From The Reclaim: Reclaiming Your Narrative with: Ellen Miller, co-founder of The Reclaim
1. What’s your superpower?
I’m a strong writer and I’m very proactive and strategic. These skills have enabled me to be successful as a department of one and as a complement to Chanda, who is more visionary. I also make a mean berry crisp.
2. If you could wake up anywhere tomorrow, where would you be?
Somewhere near the ocean. I love the ocean and I could personally do with a little R&R right now!
3. What does your typical day look like?
I’m currently completing my master’s degree, so each day looks a little different! Generally, though, I start every day with coffee before heading to either work (I have a graduate assistantship on campus) or class. In the evenings, I either have rehearsals, talk on the phone with friends or family or am studying.
4. If you could take anyone on a coffee date (living or not), who would it be and why?
I’d love to have coffee with Nancy Lublin. She has founded and led a number of innovative, impactful organizations and I’d love to have the opportunity to learn from her.
5. What’s something you’d like to learn?
I played the violin when I was younger, and I’d really like to learn to play again.
6. What is one topic or perspective surrounding gender that you wished was talked about more?
So often women are painted through a single narrative from childhood to motherhood and grandmotherhood. I think that we’re talking more and more about the different responsibilities that women have and how we can create policies that support women as they balance different responsibilities. Often this conversation focuses on motherhood, which is absolutely a conversation that we should be having! But I think it’s also important that we don’t forget that women have many different identities and interests, of which motherhood is one, and continue to push back on the single story of women.
7. What’s your life motto or your life philosophy in one sentence?
Be true to yourself; authenticity matters.