Summer is an exciting time for Team Sseko because we get to welcome a new group of incredible people to the family. We’re so excited to introduce the newest members of the Sseko team, the Summer 2016 interns! These four inspiring ladies are working hard and are determined to make this the best summer yet at Sseko HQ.
We’ve asked the interns to answer a few fun questions in order to get to know them a little more. Without further ado, please welcome the Summer 2o16 Interns!
Name, Hometown, & Sseko Role: Kristy McInnis || Oregon City || Style and Content Intern
University & Major: Oregon State University || Merchandising Management and Business Entrepreneurship
Bio: Hello, party people! I am Kristina McInnis (my friends call me Kristy), and I enjoy long, romantic walks to the fridge. You can find me in any local trendy coffee shop or blogging for my latest article for College Fashionista. Being a foodie, Portland is home to a plethora of tasty restaurants such as Garden Bar–for that one day a month I want to pretend I am on a diet–or cafe Broader, which is perfect for brunch on those sluggish Sunday mornings.
What part of the Sseko Manifesto resonates most with you and why? I like “Surround yourself with people who believe the best in you”. I am a big believer in being the cheerleader for my friends and family. It’s important to have that feeling of support from the ones you love when you’re out chasing your dreams.
Describe your summer style : My current summer style is about as bipolar as the Oregon weather! I am up-to-date on all the latest trends and styles. Right now, I am all over anything “blush” colored or metallic because they look amazing on all skin tones.
Favorite Sseko Product: I am head-over-heels (or sandals in this case) for Ssekos Crossover Slides in metallic gold and silver. They will be coming home with me shortly!
Name, Hometown, & Sseko Role: Karlynn Welch King || Coeur d’alene, ID || Marketing Intern
University & Major: International Development || Portland State University
Bio: Hello, everyone! My name is Karlynn and I am a 21-year-old university student here in the beautiful Portland, Oregon. I study International Development and hope to pursue my PhD in development/human rights studies. I am a member of the TOMS team here in PDX and I just began my internship at Sseko! Some of my favorite things include dogs, Thai food, and novels about dystopian societies. In my free time, I am usually reading nerdy books, writing stories, drinking bubble tea, or working on my website, Saint Theory (a fashion and social action blog based around conscious consumerism).
What part of the Sseko Manifesto resonates most with you and why? My favorite part of the Sseko Manifesto is: “Like a girl is a compliment”. Too often, femininity is used as an insult, and as a result, women tend to doubt themselves and their strength. I’m a big believer in girl power; being a girl is awesome! We should never forget all the incredible things we are capable of being, doing and creating.
Who is your favorite strong female character from TV/movies/literature and why? This is a difficult question because I’m big on reading and I’ve admired hundreds of female characters over the years. My current favorite is Claire Randall from the Outlander series. She’s a battlefield nurse from WWII and she stumbles through time to16th century Scotland. She has to use her knowledge to survive in a medieval, patriarchal society. Claire is incredibly clever and doesn’t let any man (or woman) take advantage of her. I love female characters who celebrate their femininity instead of rejecting it, and use their intelligence to take on the world.
Name, Hometown, & Sseko Role: Nina Chamlou || Portland || Operations Intern
University & Major: Operations & Technology Management || University of Portland
Bio: Hello, fellow Sseko fans! I’m Nina. Portland girl born and raised. I am Sseko’s current Operations intern. When I’m not at the office, I am usually writing, organizing, or designing something. And also hanging out with my feline assistant, Sasha.
What part of the Sseko Manifesto resonates most with you and why? As a business student, I am always interested in learning about different business models. I was especially attracted to Sseko because of the ethical mission of the brand. Sseko is a unique model. It’s not a non-profit company; it’s actually what we call a “not-JUST-for-profit” company. There is an important distinction. While Sseko’s goal is to empower and educate women, it is able to do that in a for-profit model, which is quite innovative. I think we will see more and more of these social businesses popping up in the future.
Who is your favorite strong female character from TV/movies/literature and why? Lorelai Gilmore of Gilmore Girls comes to mind, for her quick wit, business-savviness, and ultimate independent woman status. #Goals
Name, hometown & Sseko Role: Hana Dempsey || Tualatin, OR || Photography/Videography Intern
University and Major: University of Oregon || Psychology
Bio: Hey y’all! My name is Hana Dempsey and I’m a senior at the University of Oregon studying Psychology. Not only can I read your mind, but am also handy with a camera and love getting creative with my upcoming shoots. When I’m not behind my camera or on my computer editing photos, I enjoy going to yoga and drinking bubble tea – especially at TEA BAR! Or you can spot me rummaging through all the local thrift shops for hidden treasures. The rush you get when you find the perfect fur coat or crazy graphic dress (for one-third of the cost) leaves you feeling like Nicolas Cage in National Treasure. Who doesn’t like to pretend they’re Nicolas Cage??
What part of the Sseko Manifesto resonates most with you and why? Do things that scare you: I believe that every day we should go outside of our comfort zone and do something that might make us feel uncomfortable or scare us. Our biggest restriction in life is fear and doubt. When you face those fears, not only are you more capable of growth as an individual, but any dream or impossible feat becomes possible. Sseko was born by Liz, the owner and creator, facing her fears and doing the impossible. From this, she was able to create a company that brought communities together and strive to make a difference in our world. We can all be Liz, we just have to have the courage to do so.
Favorite Sseko Product: The Black Crossbody Bag has to be my favorite Sseko product as of right now. It is B-E-A-utiful! This bag doubles as a clutch, which is nice during the summer nights out on the town. Plus the Ethiopian leather that is used to make this bag is so insanely soft – I swear you can mistake it for your pet cat! Due to its overall versatility, this bag is a must-have for any time of year!