It’s hard to fathom that 2016 is almost here and while we love a fresh start as much as the next person, we couldn’t let 2015 come to a close without revisiting the dozens of stories of ambitious and influential women that we’ve been honored to share on The Everygirl. Today we’re recapping our top 10 career profiles of the year, based on reader engagement (social media shares, comments, and online traffic) plus a few more that our team found especially relevant and inspiring (though we admit that narrowing it down didn’t come easy!).
In case you missed it, we included our favorite advice these women shared along with links to the full feature. Here’s to you, 2015! We can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store.
#10: Lacy Morris, 30, Southern Living Associate Travel + Culture Editor
Where she’s located: Birmingham, AL
Her beginning: Lacy found a job in Phuket, Thailand and moved there shortly after graduation. From Thailand, Lacy moved back home and into her parent’s basement until she was hired as an editorial assistant at Marie Claire in NYC.
Fun fact: Her go-to coffee order is a vanilla latte.
In her words: “Just breathe. Keep going; just put your head down and go. But my goodness, breathe. It gets better. Life has a way of working itself out.”
Click here to read Lacy’s full career profile!
#9: Jana Bek, 29, Interior and Product Designer
Where she’s located: Ann Arbor, MI
Her beginning: Jana began her journey as an eager college intern (at Macy’s Merchandising Group) then moved on to design assistant for Caitlin Wilson and is now a dedicated and musing entrepreneur in her own right.
Fun fact: Her go-to paint color is Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter.
In her words: “You may not love what you are doing now but you are building a toolset that will lead to amazing things; also be incredibly kind.”
Click here to read Jana’s full career profile!
#8: Rebecca Atwood, 30, Creative Director and Founder of Rebecca Atwood Designs
Where she’s located: Brooklyn, NY
Her beginning: Rebecca worked at Anthropologie as an assistant designer in the home department and at ny-lon design where she learned how to design a collection (and had the opportunity to travel across the world).
Fun fact: She wishes she knew how to build a house.
In her words: “Stop worrying so much! It’s going to work out.”
Click here to read Rebecca’s full career profile!
#7: Allie McCarthy, 25, Joffrey Ballet Development Assistant
Where she’s located: Chicago, IL
Her beginning: Allie studied acting performance in college, which is where her interest in non-profit initially developed.
Fun fact: The best advice she ever received was: “Gratitude changes everything.”
In her words: “In my twenties, my cousin gave me this saying from Max Ehrmann’s poem Desiderata that has become my mantra: ‘And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.’ I started writing down skills I enjoyed and I would want in my future employment rather than focusing on a specific job title to be successful. I believe the universe, along with my own efforts to live optimistically, are leading me on a path I never would have pictured for myself at 18.”
Click here to read Allie’s full career profile!
#1: Giuliana Rancic, 41, Host: E!’s Fashion Police and Live From The Red Carpet, Designer: G by Giuliana for HSN, Founder: XO, G Wine, Founder: Fab-U-Wish
Where she’s located: Chicago, IL
Her beginning: After moving to America from Italy during childhood, Giuliana credits learning the English language by watching local news each night, sparking her interest in becoming a television host. She later graduated from University of Maryland and then earned her master’s degree at American University.
Fun fact: She just launched her own wine collection Xo, G!
In her words: “Dance on tables while you’re young. There will come a time when you’re too old for that.”
Click here to read Giuliana’s full career profile!