#SuperProfesh is all about highlighting the vibrant personal style of entrepreneurial women from every field and background, showing the world that a work uniform never has to be basic.
When you're a woman in the workplace, it's easy to feel as if your style options are severely limited because of outdated gender roles and expectations. Thankfully these days every office dress code is different; women are taking note and getting more creative with their work wardrobes than ever — even in corporate and male-dominated spaces.
The women you'll see roaming the grounds of The Girls' Lounge at AdWeek get it. At the women-only space where career-oriented women exchange ideas and advice, the Revelist team interviewed some of the country's most driven women about their careers and gave them a chance to flaunt their personal styles in the process.
Art direction and photo retouching: Heeral Chhibber
Photography: Janine Ngai
Technical expertise and lighting: Will Johnson
Words: Nicola Dall'Asen; interviews conducted by Maia McCann
Jordyn Wieber, Olympian and gymnastics coach at UCLA
Wieber was a member of the iconic gold medal–winning "Fierce Five" U.S. women's gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics, which included other gymnastics superstars Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney. She, along with the other survivors who spoke out against former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award in 2018.
Post–Olympic Games, Wieber is now a volunteer assistant gymnastics coach at the University of California, Los Angeles. She spends her time mentoring young gymnasts and empowering female athletes to make their voices heard.
Marisa Russell, senior vice president of global sales at RockYou Media
Russell is a finance, sales, and marketing veteran with more than 20 years of experience with companies ranging from brand-new startups to established billion-dollar businesses. She describes herself as "curious, impatient at times, yet passionate about big ideas and executions that make the world better." For her, having fun is the endgame.
Malika Dia, Plan USA youth advisory board member
Dia is on the youth advisory board for Plan USA, an independent organization that strives to close gender gaps in the workplace for young women. The org identifies societally differing perceptions about boys and girls as the root of the problem and uses research and education as tools for change.
Her style? "As casual as I can get away with."
Jamé Jackson, style and beauty writer at Buzzfeed and founder of TheBlondeMisfit
Jackson might be a familiar face to you — if not for being a style and beauty writer for Buzzfeed's As/Is vertical, then probably as the founder of the blog TheBlondeMisfit. She's an outspoken advocate for diversity in the beauty and fashion industries, where racial discrimination and body-shaming still run rampant.
She's been featured in The Huffington Post, Ed2010, EliteDaily, Google’s “Women to Watch” list, and way more. She's also partnered with countless style brands such as Kenneth Cole, Topshop, and ASOS. Needless to say, she knows a thing or two about throwing an outfit together.
Dara Treseder, chief marketing officer at GE Ventures and Business Innovations
Treseder is a chief marketing officer for an innovation engine at General Electric (one of the biggest companies in the world, period) that focuses on market development, business creation, investments, licensing, and community transformation. In 2017 she landed a spot on Inc. magazine's list of the Top 30 Women in Tech and Forbes' 9 Marketing Experts CMOs Need to Be Aware Of.
She also sits on the board of the Public Health Institute, holds an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, where she was awarded the Alain Locke Prize for being an academic superstar.
Pilar Harris, strategic partnerships at The Female Quotient
Harris is a project coordinator for The Female Quotient, the organization responsible for The Girls' Lounge. The org's events and programs, which Harris helps plan, allow women to seek advice from other female mentors and panel speakers working in corporate spaces.
Brynn Elliott, singer and songwriter
A first-generation college student and Harvard graduate, Elliott is a self-taught musician with an impressive 200 live shows under her belt. She's signed to Atlantic Records and writes songs inspired by her studies in philosophy and other personal experiences.
"Philosophy and music are two sides of the same coin for me," she says. "Pop music looks for what is universal in the world, providing that place for people to come and relate about the things we all feel, which is what philosophy does as well."
Michelle Almeida, account executive at Anomaly and Ms. AdColor 2018
When Almeida is not totally crushing it as an advertising account executive for massive names such as Converse and YouTube, she's making a big difference in individual lives as a freelancer, offering consultations to small businesses owned by people of color and women.
Also a portrait photographer and volunteer at the Williams College Black Alumni Network, Almeida's passion is driven by her desire to heighten diversity and eliminate discrimination.
Corrinne Warnshuis, executive director at Girl Develop It
Warnshuis is the first-ever executive director of Girl Develop It, a non-profit organization that provides education, resources, and job opportunities to women who want to work in the computer science and coding fields, which are historically exclusive of women.
She's spoken at the White House, Dreamforce, Lesbians Who Tech Summit, CoDe-Conf, OSCON, and more, and she advocates for community-based movements for young women.
Mara Lecocq, CEO, creative director, and founder at Secret Code
Lecocq is an entrepreneur and a creative director for massive brands such as Nike, Starbucks, and Verizon to name a few. She's dedicated to bringing more diversity to brands that are heavily lacking in that department and inspires young women to pursue similar careers to make representation better across the board.
She describes her project Secret Code as "a customizable children's book that stars *your* girls as a tech hero — providing personalized role models to girls in their formative years."
Symone Sanders, political commentator at CNN
Sanders is a strategist, communications consultant, and CNN political commentator. Her name became familiar on a national scale during Senator Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, during which she served as his national press secretary. She was just 25 at the time, making her the youngest presidential campaign press secretary ever.
Now Symone uses that experience to provide analysis on political and social issues, with presentations that challenge societal expectations and defy cultural borderlines. She's been featured on NPR, Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, BET, TV One, and CNN.
Jezz Chung, copywriter at Anomaly
Chung is a creative in New York City who writes copy and formulates brand campaigns for names such as YouTube, Sonos, and Google at the firm Anomaly. Prior to working in New York, Chung worked on Apple's global advertising team in Los Angeles.
When she's not winning awards and landing herself on "names to watch" lists, she's either hip-hop dancing or searching for the world's greatest Korean barbecue.