space? What impact, mentally and physically, does it have on women?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I think to be a female fitness coach, we have to fight a little harder to prove ourselves in this industry\u00a0\u2014 which I don\u2019t mind. But there is definitely a shift that is taking place. Some of the BEST trainers in this industry are female, and that is so dope to me. I believe that when women see other female trainers, it is very promising. I remember when I was going to classes; I would be so encouraged by my female coaches. Especially is she was African American, to see a women so dedicated to her craft and disciplined really gave me encouragement\u00a0\u2014 like I can do that too! I also feel that other women feel more comfortable training with other women in some cases.<\/p>\n

      What do you hope to express to people who participate in Fit & Female Fitness Programs? What do you want them to feel or know after doing so?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      Fit and Female\u2019s mantra is STRONG. MOTIVATED. HAPPY. I think that answers your question right there. I want women to leave feeling like Super Bad (you know what\u2019s). Like they can take over the world after getting through my workouts. I want women to feel comfortable and know that anything is possible- no ceilings in my classes. We don\u2019t get to quit in life when things get tough, and we don\u2019t get to quit in class. grHITT is defined as indomitable spirit; perseverance to get through the end of a workout; the feeling of accomplishment after an intense sweat session! That\u2019s how I want you to feel when you leave!<\/p>\n

      You say you are passionate about building a platform to help educate and motivate minorities in making healthier lifestyle choices. Can you expand on this?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      You motivate by doing, not telling. I can easily tell you to workout 3 times a week, eat plenty of veggies, and watch your alcohol intake, but if I am not seen doing any of this- then am I really credible and will people take me seriously? Not at all. Being on a platform where women of color can see someone who looks like them\u00a0\u2014 and not an athlete \u2014 speaks volumes. It\u2019s so easy to go the other route, but we need to support each other in this battle. There are so many diseases that are talking out black women and the sad truth is that they can be prevented by just a few lifestyle changes. With all the misconceptions and fake news in the fitness industry, we often try to find the easiest way to get fit, but I want to build a program so that people can get real news and get more educated on how to live a healthier lifestyle that is sustainable in the long run.<\/p>\n

      How does healthy living impact communities differently?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      In so many ways. Having access to quality recreational facilities and programs can increase physical activity. Health benefits of physical activity include a reduced risk of premature mortality and reduced risks of coronary heart disease, hypertension, stroke, some cancers, and diabetes. Regular participation in physical activity can also reduce depression and anxiety, improve mood, and enhance ability to perform daily tasks. Healthy people are really more productive! On the nutrition side, having access to a supermarket in communities suggests people are eating more fruits and vegetables; reducing obesity. Above all, its more about the education and making sure people have a clear understanding of exactly what it means to be healthy. I applaud organizations who really go the extra mile to have local events and bring out experts to do that do just that!<\/p>\n

      What advice do you have for women who are wanting to get into the fitness world?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      It all starts with one visit to your gym or fitness studio. I am a firm believer that the blind cannot lead the blind- not in this industry. Learn your body and what works for it. Study your craft. Educate yourself. Figure out want you want to teach or coach and get certified! If you have fit friends who are already in the industry, go out for tea and have a conversation about making those first steps. Ultimately, it all starts with education and experience. People really don\u2019t realize how serious it is to know your stuff. I have worked with people before who have injuries because their trainer had them do a move that was unsafe and now they have to live with an injury. I would also recommend following some good\u2026good\u2026Instagram accounts for inspiration and ideas, check out @fitandfemale__ (hint hint). There are some really reputable trainers on IG that have great content!<\/p>\n

      What do you love about your work?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I literally eat, sleep, and breathe fitness\u00a0\u2014 which is so fun! Not only do I workout several times during the week, but also I am working on grHIIT, I am an Orange Theory Coach in Silver Spring, I run with an amazing Run Club\u00a0\u2014 DC Run Crew, I am a coach with the Washington Redskins FITT Program, and I am a Nike Marathon Kids Running Coach! I love that literally every day I get to do what I want to do and have the freedom of doing what I love! I\u2019m building my brand, growing my expertise, and most important: helping people be the best versions of themselves every day they come to my classes!<\/p>\n

      Is there anything I did not ask about that you would like to add?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      Be on the lookout for updates on the launch of grHIIT in DC!<\/p>\n","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/tiffany-forte\/","photo_url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Tiffany-Forte.jpg"},{"photo":{"ID":214,"id":214,"title":"Joey-Leslie","filename":"Joey-Leslie.jpg","filesize":539126,"url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Joey-Leslie.jpg","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/joey-leslie\/joey-leslie\/","alt":"","author":"1","description":"","caption":"","name":"joey-leslie","status":"inherit","uploaded_to":213,"date":"2019-03-25 00:52:15","modified":"2019-03-25 00:52:15","menu_order":0,"mime_type":"image\/jpeg","type":"image","subtype":"jpeg","icon":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/default.png","width":828,"height":828,"sizes":{"thumbnail":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Joey-Leslie-150x150.jpg","thumbnail-width":150,"thumbnail-height":150,"medium":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Joey-Leslie-300x300.jpg","medium-width":300,"medium-height":300,"medium_large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Joey-Leslie-768x768.jpg","medium_large-width":640,"medium_large-height":640,"large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Joey-Leslie.jpg","large-width":640,"large-height":640,"1536x1536":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Joey-Leslie.jpg","1536x1536-width":828,"1536x1536-height":828,"2048x2048":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Joey-Leslie.jpg","2048x2048-width":828,"2048x2048-height":828}},"name":"Joey Leslie","job_title":"Owner, Creative Director at Cleverest Group","city":"MIA","chapter":"mia","description":"

      What do you do and why?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I help business leaders find their voice and connect with their dream clients through my creative agency, Cleverest Group<\/a>. That \u201cvoice\u201d comes in many forms, from a comprehensive brand identity to smart, entertaining content. I call the latter \u201cbrand journalism\u201d because it\u2019s so much more than \u201ccontent.\u201d<\/p>\n

