Emily Merrell, Founder & CEO Emily, also lovingly referred to as "20 questions" has always loved figuring out people's stories. Upon graduating from Denison University, she moved to Buenos Aires to master her Spanish  and worked in various industries (ask her about Malbec). Following her return to New York City, she landed in the Fashion world specializing in Events & Marketing working at Ralph Lauren, Club Monaco, Tory Burch and INTERMIX. In 2014 she dreamt up Six Degrees Society and in 2016 she made her dream a full-time business. In her free time, you can find her exploring new restaurants, drinking bold bottles of wine, taking early morning workout classes, planning her next trip or playing the name game. Follow her adventures at emerrell09.  Get to know Emily a bit more in the latest blog post by Flock & Gabble. 

Emily Merrell, Founder & CEO

Emily, also lovingly referred to as "20 questions" has always loved figuring out people's stories. Upon graduating from Denison University, she moved to Buenos Aires to master her Spanish  and worked in various industries (ask her about Malbec). Following her return to New York City, she landed in the Fashion world specializing in Events & Marketing working at Ralph Lauren, Club Monaco, Tory Burch and INTERMIX. In 2014 she dreamt up Six Degrees Society and in 2016 she made her dream a full-time business. In her free time, you can find her exploring new restaurants, drinking bold bottles of wine, taking early morning workout classes, planning her next trip or playing the name game. Follow her adventures at emerrell09.  Get to know Emily a bit more in the latest blog post by Flock & Gabble

Cate Roepke, NYC Ambassador Cate Roepke is a born and raised Alabama native who also attended the University of Alabama majoring in Advertising and minoring in International Studies.  After an internship in London, Cate decided she wanted to live in Europe for an extensive period of time.  Cate moved to Madrid, Spain for two years where she soaked up every bit of the Spanish lifestyle; siestas, tapas, and copious amounts of cava and rioja. Her love of diverse cities brought her to New York. Currently, Cate works as an Executive Assistant to the CEO of an investment-banking firm. Cate also helps the wonderful Emily Merrell with Six Degrees Society (come say hi!) ! In the summer, Cate can be found every weekend at Rockaway beach hanging out and (most recently) surfing. In her free time Cate enjoys reading the latest Economist, exploring NYC neighborhoods, and eating delicious meals.  

Cate Roepke, NYC Ambassador

Cate Roepke is a born and raised Alabama native who also attended the University of Alabama majoring in Advertising and minoring in International Studies.  After an internship in London, Cate decided she wanted to live in Europe for an extensive period of time.  Cate moved to Madrid, Spain for two years where she soaked up every bit of the Spanish lifestyle; siestas, tapas, and copious amounts of cava and rioja. Her love of diverse cities brought her to New York. Currently, Cate works as an Executive Assistant to the CEO of an investment-banking firm. Cate also helps the wonderful Emily Merrell with Six Degrees Society (come say hi!) ! In the summer, Cate can be found every weekend at Rockaway beach hanging out and (most recently) surfing. In her free time Cate enjoys reading the latest Economist, exploring NYC neighborhoods, and eating delicious meals.

 

Erin Pope, NYC Ambassador Originally from Massachusetts, Erin studied Communications & Economics at Fordham University. Her experiences traveling abroad in Dublin inspired her to work in educational travel. She landed her first job post-college at EF, where she helped thousands of students travel the globe. Her job eventually took her down under where she planned events for students in Sydney and recruited au pairs across Australia. Her love of NYC eventually brought her back and she discovered Six Degrees Society while working with Emily at Tory Burch. She has been inspired by the amazing women who have joined and is proud to be a part of an organization that seeks to create meaningful connections. She currently works in Operations at Blue Apron. Ask her about sustainability and building a better food system! When not working, she loves exploring the city and beyond, oysters with the perfect mignonette & learning French.  

