Lucky for us, she also leads the interactive design team at Dropbox. We asked her some questions about navigating work and identity. Here’s what she said:
How would you describe your creative practice?
Telling engaging stories through the power of brand.
How does your identity as a womxn inform your work?
Early in my career, I had to fight really hard for my opinions and recommendations to be heard. So as I’ve led design teams, I take a very inclusive and open approach. This applies not only to the work in reviews or design sessions—making sure everyone’s voices are heard and shared—but also in how I manage my reports. I always ask for feedback and have spent a lot of time learning how to better communicate, listen, and allow the people who work for me to be heard and seen.
What does feminism mean to you?
Equal rights for womxn and men.
Can you share any stories from your creative career when being a womxn was a focus, for better or worse?
Actually, other than Dropbox, I’ve always worked at companies that were definitely a “boys’ club” and had to fight really hard to infiltrate and influence. I’ve failed at speaking my mind when it mattered, many times. I learned to find allies (womxn and men) who help empower and lift up my voice. And then, once I was able to navigate that, I worked to use my perspective as a womxn to better recruit, redefine my team’s culture, and mentor my designers.