      I want people to realize that branding is not just about having a great website or logo. To really connect with your audience and customers in a meaningful way, you\u2019ve got to know what you stand for as a person and as a company. What makes you unique and worth anyone\u2019s time or money? What value can you add to someone\u2019s life? What do you care about? It\u2019s that bigger \u201cWhy\u201d that I\u2019m able to bring to the surface and then help bring to life with clever strategy, design, and copy online and in the real world.<\/p>\n

      As a former journalist, I feel a sort of obligation to find and tell really interesting, factual, and useful stories that cut through the sea of clickbait, fake news, and other white noise. Thoughtful stories stand out like lighthouses. They\u2019re the bright thing in the darkness. The place you want to go. They are safe and enduring. If you can be that lighthouse for someone, they\u2019ll never forget you or your brand.<\/p>\n

      I also volunteer with the Florida Guardian Ad Litem<\/a> Program which advocates for the best interest of children in the foster care system. My parents fostered children before they adopted me as a newborn, and I have friends who foster children now, so I\u2019ve seen how big an impact they have on these kids at such a scary time in their lives. I\u2019ve always considered myself lucky to have a loving and stable support system around me and wanted to pay it forward. As a GAL, I am part \u2018big brother\u2019 and part \u2018advocate\u2019 \u2013 responsible for watching out for my kiddos, ensuring they are well taken care of while in the dependency system, and speaking on their behalf in court.<\/p>\n

      What change would you like to enact in the world?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I would love to help people realize their own greatness and then pay that forward to help other people do the same. It\u2019s the idea of leaving everything better than you found it \u2013 even people and your relationships. Especially your relationship with yourself.<\/p>\n

      There is so much judgement and negativity around us that it\u2019s like we have a habit in our society of looking for the bad. I think we do it to ourselves as much as we do it to everyone else. I am working to help people break that bad habit and realize their own greatness and ultimately break that bummer of a cycle.<\/p>\n

      We are all more alike than we think and by sharing the hidden parts of ourselves we open up a new world, and it\u2019s a much more fulfilling existence.<\/p>\n

      Tell us a fun fact about yourself.<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I have secretly wanted to be a backup dancer ever since I saw Janet Jackson in concert when I was around 14.<\/p>\n

      Why did you join IVY?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      IVY is just dope! I have mingled in other networking groups but often felt like I was at a business card exchange where everybody is there to sell their service and then they\u2019re out the door. What attracted me to IVY is it\u2019s people-first mentality and emphasis on building relationships and sharing your passions and trusting that the business opportunities will follow.<\/p>\n

      What has been your most memorable IVY Experience?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I have to say my first event, the August new member welcome mixer, is the most memorable so far because that\u2019s when I realized that IVY is legit and I was in the right place. I had already been impressed by the level of professionalism and communication I\u2019d seen from several of the national IVY team during my onboarding. Then at the mixer, there was no awkward \u201cnew guy\u201d feel because a couple of people immediately introduced themselves and brought me into the fold. That showed me that IVY really is what it claims to be, and the many happy, fascinating, long term members I met that night sealed the deal for me.<\/p>\n","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/joey-leslie\/","photo_url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Joey-Leslie.jpg"},{"photo":{"ID":212,"id":212,"title":"Eda-Tekeoglu","filename":"Eda-Tekeoglu.jpg","filesize":552786,"url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Eda-Tekeoglu.jpg","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/eda-tekeoglu\/eda-tekeoglu\/","alt":"","author":"1","description":"","caption":"","name":"eda-tekeoglu","status":"inherit","uploaded_to":211,"date":"2019-03-25 00:47:50","modified":"2019-03-25 00:47:50","menu_order":0,"mime_type":"image\/jpeg","type":"image","subtype":"jpeg","icon":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/default.png","width":828,"height":828,"sizes":{"thumbnail":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Eda-Tekeoglu-150x150.jpg","thumbnail-width":150,"thumbnail-height":150,"medium":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Eda-Tekeoglu-300x300.jpg","medium-width":300,"medium-height":300,"medium_large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Eda-Tekeoglu-768x768.jpg","medium_large-width":640,"medium_large-height":640,"large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Eda-Tekeoglu.jpg","large-width":640,"large-height":640,"1536x1536":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Eda-Tekeoglu.jpg","1536x1536-width":828,"1536x1536-height":828,"2048x2048":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Eda-Tekeoglu.jpg","2048x2048-width":828,"2048x2048-height":828}},"name":"Eda Tekeoglu","job_title":"Director of Development and Partnerships at Delivering Good","city":"NYC","chapter":"nyc","description":"

      IVY member Eda Tekeoglu has made it her mission to bridge the gap between those with the resources and the people in need. And she\u2019s spreading her message that it doesn\u2019t matter who you are or what you do, you can make a difference.<\/p>\n

      What do you do and why?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I am a professional fundraiser in the nonprofit sector, and I consider myself the intermediary between those in need and those who have access to power and money. I do this because I really believe that most people want to live in a better world and leave a legacy. In my spare time, I also organize philanthropic projects to engage my friends, family and community in what I love to do. This past thanksgiving, I had a call to action for donation of 150 brand new sleeping bags, socks, gloves, hats, hygiene products, and food. I organized a group of volunteers, and we delivered care packages to people experiencing homelessness on the streets of New York City. During Ramadan, I organize an annual fundraiser and most recently raised $51,000 as a volunteer for Zakat Foundation. With the funds raised they are able to feed 100 orphaned children from 10 different countries. I do this because when given the opportunity people really step up and do what they can to create a better world.<\/p>\n

