It's working for Hollis Wells Silverman – Founder of Eastern Point Collective
Another challenge was the realization of how unbalanced parenting is. There is a constant reminder of biases while trying to teach your own children that things should be equal.
Be confident, keep learning and asking questions. Keep reminding yourself that you are doing a great job and give yourself a high five. Don’t be afraid to ask for help; it’s a good thing. Get 8 hours of sleep a night and don’t wear heels.
Thank you for those kind words. I love food and how it brings people together. I love the restaurant business and want to help people succeed with their passions. I have moved on from the go go go where I answer every request and email to now creating boundaries for my time and space. I really enjoy working and collaborating with people. Teams are key.
I think people are over the norms that have been created by society and realize how unbalanced the world is towards women. We have to take measures into our own hands and many times that means starting your own business.
Restaurants, people and hospitality bring me joy. As far as the pandemic, it was a challenge, but it also gave me hope to keep moving forward to bring my ideas to life. I love bringing people together, teaching, learning and caring for people. Self-care is number one in all this. If you don’t take care of yourself, you cannot care for others. My family and friends care for me, I have a great village.
I continue to learn throughout the different stages of this pandemic. I had to make choices for my family and business at the same time. I had to decide if we should test, mask, require vaccinations and then think about how that affects my family life.
The biggest thing I learned during COVID was that we need to slow down, spend more time observing and being outside. All we have is today and we need to surround ourselves with the people we love while taking care of ourselves.
As a new mother, you quickly learn the importance of timing, logistics and planning. Moms can make anything happen once you master the juggle. Another challenge was the realization of how unbalanced parenting is. There is a constant reminder of biases while trying to teach your own children that things should be equal.
Make time for yourself and find people that love your kids. You do not have to be the person to do everything, it takes a village. Build your village. Trust your village and they will protect you and your family. Sleep, yours and theirs, is imperative so make sure to teach your kids how to sleep on their own.
More of us in it. We should be running the companies and associations and setting the laws to make it equal.
My father was a huge support and always encouraged me and listened. My husband and friends were always there and supporting me.
Jose Andres & Douglas Keane are my mentors.
I enjoy working with talented individuals, helping them build their decision-making skills and pushing them to be leaders. For instance, while I was at TFG, I had an assistant who I mentored a bit and really pushed her decision-making and thinking. She moved on to be a project manager fairly quickly at ThinkFoodGroup and now she is in Development for a large real estate firm. I also think it is important to keep in touch with people and find ways to stay connected. For example, Natalie Hussey and I worked together at ThinkFoodGroup (TFG) and I admired her skill with events and how she grew her career. Now she runs our events and partnerships.