How She Got There: Stephanie Horbaczewski, President and CEO of StyleHaul, Inc.

Name: Stephanie Horbaczewski
Age: 33 
Job Title: President and CEO of StyleHaul, Inc.
College/Major:  Trinity College, Classics and Suffolk University, JD/MBA
Twitter Handle: @stylehaulsteph
HC: What does your current job entail? Is there such a thing as a typical day?  
stephanie horbaczewskiSH: We have grown so quickly each day brings new opportunities and challenges so no typical days yet!
HC: What was your first entry-level job in your field and how did you get it?    
SH: As part of a sales class I took a job in a clothing store.
HC: What is one thing you wish you knew about your industry when you first started out that you know now?  
How many different opportunities and possibilities there are for your career path outside of the few everyone knows and talks about. 
HC: Who is one person who changed your professional life for the better?
Nicole and Matthew Mellon gave me my first entrepreneurial leadership role in the fashion industry that changed my career.
HC: What words of wisdom do you find most valuable?
 “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” - Steve Jobs
“Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try.” - Mary Kay Ash
“Believe you can and you're half way there.” - Theodore Roosevelt

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HC: What is one mistake you made along the way and what did you learn from it?
SH: I sometimes wish I had listened immediately to myself and followed my entrepreneurial passion sooner. But had I, I would have missed out on law school and business school and would never have been as prepared as I was when I did.  Sometimes what seems like a deviation from your path can be an integral part of your future. 
HC: What is the best part of your job? 
SH: Being inspired every day.
HC: What do you look for when considering hiring someone?  
SH: The two qualities I look for are ambition and flexibility. It’s hard to pioneer a new space; you have to be adaptable and resilient when things don't go as planned.
HC: What advice would you give to a 20-something with similar aspirations?  
SH: Find a mentor and don't be afraid to ask family, friends, and your school for help and introductions to opportunities you want to pursue. 

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Gennifer is the Branded Content Specialist for Her Campus Media. In her role, she manages all sponsored content across platforms including editorial, social, and newsletters. As one of HC's first-ever writers, she previously wrote about career, college life, and more as a national writer during her time at Hofstra University. She also helped launch the How She Got There section, where she interviewed inspiring women in various industries. She lives in New York City.

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