Amy Nelson has become one of my personal heroes. She unapologetically shows the world that career and family are intertwined. She brings her daughter, Holland, with her to board meetings and believes the conversation surrounding whether women can “have it all” is sexist.
Amy is the founder and CEO of The Riveter, a modern union for working women. A graduate of Emory University and the NYU School of Law, Amy practiced corporate litigation with a focus on high-profile First Amendment matters for over a decade in New York City and Seattle. She also served on President Obama’s National Finance Committee where she co-chaired Gen44, the under 40 fundraising arm of the campaign. Additionally, Amy previously worked with President Carter’s The Carter Center.
In 2017, Amy launched The Riveter while pregnant with her third daughter in three years and she welcomed daughter number four in June 2019. The Riveter’s growth has outpaced even WeWork’s first years, and to-date they’ve raised over $20 million in venture capital. Amy is a contributor for Inc., has written for Forbes, and has been published broadly including in/on outlets including The TODAY Show, Refinery29, Buzzfeed, The Washington Post and The Seattle Times. She has spoken across the world on many stages, including Forbes Under 30, United State of Women, Cannes Lions, and SXSW.
Today Amy and I talk about the importance of inclusive work environments, the “messy” balance of a mom and executive, and her desire for her daughters to grow up feeling unlimited.
I love Amy’s advocacy for women in the workplace and the work she is doing to change the conversation. You can find her on Instagram @amy_riveter.
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Until next time – in the words of my grandma, “Love each other every day.”
In your ears, filling your heart.