Erin Pope, NYC Ambassador

Originally from Massachusetts, Erin studied Communications & Economics at Fordham University. Her experiences traveling abroad in Dublin inspired her to work in educational travel. She landed her first job post-college at EF, where she helped thousands of students travel the globe. Her job eventually took her down under where she planned events for students in Sydney and recruited au pairs across Australia. Her love of NYC eventually brought her back and she discovered Six Degrees Society while working with Emily at Tory Burch. She has been inspired by the amazing women who have joined and is proud to be a part of an organization that seeks to create meaningful connections. She currently works in Operations at Blue Apron. Ask her about sustainability and building a better food system! When not working, she loves exploring the city and beyond, oysters with the perfect mignonette & learning French.

 

 
Lindsay Howard, Chicago Ambassador Commonly referred to as "Howie,"  Lindsay grew up in Chicago's northern suburbs cheering for da Bears, the Cubs, and any other sports team that wears the Chicago name.  Her love for sports started at a young age and led her to play lacrosse at Denison University, where she and Emily would sit next to one another in Biology class.  Lindsay graduated from Denison with a degree in Economics and a job in sports marketing, which allowed her to tour the small football towns of America on behalf of ESPN and in search of Coach Taylor.  Lindsay is now a Project Manager at DigitasLBi across multiple accounts and when she's not at work, she spends her time volunteering for Chicago Children's Charities and the Positive Coaching Alliance.  She also loves trying new restaurants, networking, all dogs and beer! Read her full story here. 

Lindsay Howard, Chicago Ambassador

Commonly referred to as "Howie,"  Lindsay grew up in Chicago's northern suburbs cheering for da Bears, the Cubs, and any other sports team that wears the Chicago name.  Her love for sports started at a young age and led her to play lacrosse at Denison University, where she and Emily would sit next to one another in Biology class.  Lindsay graduated from Denison with a degree in Economics and a job in sports marketing, which allowed her to tour the small football towns of America on behalf of ESPN and in search of Coach Taylor.  Lindsay is now a Project Manager at DigitasLBi across multiple accounts and when she's not at work, she spends her time volunteering for Chicago Children's Charities and the Positive Coaching Alliance.  She also loves trying new restaurants, networking, all dogs and beer! Read her full story here. 

 
Ali Merrell, LA Ambassador Ali Merrell grew up in New Canaan, CT with her older sister, Emily. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Communications, and moved west. Ali began her career in Los Angeles in the fashion industry, assistant managing a Fashion/PR Showroom, Adam Drawas. After venturing on from fashion, Ali moved into the world of Human Resources, working in Talent Acquisition at an investment management firm, Capital Group. Now, Ali leads all college recruiting efforts for summer intern and full-time hires at Capital Group. She resides in Los Angeles with her four legged love, Caleb.  

Ali Merrell, LA Ambassador

Ali Merrell grew up in New Canaan, CT with her older sister, Emily. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Communications, and moved west. Ali began her career in Los Angeles in the fashion industry, assistant managing a Fashion/PR Showroom, Adam Drawas. After venturing on from fashion, Ali moved into the world of Human Resources, working in Talent Acquisition at an investment management firm, Capital Group. Now, Ali leads all college recruiting efforts for summer intern and full-time hires at Capital Group. She resides in Los Angeles with her four legged love, Caleb.

 

 
Caroline Brayson, San Francisco Ambassador Caroline Brayson - a New Yorker born and bred - recently packed up, headed west, and relocated to San Francisco. She made a career in PR out of her passion for connecting with people and storytelling, and recently started working at a communications agency here in SF called LaunchSquad. When she's not exploring new restaurants and neighborhoods around the city she now calls home, she loves to travel, and has spent time living in Barcelona and Buenos Aires where she perfected her Spanish and took it upon herself to sample all the Malbec and steak that Argentina has to offer.

Caroline Brayson, San Francisco Ambassador

Caroline Brayson - a New Yorker born and bred - recently packed up, headed west, and relocated to San Francisco. She made a career in PR out of her passion for connecting with people and storytelling, and recently started working at a communications agency here in SF called LaunchSquad. When she's not exploring new restaurants and neighborhoods around the city she now calls home, she loves to travel, and has spent time living in Barcelona and Buenos Aires where she perfected her Spanish and took it upon herself to sample all the Malbec and steak that Argentina has to offer.

