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Woman at Work: Christa Miller-Shelley

Tall ship sailor. Teacher. Barista.  Dog sitter. Yoga teacher. Construction worker.  Ski instructor. Knitter. Never quitter.  This is how Christa Miller-Shelley stays busy. Based in Maine, this Jill of all trades is also the muse behind Dovetail...

Women at Work: Herbalist & Survival Skills Instructor Dr. Nicole Apelian

What does a day in your work life look like? Varied! I could be at home making herbal infusions, in the woods teaching people how to build survival shelters or in the Kalahari with the San Bushmen,...

Woman at Work: Brenna Kelly, Southeast Conservation Corps Director

How did you begin working in trail conservation?In all honesty, I wanted to get out of my hometown. I loved traveling, meeting new people, and community service. I stumbled upon the opportunity to apply to be a...

Woman at Work: Electrical Apprentice Isis Harris

What made you start your career in the trades?I started in the construction trades determined to better the lives of my children. That decision has affected my life in extraordinary ways. Joining the union is what kept...

Woman at Work: Hope Renovations Founder Nora Spencer

Tell us about Hope Renovations. Hope Renovations’s mission is to inspire hope in women and older adults for a joyful and fulfilling future. We build futures and transform lives by empowering women into living wage jobs in the...

Three Doves, One Letter

2021. It’s here, and so are you, and so are we. No words can do justice to the hardship 2020 inflicted on families and communities. We won’t try. Instead, we thought to share with you how 2020...

Orgs at Work: Build the Future

It cannot be overstated: 2020 was a year of tragedy and devastation, revealing chasms in class, race, healthcare, and the systems of oppression that have stood for centuries. Nationwide protests and social media armchair activism have caused many of us to take...

Woman at Work: General Manager Sindy Reyes

What does a day in your work life look like? Shower, make up, dress up, hair appointment, nail salon...... Just kidding! It’s more like a cup of coffee in the morning spilling all over as I rush...

Women At Work: BTS with Fabric Mavens Ebru, Cindy, and Sara

Sara DeLuca, you’re the Design Maven-In-Chief, and co-founder of Dovetail Workwear. When it comes to building Dovetail products, you wear the pants around here! Tell us, what are the No Fade pants with CORDURA® that we’re here...

Woman at Work: Girls Build Camp Counselor + Instructor Raven Pearce

What does a day in your work life look like?  A loud blare in my ear at 5:00 AM means it's time to get up. The clock staring back at me seems menacing at such an early...

Woman at Work: Filmmaker, River Guide and Fisherman Meredith Meeks

Pronouns: she/her What does a day in your work life look like?  My work day varies based on the season. As of now, I spend my time on the things I’m passionate about: visual storytelling, training to...

Woman at Work: Truck Driver Allyson 'Cadillac' Hay

Pronouns: she/hers Tell us about your work. I am a truck driver for the Walmart Private Fleet as well as a mentor and a NATMI (North American Transportation Management Institute) Certified Driver Trainer. How long have you...

Woman at Work: Farmer Tiffany Holbrook

Which came first? The chicken or the egg? OK, you know I just wanted to say that. Now let me ask a real question…Or maybe that is a real question to a chicken farmer? What do you...

Woman at Work: She Built This City Founder Demi Knight Clark

Pronouns: She/Her Demi, we’re going to make you a virtual cocktail for this conversation. What will it be?  Old-school Manhattan. With a big fat cherry and orange slice. Tell us about your work. I’m the Founder &...

Woman at Work: Pilot and Mechanic Cassidy Moore

Pronouns: she/herTell us about your work.  I am the chief mechanic of the Heritage Flight Museum—a flying warbird collection in Burlington, Washington. I maintain a fleet of 18 various warbirds from WW1 era to the Korea/ Vietnam...


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