After graduating from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism, I spent a few months traveling in France before moving to New York City in 2011.
I landed in New York with one suitcase, less than $100 in my pocket, and an ambition to break into the editorial industry. While serving tables in Midtown Manhattan, I applied for jobs until I landed a rather unexpected position as an Assistant Digital Media Buyer at Havas. For four years I worked in digital advertising for clients that included Converse, LVMH, Volvo, Dannon, and Mexico Tourism; all the while balancing my passion for journalism and my desire to become an editor.
Frustrated both by my career detour through advertising and the trouble I was having finding an editorial job, I began building my writing experience through freelance assignments and my blog, The Pin the Map Project.
I launched my travel blog in 2012 as a platform to both flex my travel writing muscles and grow my editorial experience. The Pin the Map Project became an award-winning blog that worked with global travel brands. My blog both allowed me to travel the globe—from Morocco to Indonesia—and establish myself in the travel industry through speaking opportunities at The New York Times Travel Show, Women’s Travel Fest, and Women in Travel Summit.
I eventually landed an on-staff editorial position as Travel Editor of Culture Trip and Places Editor of Atlas Obscura. In 2018, I became an entrepreneur and co-founded Unearth Women, a travel media company by women. After being unexpectedly laid off from my job as an editor, I felt inspired by the frustration I had felt as a woman in media and the travel industry. I dreamt up a feminist publication that would champion the stories of women and their allies, and help usher in a new era of inclusivity in the travel space.
The first step of transforming my idea for Unearth Women into a company was to assemble a team of powerhouse women. With the help of my childhood friend, Elise Fitzsimmons, and girl boss Kelly Lewis, we launched a Kickstarter to raise funds for Unearth Women’s first print issue.
After successfully hitting our Kickstarter goal, our team printed 1,000 copies of issue 01 and independently sold them via our website. Our first issue featured VICE correspondent Isobel Yeung on the cover alongside stories from Gloria Steinem, Amanda Lindhout, and more. The success of our first issue led our team to secure international distribution for future issues with Curtis North America and Pineapple Media. Our second issue, featuring CNN’s Lisa Ling on the cover, would go on to be sold in Barnes & Noble, Chapters Indigo and bookstores worldwide.
Since Unearth Women’s launch in 2018, the company has been featured in The New York Times, Good Morning America, Vogue Spain, Travel + Leisure, and The Washington Post. In 2019, the company expanded to introduce a line of co-branded trips, a (soon-to-launch) podcast, and secured a book deal with Penguin Random House’s Clarkson Potter imprint.