Embracing Passion: One Entrepreneur’s Journey from Law to Fashion

Kelly Shanahan is very familiar with stepping out of the norm and embracing her passion.

After years of education, Kelly realized law school wasn’t for her. Instead, she followed her love for fashion. Committed to making her “one day” dreams a reality, she threw herself into the unknown and created the company she runs today, Ziran.

We asked Kelly about what it took to start her business and where her inspiration came from. Keep reading to learn how her business idea came from a very unexpected place and the mindset she needed to build a successful brand. Don’t forget to check out Kelly’s page and her clothing line.

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One Innovative Designer Who Is Creating What All Women Want

Shannon Snow couldn’t find what she was looking for, so she made it.

A Google executive by day and a fashion entrepreneur by night, Shannon is giving hard-working women, and herself, what they want: beautiful, functional activewear for work and play. Shannon’s dresses easily transition from the boardroom to a night out, and feature hidden pockets for phones and built-in bike shorts.

Read on to learn more about Shannon’s inspiration for the dress line, her goals on transforming the education space, and why she believes women must embrace their unique perspectives.

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Health and Education Advocates

This week we take a peak into the lives of a health guru, community builder, and public health specialist and a consultant. Phil, Ashley, Ernesto and Vanessa are passionate about health and wellness and teach people how to make changes that improve their lives.

Phil Echols whose photo heads off this post, is a school counselor at Wake County Public Schools and owns BecomeBetter consulting. BecomeBetter encourages people to become the best versions of themselves.

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One Marketer’s Mission To Help Millennials Change the World

Amanda Slavin wants to change the way we feel about education.

With experiences building marketing departments from the ground up and activating communities to engage with brands, Amanda uses education to grow. Amanda earned her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and later went on to found her own company, CatalystCreativ, that helps brands tell stories that move people.

A cyclist and a foodie, Amanda balances her busy life with meditation in the mornings and making sure she gets at least 7 hours of sleep a night. Amanda describes a typical day in her life, how she stays inspired and why she loves sharing her personality on about.me.

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Celebrating Our Favorite Teachers

This May, we’re all about education at about.me.

Yesterday, we launched campus.about.me that empowers college students and celebrates the college experience. We also want to take time to appreciate the teachers in our about.me community who support students on their journeys.

Álvaro Pascual Sanz who heads off this post teaches math, physics, chemistry and technology in Segovia, Spain. Teaching allows Sanz to constantly learn from his students and innovate his methods.

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Featured Friday: NASA, Computer Science & Education

Happy Friday! It’s time for Featured Friday or #FFaboutme where we showcase pages submitted to us by our users. If you don’t see your page here today you can still participate for next week by adding your page link to your Twitter bio and tweeting @aboutdotme with the hashtag #FFaboutme.

If we think you have a great page we’ll feature you on Friday. And remember, since we’ll show your background photo here, be sure to have a picture of you. We want to see your lovely face!

Herb BakerHerb Baker lives by the motto “I’d rather regret the things I have done than the things that I haven’t.”  We couldn’t agree more.

Jeroen LandsheerA serious Instagrammer, Jeroen Landsheer, has the Instagram app on his page and you should be sure to check out to see more of his amazing work.

Rachit GuptaFrom India, Rachit Gupta now resides in Minnesota where he’s studying for a masters in Computer Science and Human Factors. He’s also part of Google’s Project Ara.

S. Michele HolmesS. Michele Holmes is all about technology and education and has a special interest in classroom gamification. She studies at the University of North Texas.

 

Backstory Elements: Resume

Since releasing Backstory just last week, we’ve seen an incredible amount of people add the feature to their pages. As you’re building out your Backstory, we want to share some great pages and tips to help you create one that attracts others to you.

In our header image we have filmmaker, rock climber and stuntman, Shane Borza whose Backstory section combined with his great page and compelling photo, really caught our attention. We love his entire Backstory but we specifically want to hone in on what we think is the best part, his resume.

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