LinkedIn member, @karanikolov, approaches life from a different angle. “I started doing aerial photography [in 2016] and now I always carry a small drone with me when on the road, trying to capture authentic environments and unusual perspectives.” His drone helps him reach new heights and his love for photography allows Dimitar to take his career as an architecture visualizer to the next level. From this unique vantage point, he’s able to make connections and see opportunities others might miss. “I believe people should not limit themselves with what they have studied or have been doing in the past. We live in a dynamic time and we no more have to stick to a linear career path, but can easily explore new areas and try new ways to express ourselves."
30 1,54218 June, 2019
One connection can change a life. Diamond Blackwood is going from living in a homeless shelter to creating a brighter future for herself and her family. Watch the full story: LinkedIn.com/Diamond #InItTogether
10 51017 June, 2019
LinkedIn member @petilau_aristofreak wasn't always planning to be an interior designer, but a slight nudge forward from her community made it possible. “I was given a project to design for a close friend’s father ... and from there I began traveling around the world designing homes.” Peti heard opportunity knock, immediately answered, and decided to push forward full-force - Even forgoing a potential career in Opera to pursue her new dream and enter design school. “When I completed all those projects I decided to take my career to a more serious path and chose to get a degree at the New York school of interior design.” Now, she creates spaces for both big names as well as those just looking to transform their personal house into a home. But she’s always ready for new opportunities that might come her way. 📸: @nickonken
29 1,49813 June, 2019
LinkedIn member and engineer, @the_engineeress, has a passion for problem solving and helping young women in science and technology. "I hope that what is going on with #womenintech on social media will help to expand the mentorship network beyond just parents and local teachers.” She is constantly rooting for anyone entering her field. “There are so many workshops, classes, scholarships for young women and they need to take up these opportunities" And whether she's building materials one atom at a time or supporting the future of fellow female engineers, she knows, “It won’t be easy, but it’ll be worthwhile.” 📸: @dchuchuca
64 2,2585 June, 2019
When LinkedIn member @maxamilliam traveled to St. Peter’s Basilica for the first time, he found affirmation in his choice to study illustration at University. With the encouragement of his tutor, Max spent hours with his sketchbook and fine-liner ink pen, pouring every unique detail of the famous church onto the page. He wanted his drawing to evoke the same sense of amazement, wonder and sheer scale people feel when they see it in person. “I want people to appreciate the building through my drawings. To understand the patience and skill it takes to not only draw, but build these masterpieces.” It’s safe to say, judging by the countless pieces in his feed, Max is succeeding. Want a trip around the world? All you need is a visit to Max’s page.
45 1,26131 May, 2019
@fatmabegumkacmaz grew up with a support system that cared about her immensely, but had a different idea of what success for a woman meant. So LinkedIn Member Fatma Begum Kacmaz channeled her self-confidence and passion to carve her own path. “I opposed the system and always worked in a more motivated way to show [people] that girls can study, pursue a successful career, and be a leader.” Now that she’s co-owner of a law firm, she spends her time spreading that message to a new generation of women, inspiring them to pursue their dreams, not someone else's.
82 3,12224 May, 2019
Early in her career, Broadway star and LinkedIn member @mandy.gonzalez made an important choice about who she was going to be. “[Some people] felt like my last name being Gonzalez would hinder me from getting roles. So I came up with the name Mandy Carr…When I went to sign my contract, I thought of my abuelita and I thought of my father, and I thought of my grandparents who came to this country and worked as migrants in the fields, and I told that agent: I am Mandy Gonzalez with two Z’s.” Mandy owned who she is — a talented, confident Latina who is ready to say “yes” to new opportunities that come her way — and it has paid off. From her roles in In the Heights to Hamilton, she continues to live by the same powerful philosophy (and name) she established as a brave young actress when her career began. #HowIGotHere 📸: LinkedIn
31 1,43722 May, 2019
When @christinaadelephoto heads to the office, it isn’t what you might think. In fact, as a park ranger, everywhere she turns she gets to appreciate the immense beauty of our natural world. “There is so much I love about being around nature. The smells, especially after a rain. The sounds - silence, a rushing creek, birds singing, wind blowing through the trees … But most of all, I love the way it makes me feel.” A summer job and the support of a close friend helped LinkedIn Member Christina Adele Warburg-Hon pursue a career that matched her passion. She continues to share her love for nature with everyone she meets on the job. And now… She gets to share it with all of you.
60 2,92815 May, 2019
Brittany Jepsen, the creative force behind @HouseLarsBuilt, transformed a single blog post into a successful career. “As a teenager [my mom] studied ballet at the School for American Ballet in NYC and then entered the New York City Ballet. Seeing all the cool things she did when she was young encouraged me to think bigger.” After moving to Denmark she turned her school design portfolio into a full-time blog. A post with oversized paper flowers went viral, her following count grew, and today, she owns her own company and office space in Utah (pictured above), which she uses to encourage her clients to fill their lives with beautiful things. Because as Brittany puts it, “When you invite objects into your home that you don’t love, they take a toll on you whether you recognize it or not ... Fill it with things of beauty and you’ll find a much better attitude.”
45 1,8847 May, 2019
@JessicaKessel possesses the unique ability to refresh an old industry with new designs. From the buildings around her, to the people she meets, to the music she hears, everything she comes across is a possible idea for a pair of shoes. “I always loved shoes and had a big collection… but it got to the point when I couldn’t find anything that represented me, so I thought ‘I really could do my own...’ This is how I decided to start studying with a master shoemaker. The day I wore the first pair made with my hands I knew I was sealing a forever love.” With steadfast support from her family, LinkedIn member Jessica Kessel was able to start her business the way she wanted, taking her unique outlook on the creative process and putting all her energy into exactly what she loves: Shoes. And the rest, as Jessica puts it, “is a dream come true.”
50 1,0651 May, 2019
When @benjohnstondesign discussed his newest mural with locals in the Hispanic area of Worcester, Massachusetts, he knew he wanted to get it just right. “We decided to use the words ‘Por Siempre’ translating to ‘Forever’, as a reminder to always be proud of where you are from, your ethnicity, and your fellow neighbours.” LinkedIn member Ben Johnston believes a splash of color like this can transform a community, and with each new work of art he creates, he aims to inspire the people who come across it. “Por Siempre” may just be two simple words, but in the hands of this talented muralist, and to the community of people who get to enjoy his work, they mean the world. 📸:@1ill510
54 1,29622 April, 2019
Imagine you’re @littlemissengineeer and you’re about to start a new job. It’s your dream job, but to make it happen, you have to step way out of your comfort zone. As in “working in a male-dominated field as a woman in a foreign country where you barely speak the language” out of your comfort zone. What do you do? You trust yourself and your skills and you move forward. LinkedIn member Marika Serra, one of the quality assurance engineers featured in this photo, took her own leap in 2014 - moving from Italy to London for a project with the Lee Tunnel (part of a project to clean the Thames River by 2020). She was determined to give her all and wasn’t about to let anything (including language barriers) get in the way. With strong backing in the form of support from her family, friends, colleagues, and boyfriend, Marika took her passion for helping solve the world’s problems and turned her dream job into her real job.