In celebration of Women's History Month, What Goes Around Comes Around hosted a series of "Power Hours" in the Madison Avenue, Beverly Hills and Miami Flagships. The Power Hours featured empowering discussions with a select group of self-made women on what it means to be a modern-day girlboss, and a preview of the ultimate power dressing pieces.

Read on to learn more about the inspiring women who featured on our panels.

Mandi Meng

Mandi Meng, Vice President of Marketing & Communications

Can you describe what you do at What Goes Around Comes Around?

As Vice President of Marketing & Communications, I oversee everything that has to do with branding and messaging for What Goes Around Comes Around. I love what I do, and it's so rewarding to creatively work cross-functionally across departments with my team to tell a cohesive brand story and provide a luxury experience across channels. Another important (and fun) aspect of my role is coming up with concepts and initiatives for WGACA, and aligning with the right partners, celebrities, influencers, and events in order to maximize reach and consistently creating buzz for the brand.

What does "success" mean to you?

There are so many ways to define success, and I truly believe that it's different for everyone. There's no 'right' answer. For me, success means something unique in each area of my life. It's about finding joy in the small things, practicing gratitude, learning something new each day, watching my team grow and evolve (and hopefully teaching them some things along the way), and always constantly striving to achieve my goals both personally and professionally.

What do you wear to feel empowered at work?

I feel empowered when I feel like myself, and my go-to power ensemble outfit formula is to pair a patterned midi or maxi dress with a vintage blazer (Chanel is my favorite, of course), ankle boots, and a killer handbag (usually also Chanel, but working up to my first Hermes).

What's the best career advice you've never forgotten?

Never stop reaching - there are so many moments in my career where I could have done the safe thing, but I always chose to follow my dreams, trust in my intuition, and go for it!

Who is one woman who has inspired you throughout your career?

Not to sound cliche, but my mom - she is an incredible example of believing and achieving. I grew up with parents who were both entrepreneurs, and my mom was able to somehow manage an amazing and successful career while still being the ultimate mother, volunteering for multiple charities, mentoring other working women, and so much more.

What would be your ultimate power dressing purchase?

Hagar Elaziz, Founder & CEO at La Fleur

Can you describe what you do at La Fleur?

I am the founder and CEO of La Fleur Bouquets. I primarily focus on product and color development now. I designed all of our rose boxes, rose colors, logo, website, etc. when I launched.

What does "success" mean to you?

Success is being able to give back in the form of opportunities to others.

What do you wear to feel empowered at work?

There is something so understated yet strong about wearing a pair of sneakers with a suit.

What's the best career advice you've never forgotten?

A good reputation is hard to keep and a bad one is hard to get rid of. Continuing to treat every single person with respect and transparency has allowed me to cultivate some amazing relationships that have taken my career to the next level time and time again.

Who is one woman who has inspired you throughout your career?

Sara Blakely (the founder of Spanx). I think it's incredible to create an entirely new product, but what's even more impressive to me is redefining a product. Sara was able to do that from her living room and has created one of the most impressive empires all while continuing to own her brand and give back in tremendous ways.

What would be your ultimate power dressing purchase?

I would choose a blazer for sure:

Hagar Elaziz
April Mokwa

April Mokwa, Managing Editor at Fast Company

Can you describe what you do at Fast Company?

As the managing editor, I work with the editorial team to produce the print magazine. I ensure that everyone on my staff has what they need to meet their deadlines, that all departments are communicating and working together and that we stay on track, budget and schedule.

What does "success" mean to you?

Success has multiple meanings and I think it continues to shift as my career grows. On a large level, success to me is having a positive and meaningful impact that contributes to a product that I'm proud of.

What do you wear to feel empowered at work?

I've come to have a "uniform" of skinny jeans with dark toned basic tops such as black crew neck tees, knit sweaters and chambray button downs, usually paired with black boots in winter or a loafer or sandal in summer.

What's the best career advice you've never forgotten?

Last year I read Fran Hauser's The Myth of the Nice Girl and while it's still fresh in my mind, I have a feeling it will be a book I read multiple times. She talks a lot about finding a balance between being a strong female lead and remaining kind. There's often a feeling that women have to become "hardened" to succeed and I place a lot of importance on being friendly and approachable in leadership roles.

Who is one woman who has inspired you throughout your career?

I wouldn't say there is just one woman but multiple. I admired how my mother was able to "balance" working full time and raising a family. She's worked for the same company for 30 years yet was always there for school events, family dinners and an active social life. I've also admired women like Diane Von Furstenberg, Michelle Obama and obviously Oprah.

What would be your ultimate power dressing purchase?

I've always eyed Chanel tweed jackets. Comfortable, classic black pumps have also been on my wish list for a long time.




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