Meet Our Ambassadors: Boston
We just left Boston where we had a packed house for our first town hall. Despite the pouring rain and the fact that barely anyone there had heard of Ladies Get Paid, so many amazing women showed up! Not only did they come - they shared. What an articulate, supportive, and lovely group. None of this would have happened without our ambassadors. After hosting town halls in New York for six months, we've since gone on the road, traveling to cities all across America where there are women willing to step up and help. We are so grateful to our Boston team and can't wait to introduce you to them.
Amanda Fakhreddine is our resident rower, and if she's not teaching a rowing class, she's hanging around Lake Quanapowitt, or battling her daily struggle; what to eat? Emily Besen's badass moment (to date) was moving to New Zealand after college and living out of a camper van. So it's no surprise that her "treat yoself" moments involve buying plane tickets. Christina Invernizzi enjoys running along the Charles, cheering on the Bruins, and going to classes at BTone (North End). She also loves avocado, and is probably wondering which next meal she'll include them in: breakfast, lunch, dinner, all three?! Sydney Throop hopes that in ten years women make up 50% or more of political representation at local, state, and federal levels. In the evening you'll likely to find her at a concert at the Sinclair or Paradise Rock Club.
I've never been to boston. Where should I go?
Amanda: I might be biased, but you have to go and check out Harpoon Brewery. Not only did I have the pleasure of working there for awhile, but I also met my fiance there. Great beer hall, awesome beer, plus a great view of Boston! Pro Tip: Avoid Thursday evening through Saturday night if you want to sit and have a chill time. It get's packed. Head over to Yankee Lobster too, which is right next door -- my favorite lobster roll in the city. If you're lucky, you'll get to hear a band warming up or performing in the Blue Hills Pavilion.
Emily: I lived in Jamaica Plain for four years, which can feel like the end of the earth for many Bostonians, but it's such a wonderful and creative community. This sounds morbid, but the Forest Hills Cemetery is awesome; its a great reminder of all the talented Bostonians that came before us, and it has hidden art installations throughout. Then, eat tapas at Tres Gatos.
Christina: As cliche as it may sound, I love recommending the Freedom Trail for tourists who have never been to Boston before. First off, if you're a history buff, you'll get to see some historical sites like Paul Revere's House, Bunker Hill Monument, the first public school, and the site of the Boston Massacre. If you're looking for a cool view of the city you can climb the Bunker Hill Monument (its 294 steps and free!), and then enjoy an amazing lunch or dinner just over the bridge in the North End. I highly recommend Trattoria il Panino, and if you have a sweet tooth and want an authentic Italian cannoli, Modern Pastry, otherwise check out the "tourist trap" Mike's Pastry (they have 20 different cannoli flavors).
Sydney: Go rent a pair of rollerblades and take them for a spin on the Esplanade, the bike path/walkway that borders the Charles River, on a warm summer's evening!
How did you hear about Ladies Get Paid?
Amanda: I went to BU with Claire - where I first met her as my R.A. and then got to know her more as a classmate in a couple sociology classes.
Emily: I met Claire on Birthright, which infamously gets teased for being a matchmaking trip for young Jews (the Broad City episode is scarily spot on), and in fact did witness Claire meet her now husband!
Sydney: I heard about LGP from one of my dearest lady friends who immediately insisted I get involved. We always have each other's back on new, awesome opportunities we think the other would love and benefit from. That's the best kind of friendship -- one that pushes each other to new places!
Why do you want to be a LGP Ambassador for Boston?
Emily: In my work as a International Relationship Manager & Career Adviser at Babson College, I have lots of conversations with female students about their value: both in terms of monetary compensation and the contributions they bring to their teams. These conversations are difficult, and honestly women are reluctant to have them. I want to see this change, and am guessing you do too. I also think that Boston has this reputation of being closed off. I'm excited to give other women my age an outlet to meet new and interesting people.
Tell us about something you're proud of.
Christina: When I was in high school I had a teacher who told me I'd do well in a Computer Science major. It wasn't very common for girls at the time, but I loved computers and math so I decided to go for it. In college, I had some amazing internship opportunities and met some amazing women in leadership roles. I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Computer Informational Systems, 1 of 4 women with my major, and decided more girls need to take advantage of that opportunity. I've since been back to my alma mater, Bentley University, to give talks to potential CIS majors and have become a mentor for summer interns at every company I've worked at and participate in Girls Who Code, a program for high school girls interested in STEM programs.
Emily: Both positions I've worked in at Babson College have been brand new; I've had the opportunity to build my roles from the ground-up; set strategy, help my managers define the roles, and integrate with already formed teams. It's challenging, but as the daughter of an entrepreneur, totally suits me.
What's some of the best advice you've received?
Amanda: Don't be afraid to ask for help - no one knows you need help or advice until you ask. You have to be proactive in writing and creating your story, and the first step is by losing your ego and asking for help when you need it.
Christina: "Be the Duck" has become my motto at work. Now, please don't go "quacking" around the office! "Be the Duck" is a reminder to keep calm in a world of chaos. If something doesn't go as planned, don't show panic. Like a duck, at the surface you need to be composed and unruffled. However, below the surface you're paddling like hell - refocusing, moving on, and taking action.