      What change would you like to enact in the world?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I would like people to understand that it doesn\u2019t matter what your profession or your skills sets are, that each of us have the ability and capacity to do our part to make our world better. It doesn\u2019t matter if you are a hedge fund manager on Wall Street or a cashier at McDonald\u2019s, there is a role for each human being to contribute meaningfully in society. We all have the ability to be leaders of today, and I would love to engage IVY members in the philanthropy work I do.<\/p>\n

      Tell us a fun fact about yourself.<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I love going to the beach once a week all year around. It doesn\u2019t matter if its 100 degrees or 2 degrees, I enjoy sitting and watching the waves because it helps me become more creative in my philanthropy work.<\/p>\n

      Why did you join IVY?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I\u2019ve been an IVY member for 5 years now, and I love everything the platform has to provide to all of us. I love being exposed to new topics and meeting new people who have different careers and ways of thinking than I do.<\/p>\n

      What has been your most memorable IVY Experience?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      It\u2019s hard to pick just one! I enjoy the classic IVY experience of meeting people from all different industries who come from different walks of life. Every IVY member seems eager to become more knowledgeable about various topics including how to engage more in philanthropy or how to become a successful entrepreneur. The IVY experience is truly unique and amazing. Kudos to Beri and his team for their hard work, they attract such an amazing diversity of members. There is no group like this.<\/p>\n","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/eda-tekeoglu\/","photo_url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Eda-Tekeoglu.jpg"},{"photo":{"ID":210,"id":210,"title":"Jeff-Deck","filename":"Jeff-Deck.jpg","filesize":446945,"url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Jeff-Deck.jpg","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/jeff-deck\/jeff-deck\/","alt":"","author":"1","description":"","caption":"","name":"jeff-deck","status":"inherit","uploaded_to":209,"date":"2019-03-25 00:41:10","modified":"2019-03-25 00:41:10","menu_order":0,"mime_type":"image\/jpeg","type":"image","subtype":"jpeg","icon":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/default.png","width":828,"height":828,"sizes":{"thumbnail":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Jeff-Deck-150x150.jpg","thumbnail-width":150,"thumbnail-height":150,"medium":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Jeff-Deck-300x300.jpg","medium-width":300,"medium-height":300,"medium_large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Jeff-Deck-768x768.jpg","medium_large-width":640,"medium_large-height":640,"large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Jeff-Deck.jpg","large-width":640,"large-height":640,"1536x1536":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Jeff-Deck.jpg","1536x1536-width":828,"1536x1536-height":828,"2048x2048":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Jeff-Deck.jpg","2048x2048-width":828,"2048x2048-height":828}},"name":"Jeff Deck","job_title":"Fiction Ghostwriter and Editor","city":"BOS","chapter":"bos","description":"

      What do you do and why?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I am a fiction ghostwriter and editor. I\u2019ve appeared on the Today Show for my writing, along with other national and international media coverage. I went on a nationwide tour to promote my first book, and I\u2019m the author of both fiction and nonfiction books. Now I help other people who have a book in them to tell the story they\u2019ve always wanted to tell.<\/p>\n

      Whether it\u2019s ghostwriting (writing the story based on the author\u2019s vision) or editing (revising the author\u2019s own writing), I work side by side with authors through a six-stage process to bring their manuscript to life. My clients\u2019 works include travel memoir, horror fiction, and political nonfiction. My own books include the new urban fantasy novel City of Ports: The Shadow Over Portsmouth Book 1, the supernatural thriller The Pseudo-Chronicles of Mark Huntley, the sci-fi gaming adventure Player Choice, and the nonfiction book The Great Typo Hunt (with Benjamin D. Herson).<\/p>\n

      Tell us a fun fact about yourself!<\/strong><\/p>\n

      No matter how many books I sell, my dog Burleigh will always be more popular than me. He\u2019s a hundred-pound German Shepherd \/ husky mix with one brown eye and one blue eye, and he makes friends wherever he goes.<\/p>\n

      How are you changing the world?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      My book The Great Typo Hunt had the half-joking subtitle Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time. When I set out on the journey that the book describes \u2014 a cross-country trip to fix typos in signage \u2014 I did believe that working with people to correct their spelling and grammar mistakes was making a difference in the world, however small. Now my mission has evolved to helping people tell their stories, which I think can offer even more benefit to the world. Stories can change lives.<\/p>\n

      Why did you join IVY?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I joined IVY to reconnect with the Boston area. I have been living in the Seacoast NH\/Maine area for the past several years, and it is lovely here, but I wanted to get down to Boston more often to revisit the vibrant city and meet more people there.<\/p>\n

      What has been your most memorable IVY Experience?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      At least so far, it was getting the chance to meet with a Boston gallery owner who is making art his life\u2019s work. I love any opportunity to speak with people driven by passion for their career. It\u2019s both educational and inspiring to hear their stories.<\/p>\n","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/jeff-deck\/","photo_url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Jeff-Deck.jpg"},{"photo":{"ID":208,"id":208,"title":"Nicole-Gallub1","filename":"Nicole-Gallub1.jpg","filesize":351192,"url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Nicole-Gallub1.jpg","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/nicole-gallub\/nicole-gallub1\/","alt":"","author":"1","description":"","caption":"","name":"nicole-gallub1","status":"inherit","uploaded_to":206,"date":"2019-03-25 00:38:11","modified":"2019-03-25 00:38:11","menu_order":0,"mime_type":"image\/jpeg","type":"image","subtype":"jpeg","icon":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/default.png","width":828,"height":828,"sizes":{"thumbnail":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Nicole-Gallub1-150x150.jpg","thumbnail-width":150,"thumbnail-height":150,"medium":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Nicole-Gallub1-300x300.jpg","medium-width":300,"medium-height":300,"medium_large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Nicole-Gallub1-768x768.jpg","medium_large-width":640,"medium_large-height":640,"large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Nicole-Gallub1.jpg","large-width":640,"large-height":640,"1536x1536":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Nicole-Gallub1.jpg","1536x1536-width":828,"1536x1536-height":828,"2048x2048":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Nicole-Gallub1.jpg","2048x2048-width":828,"2048x2048-height":828}},"name":"Nicole Gallub","job_title":"Founder at Pelonkey","city":"DC","chapter":"dc","description":"

