Ever wonder what it would be like to go beyond your comfort zone and run for office at 26 years old? Or what it would be like, as a young woman, to be elected Minority Leader of your state’s Senate? Or, maybe you’re like me and just want to discover how Capri Cafaro has managed to succeed in politics while remaining down to earth and never compromising on her femininity.
At 10 years old, Capri Cafaro was campaigning for (the senior) Bush. At 15 years old, she was on her way to Stanford, where she majored in American studies. By the time she was 19, she was studying for her Master’s at Georgetown University while interning on the Hill. Running for office at 26, against an incumbent who was 30 years her elder, was therefore pretty standard practice in Capri’s guide book.
Dale Nirvani is the founder and CEO of Goodworld, the start-up that is making giving to charity as easy as using a hashtag. Her office space is located in the most formal area of D.C., just a few blocks away from the White House, but when you walk in you are immediately teleported to one of Silicon Valley’s start up spaces. The energy and excitement in the air are palpable. And there comes Dale, a coffee mug in her hand, with her smile and warm New Zealand accent that immediately put you at ease.
Before Goodworld, Dale has had multiple careers, as an award-winning academic in New Zealand and in philanthropy in the U.S. Her key to self-confidence? Changing your mindset to get the locus of power back where it belongs: within you. Her advice to success? Take the time to meditate, to better understand who you are. Then take action and go all in.
Susanna Quinn is the founder and CEO of Veluxe, the on-demand beauty, fitness and wellness app which is empowering women by helping them save time and money without sacrificing on their health or appearance. She tells me that she is most productive in the late evening, when she finds it easier to focus.
That night however, we congregated around wine and one (ok, three) pots of ice cream to discuss her secret to success. Before Veluxe, Susanna has had multiple careers, beginning as a staffer on the Hill, then launching a real estate business.
Her key to self-confidence? Remembering your core (yes, she’s a big yoga fan). Her advice to success? Be persistent, and seek to be the person you want to attract.
Ever wonder what it would be like to advise a Minister on topics that could make or break the success of one of your country’s top economic activity? Or what it would be like, as a 24-year-old woman in 1989, to launch a career in public service? Or, maybe you’re like me and just want to discover the secret behind building a successful career with a good work-life balance.
Here at Women on the Map, we are always curious to hear the stories of women taking risks to follow their dreams and passions. With our “Career Spotlight” series, we take a glance into the lives of dynamic and pioneering women who are impacting the world positively, in many extraordinary ways.
Here at Women on the Map, we are always curious to hear the stories of women taking risks to follow their dreams and passions. That’s why we are launching the interview series “Career Spotlight” to take a glance into the lives of dynamic and pioneering women who are carving out unconventional paths in their professional lives. Together, we will journey around the world to profile women who are making their mark in extraordinary ways.
To kickstart this series, we interviewed Cheryl Tiu, a journalist and media personality based in Manila, Philippines, where she holds the coveted job as editor at large of Lifestyle Asia, the Philippines’ number one luxury magazine. Currently, Cheryl is a columnist for the Philippine Star, called “In Between Deadlines,” and for Forbes USA, called “Miss Adventures,” writing mostly about food and travel. She also is a writer for CNN Travel, CNN International’s travel website.