In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating lady bosses across the Bay. It is no secret that San Francisco is home to some of the most innovative thought around, and this same mindset holds true in the sphere of women’s achievement. This year as we #PressforProgress, let’s take a moment to shine a light on some of our favorite local heroes. These women have not only reshaped their own industries, but they continue to blow us away in what they are doing for women’s achievement in our city we call home.
1. EMILY HOLT // HERO SHOP
After a ten-year stint in New York, San Francisco native Emily Holt returned to her hometown to curate a space that combines global fashion, local talent, and a passion for the local community. Hero Shop, born from the fusion of each of these passions, offers a mix of clothing, jewelry, accessories and giftware from both established designers and emerging local brands.
The boutique is not only a place to find your next #ootd, but a place where women can become part of an inspirational community. “The perfect birthday gift can save someone’s day. Or the right cuff bracelet can turn any ordinary human into Wonder Woman. We all have the power to be heroic in different ways.”
Because Emily is one of our favorite local heroes (pun intended), we were excited to feature her in the inaugural installment of What She Said, a speaker series featuring extraordinary women from the worlds of fashion, music, tech and media. The series evolved from W San Francisco’s “W Inspire”, and has featured dynamic conversation with the Bay Area’s most influential women. Join the dialogue and tap into Emily's secrets of San Francisco on The Angle.
2. ROSHELL RINKINS // LIQUID COURAGE
Following her eight-year journey in corporate America, Roshell was inspired to break into cosmetics after her frustration with the lack of diversity and inclusion in the beauty industry. She began this facelift of the confined industry starting with lipsticks, which she created for the everyday woman on the go. Liquid Courage was shaped for women who are conquering life, family, career, and everything in between.
Of course, delving into a homogeneous industry headfirst does not come without challenge. Roshell transitioned from working in a male-dominated industry, where she was used to feeling underestimated for many reasons, one of them including the fact that she is a woman. “I have found that the best cure for any ‘ism’ is to address it with bravery, courage, and with strong allies.”
Roshell’s success with Liquid Courage in the cosmetic industry is only taking off, with its first retail launch at Macy's at the Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas next month. Her inspiration and momentum come from other women. “There is nothing more empowering than meeting other women who are breaking barriers, challenging conventional thinking, shattering glass ceilings, triumphing through adversity, and leaving their stamp in this world.”
AVERY RUZICKA // MANRESA BREAD
Chef Avery Ruzicka has found her space in a predominately male-dominated industry with her very own Manresa Bread, but her rise to becoming a lady boss in the culinary field didn’t happen overnight. Her interest in cooking began with her upbringing, where every night her family sat down to a home-cooked meal that the entire family took part in preparing. It wasn’t until her time abroad during and after high school that she developed a professional interest. Avery spent her sophomore year studying in Spain and a year in England before heading to college, which opened her eyes to different cultures and lifestyles.
Chef Avery graduated from the French Culinary Institute, trained with Master Baker Ben Hershberger at Per Se Restaurant, and eventually ended up at Michelin star restaurant Manresa. But she didn’t get baking straight away. Avery accepted the only open position as a food runner before she worked her way into the kitchen, and eventually became the head of the restaurant’s bread program. After years working farmer’s markets and tangoing around the Manresa kitchen, Chef Avery opened Manresa Bread in 2013, which now includes two brick and mortar locations in the Bay Area. Today Avery is considered one of the top twenty-five bakers in the nation and continues to break down barriers for female culinary professionals.
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