      \u201cIt\u2019s hard being a creative,\u201d says IVY member and Pelonkey Founder, Nicole Gallub. As a DJ herself, she\u2019s seen all the ways the entertainment industry fails \u2014 it\u2019s impossible for most performers to be artists, while figuring out how to sell themselves, manage schedules, and promote and contract. Most booking agencies aren\u2019t any help either. Too often, they take advantage of under-informed performers.<\/p>\n

      With social media platforms like Instagram and Youtube, there\u2019s never been a more direct way for performers to get traction. If they\u2019re really good \u2014 and rather lucky \u2014 they rack up a huge following. But even then, the business side of the entertainment industry is challenging.<\/p>\n

      Nicole\u2019s new project Pelonkey\u00a0allows entertainers to do all the business on their own\u2014totally transparently\u2014through an easy-to-use online dashboard. She\u2019s taken all of the headaches she\u2019s experienced as a performer and solved them. Nicole sat down with IVY Magazine<\/i> to talk about Pelonkey and how it\u2019s helping to revolutionize the entertainment industry. (Oh, and if you\u2019re looking for a great band for your next 80s party, she\u2019s got that too!) Be sure to check out their website<\/a> to see all of their incredible offerings.<\/p>\n

      What\u2019s been the process for taking your dream\u00a0and making Pelonkey into a reality?<\/b><\/p>\n

      RISK. You have to be a risk taker to live your dreams, that\u2019s it. Some people can\u2019t live with risk, and I love each and everyone one of those people. We need them. They help us crazy risk-takers make our dreams reality by BEING the backbone of our instability.<\/p>\n

      I have a history of taking a leap from stability into the great unknown. As soon as the unknown becomes stable for me, I take the leap again. It\u2019s just how entrepreneurs\u2019 minds work.<\/p>\n

      Why do you it\u2019s important for Pelonkey to disrupt the entertainment industry? <\/b><\/p>\n

      There is currently no stability in the entertainment industry. Entertainers and event-planners are taken advantage of daily because the whole process is completely opaque\u2014 there\u2019s no hierarchy of talent, no pay grades, no union. The lack of structure leaves both sides vulnerable and at the mercy of the business minds who often take advantage.<\/p>\n

      How do you think social media and Youtube are changing the ways bands and artists become famous? Or even get bookings? <\/b><\/p>\n

      Internet and social media are helping talented individuals get noticed easier. \u00a0There\u2019s no longer the need for long queues and in-person talent contests. If there is a creative person who is a jaw-dropping performer, he or she can become famous instantly through viral media.<\/p>\n

      Are there any downsides that we don\u2019t think about? <\/b><\/p>\n

      Yes, just because someone is noticed only, the issue of booking still prevails. The artist will have no idea how to contract themselves out, or figure out how much they need to earn\u2014so they go to booking agencies, who unfortunately take advantage of this situation.<\/p>\n

      Tell us about some of your favorite music?<\/b><\/p>\n

      I love EDM! \u00a0It\u2019s a broad spectrum, I know, but I really love it all\u2026.all genres of it. I\u2019ve always been a computer geek, and there\u2019s nothing better than listening to the blips and bloops of computer sounds coming together to form a beautiful piece of art\u2014a song!<\/p>\n

      What\u2019s the best concert you\u2019ve ever been to? <\/b><\/p>\n

      CHROMEO! \u00a0Not just because Dave Macklovitch is like my dream husband [laughs], but also because their music is SO HAPPY. I\u2019ve gone to so many of their concerts, and everyone around is in the best mood ever because the music makes them that way. Not to mention, their performance is FLAWLESS.<\/p>\n

      Say I\u2019m having an 80s prom-themed party. Does Pelonkey have a band for me? Can we see a video? <\/b><\/p>\n

      Yes! Depending on your budget\u2014these guys aren\u2019t cheap\u2014I personally Dj\u2019d alongside \u201cThe Spazmatics\u201d in Cancun for a corporate event. They are AMAZING and would totally rock an 80s prom. Check out their website<\/a>.<\/p>\n","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/nicole-gallub\/","photo_url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Nicole-Gallub1.jpg"},{"photo":{"ID":205,"id":205,"title":"Jenna-Dillon","filename":"Jenna-Dillon.jpg","filesize":446522,"url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Jenna-Dillon.jpg","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/jenna-dillon\/jenna-dillon\/","alt":"","author":"1","description":"","caption":"","name":"jenna-dillon","status":"inherit","uploaded_to":204,"date":"2019-03-22 10:43:39","modified":"2019-03-22 10:43:39","menu_order":0,"mime_type":"image\/jpeg","type":"image","subtype":"jpeg","icon":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/default.png","width":828,"height":828,"sizes":{"thumbnail":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Jenna-Dillon-150x150.jpg","thumbnail-width":150,"thumbnail-height":150,"medium":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Jenna-Dillon-300x300.jpg","medium-width":300,"medium-height":300,"medium_large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Jenna-Dillon-768x768.jpg","medium_large-width":640,"medium_large-height":640,"large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Jenna-Dillon.jpg","large-width":640,"large-height":640,"1536x1536":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Jenna-Dillon.jpg","1536x1536-width":828,"1536x1536-height":828,"2048x2048":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Jenna-Dillon.jpg","2048x2048-width":828,"2048x2048-height":828}},"name":"Jenna Dillon","job_title":"Executive Coach","city":"LA","chapter":"la","description":"