 
Lauren Fallick, Miami Ambassador Lauren Fallick is an attorney at Haber Slade, P.A. whose practice focuses primarily on complex business and commercial litigation, insurance coverage litigation, shareholder and business disputes, business torts, breach of contract actions, and insurance broker liability actions. Lauren grew up in Wellington, Florida (and no, she did not play polo or have a horse just because she is from there). Growing up, Lauren was referred to as “LF” to distinguish her from the many other Lauren’s in her classes and teams (and because “Lauren F.” was already taken). That nickname stuck with her throughout her life, and is still called “LF” by most of her friends. Lauren went to the University of Florida (Go Gators!) for undergrad where she received a B.S. in Public Relations, with honors, and a minor in criminology. She received her law degree from Nova Southeastern University, where she graduated magna cum laude in the top 5% of her class and served on the Board of Associated Editors of Nova Law Review. Lauren moved to Miami after law school, and currently lives in the Edgewater neighborhood (just east of Wynwood on the Bay). Interests/Likes: trying new restaurants, going to concerts, traveling, spending time with friends and family (especially her 2 little nieces and baby nephew), working out (catch me at Equinox, Barry’s and Flywheel), art exhibits, watching football, wine and scotch, boating, HBO and Showtime Sunday night shows, skiing (almost as much as après ski), meeting new people, and listening to Howard Stern before work (arguably the best interviewer of all time).

Lauren Fallick, Miami Ambassador

Lauren Fallick is an attorney at Haber Slade, P.A. whose practice focuses primarily on complex business and commercial litigation, insurance coverage litigation, shareholder and business disputes, business torts, breach of contract actions, and insurance broker liability actions. Lauren grew up in Wellington, Florida (and no, she did not play polo or have a horse just because she is from there). Growing up, Lauren was referred to as “LF” to distinguish her from the many other Lauren’s in her classes and teams (and because “Lauren F.” was already taken). That nickname stuck with her throughout her life, and is still called “LF” by most of her friends. Lauren went to the University of Florida (Go Gators!) for undergrad where she received a B.S. in Public Relations, with honors, and a minor in criminology. She received her law degree from Nova Southeastern University, where she graduated magna cum laude in the top 5% of her class and served on the Board of Associated Editors of Nova Law Review. Lauren moved to Miami after law school, and currently lives in the Edgewater neighborhood (just east of Wynwood on the Bay). Interests/Likes: trying new restaurants, going to concerts, traveling, spending time with friends and family (especially her 2 little nieces and baby nephew), working out (catch me at Equinox, Barry’s and Flywheel), art exhibits, watching football, wine and scotch, boating, HBO and Showtime Sunday night shows, skiing (almost as much as après ski), meeting new people, and listening to Howard Stern before work (arguably the best interviewer of all time).

Liz Donohue, Chicago Ambassador Liz Donohue recently moved to Chicago from NYC. She has been busy exploring and learning the city (when it's not too cold) and would love to hear your Chicago favorites! Liz is the Senior CRM Manager at ParkWhiz, a Chicago parking / tech startup. She loves to talk email strategy, customer analytics, and most things marketing related. Prior to ParkWhiz, she worked at Shutterstock, Tory Burch, and Panerai. Outside of work, she loves reading (most recently Ta-Nehisi Coates' 'Between The World And Me'), cooking (especially pasta and Mexican), and planning vacations. Liz is a graduate of the College of Charleston in South Carolina.

Liz Donohue, Chicago Ambassador

Liz Donohue recently moved to Chicago from NYC. She has been busy exploring and learning the city (when it's not too cold) and would love to hear your Chicago favorites! Liz is the Senior CRM Manager at ParkWhiz, a Chicago parking / tech startup. She loves to talk email strategy, customer analytics, and most things marketing related. Prior to ParkWhiz, she worked at Shutterstock, Tory Burch, and Panerai. Outside of work, she loves reading (most recently Ta-Nehisi Coates' 'Between The World And Me'), cooking (especially pasta and Mexican), and planning vacations. Liz is a graduate of the College of Charleston in South Carolina.

