Today is a special #TEAMmembermonday! This week features Capitol Post Team Member, Elizabeth Watson. Elizabeth has been the Community Manager for Capitol Post since November of 2016. Read more about her journey below.
Degrees: BA Dance, Mercyhurst University; MFA Dance, The University of Arizona
So, what is your role at Capitol Post?
I manage the space and membership for Capitol Post. I make sure everyone in our community is taken care of and heard. I also assist Emily and Seda with programming and fundraising and manage the majority of the marketing, communications, and events for Capitol Post.
Tell us how you ended up at Capitol Post.
I moved to Alexandria to dance for a professional dance company, Gin Dance Company in the summer of 2016. In the past, I had managed several dance and fitness studios which have similar needs and skills required to manage a co-working space. The position at Capitol Post opened up at the absolute perfect time and I was so excited to be brought on board.
In the last 5 years, what is the greatest change you have made in your life that has made you a better person?
In the past 5 years, I’ve really begun to discover my worth as an asset to an organization and as a person. I remember during my grad school oral thesis presentation, one of my committee members asked, “If you could summarize your graduate school experience in three words or less, what would you say you have learned?” The only reply I came up with was “I have value”. I come from a very non-traditional employment background and we as a society tend to look down on the arts as a worthless pursuit. On the contrary, I would not be where I am today without the drive, the passion, the creativity, and the grit instilled in me by my arts background. This newly discovered sense of self-worth has opened up so many doors for me and has given me the confidence to try new things and tackle new projects fearlessly.
What is the book you’ve given most as a gift? Or, what are the one or two books that have greatly influenced your life?
I haven’t given too many books as a gift if I’m honest. If I did, I would probably encourage everyone to read Red Rising. It’s a sci-fi fantasy epic book series that shines a light on class systems, conformity, dictatorship; all set on a sort of space battle backdrop. It’s a super fun read and totally sucks you in. It feels like every chapter has a twist at the end.
The book that has influenced me the most as of late has been Running Lean by Ash Maurya. All of our Startup School cohorts receive a copy of the book and it really has changed the way I approach solving problems and developing ideas.
Honestly, why did you join the Capitol Post family? And what has been the biggest impact so far?
I joined Capitol Post because I really connected with its mission, its values, and the culture of the organization. I have nothing but the highest respect for both Emily and Seda and admire and have learned so much from them. Capitol Post is constantly growing and changing which is really exciting for me as a team member; every day is a new challenge and a new goal and I’m so honored and thrilled to be a part of it.
Capitol Post has changed my life. It’s hard to pinpoint its biggest impact because it has shaped a whole new trajectory for me. I’m so excited for my future.
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