She IS Fierce Blog Series Is Here!

Check it out below. I’m heading up the first blog post for the new series She IS Fierce. I have three women lined up to tell their killer stories after mine. Tune in the next three Friday’s to learn more about them.

If you’re interested in contributing, reach out to me! I would love for you to tell your story and inspire others around you. We could all use a little more positivity and encouragement in 2019, don’t you think?!

Name    Lindsey Draves
Age    30
Career/Business/Art   Finance/Photography/Dance
Title    Sr.Finance Manager/ Photographer/ Dance Director
Location   Madison WI
Website/Social Media @lindseydraves
Degrees Bachelors in Commerce, Accounting , Master of Accountancy
Schools DePaul University and The Ohio State University
List three fun facts about yourself. The more fun and off the wall, the better. This will be an ice breaker for the audience on the blog as they get to know you.
Three fun facts. You all know this if you follow me on social media, but I have a dog named Scarlett, who is by all accounts the four legged love of my life. She is skiddish around new people, and isn’t a fan of men, but once she loves you, she LOVES you.

In High School I thought I was going to be an artist. Like VanGogh or Degas, but with less drama. That obviously is not the path I continued down, but I have some good stories from that year of transitioning.

Like any good Wisconsinite, I love cheese. Mac N’ Cheese, grilled cheese, plain cheese, etc., BUT I hate, I mean truly hate cold cut meat. Anything from the deli, forget it. No cold sandwiches for me!

Tell us about your beginning. Where did you start, who were you “back in the day”.
I grew up in a small town called Marengo Illinois. My family did okay like many middle class families at that time. My parents got divorced around my senior year in high school/ freshmen year in college. It was challenging and being the first to go to college in my family, it was hard navigating the whole, which school should I go to? How do I pay for it? Am I making okay decisions that weill not negatively impact my life?

That all being said, now as a thirty years old, I wouldn’t have it any other way. The struggles and things that were challenging then have made me who I am today, and I’m pretty happy about that.

Tell us about who you are today. What are you doing and why are you doing it.
I’m currently a finance manager by day. I’ve worked in corporate America since I graduated from school which is now a good 7 or 8 years. I progressed quickly and went from contractor to analyst to sr. analyst to manager and now sr. manager fairly quickly. I attribute this to my willinginess to take risks and leave when I needed to in order to get what I wanted. Change is hard, but typically it’s worth it in the end.

I work with numbers all day long, which I enjoy. I use to manipulate large amounts of data back when I first started, but now my project management skills, setting deadlines, and managing others is more my role in the organization I’m in. I also mentor and coach analysts and interns, which is definently something I love doing.

My side hustles are photography and dance. I own Lindsey Draves LLC, and am a partial owner of Avant Garde Dance Company LLC. As these businesses grow and my career grows in corporate America, I find my self struggling to devote time in the needed places. My full time job obviously comes first, but I have clients and people depending on me in these other busiensses that I also take very serisously.

I love being on the go all the time. I love having a stable job as well though. I’m interested in seeing where my path goes in the next few years.

What’s your favorite part of your job/business/career?
I love mentoring and coaching people. It’s probably my favorite aspect of every job I’ve ever done. Teaching is something that comes naturally to me. I used to be a dance instructor for most my late teens and twenties, and I loved being able to share what I love with others.

For finance I love being apart of something bigger than me. To be apart of an organization and help be a decsion maker in that organization based off of facts and numbers.

In photography I love the “zen” place I enter into with this. It’s an “easy” job for me that allows my creativity to just flow and create things truly in the moment. I love how artistic it is yet there are numbers I need to know in order for the art to work. It’s the perfect combo for me.

Dance has just been such a part of my life for so long it’s hard to pick out a favorite part of it, but now I love being a leader for young dancers who are passionate about what they do.

What advice do you have for women trying to do what you do?
Be fierce. Make friends. Network. Always be friendly and don’t burn bridges. You have to work harder than the guy sitting next to you. Make sure you find a mentor, they’ll help you bridge the gaps you can’t figure out yourself.
What advice do you have young women trying to figure out their path in life?
Don’t rush it. I’m still figuring it out to this day. You’re never really going to have a moment where things just “click” in the beginning. It takes a lot of hard work, and a lot of practice to become an expert in anything.

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