 
Christina Jacke, LA Ambassador Christina Jacke is an experienced hospitality professional with a focus in Human Resources. She attended Howard University in Washington D.C. with a degree in Communications. Her love for hospitality began after working for the Ritz Carlton brand.  She has also worked in both New York and Los Angeles for W Hotels and Jetsetter. A Los Angeles native, Christina enjoys LA weather, working out, and all the new restaurants and hot spots LA has to offer. Her other hobbies include traveling and interior design.   

Christina Jacke, LA Ambassador

Christina Jacke is an experienced hospitality professional with a focus in Human Resources. She attended Howard University in Washington D.C. with a degree in Communications. Her love for hospitality began after working for the Ritz Carlton brand.  She has also worked in both New York and Los Angeles for W Hotels and Jetsetter. A Los Angeles native, Christina enjoys LA weather, working out, and all the new restaurants and hot spots LA has to offer. Her other hobbies include traveling and interior design.   

 
Talia Bailey, San Francisco Ambassador Talia is a native New Yorker who relocated to California a few years ago and caught on quick. Before SF, she spent her days sampling wine and cheese across Brooklyn, Paris and (colonial) Williamsburg, VA. Her career has been focused on marketing, PR and sales for tech and media companies, such as The New York Times and Cosmopolitan. In her free time, she loves to travel - weekend trips in the West and huge adventures alike, pore over home design websites and blogs, hike around the Bay Area and cook delicious meals for friends.  

Talia Bailey, San Francisco Ambassador

Talia is a native New Yorker who relocated to California a few years ago and caught on quick. Before SF, she spent her days sampling wine and cheese across Brooklyn, Paris and (colonial) Williamsburg, VA. Her career has been focused on marketing, PR and sales for tech and media companies, such as The New York Times and Cosmopolitan. In her free time, she loves to travel - weekend trips in the West and huge adventures alike, pore over home design websites and blogs, hike around the Bay Area and cook delicious meals for friends.

 

 
Aly Thomure, Atlanta Ambassador Aly Thomure, born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, originally moved to Georgia to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design. Throughout college, she fell in love with the South and was thrilled to have the opportunity to move to Atlanta upon graduation where she launched her career as a designer at Carters/OshKosh B'gosh. After five years in the corporate world, she decided to make her personal passions of architectural design and decor a livelihood by becoming a REALTOR®. In her free time, Aly enjoys cooking, trying the areas newest restaurants, traveling, animals, painting, drawing, graphic design, print and pattern making.

Aly Thomure, Atlanta Ambassador

Aly Thomure, born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, originally moved to Georgia to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design. Throughout college, she fell in love with the South and was thrilled to have the opportunity to move to Atlanta upon graduation where she launched her career as a designer at Carters/OshKosh B'gosh. After five years in the corporate world, she decided to make her personal passions of architectural design and decor a livelihood by becoming a REALTOR®. In her free time, Aly enjoys cooking, trying the areas newest restaurants, traveling, animals, painting, drawing, graphic design, print and pattern making.

Brittany Hapner, LA Ambassador While currently working on her MBA at UCLA Anderson School of Management, Brittany also works at Pearl Street Films in film and television development and production. Interested in combining her creativity with a business-minded approach, she plans to utilize her varied experiences as an entrepreneur with a female-centric focus. She believes in the infinite possibilities created through the empowerment of women and looks forward to growing the Los Angeles chapter of Six Degrees Society. Brittany holds a BA in Communication Studies from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a MFA in Motion Picture Producing from the Peter Stark Producing Program at The University of Southern California. Read more about Brittany here. 

Brittany Hapner, LA Ambassador

While currently working on her MBA at UCLA Anderson School of Management, Brittany also works at Pearl Street Films in film and television development and production. Interested in combining her creativity with a business-minded approach, she plans to utilize her varied experiences as an entrepreneur with a female-centric focus. She believes in the infinite possibilities created through the empowerment of women and looks forward to growing the Los Angeles chapter of Six Degrees Society. Brittany holds a BA in Communication Studies from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a MFA in Motion Picture Producing from the Peter Stark Producing Program at The University of Southern California. Read more about Brittany here

 
Megan Yazdani, San Francisco Ambassador Megan is the founder and voice behind fashion blog, attn: To Detail. She marries her love for fashion, all things lifestyle, and her previous experience as a news reporter to curate content that not only informs but inspires woman to greater appreciate life's everyday details. Megan moved to San Francisco six years ago after spending most of her life in small-town Kentucky. She currently works in tech sales by day while maintaining her blog in her spare time. If she's not at one of her two jobs Megan enjoys early morning walks to the Golden Gate Bridge, drinking delicious red wine, and planning her next getaway!  

