Innovator Insights: Co-Founder of Shine, Marah Lidey @shinetext
Name: Marah Lidey
Title: Co-Founder of Shine Twitter: @shinetext
Watch out world, here comes Marah Lidey. Marah is the co-founder of Shine — daily texts and customized responses to help working women slay the day with confidence tips, work hacks and yes, humor. She is also a World Economic Forum NYC Global Shaper and is a woman after my own heart — Marah cares a hell of a lot about advocating to get more women of color in tech. I warned you — this woman is out to get things done! Marah is also a member of Dreamers // Doers, a highly curated community of high-achieving trailblazing women who come together to support each other on their entrepreneurial paths. The community encompasses a diverse mix of female founders, women working at startups, and other female creators, change-makers, and influencers.
Me: Why are you an entrepreneur?
Marah: As the first in my family to go to college — trailblazing is something I’m quite familiar with. I grew up in a small town in Georgia where I learned that entrepreneurship (although I didn’t have a word for it back then) was going to be very important in my life. From my very first job at Little Italy’s Pizza when I was 13, to my role as co-founder of Shine, I have always used my natural abilities of focus, drive and organization to accomplish anything I set my sights on.
Me: What problem would you like solved?
Marah: 50% of women say that they struggle with confidence at work — which leads to a lot of problems and is a contributing factor to the unacceptable wage gap. I want women to feel equally confident at work to their male counterparts.
Me: Advice you’d wished you’d had or had followed?
Marah: I wish someone would have told me that every single career is intersectional and that there is no single path to success. When I graduated college, I was hyper-focused on building a career in social media / marketing — and now I hold a senior technology role in one of the largest NGOs in the world.
I now have a role that intersects many of my passions including content, mobile tech and management. There wasn’t a major for that. I had to learn for myself that I can make my own path and it can (and should) not just be one vertical — but a combination of all of my skills and passions.
Me: What does success look like for you?
Marah: Success for me means that I’m only spending my time on things that bring me joy and that I have balance on where that joy comes from each day.
It means getting really excited to wake up for work everyday because I’m creating something that makes someone’s life better — and being equally excited to come home to my partner and engage in my social and family life.
Me: Who are your heroes?
Marah: My number one hero is my beautiful grandmother who taught me that being a kind person and giver were the most important qualities a person can have.
I also adore and have so much respect for some of the prominent women of color who have paved the way for me by using their success as a platform to talk about issues that plague our community including Michelle Obama, Shonda Rhimes, Amandla Stenberg, Zoe Kravitz, etc.
Me: What is your best discovery?
Marah: My idea of what an entrepreneur was recently turned itself on its head. I previously thought that it was someone who went to an Ivy League school or was well connected from some other privileged-based nature and had it all figured out. I thought that they didn’t really struggle with day-to-day issues like confidence or impostor syndrome.
My biggest discovery is that entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes and that part of what makes them who they are is their struggle to create the absolute best solution to the problem that they are trying to solve.
Me: What would the title of your biography be?
Marah: Started From the Bottom Now I’m Here (jk)
More Than Surviving, Thriving
Me: What is your biggest regret?
Marah: I don’t believe in regrets. I’m not perfect, but I think that every mistake I’ve made, job I’ve taken, relationship I have had — good or bad, has made me who I am today. I believe that we learn more from our failures than our successes.
Me: Anything else we should know about?
Marah: Shine, www.ShineText.com is incredible resource for all women, especially entrepreneurs. It is a daily text service to help women boost their confidence at work and everyone should sign up for it :)
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By J. Kelly Hoey
on March 4, 2016
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