      What do you do and why?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      As an executive coach, I work with people up to the executive level in business and life coaching. I empower people to stop playing small and create extraordinary impacts and results in their lives\/careers\/relationships\/cultures\/organizations\/etc. It\u2019s an opportunity for people and organizations to not only get clear on the impact they are committed to but also to get clear on what they are capable of.<\/p>\n

      How are you changing the world?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I am committed to creating a huge social impact in working with organizations who share similar interests and passions as myself. I love uncovering how people can go from being a low performer to a high performer, or a high performer to a meta performer. This means allowing space for people to raise the bar in a resourceful way. What if 10% of the world turned up the dial two notches of their own potential and\/or integrity? The world would change. That is the movement I am a part of and building.<\/p>\n

      Who do you admire and why?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      Ed Catmull, president of Pixar Animation and Disney Animation, because he is always sure that he is wrong about something and gets curious to what that is every day. Sara Blakely, owner of Spanx and the first female billionaire under 40, because she is vulnerable in her struggles and challenges herself to fail (forward) regularly.<\/p>\n

      Why did you join IVY?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I was looking for a networking group of people who not only wanted to make a big impact, but were also building a community. Our species is stronger together and built for connection and interaction. IVY captured my attention because they seem to interweave elements of community, fun, class, and adventure in their culture.<\/p>\n

      What has been your most memorable IVY Experience?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      My first event, actually. I went to an LA Dance Project performance in downtown Los Angeles. Every aspect of the evening was a joy.\u00a0The mingling hour with hor d\u2019eourves and drinks before the show was enjoyable and classy as were the caliber of people I met.\u00a0With my first career as a professional dancer, it goes without mentioning I loved the innovative movement vocabulary and skill level of the dance company. There were two women from IVY who I met and talked with at intermission. We clicked right away. We have since stayed in touch, and I continue to look forward to how our friendships and business relationships develop.<\/p>\n","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/jenna-dillon\/","photo_url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Jenna-Dillon.jpg"},{"photo":{"ID":193,"id":193,"title":"BrianaDecuir","filename":"BrianaDecuir.jpg","filesize":556616,"url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/BrianaDecuir.jpg","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/briana-decuir\/brianadecuir\/","alt":"","author":"1","description":"","caption":"","name":"brianadecuir","status":"inherit","uploaded_to":178,"date":"2019-03-22 09:42:47","modified":"2019-03-22 09:48:14","menu_order":0,"mime_type":"image\/jpeg","type":"image","subtype":"jpeg","icon":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/default.png","width":828,"height":828,"sizes":{"thumbnail":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/BrianaDecuir-150x150.jpg","thumbnail-width":150,"thumbnail-height":150,"medium":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/BrianaDecuir-300x300.jpg","medium-width":300,"medium-height":300,"medium_large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/BrianaDecuir-768x768.jpg","medium_large-width":640,"medium_large-height":640,"large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/BrianaDecuir.jpg","large-width":640,"large-height":640,"1536x1536":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/BrianaDecuir.jpg","1536x1536-width":828,"1536x1536-height":828,"2048x2048":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/BrianaDecuir.jpg","2048x2048-width":828,"2048x2048-height":828}},"name":"Briana DeCuir","job_title":"Entrepreneur & Co-Founder at Shared Harvest Fund","city":"CHI","chapter":"chi","description":"

      What do you do and why?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      am a social impact entrepreneur and one of the co-founders of Shared Harvest Fund (SHF)<\/a>, an innovative online platform that pairs skill-based freelancers who provide highly sought after pro bono business, health, legal, social services, and other talents to our nonprofit organizations within the Shared Harvest Fund network of individuals, nonprofits, and businesses. By completing project deliverables for our nonprofit partners, Shared Harvest Fund will give you a student loan stipend ranging from $250-$1000 per project directly toward your student loans.<\/p>\n

      While SHF is my life\u2019s work and focus, I am in fact a board-certified Emergency Physician who came to Chicago to train at the University of Chicago. In my work, I have seen and personally understand the mental and physical stress that feeling hopeless can cause. Most of the anxiety and stress affecting my patients stemmed not only from physical afflictions but also from financial instability, especially for people working in fields they may not otherwise have chosen if they didn\u2019t simply need the money. Though volunteerism can help combat some of the depression and isolation feeling hopeless can cause, volunteerism rates are in fact down, while the gig economy is thriving. Shared Harvest Fund came from a genuine desire to tackle the despair and isolation that so many professionals have felt when facing often insurmountable amounts of student loan debt, despite having worked so hard to earn professional degrees. Doing this while simultaneously tackling declining rates of volunteerism and increasing social impact, is a pure win-win situation!<\/p>\n

      What change would you like to enact in the world?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I would like to see other professionals remember that their work has so much more value beyond their paychecks and the board room. By helping to provide a pathway to achieving the financial freedom and utility to take back their time, our busy Debtfreelancers\u2122 are re-investing in their communities and we\u2019re providing a simple thank you for that sacrifice. Our growing company provides a national stage to highlight the initiatives of our nonprofit Changemaker partners and with 44 million people with student loan debt, provides a sustainable model to provide human resource capital to ensure their mission success. Helping nonprofit organizations in the US and abroad complete their initiatives to help those in need, can create a sustainable, life-long commitment to social impact for our Debtfreelancers\u2122 and has exponential potential to reach so many.<\/p>\n

      Tell us a fun fact about yourself<\/strong><\/p>\n

      In my spare time, I enjoy having dance parties, sometimes dressed in our best princess costumes, with my toddler who is quickly taking after her mother when it comes to loving to dance and just be silly!<\/p>\n

      Why did you join IVY?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I joined IVY to get back to having more exciting and meaningful experiences and remind me to stop working all the time and enjoy life because there are PLENTY of things to do! Between work and home, actively seeking out amazing experiences became a thing of the past for me. Having the convenience of amazingly curated IVY events at my disposal means it is easier to get out and do more with no excuses! I love meeting new and exciting people and networking with people from all walks of life and felt that IVY would allow me to do just that.<\/p>\n