Megan Yazdani, San Francisco Ambassador

Megan is the founder and voice behind fashion blog, attn: To Detail. She marries her love for fashion, all things lifestyle, and her previous experience as a news reporter to curate content that not only informs but inspires woman to greater appreciate life's everyday details. Megan moved to San Francisco six years ago after spending most of her life in small-town Kentucky. She currently works in tech sales by day while maintaining her blog in her spare time. If she's not at one of her two jobs Megan enjoys early morning walks to the Golden Gate Bridge, drinking delicious red wine, and planning her next getaway!

 

 
Carolina Ramirez, Miami Ambassador With a passion for travel, design and all things jet-set, Carolina found her perfect match in the boom of the sharing economy. Carolina joined the Oasis Collections team in early 2014 to spearhead key roles in sales and business development, as well as manage public relations and destination launches at a global level. Prior to Oasis, Carolina lived in New York and worked at Univision, the leading Hispanic media company in the U.S., in the Brand Strategy & Insights division, managing clients in retail & travel. Today, Carolina specializes in consulting across public relations, marketing and  digital media with clients ranging from real estate, hospitality, health + wellness, art and fashion.Carolina holds a Post Grad in Global Luxury Marketing from New York University and a B.A. in Mass Communications from Florida International University. Known as a global nomad and insider, Carolina often contributes to a number of blogs, city guides and travel platforms as well. Born and raised in Miami, Florida with Colombian heritage, Carolina is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian.

Carolina Ramirez, Miami Ambassador

With a passion for travel, design and all things jet-set, Carolina found her perfect match in the boom of the sharing economy. Carolina joined the Oasis Collections team in early 2014 to spearhead key roles in sales and business development, as well as manage public relations and destination launches at a global level. Prior to Oasis, Carolina lived in New York and worked at Univision, the leading Hispanic media company in the U.S., in the Brand Strategy & Insights division, managing clients in retail & travel. Today, Carolina specializes in consulting across public relations, marketing and  digital media with clients ranging from real estate, hospitality, health + wellness, art and fashion.Carolina holds a Post Grad in Global Luxury Marketing from New York University and a B.A. in Mass Communications from Florida International University. Known as a global nomad and insider, Carolina often contributes to a number of blogs, city guides and travel platforms as well. Born and raised in Miami, Florida with Colombian heritage, Carolina is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian.

 
Alice Hu, DC Ambassador Alice is originally from the Washington, D.C. area. For the last five years, she has been working in digital marketing in Shanghai, China. During her time in Shanghai she also had a few side projects: co-founding an email newsletter, giving dumpling tours and blogging about travel and food. Alice has recently returned to D.C. and is excited to see how the city has changed and how she can make an impact. She is a co-founder at BigSpool, a company changing traditional notions of retail and consumer products by utilizing data to identify unmet demands and quickly creating products with rapid production tools to capture these opportunities. You can find Alice on Instagram @alicehu documenting her foodie and travel adventures. 

Alice Hu, DC Ambassador

Alice is originally from the Washington, D.C. area. For the last five years, she has been working in digital marketing in Shanghai, China. During her time in Shanghai she also had a few side projects: co-founding an email newsletter, giving dumpling tours and blogging about travel and food. Alice has recently returned to D.C. and is excited to see how the city has changed and how she can make an impact. She is a co-founder at BigSpool, a company changing traditional notions of retail and consumer products by utilizing data to identify unmet demands and quickly creating products with rapid production tools to capture these opportunities. You can find Alice on Instagram @alicehu documenting her foodie and travel adventures. 

 
Jess Mazelon, Content Director Jess is a Maryland native turned West Virginia Mountaineer. After graduating from West Virginia University, she moved to NYC where she pursued a career in publishing. After working for People Magazine, she became hungry for more and is now a producer at Bon Appetit and Epicurious Magazines. (Pun intended) When she's not in office tasting the latest food trend, you can find her in the back at UCB's Chelsea theater sipping on a $3 beer and studying the latest house team.

