What advice would you give your younger self?
Apologize less. I fairly recently discovered my bad habit of apologizing to everyone for everything—doing too little, caring too much, working too hard, not working hard enough. Only in the last few years have I realized that I was putting a ton of pressure on myself to live up to what I felt others' expectations of me were. It's very freeing to realize that as much as people care, nobody cares as much as I do, and so I can occasionally not only cut myself a break but also give myself permission to just chill.
What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
I'm a hilariously risk-averse person so this is a very hard question for me to answer. I suppose it would be taking on the role I'm in now leading the brand marketing team at the Times. I have loved the Times and been a subscriber for much longer than I've been an employee, so I felt a good deal of nervousness transitioning into my current role. I am certainly learning every day on the job, but have also been more excited and motivated doing this work than anything in recent memory.
If you weren’t doing your current job, what would you be doing and why?
If you had asked me this a year ago I would have almost certainly said I'd be doing something in interior design, which has long been a passion of mine and occupies much more of my brain space than it has any right to. But after undergoing a pretty extensive COVID-era home renovation, I feel quite sure that I'd prefer design to remain a hobby versus a full-time gig. Instead, I would love to focus full-time on growing my painting practice.
What should the industry do to encourage more women and people of color into its ranks?
Access and entry only go so far if you're not building an environment that encourages and sustains talent. Once people have entry into your ranks, what are you doing to honestly encourage their contributions? A lot of places want their talent to be diverse but their processes to remain the same, and it's difficult for those two things to coexist. It's important that industry leaders commit to creating conditions that allow people to thrive because of what they bring to the table that's different, and not in spite of it.