Episode 18 | Part One: Alexa Curtis

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Cicely is back for a career-changing conversation with Alexa Curtis, a powerhouse of creativity and entrepreneurship. Alexa’s career in social media and radio led her to co-found GrasshoppHer, a career development service for women based in Austin. Alexa has been featured in Forbes, Teen Vogue, The New York Times, and many other publications for her work and achievements. She has also spoken at TEDx events and in schools across the country about her journey of skipping college and pursuing her passions. Alexa is here to share with us her insights on how to create a career that aligns with your values, vision, and voice. She will also tell us how she overcame fear, doubt, and rejection along the way. This is a conversation you don’t want to miss if you’re looking for inspiration and motivation to change your career or start something new. So grab a seat and join me for this amazing episode of Pull Up Your Chair with Cicely Simpson.

About Alexa Curtis: Born and raised in small town Mansfield, Connecticut, Alexa Curtis knew she was different. She didn’t fit into the “normal social mold.” When she entered middle school, all the bullying she endured led her to needing an outlet to escape. In 2011, at just 12 years old, she started a fashion blog; A Life in the Fashion Lane. It became a platform for her to express her feelings around everything relating to teens, body image and mental health.

As Curtis evolved as a person, her blog naturally shifted from fashion to discussing sensitive topics that teens and young adults face every day. A Life in the Fashion Lane was changed to Life Unfiltered with Alexa Curtis and became a lifestyle website and podcast for teens & parents discussing topics such as social media and mental health. Not only did Curtis turn her little fashion blog into a full-time lifestyle platform for teens, through cold pitching, she managed to get sponsored by brands like British Airways, T-Mobile, Lands’ End and more. Alexa founded the Be Fearless Summit, which is a pop-up summit that appeared at Drexel University on March 15th, 2020. The next summit was slated for April 1, 2020 at UC Berkeley. Sponsors include Headspace, Shake Shack and Morphe. Curtis has spoken at numerous colleges; Northeastern, UConn, Eastern Connecticut, Rutgers along with high schools – discussing how to be fearless as well as mental health and social media.

In October 2018, Curtis spoke alongside Amal Clooney and Serena Williams at Penn Women and in Sept 2018, Curtis added ‘host’ to her arsenal as she launched her own radio show on Radio Disney called “Fearless Every Day” with Alexa Curtis. “Fearless Every Day” was the first of its kind and broke new ground for the Radio Disney brand. Alexa interviewed various guests who shared their journey of overcoming obstacles/challenges and chasing after their dreams.

Most recently, she was the host of FEARLESS on LOCALISH (a division of ABC) and now merged Be Fearless with GrassHoppHer, and leads the company with founder Heather Miller.