Emily is the Founder & CEO of Spire & Co., formerly known as Smart Girls Group and a past SI360 student and regional board member.
“I wanted to create a platform for insights for ambitious women,” Emily said. “I want young women to feel confident in their journey.” While a student at Fordham University, Emily met two like-minded students, Ross Garlick and Jackson Lindauer, who were leaders at Social Impact 360. Emily joined SI360 and turned her high school hobby, an original magazine, into a business. The new college digital magazine focused on helping younger women entering college. Emily went on to win the Kenneth Cole pitch competition and received funds from SI360 to lead their first Smart Girls Group conference.
What was once called Smart Girls Group now is Spire&Co. Emily’s Spire&Co. now has a team of 30 contributing team members, consisting of women from different backgrounds ranging from 20 to 30 years old. They currently have a daily editorial content, a chapter program, and will be launching a new content channel and additional digital resources for our audience in early 2018. Spire&Co. offers insight for driven young women by taking a soulful approach. By talking about a variety of topics like style, wellness, and careers, it creates an insightful resource that encourages self actualization. Today, their major focus includes strengthening the content and ensuring they are providing the best resources to their audience.
The SI360 CONNECTION
Emily believes that SI360 was the guiding light in developing her company to what it is today. “Because of Social Impact 360, I didn’t feel like I was alone in my journey,” she said. With her SI360 peers, she was able to look at the community and examine how to positively engage them. “If we are going to create something, we should create something that is positive.” Ultimately, she believes that people are so busy, and if they are going to take a moment out of someone’s day, it should be impactful, uplifting, inspiring, and empowering.