While much of Edge of Seven’s work is overseas, we are trying to expand our presence and impact here in our home community as well. We recently joined a local co-working space, partnered with Architecture for Humanity Denver and brought on a number of advisors and volunteers. We are currently hiring local interns, beginning several new partnership conversations and joining a collaborative of 20 other Denver-based international development organizations. To expand on an old cliche… we are building community locally, but acting globally. The way we see it, the more good people we bring into our network, the better chance we’ll have to improve the lives of women and girls across the world.
Join me today in formally welcoming Hilary to the Edge of Seven team. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting a few of our volunteers, advisors and supporters and what drew them to Edge of Seven.
Name: Hilary C., Hometown: Salinas, CA
Current Location: Denver, CO
Education: Princeton University (Undergrad); University of Michigan Ross School of Business (MBA)
Tell us a little about your story. Out of undergrad I worked in management consulting in Boston, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. Post MBA I’ve been focused on brand marketing which is really like running a business. I feel privileged to have helped steward brands such as Pace Salsa, Land O Lakes Half & Half, and Horizon organic milk. I’ve been learning and globetrotting and loving it all. Plus, I’ve had the benefit of working with so many smart, passionate people along the way.
What drew you to Edge of Seven? I’ve always been fascinated by applying “for profit” business concepts to the non-profit world. Edge of Seven had such a powerful mission but was choosing to execute in a thoughtful and innovative way. I wanted to help them grow and do more good work.
What type of work do you do with Edge of Seven? Marketing. I’m developing consumer and corporate marketing messaging, creating digital strategy, and managing the Pinterest account, among other things.
Why are you interested in empowering women and girls? I have always had a passion for empowering women. I went to an all-girls high school. In business school, I was co-chair of the Women in Leadership Conference. Also, during my MBA program I had the chance to do a project with Women for Women International. It is such an amazing organization, and founder Zainab Salbi is inspirational. So really, Edge of Seven was a logical fit for me.
For me, it is all about the people and the human side… working with a passionate core team creating an authentic experience for the volunteers, and in some small way changing lives of the people in the communities Eo7 serves.