By Emily Merrell and 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:
Michelle is a doer. She’s involved in everything that San Francisco has to offer and is an amazing staple at Six Degrees Society events. She always knows the coolest venues, has the best speaker recommendations and is an incredible advocate of our community. She’s also a social media expert! I can’t wait for you to learn how she works her magic with brands.
SDS: What do you do and how long have you been a member of SDS?
MICHELLE RICK: I am a freelance social media strategist. I’ve been a member of SDS for about a year and a half now.
SDS: How did you hear about us?
MR: Funny story! I wrote a guest post for Yes Supply and saw an interview with Emily on their blog. The name Six Degrees Society drew me in, and I became very interested in the “curated matchmaking” element of it since I’ve been to my share of awkward networking events.
SDS: What was your favorite event with SDS and why?
MR: I don’t consider myself as organized as I could be, so surprisingly it was an event with a professional organizer! I learned a handy trick that’s helped me immensely. I always use huge purses where things get lost, and now I use pencil case-sized mesh bags to separate my makeup from my pens, work badge and Clipper card. I legitimately picked up a pro tip that I’ll be using for life!
SDS: What has membership given you (new connections, skills)? What are you looking to learn?
MR: Definitely new connections. San Francisco has become so tech-focused that I love knowing I can go to an SDS event and meet someone with either a similar background to me, or an exciting one that’s more diverse than the usual “my startup is going to disrupt the cybersecurity space” chat.
SDS: How have you grown, professionally and/or personally, since you started your SDS membership?
MR: I feel more empowered to just go for it. Seeing all the women who’ve stepped up to deliver a workshop or speech at an SDS event makes me feel like I could do one, too.
SDS: Who would you recommend SDS to?
MR: I remember talking to someone who was under the impression that it’s for girls around 25, and I absolutely don’t think that’s the case! SDS is great for a new grad of course, and they could benefit so much, but I would encourage more older women to come too. The only exclusion here is self-exclusion!