It’s been a crazy past few weeks at Gap. Finishing up Spring 2016 was extra challenging, after the company laid off over 250 employees last month, resulting in rearranging of roles and responsibilities, everyone had to adjust to a new way of working. I’m very aware of how fortunate I am to still have my job, and I give all the departed employees all the best luck in the world. They are all talented, hardworking people who I know will prosper with what ever they decide to do. Despite the challenge, the kids/baby team did an incredible job coming together to finish an amazing collection for next spring. I could not be more proud. Since I started working at Gap, I constantly have flashbacks to art school, where professors encouraged us to seek jobs where we would be our own bosses, or work for ourselves, because working for a corporation would never be as satisfying. Admittedly, this is probably true. And my first few jobs out of college helped to encourage this idea. But working with my team at Gap has brought me new hope. It has showed me that when companies truly care about their employees’ happiness, wellbeing, and basic need to thrive in their roles, they create a sustainable environment for people to grow a prospering creative force. Everyday, I am blown away at the talent and skill I see from everyone around me. It feels like an honor and a privilege just to be a part of it. That being said, I know my corporate situation is the exception, not the rule. I love the surge in small businesses we’re seeing today. If it continues, I see a happier, more sustainable, much more interesting America in our future.
One individual, who is currently working for themselves, is my sister, Lindsay Hackney. I wanted to write this post to feature her new Photography blog. In a small amount of time, she’s managed to create a really inspiring portfolio. Eventually, she plans to turn her attention toward wedding and engagement photography. You can already see some examples on her site, Lindsay Hackney.