Surprise! Today I have an interview with the executive director of I AM THAT GIRL (IATG), Emily Greener. I recently found out about IATG after JewelMint launched their friendship bracelets to support the cause. Read below to find out more about the organization, their creative director, and how you can help!
Q: I recently found IATG and fell in love with the idea. Although beauty products is a big focus of my blog I try to emphasize often the power of kindness and helping others. It is really moving to see an organization founded on the values of finding true confidence and passion in girls. I’ve only known of the organization for a short time yet I feel so connected to it. As the executive director, what about I Am That Girl resonates with you?
A: Everything. The idea that through powerful conversations and building community we can inspire confidence in people keeps me up at night. We have an opportunity to lift each other up instead of break each other down. I’ve watched a room full of girls and women who are riddled with insecurity and competing with each other out of fear that they are not enough turn in to a room of supportive, powerful and passionate friends who have each other’s backs no matter what. We are making smart, sexy and redefining what’s cool. We aren’t afraid of the taboo or speaking the truth and we want to inspire that in all who will listen. I can imagine what’s possible when we collaborate instead of compete and contribute instead of just consume. We are curating conversations through media, utilizing it’s massive influence as an opportunity to solve this epidemic of insecure girls and inspire a movement that creates instead of destroys. The possibilities are endless and I just want to have a part in making people’s lives and the world at large a little better.
Q: How did you get involved with Alexis Jones and IATG?
A: I met Alexis before I AM THAT GIRL launched and was immediately drawn to her passion, the message and the potential. I had never thought about being in business before but there was a social entrepreneur inside of me that I didn’t know existed. Being able to have a positive influence on people, create and execute projects I’m passionate about, and implement a culture that could inspire an entire society to shift it’s paradigm has been more fulfilling than anything I could ever imagine. Alexis and I were best friends and business partners at first sight and it has been the greatest journey of my life.
Q: What is your favorite part about working for this organization?
A: Getting to create, watching ideas come to fruition, surrounding myself with a team of people who inspire me both personally and professionally, and the fact that it isn’t work at all. There’s nothing I would rather spend my time doing.
Q: To someone new to IATG, how would you describe it?
A: I AM THAT GIRL is a movement inspiring confidence in young women through building community and creating healthy media. Our community is both online, and locally through our THAT GIRL GOES LOCAL program. We would love your participation in creating response videos to the media we put online on YouTube. Start a local chapter. Join our Facebook and Twitter community. Most importantly, be THAT GIRL in your every day life, the best version of you!
Q: Is there anything that you would like to add or emphasize?
A: People often ask what advice I would give them in order to feel empowered. We believe the word empowerment is synonymous with the recognition of choice. You can choose to be grateful, choose to spend your time thinking about how you can love yourself (and others) more instead of less, you can choose to lead by example, to contribute to this world instead of consume, to collaborate instead of compete, to learn what you don’t know, to validate your own feelings and express vulnerability, to create meaningful relationships and have conversations that matter. You choose how you let something or someone effect you and what your perspective is on life. That’s empowering. And no one can take that from you.
Are you THAT GIRL?