We discussed who Design Fugitives is, as a company, in our last post, so our next series of blog posts are going to give some insight into who we are individually. Our diverse personalities are what make dF such a unique and creative company. Enjoy “The Fugitives of Design Fugitives.”

“Be afraid, and then do it anyway.” It’s probably some of the best advice I’ve ever been given. The most worthwhile decisions in our lives are also the scariest, but you shouldn’t let that fear paralyze you. Jump in anyway. Most recently, my biggest “close your eyes and jump” moment has been leaving my position managing a restaurant and starting a new chapter in an industry that was pretty foreign to me. (Seriously, sometimes I think they’re speaking a different language!)

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My name is Emily, and I joined Design Fugitives in October of 2015 as the Office Manager and Head of Marketing. Since I’m the new kid on the block, or the “man behind the mask” of the blog posts, so to speak, I figured I’d kick off this series. I came across the position at dF after my boyfriend, who is in the architecture field, saw the job posting on Facebook and thought that I would be a good fit. It turns out the Design Fugitives team agreed! I have my background in Public Relations and Theatre Arts from Marquette University, but originally reign from the northwest suburbs of Chicago. After graduating from college, I decided I liked Milwaukee too much to leave, and I’ve been here ever since.

To me, Milwaukee’s charm comes from the perfect blend of big city and small town, hence the affectionate nickname “Smallwaukee.” It’s nearly impossible to head outside and not run into at least one person you know, while still having the opportunities to absorb all the culture that a larger city has to offer. The dedication to supporting small, local businesses and focus on community are also on my short list of favorite attributes of Milwaukee. Where else do you have radio stations like 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, that not only showcase local Milwaukee music, but also shine a spotlight on all the incredible things going on in the community?

Emily FactsIn my first few months at dF, my favorite aspect of my job has been writing these blog posts. I’ve enjoyed learning about the company and then getting to share what I’ve learned with you! When I’m not tackling my role as Fugitive Blogger, you can find me simultaneously reading five different books on my Kindle, sweating it out in barre classes at Barre District, or anywhere there is live music – whether at the beautiful Pabst, Riverside, or Turner Hall theatres or supporting a local band on the stages at Company Brewing or Anodyne Coffee. Although, in a perfect world, I would spend my free time traveling the world; drinking wine in Italy, exploring the beautiful countryside of Ireland, and meeting people from every culture.

My biggest inspiration in life comes from other people. I feel like it’s easy to become jaded in this world, but for every negative story I read, there is always a bigger, positive story of people doing good to balance it out. It’s awe-inspiring to learn about people who are doing what they can to be a positive influence on the world around them. I recently started volunteering with Hunger Task Force and am a part of the volunteer team for the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) and hope that, in my own little way, I’m impacting the world around me. Although I always aspire to do more!

I’m happy to bring my sarcastic, creative and empathic personality to Design Fugitives, and am excited to see what this next chapter has in store for me!

Make sure you check back next month to learn about the rest of this team of Fugitives!