Wonder what Vantage PR’s Senior Account Executive Stephanie Waxman is like outside of work? Find out in the post of our Inside Vantage’s Tech PR Team series!
1. Let’s start with learning a little more about where you come from. I heard you have recently moved – where do you now call home? What other places have you called home?
Yes, I recently crossed the Golden Gate Bridge, moving from Russian Hill in San Francisco to Mill Valley in Marin. That is now home. I’m a California girl at heart. I grew up in Santa Barbara and went to college in San Diego. But I also spent 8 amazing years on the East Coast in Washington DC and New York City. I miss the seasons.
I LOVE to travel! I think I would compete with Rebecca Haynes on the number of countries. I’ve been to every continent except Antarctica, so that is six, right? Let me count the number of countries… I think I’m at about 27…. and counting.
3. If you had to pick one memorable or life changing experience from your travels, what would it be?
That’s tough. It may sound cliché, but some of my most life changing experiences were when I was traveling for work in my past career in international development. In countries like India, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Kenya and Ecuador I spoke with women in slums, who lived with their large families in one room homes with dirt floors. It was so eye opening to see how they struggle, and yet still maintain such wonderful, vibrant spirits. I believe those experiences have shaped who I am today – so grateful for the life I have, and more compassionate to the struggles of others.
4. Have any of those experiences impacted your professional work at Vantage?
The health problems of developing countries, and the women I mentioned above, are a huge passion of mine. I actually started a non-profit with my dad called Future Doctors for South Sudan. We provide scholarships for South Sudanese students to attend medical school. This passion has impacted my work at Vantage. I helped start it and now lead our medical and health technology practice.
5. If you were given a random day off during the week and you could do absolutely ANYTHING you wanted (imagine that you could fly anywhere immediately too) where would you go, what would you do?
I would wake up in the mountains of Patagonia with Lucy (my dog). That is at the top of my list for next places to travel. We would spend the morning hiking, and then be magically transported to Buenos Aires to spend the afternoon/evening walking the city and enjoying delicious Argentinian food and wine.
6. What are 3 words you would use to describe working at Vantage?
Best. Job. Ever.