From boredom to boardroom, Seattle teen launches new clothing line

SEATTLE (KOMO) — A Seattle teen who had never even owned a needle and thread decided to take up a new hobby – and it’s culminated in a new fashion line.

How did the Ballard High School Senior reach this point?

“One day I think I was just like extremely bored, like out of my mind,” said Ruby Pope.

So, when Ruby looked for something to do, she found a few old bandanas and a pair of sweatpants and started working on a way to combine the two into one.

“And I cut out the bandanas, I didn’t even pin it on. I just started hand stitching, I think I went to Bartells and got a needle and thread,” she said.



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Caption: Ballard High School senior Ruby Pope shows off her new bandana-inspired clothing line. (KOMO Photo)

And 4-5 hours later, the Ballard High School sweatpants had bandanas sewn down the front of the left pant leg.

“I really, really liked them; like how they looked they were different nothing looked like them,” said Ruby.

Ruby got so many compliments, she wanted to make more. The second pair she made went to a friend. And she worked to make more, but she found hand stitching is too time-consuming and not producing the quality she wanted.

“Ruby’s a perfectionist,” said her mom, Heather Pope.



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Ruby begged her mom for a sewing machine so she could make a garment in fewer hours than it took her to sew one by hand.

“I would break needles every minute!” said Ruby.

But she persisted and figured out how to make the machine work for her. Ruby even carried the machine on a plane to Delaware for the Pope family vacation in June. She filled her suitcase with bandannas and plain sweatpants and sweatshirts.

“And it was a great idea because on the plane I was just sketching on my iPad,” said Ruby. “I just love putting colors together and I made two pairs of sweatpants for my little cousins.”

Back home in Seattle, Ruby kept sewing until she had about 40 pieces done. She and her mom found a photographer to take pictures of her friends modeling her designs. They put the photos up on Instagram and the pieces immediately sold out.

But it was more than just selling those 40 garments — another 50 or more orders came in.

“So that is when all the stress came in and I had to start getting up and sewing all day, every day, to the point where I could not stand and more,” said Ruby.

“We took the order, they paid us,” said Heather Pope. “And the clock ticking was definitely, we took that seriously.”

Heather found a professional seamstress to help get the sewing done. And Ruby went to work sketching new designs for her streetwear, even making some social statements, mixing Black Lives Matter and RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsberg) fabrics with bandanas.



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Germany agrees ‘historic’ mandatory boardroom quota for women | Business

Germany’s coalition government will introduce a mandatory quota for the number of women working as senior management in the country’s listed companies, in a move hailed as a “historic” step towards sexual equality in German boardrooms.

In a deal agreed on Friday evening by Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and their junior partner the Social Democrats, management boards with more than three members must include at least one woman, reversing a voluntary system that critics argue has failed to achieve the required shift towards gender equality.

Franziska Giffey, Germany’s federal minister for women, said: “This one breakthrough is historic. We are putting an end to women-free boardrooms in large companies. We are setting an example for a sustainable, modern society. We are exploiting all of our country’s potential so that the best in mixed teams can be more successful. Because nothing is done voluntarily and we need guidelines to move forward.”

The move comes after recent research found the representation of women in senior management in German companies was lagging behind peers in rival major economies.

Women make up 12.8% of the management boards of the 30 largest German companies listed on the blue-chip Dax index, according to a September survey by the Swedish-German AllBright foundation. The figure compares with 28.6% in the US, 24.5% in the UK and 22.2% in France, the study said.

The research also stated that Dax companies were losing women in senior positions, while there had been a rise in “the number of Dax companies without a single woman on the board from six companies in the previous year to 11 currently”.

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However, forcing large companies to act is likely to anger some in German business, who have been arguing that the move is an unjustified interference in private enterprise.

The coalition deal will also compel a minimum quota of 30% of women on supervisory boards for companies where the federal government holds a majority shareholding.

The government added that a further quota would also be introduced for “corporations under public law”, such as health insurance companies and pension and accident insurance institutions as well as the Federal Employment Agency.

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Germany agrees ‘historic’ mandatory boardroom quota for women

Germany’s coalition government will introduce a mandatory quota for the number of women working as senior management in the country’s listed companies, in a move hailed as a “historic” step towards sexual equality in German boardrooms.