      What has been your most memorable IVY Experience?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      One of my first events was helping young aspiring professionals practice their job interview skills at a volunteer event with an amazing organization, Horizons for Youth. It is always a treat every time I am able to slow down from behind the scenes at Shared Harvest Fund and volunteer on a personal level, especially with children, doing something that I love and that feeds my soul on so many levels. I am pleased to see there is a volunteer component of IVY and am looking forward to these and other fun events allowing me to meet other members.<\/p>\n

       <\/p>\n","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/briana-decuir\/","photo_url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/BrianaDecuir.jpg"},{"photo":{"ID":198,"id":198,"title":"Jordan-Scheltgen","filename":"Jordan-Scheltgen.jpg","filesize":396451,"url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Jordan-Scheltgen.jpg","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/jordan-scheltgen\/jordan-scheltgen-2\/","alt":"","author":"1","description":"","caption":"","name":"jordan-scheltgen-2","status":"inherit","uploaded_to":175,"date":"2019-03-22 10:21:11","modified":"2019-03-22 10:24:59","menu_order":0,"mime_type":"image\/jpeg","type":"image","subtype":"jpeg","icon":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/default.png","width":828,"height":828,"sizes":{"thumbnail":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Jordan-Scheltgen-150x150.jpg","thumbnail-width":150,"thumbnail-height":150,"medium":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Jordan-Scheltgen-300x300.jpg","medium-width":300,"medium-height":300,"medium_large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Jordan-Scheltgen-768x768.jpg","medium_large-width":640,"medium_large-height":640,"large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Jordan-Scheltgen.jpg","large-width":640,"large-height":640,"1536x1536":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Jordan-Scheltgen.jpg","1536x1536-width":828,"1536x1536-height":828,"2048x2048":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Jordan-Scheltgen.jpg","2048x2048-width":828,"2048x2048-height":828}},"name":"Jordan Scheltgen","job_title":"Founder \/ Managing Partner at Cave Social","city":"LA","chapter":"la","description":"

      What do you do and why?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I\u2019m the founder of Cave Social<\/a>, a digital agency focused on helping companies tell their story to customers. I started the company, actually as an online magazine, because I wanted to create and tell stories to people online.<\/p>\n

      There was only\u00a0one issue: online magazines are hard to monetize. So, I took this passion and pivoted to create a full-service agency.<\/p>\n

      In terms of why I started the company is really two-fold. From the company perspective, we want to create the best possible content for brands. While from a personal perspective, I\u2019m extremely motivated by creating a workplace where creators feel not only safe to express themselves but empowered to do so in a fun work environment. With work being basically \u2153 of our lives, I want to make sure our people come to work enjoying themselves, pushing themselves and having a few laughs along the way.<\/p>\n

      What change would you like to enact in the world?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      For me, I really want to elevate the people I interact with on a day-to-day basis. I think if I focus on mastering the micro and helping people push themselves, even incrementally, then I\u2019m enacting change that will trickle downward.<\/p>\n

      Tell us a fun fact about yourself.<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I\u2019ve lived in five major cities, and in three countries. Being able to experience different cultures and live in different cities has been a major part of my development as person, giving me some really useful perspective.<\/p>\n

      Why did you join IVY?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I was new to the Miami area in 2014, and IVY reached out to me inviting me to an event. After one event I was sold. I knew that I had found my tribe, people who are committed to personal growth, human connection and having some fun while doing it.<\/p>\n

      What has been your most memorable IVY Experience?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      Well, it\u2019s really the combination of two experiences. It started at Art Basel in Miami in 2016, where I was out with IVY members, taking in art and having a great weekend experiencing what Miami has to offer. Then, fast-forward a year, and I am living in Los Angeles, I head out to an IVY event and find myself surrounded\u00a0by some of the people met at Art Basel,\u00a0beyond that and to my surprise, there are other Miami members who\u2019d moved to LA. It was that \u201cah ha moment\u201d that showed me the real value of IVY\u2013a network of people, across the country you can connect with.<\/p>\n","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/jordan-scheltgen\/","photo_url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Jordan-Scheltgen.jpg"},{"photo":{"ID":200,"id":200,"title":"Mausumi-Syamal","filename":"Mausumi-Syamal.jpg","filesize":381492,"url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Mausumi-Syamal.jpg","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/mausumi-syamal\/mausumi-syamal\/","alt":"","author":"1","description":"","caption":"","name":"mausumi-syamal","status":"inherit","uploaded_to":174,"date":"2019-03-22 10:31:08","modified":"2019-03-22 10:31:08","menu_order":0,"mime_type":"image\/jpeg","type":"image","subtype":"jpeg","icon":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/default.png","width":828,"height":828,"sizes":{"thumbnail":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Mausumi-Syamal-150x150.jpg","thumbnail-width":150,"thumbnail-height":150,"medium":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Mausumi-Syamal-300x300.jpg","medium-width":300,"medium-height":300,"medium_large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Mausumi-Syamal-768x768.jpg","medium_large-width":640,"medium_large-height":640,"large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Mausumi-Syamal.jpg","large-width":640,"large-height":640,"1536x1536":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Mausumi-Syamal.jpg","1536x1536-width":828,"1536x1536-height":828,"2048x2048":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Mausumi-Syamal.jpg","2048x2048-width":828,"2048x2048-height":828}},"name":"Mausumi Syamal","job_title":"Laryngologist \/ Vocal Cord and Airway Surgeon","city":"NYC","chapter":"nyc","description":"

      What do you do and why?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I\u2019m the Laryngologist-Vocal Cord and Airway Surgeon for the Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania. I chose this field because it was the perfect blend of all my passions in life. As a former mechanical engineer, former teacher, and former actor\/singer, finding this area of surgery combined my love of people, engineering, teaching and performing seamlessly!<\/p>\n

