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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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 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.
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
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”.
Bethanie is a senior at the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York. She is a Photography major who is also skilled in Graphic Design and Videography. Since early 2018, Bethanie has been keen on traveling after spending a semester abroad in Melbourne, Australia. During her free time she likes to hold photoshoots, write poetry and watch Netflix. She hopes to create new and exciting work for The Power Thread and help convey the power that lives within every female.
A self-proclaimed storyteller and extrovert, Lizzie fell in love with the Power Thread’s human-focused mission of connecting strong women with a network and community of other powerful women.
Lizzie is a Junior at Washington University in St. Louis and she is majoring in American Culture Studies (AMCS) with double minors in Religious Studies and Legal Studies. Her interests in equality and advocacy coupled with the interdisciplinary approach of AMCS have provided a strong foundation for Lizzie’s experiences with the American Civil Liberties Union, an environmental law firm, and creative professional spaces such as Washington University’s Office of Public Affairs.
When she isn’t writing countless essays for class, Lizzie can be found daydreaming about a few of her favorite things: Honey Lattes from Hansa Coffee Roasters, Wes Anderson films, adding albums to her vinyl collection or looking at Pantone swatches and typefaces.
This Spring she will be studying abroad at King’s College in London and is excited to gain an international perspective and share these insights with the Power Thread Community. When she isn’t writing for the Power Thread, she plans to travel and emulate the wardrobe of her fashion muses: Elaine Welteroth, Aurora James and Alexa Chung by filling her luggage with as much linen, vintage jewelry and shoes as her two suitcases will allow.
Kelly is a sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis studying Communication Design, Marketing and minoring in Creative Writing. Originally from St. Louis, Kelly has been doing improvisational comedy since she was 15 and has performed at comedy clubs in the St. Louis area. Now in college, she is the Director of Marketing for her student improv team, K.A.R.L. Improv. Last semester, Kelly started a podcast on campus about Wash U students with the intent to connect more students to one another and foster more compassion for students on campus. She is passionate about effective communication, storytelling, and comedy.
Most likely found pursuing your local thrift shop or ice cream store, Sara is a photographer originally from the coastal pines of North Carolina. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a double major in Anthropology and Psychology. When she’s not working for the Power Thread she can be found documenting the streets of New York City, shooting events or doing creative portrait photography.
Based in New York City, Sara has been honing her portrait photography skills for nine years. She specializes in environmental portraits and is inspired by nature, punchy colors, dreamy sunny days, and Renaissance art.