I am curious. I want to try new things, have new experiences and continue grow as a human being. Here are some photos and snippets of my adventures.
Mexico City is a magical city full of art, street food & architecture. I ate my way through the city trying every taco I could get my hands on.
During the first 3 months of 2017, I was working in Dublin, Ireland and was able to travel throughout Ireland as well as the rest of Europe. Here are some pictures from my Paris trip with my sister, Heather and my friend, Colleen.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SUPPER CLUB
Every Monday night during the NFL regular season I host Monday Night Football Supper Club.
Each Monday, for 16 weeks, I make a meal based on the home team for that Monday Night's game. For example, Philadelphia Eagles I will make Philly Cheesesteaks! I spend time researching recipes to ensure the authenticity along with the history of that particular meal in that city!
Pictured are Philly Cheesesteaks whit whiz for the Philadelphia Eagles, Juicy Lucys for the Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Dogs for the Chicago bears and deep dish pizza for the Chicago Bears.
2017 will mark the 5th anniversary of the Monday Night Football Supper Club! To date, that has been 64 Mondays of delicious meals!
POTTERY WHEEL COURSE
I like to have new experiences and push myself to try new things. I began learning to golf, I visited Big Sur, I hiked through Zion and I enrolled into an Intro to Pottery Wheel course. I was really excited to be able to create something from nothing!
I had grand visions of the salad bowl and coffee mugs I would create thinking that it couldn't be that hard to make a bow. I am a creative person so I thought pottery would come naturally to me!
I was wrong.
Pottery was a very humbling experience that taught me a very valuable life lesson... I'm not good at everything, but you still need to try. And fail.
When I was 18 I went on a field trip to the front offices of the San Francisco Giants Baseball Club. It was on that day in April (just one month shy of my high school graduation) that I set out on my professional journey. I kept in touch with the employees I met that day and 10 months later I became a Marketing and Game Entertainment Intern. Nothing fancy. I was the person passing out pizzas to the lucky row. But what that 2006 baseball season taught me was that that I never wanted to work somewhere where I had to wear business casual to everyday... well partly that, but that I wanted to work in an environment where you are creating something (tangible or intangible) for people experience.
In 2014 I joined Google on the Online Partnerships Group. During my 2+ years on OPG I have been able to be the project manager on several projects impacting Google, OPG and our community.
Women@ Fast Forward Event: Women@ Partnerships group hosted an all day event for 50+ of our top performing women across the partnerships organizations. I managed logistics of the event including agenda, speakers, team activities, evening dinner and key note speaker. In our post-event survey the participants reported a 98% “very satisfied” rate.
OPG Noogler Onboarding Program: In Q1 2017 I was on ambassadorship in Dublin, Ireland working to revamp the OPG Buddy Program. My key objective for the quarter was to bring structure to the Noogler Buddy program (where no structure has previously existed) through a scalable and centralized website that can be utilized by each region. This website is storehouse for materials that provide guidelines, expectations and associated timelines for Nooglers, Buddys and Managers - providing guidance, clarity, consistency and efficiency. My key deliverable was (is) the OPG Noogler Lead Program website that I built on the GrowCMS platform.
Women In Tech Mentorship Program: In the fall of 2015 I met the Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters Bay Area at a volunteer event held at Google. We began talking and I told her about my passion for exposing young girls to the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) especially young girls from disadvantage upbringings. Over the next 12 months myself and her team at Big Brothers Big Sisters developed a 9 month program for 20 young girls (age 10-12) from the YWCA in San Jose. We established a program that partnered the young girls with a female Googler. The program meets twice a month and covers various topics like preparing for high school, preparing for college, meeting other women at Google, fields throughout the headquarters along with a field trip to Stanford University. .
I started working at Nike, Inc. on the Global Women's Training team in merchandising as the Merchandising Coordinator. In this role I learned the foundations of building a merchandising strategy that truly speaks to the consumer. This means understanding your market's needs and wants, yet driving the growth of your business- balancing the art with science.
One project that I spearheaded from conception to market was the creation of the Women's accessory business. On the women's team we obsessed our consumer, we obsessed her outfit, her daily routine, her life, but Nike was only offering apparel, footwear and limited equipment for her. We realized she was going to other brands for her accessories. I began working with the design team and product teams to identify what are her 'must haves'. After months of market travel and consumer research we compiled a 10 piece collection of headbands, accessory bags, compression sleeves and socks. I worked with our sales teams to identify key retailers in key markets that would launch our product. Along with our marketing team, I identified key influencers like Serena Williams, Alex Morgan and Skylar Diggs to be our accessories ambassadors as their key game looks already included accessories. These combined efforts brought in $1M in revenue annually and now 4 years you can find these products in Nike stores and sports retailers around the world!
