Meet One of the Powerful Females of the Fashion First Community
Here’s your chance to get to know a little more about the smart, fashionable and inspiring Ellen Pritchett from Urban Float.
Ellen was a girl from Skagit Valley who was taught the value of a hard day’s work at a young age by working on farms. Starting at 15 she began working her way up from waiting tables to ultimately become the General Manager of Cantinetta Restaurants; and she’s thrilled to have recently transitioned careers to join the Urban Float leadership team. “The benefits of floating during intense days, long nights, long shifts, and juggling so many responsibilities were exactly what I needed — and I’m thrilled to share those relaxation, stress-reduction, and pain relief benefits with so many different types of people.”
What advice would you give your 25 year-old self?
If I could give my 25-year old self one piece of advice, it would be to travel more. You never think you have the time or money, but the wisdom of getting older has taught me that investing in experiences is always worth it.
What does the future female look like to you?
A lot of people talk about workplace empowerment and I agree. But more specifically if I had access to a crystal ball — I’d hope the future female embraces exactly who she is, owning and celebrating her strengths and vulnerabilities, and is never fearful of going for exactly what she wants and deserves.
Which designers are you into right now?
I’m a big fan of Vince, Theory, and Rag & Bone and classic shoes by Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin. And let’s be honest, can a girl ever have too many pairs of Manolo Blahniks?
Why did you choose to get involved with Fashion First?
I love Fashion First. I’ve been involved for years and even bartended at the first events. Joan Kelly’s commitment to the Crescent Moon Foundation and Outdoors for All Foundation is why I’m so excited to be a part of it this year. The Crescent Moon Foundation supports educational pursuits of underprivileged children who support their communities; and Outdoors For All helps children and adults with disabilities experience outdoor activities like cycling, yoga, camping, hiking, snow-boarding, cross-country and downhill skiing, to name a few.
What has been the best part of being the boss?
Leadership is a true honor and a privilege that has to be earned every single day. I work with a variety of people at all ages and stages in their lives, and I take the responsibility of trying to role-model seriously, as well as learning from the people I work with.
What does your style say about you?
I really appreciate all people’s style choices. I’d describe my personal choices as understated and simple and that probably reflects a bit of my introverted nature. I love being around people, but I’m never going to be the most boisterous person at an event.
Who inspires you?
There are a lot of people in my life I look up to, but instead of choosing one person or a group of people, it’s probably a combination of characteristics I admire. I’m drawn to people who are honest and have integrity, especially in the most difficult situations — that reveals true character in my opinion. I also try to surround myself with hard-working people who show genuine commitment to giving back to the community and helping others; and that’s exactly why Urban Float is my ideal place to work.
We thank Ellen for being a part of Fashion First again and for being an awesome boss lady we all can look up to. Urban Float is a sponsor of Fashion First this year and we couldn’t do this without them. To find out more about the benefits of floating and find the closest Urban Float location visit: https://www.urbanfloat.com/
Get your tickets to the fabulous Fashion First event taking place on September 14th by visiting: https://fashionfirstseattle.ticketleap.com/fashion-future/