where creators connect
What is createHER Collective?
CRE·A·TIVE EX·CHANGE: THE AND
createHER Collective is a creative exchange space for thinkers, makers, doers, rebels, revolutionaries, sisters, connectors, curators + intention-setters. We celebrate female and female-identifying creativity, collaboration and energy. We strive to make networking accessible for productive, soon-to-be professionals. We generate spaces where anyone can access, explore and create content anywhere and at any time. Most importantly, we come together to create, to engage and to inspire.
Why Should You Join createHER Collective? It’s not always easy to pursue your creative endeavors on your own. That’s why we believe in the power of networking with your creative peers. We love to help fuel your passion projects, your side hustles and your big ideas that have yet to come to fruition. Are you in need of volunteers, team members or collaborators? Our tribe of passionate thinkers, makers and doers want to help bring your project to life!
"We foster a community where creatives can collaborate on projects and grow together to achieve their goals."
ConnectHER. Are you a photographer who needs help designing a website? An activist looking for help with graphics for your next campaign? Let’s connect you with a fellow createHER who can provide you with the services you need!
TeachHER. Are you interested in sharing your skills with other createHERS? Want to host a webinar, make a tutorial or write a blog post? We are building a space where createHERS can host online classes and workshops to share their expertise with their peers.
EmpowerHER. We believe that you are never too young or inexperienced to chase your dreams and create change. By building out our network, we will be able to provide createHERs with access to opportunities including internships, mentorships, shadowing experiences and more.
a note from our founder
Why? Because I didn’t think I would be given a fair
chance at being selected/chosen/hired.
The issue was not that I lacked confidence in myself. I lacked confidence in the selection/hiring process. I didn’t view the selection process as one where my
People like to speculate about the root cause of
creativity, my relationship-building skills, my willingness to
this disparity. Do women lack the self-
learn and my adaptability could overcome not having the
confidence that men have? Do women need to
“right connections” and pursuing unconventional career
have more faith in themselves?
choices. I felt like my age and my assumed inexperience would overshadow the internships, the leadership
While I do believe that our society is full of flaws
development programs, the volunteer positions and all
that threaten to eat away at a woman’s self-
the other impactful experiences that have influenced me
confidence, I’ve personally always felt like this
throughout my high school and college years.
statistic was misleading in a way. I consider myself to be a rather determined, empowered
Young woman are often led to believe that they need
and self-confident woman, but there have been
the right training and the right accreditations to break
times where I haven’t pursued an opportunity
into the old boys club.
because I didn’t meet all of the laid out qualifications.
We often end up inadvertently investing our time and our energy into proving ourselves, rather than pursuing our own goal and aspirations.
I’m tired of hearing about how it’s “all about who you know.” I’m over seeing entry-level job applications that require 3+ years experience. I am not a fan of this cutthroat, “every man for himself” culture that is being created. More than anything, I am done being told that it will all get better once I have more formal training under my belt, am settled into a traditional career and have some seniority to stand on.
As a young woman, I’m empowered to take action now. I want to learn, to experiment and to create now. I am just as capable of accomplishing something great now as I’ll ever be.
So I asked myself: What am I waiting for? What are we waiting for?
Let’s redefine what having “experience” and “connections” looks like and chose to focus on building community and supporting each other. Who said that we need to wait until we are “established” to be able to reach back and help other women up? What if we hold out both of our hands, grab as many women as possible and, with linked arms, we march forward to take on the world?
createHER Collective is an opportunity to let doubt and underestimation fall to the wayside. That idea that is brewing in the back of your mind is a great idea and it deserves to be pursued. In this community, we applaud you for going against the grain and we will be here to support you every step of the way.
Join our createHER revolution!
xo, Shaye DiPasquale