I got involved with NSH Lady Project as I was searching for my first "real job" after college.
When Nika asked if I knew anyone who was interested in doing social media for NSH Lady Project, I jumped at the opportunity. Since then, I have learned more about social media and event coordination, but more than that, I have gained a connection to a community that either didn't exist or was hiding, dormant, in Nashua. I was able to strengthen my female friendships, learn about new businesses and the entrepreneurial spirit that so many women in Nashua possess, and tap into a potential that I never thought existed in my home town. I also went to the Lady Project Summit this year and heard from so many inspiring women from across the country.
Being a part of the Lady Project has shown me that by having a stake in your community, you begin to see that talented women can excel and thrive right where they are, and simultaneously increase the value of that community. It has been uplifting to be around so many driven women who thrive off of building each other up.
Alexandra Dickinson: NYC Lady Project
I'm the CEO and founder of Ask For It, a boutique consulting company working to close the gender wage gap by effecting change at both the institutional and individual level.
My business is relatively new (less than one year) and so we're at a stage where everything is evolving and changing. We started as a part time project and have turned into a full-fledged company. Part of that transition was polishing the look and feel of the brand. I needed some new professional headshots and a cohesive design for the website, so of course I turned to Lady Project ladies: Jen Brister of Story and Gold Photography for my photos and Valerie Caña for my graphic design. I even had LP friends help me choose my outfit for the shoot during a super fun shopping trip.
I got up the courage to start my business because of the incredible entrepreneurs I'd met through Lady Project, so it only makes sense that as my business grows, I'm continuing to work with members of our incredible community.
Patsy Culp: PVD Lady Project
I launched my blog on my 30th birthday. Huge thanks to fellow members Nikki Groom for introducing me to the Lady Project, Carole Ann Penney for helping me connect my dots and pull it all together, Brittanny Taylor for her fabulous photography, and Sierra Barter & Julie Sygiel for dreaming up and bringing us all together. So much love, ladies. My heart is overflowing with gratitude and deep appreciation for all of you. This is what happens when you are surrounded by the love and support of so many amazing women doing amazing things.
Yuri Tomikawa: PVD Lady Project
A Note to CEO, Sierra Barter: I just want to tell you how awesome Lady Project is. I met with Erica Buscillo yesterday and we had a great time sharing our stories and she knows Jay and Giusita too who are also in Lady Project... I also met Jay for dinner and she's helping me with Instagram, and so many people have shared Zencare in the threads too which were super awesome surprises!
I'm so grateful you created this.
Meagan Sage: NSH Lady Project
NSH Lady Project made me feel comforted in my move from RI to NH - knowing there would be like-minded, driven, welcoming ladies in NH that I'd be able to connect with made me feel that much better about my decision to take a new job and relocate.
Nancy Gandrud: BLD Lady Project
I first discovered Lady Project while living in Providence, RI. I loved meeting new women and learning about events and local businesses. When I moved back to my hometown, Boulder, CO, I wanted to bring the same community and programming together for women in Boulder. Lady Project provides a natural thread to string together all the women I know in my local community, support each other and do fun things together. I love the annual summit with the different speakers and panel topics. It is very inspiring for both my personal and professional life.
Brigid Nee: PVD Lady Project
My first Lady Project event was the summit last April. When we all came together in the morning, we were instructed to stand up, turn to a new face, and say the first word that popped into our heads. I said "powerful." Linda said "connection." And that is exactly what it was. In true lady fashion, she complimented my outfit, and I told her that she had beautiful eyes. We ran into each other in line for the bar at the amazing after party and began chatting about what we do.
I work at Year Up, a job training program for young adults, and she is a career coach. We immediately discovered that we had similar passions, so I invited Linda to come visit our site and learn more about getting involved. She came the following week and has been a volunteer ever since! Linda has met with one of our young adults several times. He was having trouble transitioning from his internship to full-time employment and she generously offered her time and expertise to get him on the right track. She will also be serving as a mentor for our next class that starts in September.
I truly believe that this connection was meant to be. Because of one seemingly silly activity, Linda is now in a position to impact the lives of many young adults in need of guidance, and who knows what that ripple effect may lead to.
Emily Keizer: PVD Lady Project
I've lived in PVD for three years now, and two years in I was really struggling with not knowing many people and not being involved. Cue the Lady Project. I was introduced through many various avenues - so many people suggested it, that I never even thought about joining!
I have an Etsy shop, where I design and create custom bedding for my customers. I love the artsy support from other LP members - there aren't many cities where artists are among the highest caliber professionals!
Being a member of this great group has been an amazing asset in this formative part of my life - the combination of learning, being inspired, and exploring that is offered by school, work and the Lady Project has been a great influence. I can't wait to see what I do with it!
Loren Mendozzi: PVD Lady Project
Lady Project has helped me an so many ways! I have met the most wonderful women and made some fantastic friends through Lady Project. These women have inspired and motivated me to keep growing as a business and a person. No matter what curve balls may have been thrown at you, there's a Lady that's been through it, pushing you and encouraging you to meet your goals. I've increased my clientele base, as well as becoming involved with a charity giving back to the homeless in need.....and I've only been a member since 12/14! I can't wait to see what the future holds with Lady Project! I look forward to more Summits, workshops and networking events.