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CAM Collective is a lifestyle brand FOR women BY women. Our mission is to empower you to live your best life with intent. CAM Collective provides practical products and solutions for everyday challenges women face. We give women the tools they need to be successful in all areas of their lives, from home life to their professional careers. 

What are your passions and interests?

By passion, I am a creature of creativity—gift packaging, floral design, interior design and yes, FASHION! I am also a lover of books and have been known to read a book a day. 

 

What is the biggest challenge you've encountered in your career and how did you overcome it?

I have the misfortune or fortune, depending on how you look at it, of looking young for my age. This presented a challenge as others would often question my experience and competence. Because of this, I strategically dressed to reflect my leadership role and capabilities and have been successful, in large part, because of my focus on my professional identity. Bottomline: Image is powerful.

 

What do you know now that you wish you would've known when you first started out your career?

I would tell my novice self to act with intent. What do I mean by this? Figure out your intention for your career aspirations and the steps you must take will become clearer. I would advise my novice self, “Don’t do anything you don’t truly intend.”

 

Who has been the most instrumental person in your career and why?

I’m going to cheat this question and answer what has been most instrumental in my career, as I feel that I relied heavily on one value throughout my career—integrity. Integrity was always behind my every step. I credit my integrity for helping me through challenging decisions. At the end of the day, we must live with ourselves and the decisions we made. I can rest easier knowing I tried my best to do what’s right.

 

What is one Fun Fact about yourself?

Ouu, this one is hard! Here goes! If I can choose to be any animal, I would choose to be a bird. Why? The freedom to roam at will in the air or land appeals to me. Imagine feeling the wind caress your body, seeing the beauty of the world from above or walking where no man may. Imagine that.

What are your passions and interests?

I’m passionate about continuous personal growth and professional development, so I consume a lot of material by way of books, articles and podcasts. In particular, I’m interested in leadership development and in supporting women to maximize their potential professionally. I love shopping and using fashion as a means to express myself creatively and tell my story. Most importantly, I love spending time with my husband and three children. We love to travel together, tell interesting stories to each other and laugh together during Friday family fun night.

 

What is the biggest challenge you've encountered in your career and how did you overcome it?

There hasn’t been one defining challenge. Instead, there were recurring patterns in my career where I stalled or felt stuck and, after many years, I finally realized that it wasn’t external circumstances preventing me from progressing professionally, but rather, I was getting in my own way and didn’t even know it. It was a pattern of self-limiting thoughts and behaviors that prevented me from moving forward. It wasn’t until I understood this and decided to invest in myself professionally when things changed and drastically improved for me. 

 

What do you know now that you wish you would've known when you first started out your career?

So many things. First, to pinpoint and pursue the things that I truly enjoyed, not the things that sounded good or that seemed safe. Second, to take more career risks. Third, that I didn’t have to have all the answers – not even some of them – but if I was pursuing the things that I really enjoyed, the answers would eventually reveal themselves. Finally, and most importantly, to proactively take control of my learning and development and not to wait for someone else to notice me and offer their help or invite me to the table.

 

Who has been the most instrumental person in your career and why?

My husband. He is naturally so confident in his abilities, yet humble. He doesn’t wait for permission for things – if he wants something, he pursues it unapologetically and always asks for what he wants. He’s not afraid to be a beginner at something or to fail. He’s never compelled to do something because everyone else is doing it or because he’s worried about how he’ll be perceived. I really admire and respect him and appreciate all that I have learned and will continue to learn from him.

 

What is one Fun Fact about yourself?

If I hadn’t taken myself so seriously growing up, I would probably be an actress or in the performing arts. I danced all throughout childhood and was even an NFL cheerleader after college. I grew up a super shy kid, but I have always loved to perform.

What are your passions and interests?

I love helping others think through tough situations and identify a path forward. Solving complex problems are rewarding for me so I have come to be a problem solver over the years. In hindsight, it actually now makes perfect sense why I ended up going to law school even though I had my sights set on being an architect. My family and friends know that I can’t help but think of solutions whenever I hear of a problem or challenge. I’m usually the first one to pick up the phone and offer help whenever I hear one of my loved ones is facing a challenge. The problem solver in me just can’t help it!

 

I recently developed a keen interest in mindfulness and spiritual growth. I love reading books on these topics and listening to podcasts during my long commute to work. There’s something about hearing other people’s stories and journeys that I just find so fulfilling. Seeing through other people’s eyes helps me to grow and see the world from a different perspective. Personal growth is important to me, so I soak up lessons other people have learned like a sponge!

 

What is the biggest challenge you've encountered in your career and how did you overcome it?

One of the biggest challenges I have had thus far in my career was deciding to leave my big law job to pursue my idea for an e-commerce business. I had landed what any law student would consider a “dream” job after graduating law school, working for the largest law firm in Wisconsin. While landing a job at that firm was indeed a dream come true for me, I knew staying at the firm long term was not for me. However, it took me a long time to be honest with myself and to finally leave. It was hard to justify leaving a prestigious job that paid very well simply because I didn’t feel fulfilled. After struggling with my feelings for about a year, I was finally honest with myself and left. All I knew at the time was that I wasn’t passionate about what I was doing, I felt empty and miserable and I had to get out and embark on the journey of discovering what I was truly meant to contribute to this world. While it was a challenging time for me, I was able to overcome it by being honest with myself and asking myself: what is my purpose?

 

What do you know now that you wish you would've known when you first started out your career?

No one has it all figured out and no one has all the answers. Life is a journey and everyone's journey is different. While something might have worked for some people, it might not work for you. Stop buying into the idea that you’re supposed to be doing what everyone else is doing. The only comparison you should be making is how does the person you are now compare to the person you want to become?

 

Who has been the most instrumental person in your career and why?

This is a tough question for me! I can’t whittle it down to just one person because I have a tribe of people that have helped me along the way. My mentors, my sisters, my close friends, and husband, all of these people have been instrumental in my career. It has been so important for me to have a network of people I can call upon when faced with different situations. Like I said before, no one has all the answers; that’s why having a tribe is so important. My tribe members are each specialist in various areas and I know who to call upon for perspective when I’m faced with a certain challenge or opportunity. Without my tribe, I wouldn’t have been able to successfully navigate my way through my career. Having them as my sounding board and getting advice from a team of people has definitely helped me to make strategic decisions, as well as make more difficult personnel decisions.

 

What is one Fun Fact about yourself?

I have a Weimaraner named Bruno. He is the absolute love and joy of my life! Before getting Bruno, I was completely terrified of dogs. I didn’t grow up with pets and was actually chased by a dog once, so I was scared of dogs. When my husband (then boyfriend) suggested we get a dog, I initially said no. When I gave in, I had a long list of rules for the dog before we brought him home: no sleeping with us, not allowed on the furniture, my husband had to take care of him and pick up after him. Needless to say, none of those rules made it past the day we brought Bruno home. I love him to pieces and can’t imagine my life without him! He has taught me what loyalty, forgiveness and unconditional love mean.