5 Questions with an Inspiring Woman: Laurie Palau Laurie Palau is a Doyelstown, PA based…
Today’s 5 Questions series is extra special for me. I spend more time obsessing about the things I’ve done wrong over the years than the positive choices I’ve made that have brought me to this place in my career and business. This morning, I have an opportunity to talk about what was perhaps one of my best decisions and that was bringing on Erica Bondarev Rapach as our D.C. stylist. I stumbled into the Washington market early into the business. When our first regional stylist (Steph, who many of you know and love) moved into a different industry, I had to figure out if I was going keep a presence in the area or not. On a whim, I posted a note on Facebook looking for a new hire, and Erica reached out within a day.
I took the train to Union Station and met her for a drink (or two) and liked her instantly. She’s sharp, smart, funny and an incredibly hard worker. It’s rare for me to meet someone who I think shares my energy and hustle. For almost six years Erica was my steady rock. I never worried about her abilities, care of our clients, and trusted her completely. After her appointments, her clients made it a point to contact me and praise her, more than anyone else who’s ever worked with us. Erica’s hustle and work ethic were and continue to be unmatched. Which is why when it was time to focus on other areas of the business and remove our D.C. offerings, I called Erica to see if she was finally ready to start her own business.
As January comes to an end, we are not only closing out the first month of a new year but beginning a new chapter of uncharted territory within a new political landscape. I don’t know about you, but I’m already exhausted. It’s important for you to know that this blog will never cross into partisan political territory. Our readers are from all over the country (and world for that matter) with different experiences and view points. I think, now more than ever, it’s vital to have a resource that is supportive of women everywhere.
I’m so proud of our community composed of women of all shapes, sizes, colors, religions, nationalities and lifestyles. Getting to know all of you has made me a better, more open minded and compassionate person. Even with our differences, we have so much in common with one another. With our natural inclination towards empathy and inclusion, I truly believe women have the ability to leverage our power to make the world a more kind and compassionate place. It’s why I’m pretty sure if you locked a dozen women in a room for a few hours, we could solve most of the world’s problems, without excluding or offending anyone.
If you have read this blog for any length of time, you have heard me talk about Tifphanie Lawson. I met Tifph almost ten years ago the first time I took a client to Nordstrom for a shopping appointment. A few hours before the client arrived, I was aimlessly wandering around the floor, worried, overwhelmed and out of my mind with nerves. Suddenly, a bubbly, smiley young woman approached me, and said, “You look like you need some help!” At that moment, relief washed over me, and Tifph became my long time Nordstrom stylist and a good friend.