Meet Sierra Barter, CEO and Co-Founder of The Lady Project
[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]W[/dropcap]omen supporting women never fails to make us feel warm and fuzzy inside. That’s why we LOVE organizations like The Lady Project, which create space (both literal and figurative) for women to come together and lift one another up (usually just figuratively). This week, we caught up with Sierra to chat about her feminism and The Lady Project’s new social media campaign.
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Introduce yourself! Tell us who you are and what you do.
I am Sierra Barter, I am the CEO & Co-Founder of The Lady Project. The Lady Project is an economic development non profit & membership organization that connects, inspires and showcases awesome women doing amazing things through events, membership and community engagement.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
How do you define feminism and how does that play a part in the work you do?
Feminism to me, is about choice and equality. Feminism, is about social, political and economic equality for men and women. In Lady Project, we want women to define her own success and to give her the resources and tools that she needs to get there. We have women who work for themselves or have a killer side hustle or they are bartenders or stay at home moms-- it's all about your choice and your own personal success. We just want to be there for the ride and cheer you on along the way.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
Tell us about #ReachBackGoForward! What's the goal and why should we join in on the fun?
#ReachBackGoForward is all about honoring and recognizing the women along the way who have helped you get where you are today. Nobody does it alone-- we need to have the support of others around us to get there, whether it's a parent, friend, partner, mentor...it's super important to thank those who have gotten us where we are AND reach back and help others around us as they are growing. Women, especially, need to reach back as we climb up that ladder. As a non profit, all volunteer organization, this campion not only honors those who have helped us along the way, but also inspires others to donate to our organization so we can continue to spread our mission and help more women. If you nominate five people, we hope you can donate $5 for those women, and that those other five women will do the same![divider type="white" spacing="10"]
What's the most challenging part of running the Lady Project? The most rewarding?
The most challenging is balancing running an organization with a full time job! I am very fortunate to have a full time day job that is fun and supportive of the work I do with Lady Project; but I do wish there were more hours in a day. Managing, overall is difficult and not something I've really done before. The most rewarding is when someone tells me their life is better and changed because of the Lady Project-- whether it's the support they receive from someone they met at one of our events, or a connection they made in our Facebook group or just as cheerleader; that's definitely the best party. And, our team- we have a really incredible team and the fact that they have been doing this now, as volunteers, for years is really rewarding and a big testament to our mission![divider type="white" spacing="10"]
How can our readers continue to follow and support your work?
So many ways! The biggest thing is to attend an event and join Lady Project: we have over a dozen chapters nationwide (ladyproject.org/chapters) and a really awesome online community, too, where you can connect between events. Readers can also come to our Summit this March in Providence (check out the lineup here: ladyprojectsummit.com) and follow along on our blog: ladyproject.org/blog