From the Editor May 2017

People are often curious about the behind-the-scenes process of putting a magazine together. My standby answer to those paying attention is this: It’s like having a baby. I should clarify the analogy comes from someone who has never had 
a baby, so please take it with a grain of salt.

Each issue brings a plethora of planning, troubleshooting and moments of silent panic, but on the flip side, there are also daily moments of anticipation and excitement, not to mention the rewarding knowledge that comes from having the power to share and creatively showcase someone’s story. 

Just like a human baby, each issue of the magazine has its own quirks and standout characteristics, but one feature that runs like a current through each article—one element I’ll never grow tired of—is the power each of the women we feature carry in their words. Reading their quotes is honestly one of the best perks of this job. Their morsels of wisdom have the power to impart and inspire change. 

This power to inspire is why I first fell in love with magazines. Fittingly, I’ve also always had an affinity for quotes. One quote, in particular, that’s forever committed to memory—most likely because I forgot to wipe it off my dry-erase board throughout my college years—is from Henry David Thoreau. The quote reads: 

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” 

When reading this month’s cover story on first-year venture capitalists and dream-team duo Sara Brand and Kerry Rupp, I couldn’t help but be reminded of this quote. 

Who doesn’t love the notion of unexpected success? It’s the idea that if you work diligently enough and apply a persistent passion toward all you do, you will eventually arrive, one day, at the intersection where opportunity meets skill. The takeaway: Never lose sight of your dreams; they’re absolutely worth the work it takes to mold them into reality.  

Another commonality I notice when editing the words of wise women each month is that we, as women, are charmingly quick to speak up about the people who helped us get to where we are today. Reading these acknowledgments is a constant, humbling reminder that there really is no clear textbook path to achieving success, which is why it’s imperative we not only recognize the role models in our own lives, but also act as sounding boards and sources of support to others like us who are looking for a leg up. 

It’s my sincerest hope that, as you flip through the pages of this issue, you feel emboldened to be a dreamer, that you feel empowered to be confident in yourself and courageous enough to embrace the community of female support that surrounds you. 

Centered above my desk hangs a colorblocked quote from Benjamin Franklin that I hand-painted onto white canvas. It stares back at me every morning between my eager sips of iced coffee, issuing its challenge: “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”

Whatever it is you choose to do, here’s hoping it is something worthwhile and that one day, you are met with a success unexpected in common hours.


April Cumming