Loup Digital Participates in Panel on Women Leadership

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In June, Co-Founder Emily Hughes had the opportunity to speak on a panel at Bustle for their intern program.

Bustle Digital Group runs numerous digital publications, including Bustle, Romper, Elite Daily, and The Zoe Report. Interns had the opportunity to speak with myself and five other panelists - Allison DiBarba of Time Out North America, Kelsey Murray of Learnvest and Northwestern Mutual, Caitlin Scott of Love Stories TV, Minda Harts of The Memo, and Yulia Laricheve of DreamNationLove. We discussed our careers and described our day-to-day work, then explained how we got to our current professions. Being that interns are college age students, we explained how our college involvements, internships, and academic trajectories set us up for the “real world.” We shared stories of both success and failure, providing advice we wish we had heard at that age. Questions like, “What is one thing you wish you would have known when you were in college and looking for a job?” prompted me to reflect on my own career and what I value and understand at this point on that path.

Many questions focused on the hurdles of starting my own company and what advice I would give other women seeking to do the same. Founding Loup Digital has been the most formative part of my professional life, and speaking to it reflects where my drive and passions meet. The overarching themes I felt each panelist spoke to consistently were:

  1. The importance of staying digitally savvy and having a grasp on analytics. The digital world is in a state of constant transformation, and being fluent in its latest trends and programs ensures your ability to remain as competitive and productive as possible. Being digitally efficient and able to make data-driven decisions are necessary skills in this business, and require constant attention.

  2. Networking as much as possible and building authentic, mutually beneficial relationships. Even in a self-started company, a career is built on connections. Working to create and maintain professional relationships of value offer outlets of advice and support.

  3. Not getting too caught up in where you start your career: trusting that the path will inevitably change course and you will end up somewhere awesome is the best mindset to adopt. When change happens, see it as a necessary and positive part of your career.

Speaking to passionate and driven female interns alongside inspiring women created an environment of innovation, motivation, and inquiry. Any chance to meet with like-minded women in business, or young women aspiring to enter the field, is a chance for growth that never fails to be enjoyable.