Forth's 2017 Interns! / by Amelia Hruby

From left to right: Shannon Kaye, Amanda Glandon and Amelia Hruby

From left to right: Shannon Kaye, Amanda Glandon and Amelia Hruby

This year, we have three interns joining the Forth team who each bring unique and glorious experiences, skills and passions to the table. We've asked them to answer a few questions so we can all get to know them better. Here they are, the shiny new faces of Forth!

Shannon Kaye

What’s your background?
When I moved to Chicago to finish my undergrad at Columbia College, I was in heaven at a school where I felt like I could put my scattered interests to good use. Those crazy, beautiful people inspired me to make music videos, manage artists, plan department events and shave my head for the second time, all while I worked my nights away to get into the food and beverage industry. I’m ready to see what this new gang will inspire me to do.

What is your core intention for 2017?
This year, I am letting go and allowing myself to recognize and respect where I am. I am embracing my increasing independence and expanding my understanding of self. My life is always in transition, but this moment feels especially fast. I’m learning to lean in and keep my mind and my heart open.

What have you read or listened to recently that has expanded your perspective?
Lately I’ve been diving into the podcast world and one series has stood out to me that just brightens my day: Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids. It’s exactly what it sounds like and it is HILARIOUS! The readings reveal this beautiful contrast of the blissful ignorance of kids against the laughter of a room full of adults who clearly know better now. It makes me think about how each day and each moment, we learn, we change, we grow, we hurt, we heal and before we know it, we’re not “kids” anymore. How hard will we laugh when we read this post 25 years from now? Who will I be? What will I have learned? And which part of this will make my 50-year-old self say “What the fuck were you thinking?!” to my 25 year old self?

How have you seen communities affect the people involved in them?
The world I keep falling into is the food and beverage world. I grew up in a restaurant, and I’ve never been able to quite leave that environment. It’s a delight to bring people together with food! The individuals in this community of culinary-minded have taught me about health, indulgence and business. Anything can be accomplished around a table of good eats!

 


Amanda Glandon

What’s your background?
For the last six years, I've hopped around the marketing world, helping a variety of businesses to grow and flourish. Currently, I'm focused on social media, content and building online communities for brands that make my heart flutter, and I couldn't be more thrilled to live this dream.

What is your core intention for 2017?
I'm learning balance this year. Now that I have taken on many different projects, it's easy to spend every waking hour working. I allowed that pendulum to swing to the extreme at the end of last year, and now I am re-learning to take time for myself and my family and friends.

What have you read or listened to recently that has expanded your perspective?
When my schedule fills up, reading tends to fly out the window. But, I stay true to my obsessive podcast-listening habits no matter what! So, there are a couple of shows that stand out in my mind. How to Be a Girl, a podcast about life with a 6-year-old transgender daughter, has completely transformed the way I think about gender identity. On a completely different note, the Dear Sugar podcast has been like chicken soup for me. Cheryl Strayed's sage advice and thoughtful analysis of tough situations always leave me thinking deeply about my own life and relationships.

How have you seen communities affect the people involved in them?
I work quite a bit in the interior design world. It's high-end, it's polished, it's perfection to the extreme. But at the core of it, everyone is simply a creative business owner trying to figure things out. Through panel discussions at small conferences to conversations over wine at product launch parties, I've seen how the Chicago interiors community comes together to support one another and have some "real talk" about how messy things can be sometimes. It's wonderful to see these professionals consciously choosing community over competition in an industry that can be incredibly cut-throat.


Amelia Hruby

What’s your background?
I grew up and went to school in North Carolina and moved to Chicago in 2013. Right now I'm working on PhD in philosophy and feminist theory at DePaul, but my aspirations are more entrepreneurial than academic. I hope to find (or invent) a way to combine my experience in writing, editing, social media and feminist praxis that benefits businesses and communities around me.

What is your core intention for 2017?
My mantra for 2017 is make better. To me this means learning how to reflect on and dwell in the how of my life in order to build routines, processes, and functions that fulfill and enrich everything I create. I juggle a half-dozen gigs at any point in time (Aries forever!), so I want to find ways to make space for each of these passions in my life without going completely crazy for lack of sleep/time/remembering to eat.

What have you read or listened to recently that has expanded your perspective?
As a grad student, I'm generally reading about twenty-five things at any given time. Lately my personal stack (which is what I call the tower of books next to my bed that I pretend I'm actively reading but only occasionally find time for) includes Feminist Advice from the City of Broad Shoulders by Jessica Caponigro, Difficult Women by Roxane Gay and Trying to Make the Personal Political: Feminism and Consciousness Raising by Women's Action Alliance with a new introduction by Miriame Kaba. Each of these offer a different, critical perspective on feminism in contemporary society and help me figure out how to be a bad-ass woman in the world.

How have you seen communities affect the people involved in them?
Outside of Forth, I am most actively involved with Chicago's music community through my volunteer work with local station CHIRP Radio. I have a weekly shift on air (Tuesdays 6-9am!) and organize their local music podcast, and I love love love seeing how music brings people of all backgrounds together. Rather than some practical necessity or political ideal bonding listeners and artists, in music we relate to each other through powerful emotions. It's a true joy.