It is never a dull moment working with Woven Futures. We are constantly building, creating, innovating. The ideas flow as much as the coffee does, and I mean we drink coffee like it’s going out of style. Whether we are trying to be quiet at Domi Station (it is communal and I am LOUD), using the new facilities at Innovation Hub, finding photo-ops around Railroad Square, writing up goals while munching on breakfast at Catalina Cafe, selling and speaking with customers at a market, or under my carport constructing various displays, we are always doing something new. Each week is completely different than the last, which is definitely a unique interning experience. You can always expect a surprise, and sometimes a complication. We are continually adapting to whatever situation is thrown at us, a cancelled event, wood that doesn’t quite fit the way you wanted it to. Sometimes you put a ton of effort into something and it turns out awful. But more often we are surprised by how well projects go, especially when it is undiscovered territory for us. It is an incredibly rare feeling that I get to experience: my idea came to fruition, that is the work that I did, and it is AWESOME! Woven is the embodiment of start-up culture. The newness of the brand and the adaptable social-business model proves to be lively and creates an ever-changing environment. Everything we do for Woven is with intent and the understanding that we are putting positivity and change out into the world. The small, tedious tasks that must get done, like packaging tiny bracelets, are just as important as the big, exciting events like Discovery on Parade. Every day I am learning what it takes to be part of a start-up company and I am falling in love with the feeling of creating, changing, bringing something brand new to the table. It makes all of the hard work and obstacles so worth while.
As I’ve mentioned in our cohort meetings, we wear many hats at Woven Futures. And as is the student start-up life, we have very varying agendas, time-sensitive tasks, and busy, busy, BUSY schedules. We are a company of three; wherever Hannah needs an extra hand, another set of eyes, a different point of view, Gaby and I are there to pick up the slack. The three of us work together on what I will call “big-picture” projects, bouncing ideas off of each other, and divvying up the work amongst ourselves. We have time where the three of us are together, and time where Gaby and I work by ourselves on different projects. I have the honor and pleasure of working side by side with my joint-intern. And although we do Woven team and individual work, most of the time we are working together. Gaby and I have become exceptionally synchronized. Whenever we are working on a project, we are constantly helping each other out; one of us will forget a small part of something or there is an aesthetic detail that goes unnoticed, and the other will be able to correct it. Even when there is nothing to correct, just having two sets of eyes on the job makes the quality improve immensely. We actually have an inside joke for it: “This is why there are two of us.” And we habitually say it as we complete various tasks. It’s funny, the other day at the market, Hannah set up an initial product display. I added a missing piece and arranged it again. Then, Gaby added a final piece and arranged it once more. The three of us looked at the display and then to each other and said “This is why there are THREE of us.”
We Woven Women have created an incredible ecosystem. The three of us really do compliment each other in ways we had no idea would be possible. We all have drive, that is for sure, but it is our individual qualities and charismas that make our experience so exceptional. I definitely bring A LOT of energy to the team, always bouncing around and keeping the two of them laughing at something I do or say. Gaby never ceases to amaze me with her dedication to generating the most positive change she can muster. She is our glue; she keeps Hannah and I organized (we are alarmingly similar in our undeniable passion and ambition but sometimes not-so-put-together approach). And of course Hannah is the backbone, the foundation, the motivation, the heartbeat; her passion for Woven and the work we do is absolutely inspiring. We are always pushing each other to do bigger and better things. It isn’t just about the interning experience, it is the friendship we have formed that will last us our lifetimes. These girls amaze me every day. I am so thankful that I am able to work on this incredible team. And this is only the beginning.