Welcome to our series highlighting BOSSLADIES we love - inspiring women making waves, and making their mark. Women who are making our world better, brighter, more beautiful, and more just.
Next up is Anna Wood. Anna is the Founder/CEO of 'Brains over Blonde' - a feminist lifestyle platform for women who REFUSE to choose between femininity and success. Anna is a Google alumnus with a Stanford MBA, a serial entrepreneur, content creator, and a Feminist with a capital F. As a sales/marketing lead in Silicon Valley, she worked with major brands such as Netflix, Expedia, Lowes, and Airbnb. Now, as a self-described "Female Empoweress," she helps other women carve out amazing careers and cultivate fearless lives.
On to the interview...
AMANDA PEARL: What was your first paying job?
ANNA WOOD: My first job was as the "cart girl" at Stanford Golf Course when I was in high school. I sold snacks and beer (which looking back was not exactly legal), got to be outside, and work on my customer service skills (and my tan!)
AP: When did you know you were meant to be a BOSS?
AW: In kindergarten. My parents always tell the story of all the kids going around in a circle and saying what they wanted to be when they grew up (ballet dancer, astronaut, etc.) - and, apparently, I just stood up and said "I want to be the boss!" (I was a handful.)
AP: What makes you feel powerful?
AW: Good posture, speaking my mind, and proving people wrong.
AP: How do you take care of YOU?
AW: Take back control: A major cause of burnout is feeling that you don't have autonomy in your role - so create it. Use techniques like setting your intentions, managing your calendar and to-do list, and asking your boss for more autonomy in your role and tie these changes into your personal goals.
AP: Favorite piece from the AMANDA PEARL collection and why.
AW: I'm obsessed with layering and stacking, so the ripple rings are my fave pieces in the AMANDA PEARL collection. I adore how the unique rippled silhouettes fit together like puzzle pieces. And, I mean, who doesn't love diamonds??
AP: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
AW: If you have a goal you want to achieve, just get started. So many women I coach are afraid to begin because they're afraid to fail, or afraid of not being perfect. Don't let perfect be the enemy of good enough. Just begin - it's the only way to start the learning curve!
AP: If you could say something to your younger self what would it be?
AW: It's ok not to have it all figured out. When college students ask me about my career journey, I'm always sure to tell them that my journey looks a lot clearer in retrospect. There were so many points along the way where I didn't know what I wanted or what I was doing. The key was to focus on learning and growing, no matter where I was in my career. That helped me learn about myself, what I liked, what I'm good at, my passions, and ultimately, what I wanted to do with my life.