Originally from Colombia, Nikki is the Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Unearth Women, and the Places Editor of Atlas Obscura. Previously, Nikki worked as Travel Editor of Culture Trip and as a freelance journalist for VICE, HuffPost, and more.
In addition to her work, Nikki founded the award-winning travel blog The Pin the Map Project, which has allowed her to travel around-the-world from Buenos Aires to Borneo. As both Travel Editor and Travel Blogger, Nikki has spoken at an array of travel conferences including the Women’s Travel Fest, Women in Travel Summit, New York Times Travel Show, New York Travel Fest and as a guest commentator on Cheddar News TV and NPR Weekend Edition.
Get in touch: Nikki@unearthwomen.com
PUBLISHER & HEAD OF OPERATIONS, CO-FOUNDER
Elise Fitzsimmons is Publisher and Co-Founder of Unearth Women. As Publisher, Elise is tasked with overseeing business development of the company, the production of the print magazine, and managing the finances of the magazine.
Elise is a development professional with a passion for human connection and new experiences. Membership Director for a public radio station in Aspen, Colorado, Elise wears many hats. She is responsible for the acquisition of over one million dollars in individual contributions, donor relations and membership maintenance, marketing, and event planning. She intends to bring her prior experience and dedication to Unearth Women so that women everywhere have a dedicated platform to share their stories and be seen.
Get in touch: Elise@unearthwomen.com
EXECUTIVE EDITOR, CO-FOUNDER
An entrepreneur at heart, Kelly Lewis is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Unearth Women. Kelly is also the Founder of Go! Girl Guides, the founder of the annual Women’s Travel Fest—a sold-out consumer travel event for women who love to travel—and Damesly, a tour company for professional and creative women.
Originally from Hawaii, Kelly lived in New Zealand for a year before traversing through South America and the South Pacific. She launched Go! Girl Guides in late 2010 after the idea came to her in a dream.
Get in touch: Kelly@unearthwomen.com
PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER
Maria Eilersen is the Public Relations Manager at Unearth Women, and is responsible for amplifying Unearth Women’s story in the press. Maria brings seven years of global communications experience to the team across PR, content marketing and journalism in the travel and lifestyle sectors.
In 2017, her passion for travel and yoga collided when she stepped off the corporate ladder, solo traveled through Central America and became a yoga and meditation teacher before returning to her base in London, and her first love: writing.
Maria has delivered award-winning PR campaigns and her own bylines have appeared in Interview Magazine, The Copenhagen Post, Trendland and more, covering travel, lifestyle, fashion and food.
Get in touch: Maria@unearthwomen.com
DIRECTOR OF SALES & PARTNERSHIPS
Ainhi Pham will be leading cross-platform partnership programs for new and existing partner brands as head of New Business & Strategic Partnership Development at Unearth Women. Born in a refugee camp in Thailand, and raised in Philadelphia, Ainhi has a passion for human rights, food, travel, and punny Mead. If you meet her IRL, be sure to bring her cake!
Get in touch: Ainhi@unearthwomen.com
As Staff Writer at Unearth Women, Rachel is tasked with capturing the compelling narratives of formidable ladies from around the world.
Formerly Art & Design Editor at Culture Trip, where she was an original member of the core editorial team that collaboratively established the digital publication’s voice, Rachel lives in pursuit of the social, cultural, and political power of visual art.
Rachel is living in her hometown of New York City, where she currently works as a freelance journalist and hosts art vlog Several Circles, which delves into the human interest stories of pioneering artists from history to the contemporary day.
Get in touch: Rachel@unearthwomen.com