      What change would you like to enact in the world?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      As a surgeon, you are constantly reminded that illness does not discriminate. Underneath our skin, we are all strikingly similar. We all bleed when cut; we all breathe the same air; and at some point, we all fall ill. Ideally, I would love a world that embraced similarity instead of focusing on differences. Mother Theresa said, \u201cWe ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.\u201d My drop in the ocean? To give back to my patients some semblance of what they feel they have lost \u2014 to give them back their voice, to help them breathe a little easier.<\/p>\n


      Tell us a fun fact about yourself.<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I still carry a pocket camera! It\u2019s a Sony Cybershot DSC-TX30 that is super small, takes amazing pictures (18.2MP) and is waterproof. I don\u2019t leave home without it. I get teased for carrying it all the time!<\/p>\n

      Why did you join IVY?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I wanted to continue to surround myself with like-minded, diversely ambitious people much like I encountered during my undergraduate experience at Duke University. It\u2019s easy to forget how inspiring it is to be in close proximity to people who are constantly challenging you, themselves and the world.<\/p>\n

      What has been your most memorable IVY Experience?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      It would have to be the first IVY event I ever attended, a pre-screening of the 2014 movie\u00a0Wild. Not only was the film wonderful, but it was a small crowd, and I ended-up meeting people that became great friends.<\/p>\n","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/mausumi-syamal\/","photo_url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Mausumi-Syamal.jpg"},{"photo":{"ID":196,"id":196,"title":"Mikhail-Scott","filename":"Mikhail-Scott.jpg","filesize":514462,"url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Mikhail-Scott.jpg","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/mikhail-scott\/mikhail-scott-2\/","alt":"","author":"1","description":"","caption":"","name":"mikhail-scott-2","status":"inherit","uploaded_to":167,"date":"2019-03-22 10:05:15","modified":"2019-03-22 10:07:50","menu_order":0,"mime_type":"image\/jpeg","type":"image","subtype":"jpeg","icon":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/default.png","width":828,"height":828,"sizes":{"thumbnail":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Mikhail-Scott-150x150.jpg","thumbnail-width":150,"thumbnail-height":150,"medium":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Mikhail-Scott-300x300.jpg","medium-width":300,"medium-height":300,"medium_large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Mikhail-Scott-768x768.jpg","medium_large-width":640,"medium_large-height":640,"large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Mikhail-Scott.jpg","large-width":640,"large-height":640,"1536x1536":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Mikhail-Scott.jpg","1536x1536-width":828,"1536x1536-height":828,"2048x2048":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Mikhail-Scott.jpg","2048x2048-width":828,"2048x2048-height":828}},"name":"Mikhail A. Scott","job_title":"Legislative Aide to the Florida House Minority Leader, Representative Kionne L. McGhee","city":"MIA","chapter":"mia","description":"

      What do you do and why?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      As the old adage goes, \u201cWhat we do is a reflection of who we are\u201d. I have the honor of serving as the Legislative Aide to the Florida House Minority Leader, Representative Kionne L. McGhee, where we work diligently to advocate for the interest and well-being of all Floridians.<\/p>\n

      My involvement in political and governmental affairs stems from a deeper understanding of how important civic engagement is in ensuring that communities across the state have a voice and seat at the table. We have all witnessed the consequences of disinvolvement in the political process however, many people in our communities, state and country are not being reached effectively and provided with the information, resources, and skills to address the issues that matter to them most.<\/p>\n

      My focus is to educate constituents on the importance of being involved in government, whether it be grassroots organizing or advocating for policy changes. When everyone does their part in this process, I believe the government will work for us all.<\/p>\n

      What change would you like to enact in the world?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      We live in a world of continual distractions and misinformation. Often times there is more of a focus on the material and not so much on the organic\/important elements of life. With that preface, my focus of change would be within different sectors of government here and abroad.<\/p>\n

      My plan is to enact a system that will identify the true cause and effect of political and governmental decision-making. I believe that more people would be willing to stand together to confront many of the injustices that exist given the \u201creal\u201d information and how it affects them personally, as well as the world around them.<\/p>\n

      Tell us a fun fact about yourself.<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I swear I\u2019m not a rapper\u2026However, since childhood, I\u2019ve grown up with a love for music. I recall rummaging through my father\u2019s collection of 45s (aka vinyl records) and playing some of the greats like Michael Jackson, Prince, and Earth Wind & Fire to name of few. My love for music has since evolved into a hobby of writing my own verses\/poems, as well as the occasional freestyle sypher when the right beat speak to my inner creative.<\/p>\n

      Why did you join\u00a0IVY?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      I was impressed with the organization\u2019s vision of continued learning throughout all aspects of the human experience. I enjoy learning from experts in areas that I\u2019m not familiar with, as it broadens my perspective and provides me with a greater appreciation for the knowledge and intellectual capital of those around me.<\/p>\n

      What has been your most memorable\u00a0IVY\u00a0Experience?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      First impressions are everything and my first IVY new membership social at Lobster Bar Sea Grille confirmed that IVY knows how to put together entertaining events with amazing people.<\/p>\n","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/mikhail-scott\/","photo_url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Mikhail-Scott.jpg"},{"photo":{"ID":203,"id":203,"title":"Vicki-Lau","filename":"Vicki-Lau.jpg","filesize":399689,"url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Vicki-Lau.jpg","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/vicki-lau\/vicki-lau\/","alt":"","author":"1","description":"","caption":"","name":"vicki-lau","status":"inherit","uploaded_to":166,"date":"2019-03-22 10:38:50","modified":"2019-03-22 10:38:50","menu_order":0,"mime_type":"image\/jpeg","type":"image","subtype":"jpeg","icon":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-includes\/images\/media\/default.png","width":828,"height":828,"sizes":{"thumbnail":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Vicki-Lau-150x150.jpg","thumbnail-width":150,"thumbnail-height":150,"medium":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Vicki-Lau-300x300.jpg","medium-width":300,"medium-height":300,"medium_large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Vicki-Lau-768x768.jpg","medium_large-width":640,"medium_large-height":640,"large":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Vicki-Lau.jpg","large-width":640,"large-height":640,"1536x1536":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Vicki-Lau.jpg","1536x1536-width":828,"1536x1536-height":828,"2048x2048":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Vicki-Lau.jpg","2048x2048-width":828,"2048x2048-height":828}},"name":"Vicki Lau","job_title":"Founder, CEO, Chief Creative Technologist at Seyenapse","city":"LA","chapter":"la","description":"

