#Girlboss Week: Kara Hollis

This week we are taking a page (literally) out of Sophia Amoruso's bestselling book, #Girlboss, and featuring 7 lovely powerhouses who also happen to be Boobypack Angels.

We hope they'll inspire you to take some chances and fight the good fight. In Sophia's words: “While you’re reading this, I have three pieces of advice that I want you to remember: Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t ever let the Man get to you. Okay? Cool. Then let’s do this.”

#GIRLBOSS for life.

Introducing #Girlboss Kara Hollis: 

Getting one degree from an Ivy League would be enough to make my mother cry. So if Kara Hollis's mom is anything like mine, she lives in a puddle of happy tears. After graduating from Harvard and working on Wall Street, this #Girlboss decided to get her JD/MBA from Stanford. What keeps her motivated? Knowing that she has opportunities few else get. What she glosses over though, is that she worked her butt off to get those opportunities and that's how we know the sky's this limit for this beautiful brainiac. 

1. What do you do? What is your typical day like? 

I'm a graduate student at Stanford pursuing my business and law degrees. I'm currently in my first year in the business school, which means my typical day involves a full day of class, a few club meetings, maybe a game of tennis, dinner with friends, and some homework. 

2. Can you tell me a bit more about the joint degree program at GSB? 

Stanford's Graduate School of Business (GSB) is one of the smaller business schools out there with ~400 students per class from all over the world and all different industries. A big part of the experience is getting to know as many of your classmates as possible to learn from them and figure out what you want to do with your life and how you can be impactful. Being in the joint degree program also exposes me to the community at Stanford Law School and 180 other peers who are helping me to figure out what I want to do at the end of my four years at Stanford. 

3. What did you do before GSB? How has life changed? 

Before I came back to school and beer pong tournaments, I was working on Wall St. in equity derivatives at Goldman Sachs. I really enjoyed my time at Goldman and got to learn a lot about financial markets, and options markets in particular.  I also made some great friends and career mentors who were really encouraging of my going back to school and exploring other options. The biggest difference between school and working is just flexibility of schedule - not being tied to a desk 12 hours a day is a nice change of pace, especially in sunny California. 

4. What keeps you motivated?

Living up to potential. I'm lucky enough to have a lot of opportunities to do a lot of different things that many people will never have, and to me, that means I have a responsibility to make the most out of the opportunities I pursue. So I say whatever you choose to do, do it well and do it in a way that benefits both you and others. 

5. If you could have dinner with one famous person (dead or alive) who would it be and why?

Easy. Shaquille O'Neal. He's been my celebrity friend crush since I was 13. He's hilarious - I mean have you seen Kazam? The challenge would be not blowing it at dinner so that we leave the table as BFFs. 

6. Who are your role models?

My mom is and has always been my #1 role model. I may be biased, but I think she's just the best. She's a practicing attorney and entrepreneur who somehow finds the time to also be me and my siblings' best friend. She also has what my family likes to call "the happy gene," which basically means it doesn't matter what's happening around her, she'll find a way to make the best of it and still be fun to be around. What more can you ask for from someone?

7. If you had to pick one quote/phrase to live by, what would it be?

"A girl should be two things: who and what she wants." - Coco Chanel

 

If you want to shop Kara's look, go here. If you want to buy Sophia's book, go here. #GIRLBOSS for life.


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