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It all began with two crazy kids and a mission: to improve lives by creating the first peer-to-peer ridesharing community, and the world’s best transportation network.
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What company or organization you respect most and why?
It’s hard for me to pick just one – any disruptive company quickly captures my admiration. I’ve always respected Warby Parker for offering a premium product at a great price while giving back to those in need. They disrupted the eyewear space on everything from price to logistics and everything inbetween.
Which business leader or innovator do you most want to emulate and why?
I have an immense amount of respect for Mary Barra. Mary has done an incredible job innovating at a 100+ year old company. Since she’s taken the helm, GM has moved Cadillac’s office to New York City, developed the Chevrolet Bolt (Motor Trend’s 2017 Car Of the Year), invested heavily in Lyft, and developed a GM-run car sharing platform. She’s keeping GM in the 21st century.
What is the most important business decision you’ve made to date?
I’d say my most important business decision was actually a personal one – buying my first property. My partner and I purchased a home we thought would appreciate in value – and thought of it as an investment. One day it might turn into a rental business – who knows.
What is the most important life decision you’ve made to date?
My most important life decision is – spoiler alert – also my little known fact. I spent a year living abroad in Thailand which definitely taught me more about myself than any school could ever achieve.
When and why did you join the IBA?
I joined the IBA in Philadelphia recently, but was a member of the NGLCC during the years I spent in New York. I joined because it’s always good to have allies in the workplace and it’s an incredible way to meet like-minded professionals.
Since joining the IBA, what has been the greatest advantage to you and your business being a member of the Chamber?
The people and the events, so far!
What is your proudest moment, honor, or achievement?
I was recently asked to speak as the keynote speaker during the American Marketing Association’s regional summit at Temple University. Being an alum of the Fox School of Business, I remember being on the other side of the pedestal as a student. It was a wonderful feeling to come full circle – and we had a lot of fun, too.
What programs, outreach, or organizations are you involved in that give back to the community?
I’ve organized a few LGBT networking events in prior roles, and always find a way to support the community through my work. You’ll see Lyft loud and proud at Philadelphia Pride in 2017.
I’m always open to having tough conversations with those who don’t understand our community or the challenges we still face. I also volunteer time (when I have it) and money (when I don’t have time) to politicians or organizations who I feel will best represent our community.
What is a little known fact about you?
I spent a year living in Bangkok after graduating from Temple.
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
I like to order a TON of Chinese food on Sunday nights while catching up on TV. They usually send more utensils than I personally need, and it may or may not be because I order enough food for two people. It’s become a ritual at this point.
To date, what has been your most favorite vacation spot?
Anywhere in Spain. Anywhere.
What is the last book you read?
I’ll be honest – The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo – Amy Schumer.