Meet Alexandra Harper, Founder of Women of Culture
[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]T[/dropcap]he power of women supporting women is immeasurable – and it’s so important to talk about, to cultivate, and to celebrate. That’s exactly what Alexandra Harper spends all her free time doing. Graphic designer by day, connector of creative and powerful women by nights and weekends, Alexandra is the founder of Women of Culture, a women’s networking organization that puts on some amazing NYC-based events. This week, we chatted with her about supporting women, her feminism, and what she has in store for her business.[divider type="thin" spacing="10"]
Introduce yourself! Tell us who you are and what you do.
[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]I[/dropcap] am the Founder of Women of Culture, a NYC-based social networking group designed to connect women who have an appreciation for beauty, creativity and community. I carefully curate events around the city’s most exciting and engaging cultural offerings with the goal of creating unique experiences that inspire attendees to get curious, broaden their horizons and cultivate community. Each event is an opportunity for attendees to make new connections, discover different perspectives, support other women and fully take advantage of living in this amazing city. When I am not running around the city researching, planning and promoting Women of Culture events, I am a Graphic Designer at Johnson & Johnson.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
We love that your mission is so supportive of women – can you tell us how feminism plays a part in Women of Culture?
[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]W[/dropcap]omen of Culture is about women, first and foremost. It is about bringing women together in a meaningful way that encourages us to carve out space for ourselves and our interests. It is about celebrating women and recognizing the power of female friendships to give us both strength and courage. And it is about empowering women through art as a source of information both about ourselves and the world around us. When we feel validated, supported and informed, there is no telling what change and progress we can achieve![divider type="white" spacing="10"]
What's been the most challenging part of running your organization? The most rewarding?
[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]T[/dropcap]he most challenging part is not being able to focus all of my time and energy on Women of Culture because I do have a full-time job. I have so many ideas that I don’t have the time or energy to execute, which can be very overwhelming and discouraging. But it is so rewarding to watch as women develop new connections and perceptions at my events. I love feeling that I have helped Women of Culture members discover something new about themselves or about the world around them that might both inspire and empower them.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
What advice would you have for women who want to up their networking skills but aren't sure how?
[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]I[/dropcap] think of almost every interpersonal interaction as an opportunity to network. You just never know who you are going to meet or what random person might be able to help you in a way you never imagined, and vice versa. The goal is to build deep and lasting relationships that are mutually beneficial, so it is also important to be clear on what you are able to offer, not just what you can get out of the exchange. Be curious, be open-minded, and be authentic.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
Any upcoming initiatives or events our readers should know about?
[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]Y[/dropcap]es! On Saturday May 14th, we will be learning about some of America’s first independent women and female entrepreneurs on a walking tour of the Flatiron District. This will be a fun and enriching afternoon full of art, architecture, history and herstories — as well as a great opportunity to ‘meet’ some of New York’s most cultured women of both the past and present. Please see our Eventbrite page for tickets & more information and sign up for our email list to stay informed about future events and offers!