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.

Hannah
Bishop

Editor and Director

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.

Willa
Green

Community Engagement and Events Director

5’4’’ on a good day but the shortest triplet in the family every day, Willa hails from Chicago and is now living it up in New York City with friends. She graduated from Barnard College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Spanish and Latin American Studies and is now pursuing a career in Marketing and Sales. After Barnard, Willa continues to look for ways to cultivate similar spaces for women to feel empowered and to thrive. Willa is passionate about storytelling and meeting new people – hit her up if you want to grab a cup coffee or hot chocolate! Outside of work, you can find Willa eating, water coloring, or boogieing to fun and funky playlists.

Yuwei
Pan

Art Director

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

Director of Content Contribution

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”.

Lucy
Liu

Content Ambassador

Lucy, a Minneapolis native, is a junior at Washington University in St. Louis studying Economics & Strategy, Computer Science, and Anthropology. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and eating global cuisine. This semester, she is studying abroad in Paris!

Lizzie
Franclemont

Content Ambassador

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.

CLARA
PITT

Content Ambassador

Clara was born and raised in Los Angeles but moved to New York to attend Vassar College. Currently, she is a sophomore at Vassar College as a perspective Environmental Studies and Cognitive Science double major with a minor in Hispanic Studies. Clara is a photographer for the Vassar fashion magazine, Contrast, and a proud member of the Vassar Greens, an organization focused on sustainability.

An explorer at heart, Clara is always on the go. She fell in love with travel, culture, and photojournalism when she went to live with a family in Lithuania in 2015. Since then her travel bug has taken her to see many wonderful places including Panama, Peru, Costa Rica, Hungary, and Israel. She enjoys learning about new people and places and sharing with the world through the incredible storytelling powers of photography. If she’s not on the go, you will often find Clara embroidering on old clothing or photographing her friends and surroundings.