      What do you do and why?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      What do I do is fluid and always changing just because I love doing a lot of things and almost everything that pertains to my mission and bringing my ideas to life. It is hard to pin down any one passion for me, as I have stepped into many industries from film and television, to virtual reality and games, trading and real estate, and even e-commerce, education and teaching. I suppose you could say that I am a creator, and my job is to create and bring my ideas to life. Sure, we all love to learn and grow as individuals but nothing keeps the fire burning inside more than knowing that every day I spend, I create, execute and actualize my ideas and thoughts \u2013 doing all that is necessary to create a reality of my ambitions. But, to answer the question as is \u2013 I am currently a founder of a virtual reality content creation studio, visual effects freelancer on Hollywood film and VR projects, and online instructor for aspiring VFX artists and filmmakers, just to name a few. The enjoyment of being involved with the entertainment industry in so many ways as a leader (employer), student (employee), mentor and teacher is due to my passion to grow and evolve as an individual while also paying it forward to the industry that helped set me off onto other paths and opportunities on my trajectory to achieving my fullest potential.<\/p>\n

      Tell us a fun fact about yourself.<\/strong><\/p>\n

      Hate to break stereotypes, but though I appear reserved and quiet, the last thing I want to do is stay indoors and read a book. I love doing exciting things and experiencing new sensations at their greatest intensity. I will be the first to arrive at a dance party and the last to leave K1 Speed. Thus far, I\u2019ve done rodeo (and some bull-wrangling), solo paragliding, flyboarding, and even walked under water. Shark caging, taking flying lessons and living in a rural village without any access to the connected world are a few things that I am currently planning for in the future. Ok\u2026 so I cheated, that was more than one fun fact.<\/p>\n


      How are you changing the world?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      Having worked with over 20+ companies and filmmakers as a visual effects compositor, artist, supervisor and VR specialist, mentored new employees and interns (some of whom are taking their first step into the entertainment industry with us) as well as taught over 22,000 students from about 165 countries, I would say that I am creating an impact on the masses not only by bringing my own ideas to life but by also helping others bring their visions to fruition. From blockbuster movies and TV shows such as Guardians of the Galaxy and The Walking Dead that have touched so many lives around the globe, to guiding aspiring college graduates and indie filmmakers in bringing their stories to the big screen, and even teaching a bunch of entry and mid-level VFX artists in India and the Philippines virtually, I believe I am changing the world by being the conduit of self-empowerment and inspiration to others in the visual effects and film community; sharing my wealth of knowledge, insights and tips to newcomers or people with no access to this information based on where they are in the world, whilst creating my own creative content (in this case, a VR game that my startup has launched) that gives people that special place to be their true selves without consequences.<\/p>\n

      Who do you admire and why?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      To be absolutely candid, I don\u2019t actually admire anyone, for my admiration is more so for the abstract and intangible (such as ideas and visions) more so than any individual come and gone. For example, I admire ideas, movements and daring creative shifts in thinking that fundamentally challenge the status quo or upheave established traditions or systems that are no longer working. Sure, I follow and read up about some people such as Mark Cuban and Christine Lagarde, but that is only because I believe in the mission or vision they are advocating for. I believe that whoever is the bearer of that idea or movement is simply a conduit for the idea \u2013 an executioner and force of change for the greater vision. As such, I admire the construct of these grand visions rather than the people who bring them to life. If bringing ideas to life were a religion, I would be a devout follower.<\/p>\n

      Why did you join IVY?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      Having set up a meetup group once as well as attended many meetup events over the years that are geared towards startups, entrepreneurs, filmmaking and technology, I noticed a pattern of transience with these meetups. Usually what happens is that people come and go and form very brittle relationships during these networking sessions. Most of the time, the relationships formed are purely transactional and have no strong foundation backing them other than the fact that the two met at that one meetup event some time ago. Although it is on the onus of the people to follow up and continue building the relationship over time, the nature of meetups is just too transient to facilitate that easily. That\u2019s when I was so happy to be invited to be a part of the IVY community. After doing a bit of research as well as hearing about what the community was all about, I simply had to join IVY because it was the kind of collective environment that I have been seeking for a long time. Not only does IVY bring together diverse like-minded individuals who are kicking it in real life, but its varied exclusive events, member opportunities as well as skilled and knowledgeable guests, speakers and staff make me proud to be part of such a prestigious and classy group. I really enjoy getting to meet people from various walks of life as well as from different industries; after all, the best ideas and the best connections are usually forged with people who have different experiences and skillsets from you.<\/p>\n

      What has been your most memorable IVY Experience?<\/strong><\/p>\n

      Thus far, the most memorable IVY Experience would be the Virtual Reality Escape Room Experience at Virtual Room in Hollywood, CA. I personally felt it was an excellent way to get up close and personal with members, new and old, and get to know who they are as individuals in ways that traditional conversations could never reveal. After all, when one is immersed into an experience like that and grouped together to solve problems in a time-sensitive virtual environment, it brings out one\u2019s character, which is a truly unique way of getting to know someone and establishing genuine connections.<\/p>\n","link":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/member\/vicki-lau\/","photo_url":"https:\/\/www.ivy.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/03\/Vicki-Lau.jpg"}]