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Emily May – Founder of Hollaback

NAME: Emily May
INDUSTRY: Non – profit
POSITION: Executive Director
COMPANY:  HOLLABACK!
LOCATION: Brooklyn, NY

CAREER OR COMPANY DESCRIPTION:
Hollaback! is a movement dedicated to ending street harassment using mobile technology, media advocacy, and policy. By collecting women and LGBTQ folks’ stories and pictures in a safe and share-able way with our mobile phone applications, Hollaback! is creating a crowd-sourced challenge to the status quo. It breaks the silence that has perpetuated sexual violence internationally, pronounces that any gender-based violence is unacceptable, and creates a world where we have an empowered response to street harassment.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST SUCCESS?
I’m most proud of giving a platform, and a voice, to over 150 activists in 44 cities, 16 countries, and 9 different languages around the world. They are working in their communities to move street harassment from something that was isolating, to something that is sharable, to something that is completely unacceptable. If I have my way these will not just be the leaders of the movement to end street harassment — these will be the next leaders of the world.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST FAILURE?
We haven’t ended street harassment yet.  The upshot is that we’re not stopping until we do.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE YOU HAVE OVERCOME?
Being executive director at 30 isn’t easy.  And being a woman makes it even harder.  While funders conceptually support the idea of young female leadership, but the reality is that they are timid to invest it. I can’t say I’ve overcome this yet, but I can we’re working it. We’re continuously making tremendous impact on a shoestring.  Just imagine what we could do if they gave us the whole shoe.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE TO ANYONE STARTING OUT?
Test your model for as long as you possible can before leaving your full-time job (we took 6 years).  You’ll know you’re ready when you feel so passionate about your project that you literally can’t do anything else. It stops becoming a decision, and starts becoming a calling.  Once you are ready to take the leap: don’t look back. Be a badass, don’t be afraid to make decisions based on gut instinct, and never, ever lose sight of why you got in this to begin with.  Your vision is your most important asset.

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