We had the good fortune of connecting with Siobhan Park and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Siobhan, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Since I started my career in digital marketing, I took a lot of risks on start-ups. I’ve always been drawn to the environment and culture of start-ups but they can come with incredible risks – even as an employee. You risk below-market pay, poor job security, minimal if any, benefits – all things that can be huge financial risks. Not to mention the strain it can place on your mental health. I bounced around from start-up to start-up trying to find that unicorn company that could actually execute on its mission and values. It cost me a lot. I worked in roles where I wasn’t paid on time or had to be laid off, then spent weeks worrying if I was going to be able to pay my rent. But I luckily found the company where I’m at today and have gained so much. I’m not even 30 years old and I’m on the leadership team directly involved in growing a company and creating a culture where employees want to come to work. I’m on track for roles that wouldn’t have been possible for me for many, many years. While the risks I took certainly impacted me negatively, I wouldn’t change it for anything.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think the greatest part of my story is that I try to take my negative experiences and use my privilege as a leader to ensure no one else experiences what I had to go through. I’ve dealt with ageist, sexist leaders that looked down on so many talented people. Until a few months ago, my team was exclusively comprised of talented women, and I take a lot of pride in empowering them to be the next leaders of our industry and instilling in them the knowledge that they can accomplish anything.
I think that’s what truly sets me apart. If the world tells me no, I don’t care. I know the impact I want to make on my life, on my team member’s lives, and on the company I work for. I’m not afraid to work hard and sacrifice to be the change I want to see in the world.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love taking people to Avalon in Alpharetta. Not only is it dog-friendly so my pup companion – Mingo – can tag along. But there’s a lot of really great restaurants and shops there. I love just walking in and out of the shops sipping a drink. It’s also a short walk to downtown Alpharetta, which has more great food. There’s also tons of outdoor seating, which I love.
I also love Ponce City Market and walking the Beltine. I really love anything that’s dog-friendly where I can get a drink or snack and walk around or people watch. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I absolutely want to shout out Corbin Wrights and Michael Estep at REPLI. They took a chance on me and continue to me the greatest opportunities. I’m so thankful to both of them.