Get Out And About With Emma Walker | Meet the GirlCrewer #77
“The past few years have been an incredible journey of growth in my career. I’ve worked for inspiring companies that push new creative boundaries within exhibition spaces and I’ve been humbled and privileged to meet and work alongside some of the finest creators.”
With World mental Health Day upon us, we thought it would be good to feature a member who is all about positive thinking and being active. We all know that exercise is closely linked to a healthy body and mind, and getting outdoors into nature can be a great way to unwind and relax. GirlCrew Sydney member, Emma Walker, is the founder of a company called She Went Wild, an organisation that aims to inspire women to get back to nature and enjoy the great outdoors. “I’ve always felt a deep rooted connection to nature, from early rainy camping trips (I was brought up in Wales), converting vans to camper vans with my father and road tripping to Paris, to water skiing at the age of 7. I was my happiest outside, exploring and trying something new.” For Emma, this active lifestyle instilled a strong sense of adventure and with that a keen sense of empowerment. However, through her own experiences she began to become frustrated with many aspects of the outdoor activity industry. “I’ve always been passionate about equality and I strongly believe that there isn’t anything that a woman couldn’t achieve. As my interest in adventure and the outdoors grew I became frustrated with how underrepresented women are in the adventure sports industry.” Looking to make a positive change in her area, Emma decided to grab the bull by the horns and do something about it. She Went Wild aims to break down this divide and encourage women from all walks of life to get active and get outdoors. “These adventures and experiences have made me who I am today and still actively enjoy all of these things. The past few years have been an incredible journey of growth in my career. I’ve worked for inspiring companies that push new creative boundaries within exhibition spaces and I’ve been humbled and privileged to meet and work alongside some of the finest creators. It really was only a matter of time before I turned all these experiences and my passion for inclusion and the outdoors into She Went Wild.” For anyone who is looking to get out of the office in November 2016, Emma and her team are bringing you the first ever Australian Women’s Adventure Expo – “an event that is curated by women, to aid in inspiring and empowering more female adventurists; of any age and background.” As well as that they are also offering all GirlCrew members a discount on their services so now you really have no excuse. Simply use the code GIRLCREW to get $5 off.
1) What is the best thing about your role?
I get to meet inspiring women and hear incredible stories of self empowerment, where every day women achieve great personal feats in the name of adventure
2) What did you find most challenging about it?
Overcoming my own lack of self confidence and thinking whether I was good enough to bring so many incredibly inspiring personalities together
3) What is your proudest work related achievement to date?
Realising that I could follow my own path, that I wasn’t designed to sit behind a desk every day working for somebody else.
4) What would be your one tip to others who want to get involved in this industry?
Always be willing to learn. We host a number of inspiring adventure workshops every month, and it’s incredible how much extra ambition you get when you’ve learnt how to do something properly. You’ll meet like minded people and share memorable experiences, and perhaps achieve things you never thought you’d do!
5) What would be your motto in life, and in work?
It’s a very basic one, but ‘live life’. Life moves by us very quickly, and it’s far too easy for months and years to pass by and you’re still saying “I really want to do that”. I’ve been faced with some hardship in my life, that’s not only made me appreciate life, but the importance to do what you love. Life is far too short to be spending time doing things that don’t make you happy!
6) What’s your favourite thing about being in GirlCrew?
I think GirlCrew is a fantastic initiative! It’s easy to feel bummed out when your mates aren’t around or they’re not up for trying something new. It’s great that there’s a place us adventurous ladies can go to meet like minded people!