Latte's with Laura (Chief Operating Officer)

 Laura Parker, Chief Operating Officer

Laura Parker, Chief Operating Officer

My journey to becoming a part of the My Social Canvas team is one of absolute awe, wonder, struggles, victories, and unrealized potential that turned into realized dreams. As a little girl, fashion had always intrigued and overwhelmed me in the best way, but my dreams and aspirations seemed to always be floating mid air, still unspun into the tapestry that would one day become my reality.

During my undergraduate years, I started a job at a socially-conscious clothing boutique that lit a fire within me for social justice through the fashion industry. It was then that I realized I could work for the greater good of humanity while also beautifying it materialistically in the process. Following my college graduation, I quickly continued on to complete my Master of Professional Studies in Fashion Marketing at LIM College in New York City. During this time, I was fortunate enough to land a internship at a socially-conscious fashion company, which then transitioned into full-time role where I eventually became the Director of Sales & Marketing.

Over the past 6+ years, I realized much more than just the industry I wanted to work in. I realized that my success wasn’t solely an act of my will or perceptions, but was heavily influenced by my environment. I was fortunate enough to be invested into by brilliant professors and some of the top men and women in corporate America, as well as friends and family who were the rock solid ground under my feet when things were uncertain. Wherever and whenever I chose to walk forward, I was lucky enough to have the support and guidance of those around me who were wiser and more experienced than I was. It was then that I realized the power of mentorship and genuine investment in the lives of those around me…

I came to grasp, on a deeply personal level, that if given equal opportunity in education and mentorship, womankind would thrive and could actually be recognized as some of the most powerful changemakers the world has ever seen.

In our nature, we as women are built to lead, nurture, and influence the fate of humanity in the best way (if only humanity pioneers and gives us the chance to do so). Although society is now being made aware of women’s contributions to some of the greatest feats in history (NASA, entrepreneurship, etc.), there is still much work to be done. Woman is unique in her influence, and so is man… They are both each other’s most powerful ally, and therefore humankind is its most powerful when it works entirely together. But, in order to get there, women across the world must be freed from multiple types of oppression.

This brings to me where I am now. Through a series of various events, Lisa and I connected and began discussing My Social Canvas + Design the Life You Love and our vision for women on a local and global level. It was a series of conversations and passion for empowering women that led us to believe that we were meant to be business partners. And, I can easily say, being a part of My Social Canvas isn’t a job, but a piece of my purpose on this earth and a fulfillment of my dreams. I am truly living out our tagline (design the life you love), and it is my greatest wish for women everywhere to find a career that fuels their purpose... Because life is too precious and too short to not #DTLYL.

Xx,

Laura Parker

Chief Operating Officer

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
— Walt Disney