When I joined the Men's Athletic Training team I was able to leverage my experience on the Women's accessories and establish a men's line of equipment while I managed a $20M apparel business across 6 global markets.
As a bright-eyed and busy-tailed 19 year old, I started working in professional sports. My first day as an intern at the San Francisco Giants also happened to be my first time watching a professional baseball game. I didn't know what I was doing, but I was dedicated.
My key takeaway from my professional sports internships was that you always needed to be prepared because while a baseball game is pretty predictable with 9 innings, 3 outs, a batter, a pitcher, etc. you don't ever actually know what will happen. So you must always have a plan and a backup plan and a backup plan for the back up plan. What's that saying? Prior planning prevents poor performance.
My internships included:
Oakland Athletics Baseball Club: Community Relations, 2008
Major League Baseball: Special Events, 2007
San Francisco Giants Baseball Club: Game Entertainment and Marketing, 2006
I love to create things, events, experiences. I find it thrilling to have a vision, start a plan and then execute. While I sometimes take on a bit more than planned (hello balloon arch), I just love the thrill of being down to the final minute and hoping it all comes together. You'll see some of the events I planned: birthday parties, bachelorette party, bridal brunch, etc.
My favorite place in the world is probably a stationary store. I love stationary and I am known to send out cards for all holidays and birthdays. I treat each envelope as a blank canvas just waiting for the address to become a masterpiece. Plus, I just LOVE snail mail.
BASIC & BOUJEE
It is no secret that I LOVE to travel and explore new places. It is also no secret that I'm overly organized. Prior to a trip I do an extensive amount of research to figure out where I want to eat and where I want to shop. I had all of these Google spreadsheets created that I was sharing with various people when I decided to create a website so I could have my recommendations in one place, but also remember my favorite places in each city.
In 2015 my Portland studio apartment was featured in The Everygirl, my favorite lifestyle website. The tiny studio was 450 square feet, but I got crafty with my design layout in order to make the space feel larger. Decortaing this space was probably one of my favorite design projects to date!
My talented friend, Colleen, photographed my little studio and you can find her website here and the entire feature on The Everygirl found here.
To celebrate the wedding of a dear friend I hosted a wedding brunch to kick off the wedding activities. I wanted to keep the morning simple with small bites of donuts, waffles, fruit and beverages. It was a hassle free morning to celebrate the bride to be.
For my mother's 60th birthday celebration I planned a fabulous flamingo bash for 75 of our dearest family and friends. My mother has always loved flamingos so that was an easy inspiration piece for the event.
I came across this AMAZING balloon arch on Pinterest and I was like 'Ohhhh, I can do this'. With the help of my sister and stepfather.... and 22 ft of chicken wire, a couple staples, 600+ balloons and endless rolls of packaging tape we created this stunning balloon arch. This is the finished product, but in the other pictures you can see the progress of the arch.
And to top things off for this event, I even spray painted pineapples gold! The evening was truly a vision come true.
To celebrate my grandmother's birthday, we invited friends and family over for afternoon lunch. It was a warm Spring day so I went to the garden for inspiration.
This was an extremely crafty moment for myself. I have seen these garlands all over wedding blogs and I was like 'how hard could this be?' Luckily, my grandfather has eucalyptus trees enclosing his property. So after an hour of trimming the trees, I had enough inventory to create the garland. To make the garland pop, I added a few fresh flowers... just call me Martha Stewart!
To surprise my aunt for her 70th birthday, I planned a garden party. I had this vision of mis-matched china and crystal goblets with fresh flowers. I enlisted my mother and grandmother to ravage every thrift shop they came across to gather enough mis-matched china for 50 people. The result was a stunning and whimsical tablescape.
I also wanted to incorporate photos of my aunt throughout her life. Luckily, my grandmother just replaced the windows in her house and had this round set of windows from her kitchen, which became the display for the photos. Another proud Martha Stewart moment.
WEDDING DINNER PARTY
To celebrate my friend's wedding myself and another friend organized an even of dinner and drinks. To add a special touch to each place setting I put together gift bags of champagne and other treats for the guests. Cheers!