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In a deal agreed on Friday evening by Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and their junior partner the Social Democrats, management boards with more than three members must include at least one woman, reversing a voluntary system that critics argue has failed to achieve the required shift towards more gender equality.

Related: Women in mid-30s may never know equal pay in their working lives

Franziska Giffey, Germany’s federal minister for women, said: “This one breakthrough is historic. We are putting an end to women-free boardrooms in large companies. We are setting an example for a sustainable, modern society. We are exploiting all of our country’s potential so that the best in mixed teams can be more successful. Because nothing is done voluntarily and we need guidelines to move forward.”



German minister for women, Franziska Giffey, hails a decision that will ‘put an end to women-free boardrooms in large companies’.


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German minister for women, Franziska Giffey, hails a decision that will ‘put an end to women-free boardrooms in large companies’.

The move comes after recent research found the representation of women in senior management in German companies was lagging peers in rival major economies.

Women make up 12.8% of the management boards of the 30 largest German companies listed on the blue-chip Dax index, according to a September survey by the Swedish-German AllBright foundation. The figure compares with 28.6% in the US, 24.5% in the UK and 22.2% in France, the study said.

The research also stated that Dax companies are losing women in senior positions, while “the number of Dax companies without a single woman on the board [has increased] from six companies in the previous year to 11 currently”.

However, forcing large companies to act is likely to anger some in German business, who have been arguing that the move is an unjustified interference in private enterprise.

The coalition deal will also compel a minimum quota of 30% of women on supervisory boards for companies where the federal government holds a majority shareholding.

The government added that a further quota would also be introduced for “corporations under public law”, such as health insurance companies and pension and accident insurance institutions as well as the Federal Employment Agency.

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Women in the Boardroom Names Former Time Inc. Executive Leslie Dukker Doty as CEO

 

Since June of 2019, Leslie Dukker Doty has been working as the Chief Strategic Advisor to Women in the Boardroom, developing and executing a strategic growth plan alongside Founder Sheila Ronning to prepare the company to scale. Stepping into the role of CEO, effective immediately, Doty will amplify this growth and expansion strategy, focusing on innovative digital products, strategic partnerships, and services.

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Sheila Ronning will continue to lead board strategy and relationships, and member services. Since 2002, Ronning has passionately advanced the mission of gender and racial equality in the Boardroom. She continues this pursuit in augmenting her already unmatched success of 60% of membership holding corporate board appointments.

“I am excited to have Leslie take on the role of CEO. She brings with her a unique perspective and decades of expertise and experience transforming, growing, and expanding businesses,” said Ronning. She continued, “We need to continue to holistically provide women with the right support throughout their board journey, enabling them to make true connections in obtaining board seats. Bringing Women in the Boardroom to the next level means more access and opportunity for more women – a critical mission.”

Before joining Women in the Boardroom, Doty was the Executive Vice President of Consumer Marketing & Revenue and President and Global Division Head of multiple business units at Time Inc. While there, she led digital data and organizational transformation initiatives, successfully enabling and executing a growth plan and pivoting the business to focus on consumer products and services. Doty was a member of the executive team that managed the $2.8 billion sale of the company and its magazine brands, including People, Time, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated, to Meredith Corporation in 2018. Before joining Time Inc., Doty held senior-level executive positions at Trusted Media Brands, CVS Health, Mastercard, and Citibank, and was Co-Founder of Scanalytics LLC.

“I am thrilled to be joining Sheila and the team at Women in the Boardroom especially during these turbulent times,” said Doty. “Throughout my career, I have been a mentor, an advocate, and a change agent for all women through corporate career advancement to board service. And now, more than ever, that core mission is critical. Sheila has been a visionary and a pioneer in getting women a seat at the corporate board table, and I look forward to building on her success through the execution of our ambitious growth plans.”

Leslie is currently an Advisory Board Member of ActionIQ, an information technology services company, a 2017 NOW-NYC Women of Power & Influence Award honoree, and a DMN Marketing Hall of Femme Honoree in 2015. Doty holds an MBA in Marketing from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a B.S. in Communications from Northwestern University.

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