Working Women Wednesday: Emily Gielink

Working Women Wednesday is a bi-weekly highlight of the hard-working and wonderful women within the Girl Gang.
This week’s feature is on Girl Gang intern, Emily Gielink.

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Your Local Girl Gang: Tell us about yourself!

Emily Gielink: I am a senior at Bowling Green State University studying journalism with a specialization in public relations and a minor in communication! I’m a Clevelander, born and raised, and I plan to return home after graduating. I am an intern with Girl Gang and also for Simply Tieranie, and in my spare time I work at Qdoba.

YLGG: How long have you been an intern?

EG: I have been with Girl Gang for almost a year now!

YLGG: What is the best piece of advice you have received?

EG: Never tell yourself that you’re going to start later, always start now. Time is always moving full-speed ahead, so there’s no time to wait around for things I want to accomplish!

YLGG: What is your favorite part of working with Girl Gang?

EG: I love being able to connect with all of the powerful women in the area. Just in the year that I’ve been involved I’ve heard so many incredible journeys and struggles these women have endured just to follow their dreams, and they inspire me constantly to work towards my dreams and do what I love. Being able to see them thrive is the best reward I could ask for. Especially Maria, she is the most creative and detailed person I’ve ever had the honor of working with and I love being able to bounce ideas back and forth.

YLGG: What is something you could not go a day without?

EG: My bullet journal! As a busy college student and intern, staying organized is super important so having a creative space to jot everything down really helps me out.

YLGG: Growing up, what was your dream job?

EG: Just like any little girl, I bounced back and forth between things such as professional figure skater, counselor, or an author. Pretty much any time you found me as I kid I was either writing in my journal or nose-deep in a book, so I knew writing had to be part of the equation somehow.

YLGG: If you could have a perfect day in Cleveland, where would you go and what would you do?

EG: I constantly adventure with my dad around Cleveland so I have so many things popping into my head. I would grab breakfast with my dad at Steve’s diner (on Broadview Rd. in Old Brooklyn), then head down to one of the Cleveland signs for pictures. My dad and I would bike down to Edgewater park to ride around the track and walk on the beach. Once we got back to the car, we would go to Brewnuts for a quick snack before heading to West 25th street. We’d look around some cute shops, like Wild Cactus Boutique, Room Service and a few others. We’d eat dinner at Bakersfield CLE, which has the best Mexican food ever, and then get some ice cream at Honey Hut for dessert. :)

YLGG: Name a woman, past or present, who you admire.

EG: My mother. I wouldn’t have my strong-will, honesty, drive, attitude and compassion without her. She’s the strongest woman I’ve ever known and she always encourages me to reach for the stars while somehow still saying grounded. Her encouragement has taken me above and beyond, and I admire how strong and intelligent she has always been.