Jess Mazelon, Content Director

Jess is a Maryland native turned West Virginia Mountaineer. After graduating from West Virginia University, she moved to NYC where she pursued a career in publishing. After working for People Magazine, she became hungry for more and is now a producer at Bon Appetit and Epicurious Magazines. (Pun intended) When she's not in office tasting the latest food trend, you can find her in the back at UCB's Chelsea theater sipping on a $3 beer and studying the latest house team.

 
Salma Kennouda, Marketing Director I was born and raised in sunny Casablanca, Morocco. I Went to business school in Morocco and I'm majoring in marketing. I came to the USA for an exchange semester at Indiana State University. After that I moved to NYC where I discovered digital marketing and social media jobs and fell in love with it. Currently working towards starting my MBA and building a career in Digital Marketing. I love trying new foods, lifting weight and yoga but also eating my weight in ice cream and cookies. My dream is to travel as much as I can, learn as many languages as I can (currently speaks Arabic, French, English, some Spanish and Portuguese) and start a program that would somehow empower women in Morocco and promote gender equality!

Salma Kennouda, Marketing Director

I was born and raised in sunny Casablanca, Morocco. I Went to business school in Morocco and I'm majoring in marketing. I came to the USA for an exchange semester at Indiana State University. After that I moved to NYC where I discovered digital marketing and social media jobs and fell in love with it. Currently working towards starting my MBA and building a career in Digital Marketing. I love trying new foods, lifting weight and yoga but also eating my weight in ice cream and cookies. My dream is to travel as much as I can, learn as many languages as I can (currently speaks Arabic, French, English, some Spanish and Portuguese) and start a program that would somehow empower women in Morocco and promote gender equality!

Brandi Unger, Sponsorship Director After graduating from Indiana University, Brandi Unger moved to NYC to take a shot at the big city for all it had to offer. Growing up outside of Atlanta, she always saw New York as the perfect city. She has been working in the digital media world for the past 7 years, in a wide range of roles from publisher, agency and even dabbled in recruiting. She has been working with national clients at Yelp for the past 2 years. Brandi loves helping people be better at whatever they want to do and networking with like minded people, which is how she met Emily over 4 years ago and excited to be apart of a wonderful growing team of strong, smart and inspiring women.

Brandi Unger, Sponsorship Director

After graduating from Indiana University, Brandi Unger moved to NYC to take a shot at the big city for all it had to offer. Growing up outside of Atlanta, she always saw New York as the perfect city. She has been working in the digital media world for the past 7 years, in a wide range of roles from publisher, agency and even dabbled in recruiting. She has been working with national clients at Yelp for the past 2 years. Brandi loves helping people be better at whatever they want to do and networking with like minded people, which is how she met Emily over 4 years ago and excited to be apart of a wonderful growing team of strong, smart and inspiring women.

Emily DeBarbieri, Design Director Emily DeBarbieri grew up in West Orange, New Jersey after living on the Caribbean island of Nevis with her family until the age of 3. She is entering her junior year of college at Syracuse University in the fall. At Syracuse she is working towards a major in Public Relations and a minor in Cultural Anthropology. She’ll be starting off her junior year of college by studying (and drinking wine and eating) abroad in Madrid. This summer she is working as an intern for Six Degrees Society. When she’s not working you can find her hiking with her friends, binge watching every show imaginable on Netflix and searching for new music to listen to.

Emily DeBarbieri, Design Director

Emily DeBarbieri grew up in West Orange, New Jersey after living on the Caribbean island of Nevis with her family until the age of 3. She is entering her junior year of college at Syracuse University in the fall. At Syracuse she is working towards a major in Public Relations and a minor in Cultural Anthropology. She’ll be starting off her junior year of college by studying (and drinking wine and eating) abroad in Madrid. This summer she is working as an intern for Six Degrees Society. When she’s not working you can find her hiking with her friends, binge watching every show imaginable on Netflix and searching for new music to listen to.