About2018-12-11T13:46:55+00:00

Our
Mission

We are combining storytelling, style, and female empowerment to humanize social media and inspire and connect women.

Power comes in all forms. It is about finding a common truth that is within all of us. Authenticity and connection makes us powerful. It is not about being forceful, shouting the loudest, or having authority. The Power Thread is here to build a community that brings this truth to life.

Our team interviews women and shares their creative ideas and experiences through our website and Instagram. Through telling the stories of everyday women, we highlight the experiences and personal possessions that make women powerful while covering a wide range of topics– fashion, art, career, activism, and travel, and the good and bad in everyday life.

Our
Purpose

To create a community that empowers young women to follow their dreams through inspirational stories, events, and social communities which aid in growing their passions.

Our
Values

We tell stories based on connection, creation, authenticity, and inclusivity.

Connection: We have real conversations where women can connect and learn from each other.
Creation: We are always growing and creating new inspiring content.
Authenticity: We strive to share the authentic, true stories of everyday women.
Inclusivity: We value diversity and find ways to be inclusive through sharing stories from women with different identities and career paths.

Maria
Gilfoyle

Founder & Creative Director

A lover of fashion, creativity, communication, and empowering people, Maria recently graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with majors in Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Fashion Design. She founded The POWER Thread to humanize social media while connecting women and style together. Born and raised in Chicago, Maria has worked with designers, artists, and businesses in Chicago, St. Louis, New York, London, and Budapest. She also spent time in numerous cities including Los Angeles, Paris, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Tokyo, and Bangkok, to name a few.

Over the past five years, her passion and drive have led her to work with multiple fashion companies, including Zac Posen, Proenza Schouler, Bloomingdale’s, and numerous start-ups. She is excited to move to New York City in the fall to continue collaborating with innovative brands.

Lindsey
Aronson

Editor

Originally from Chicago, Lindsey retreated to the sunshine and mountains of Colorado, where she is about to finish up her degree in English Literature at Colorado College in December 2018. Lindsey loves photography, writing, and storytelling. While Lindsey relishes fashion and style, she likes getting dirty in the out-of-doors more than anything. Lindsey has spent three summers leading kids on backpacking and backcountry canoeing trips throughout the Upper Midwest and Pacific Northwest, and additionally leads camping trips for students at Colorado College. Lindsey spent a semester living abroad in Granada, Spain, and has a big travel bug- she is returning to Spain in the summer of 2018 to conduct a photography project funded by a grant from CC. Additionally, she is passionate about sexual assault prevention and response, and is a co-chair of the Student Title IX Assistance and Resource Team at CC, a peer-to-peer confidential resource for students seeking Title-IX-related support. Above all, Lindsey is people-centered and loves nothing more than a good cup of coffee and a good conversation.

Hannah
Bishop

Editor

Hannah, a Chicago native, is currently residing in New York City as she pursues a career in book publishing. Previously, Hannah has worked at PR and marketing firms, and also spent three years at a writing center, collaborating on pieces of writing ranging from creative stories to scholarly essays. Helping others to articulate and share their stories has been at the heart of much of Hannah’s previous work, and she continues to aid in the dissemination of stories at The Power Thread, where experiences of strong women are consistently highlighted.

Yuwei
Pan

Graphic Designer

Proud of her quirky sense of humor and her contact improvisation (look it up) moves, Yuwei is a graphic designer and artist based in New York City. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Fine Art and minored in Psychology and Design. Yuwei’s personality is just as colorful as her purple hair, and when she is not working, she loves to experiment with fashion and explore new parts of the city. As a queer woman of color and an activist at heart, she is passionate about expanding the definition of female empowerment and what it means to be a woman at the Power Thread.

Stella
Stephanop
oulos

content contributor

Stella is a sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis majoring in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology, and minoring in Creative Writing and Leadership & Strategic Management. As a New York City native, Stella is passionate about traveling, food, writing, and yoga. At WashU, Stella is a member of a professional business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, a writer for a food and culture magazine, Simple Syrup, and works as a campus interviewer for prospective students. Additionally, Stella is a Campus Ambassador and writer for Thrive Global: Editor-at-Large, a website dedicated to promoting well-being and mental health.

Mercedes
Wallace

content contributor

A small town Ohio native Mercedes Wallace moved to a slightly larger town of Toledo, Ohio to attend the University of Toledo for college. After graduating with a degree in Public Relations she stayed local and began building roots in the marketing and business development world. As a publicist she loves helping people and companies tell their stories in a unique way that elevates their brand. Her thick feminist bone and passion for people drew her towards being an ambassador for The Power Thread. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking enough coffee to make her hands shake, playing with her dog, or saying something that could have probably used a filter

Rosie
Kopman

content contributor

There are two things Rosie Kopman cannot live without- shoes and words. Both have carried her through an undergraduate degree at Rhodes college in English focusing on Creative Writing, while minoring in Gender Studies and Art History. Rosie is currently wearing a cream snakeskin ankle boot while working on her MFA in Fiction at the College of Charleston, and writing a new series for The Power Thread, “Young, Fearless, and Lost”.

Daisy
Cheng

Photographer

Daisy recently graduated from Columbia University and is now working for Yelp. At Columbia she studied Fine Art and Art History. During her free time, you can find her exploring NYC and learning about art.