By Emily Merrell & Elizabeth Roberts
For the month of December, we’re taking a moment to give the blog over to our members. Some are newbies, some are seasoned: all have a unique story about their time with SDS and the connections they’ve made along the way. We’re so impressed by how they’ve attended events and made friendships that contributed to both their professional and personal lives. If you’re interested in joining our community, which gives access to unlimited events throughout our participating cities, please check out membership options here.
A Note From SDS Founder, Emily Merrell:
We saw Diana leave her corporate world behind and join the confusing world of entrepreneurship all within a month of attending her very first event. Like a proud mama bear we’ve loved seeing Diana collaborate and partner with so many of our members. I can’t wait for you to learn more about her below.
SDS: What do you do and how long have you been a member of SDS?
DIANA DAVIS: I am a NYC-based photographer and graphic designer in the health, wellness, fitness
and food space. I love working with inspiring, entrepreneurial women. I’ve been a SDS member for a little over a year.
SDS: How did you hear about us?
DD: Through the grapevine. A completely random connection reached out and invited me to an event. It happened to be the day I found out I was leaving my job.
SDS: What was your favorite event with SDS and why?
DD: I would say the first one I ever attended because of the people I met there who are now great friends including Emily Merrell and Julia Chebotar.
SDS: What has membership given you (new connections, skills)? What are you looking to learn?
DD: My career literally wouldn’t be the same without Six Degrees Society. It’s given me support, connections, friendship and so many opportunities. I’m always looking to meet more amazing women and learn how to grow my own business, but also help those women with whatever I can – whether that’s the girlboss journey or introducing them to someone in my own network.
SDS: How have you grown, professionally and/or personally, since you started your SDS membership?
DD: I started SDS the day I no longer had a corporate job so you could say it’s been a gamechanger for me. I may have never decided to go out and be my own boss full-time without the support of SDS and the founder, Emily. I also have become much better at just talking to people. Let’s be real, I was never a fan of networking. But the curated matches allow for deep, vulnerable conversation versus an awkward “‘Hi’”, “Bye”, and “I’m going to fill my wine now.’”
SDS: Who would you recommend SDS to?
DD: Any woman who is looking to expand her network professionally and personally with real, down-to-earth, no BS, fabulous, supportive people.