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This is it. The last profile in the series – Stephanie Fusco!

Stephanie and I, like Amira, decided to go on a date. We had followed each other on Twitter for quite some time, chatted almost daily on Facebook about our similar careers, and met briefly at the Grey Cup (I was exhausted, wasn’t a great first impression I am sure)! I think it’s amazing how as adults we can find people that make so much sense in our lives in the oddest places (like Twitter, I love that social platform). Plus, show me your friends and I’ll show you your future – I surround myself with those who keep me inspired and motivated.


Stephanie is a Community Manager at Proximity, and she works on some pretty impressive clients. In a quick amount of time, she has proven herself to be the best of the best, in the city, in her position. Most know Stephanie for her incredible blog – Leopard is a Neutral – and her ability to find the perfect Pink Tartan dress. Plus she has the cutest dog, Chloe, proving you can have a fur baby and a career.

Here are Stephanie’s answers to shankell.com’s 5th Birthday questions:

What motivates you to get up every day?

My undying fear of what can happen overnight on the Internet gets me out of bed. I’m 95% serious about that. I wake up every day not necessarily knowing what I’ll be dealing with at work, but knowing that my Starbucks coffee and loving partner will get me through it. I also love where I work and who I work with – never underestimate those two things.


If you could change 1 thing about your career what would it be?
I wish I had gone with my gut when I got out of school instead of spending a year at a job that really didn’t inspire or challenge me. Overall, I’m very happy with how things have gone so far. Can I wish for more hours in the day?

It’s shankell.com’s 5th birthday, what would you tell your 5 year old self?

Never stop loving pink & sparkles; keep being outspoken no matter what anyone tells you.

I think we’re our truest selves at age 5 and I wish I had embraced that more throughout my life. Also, when you see Legally Blonde don’t assume you are going to be a lawyer because she also loves pink & sparkles. You’re better off writing for your blog than studying for the LSATs.


Inspiration comes in all forms, what was the last thing that inspired you?

It’s probably really cliche to admit this as a community manager, but I read Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book (Lean In) over March Break and it really made me think. It’s all about being a woman in the workplace and she forced me to re-evaluate how I handle things and how I’m planning my career.

Your advice to career focused women in 1 sentence would be:
Don’t assume that you need to take a straight path to success – it’s often a twisted road with smaller successes at every turn.


We’re so similar it’s adorable! To get in touch with Stephanie, head to her website – stephaniefusco.com!