By Mayshad Mag
Mayshad Magazine is an advocacy platform for empowerment which mainly focuses on empowering women, raising awareness and exploring a contemporary lifestyle.
1- Can you please introduce yourself. Who is Rebecca Ballard?
I am a dreamer and schemer trying to do my part to create a world where each of our consumptive actions honors people and the planet.
2- Can you tell us about the Maven Women
We are the first fair trade, socially conscious company creating elegant day-to-evening attire appropriate for the workplace…or brunch or cocktails! We obsess over the details, fit, and quality and aim to honor people and the planet at every step.
3 – On a personal side, what are the thoughts and things that make you happy?
My family, friends, and faith are at the core of my life. I love living in Washington, DC, good food and drink, relaxing on the beach, personal fitness, and serendipity.
3 – Can you name someone who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Someone who is a mentor to you. Why and how this person impacted your life?
My greatest mentor is my husband, John Means. He shares my passion for design that honors people and the planet, which he also lives out in his vocation. I went to law school and he went to business school, and being married to him has perhaps given me more knowledge of the business world than if I had gotten an MBA myself!
4 – How can we inspire others?
Life with integrity. To do so care for yourself, know your values, aim high, and always follow through.
5 – As a leader of your organization, according to you, what does it takes to be successful?
A little bit of everything! Running a new ethical fashion company requires you to be a “jack of all trades” rather than an expert. You need to be prepared to roll up your sleeves and learn fast.
6- The last but not least, what is your message to humanity?
“Do good by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” I grew up United Methodist and learned this quote, erroneously attributed to John Wesley but powerful nonetheless. It’s been a driving force in my life and still is today.