Each year on March 8th, people around the world gather to honor women’s rights and celebrate their achievements for International Women’s Day. In honor of this year’s International Women’s Day, we’re spotlighting stories of triumph and inspiration from the diverse group of women that make up our Shipt community.
Read on to be inspired by our Shipt community of shoppers and HQ members!
1) Leading the fight against cancer, Shipt Shopper Linda N.
Linda N. is a survivor. She was diagnosed with cancer the first time at only age 23, and then breast cancer later in her life. But still, she persisted — and has now been cancer-free for almost two decades!
Yes, Linda is a cancer survivor, but she’s also so much more. She’s a wife, mom, cyclist, shopper, volunteer and counselor. Today, she continues to inspire others as a mentor for those overcoming their own battles with cancer. Read on to learn how Linda is leading the charge in the fight against breast cancer in her community.
2) Becoming a boss lady, Kelly Caruso, Shipt CEO
About a year ago, we proudly announced that retail veteran and all-around boss Kelly Caruso joined Shipt as CEO. From becoming a consumer leader at huge companies like Abercrombie & Fitch and Target to new beginnings at Shipt — Kelly has been a trailblazer in the retail industry and champion for women leaders along the way. Check out 5 questions about her career journey leading to Shipt and her top advice to female leaders.
3) From teacher to Shipt Shopper to professional chef, Ashley Mincey
You might know Ashley Mincey from our “From the Shipt Kitchen” series and MasterChef fame. But before she was serving up filet mignon with Gordon Ramsay, did you know she was a teacher turned Shipt Shopper?
On her way to discovering her passion, Ashley quit her teaching job and began shopping for Shipt. The flexibility allowed her to pursue cooking more seriously, hone her craft and enter competitions. She finally auditioned for MasterChef — and the rest is history.
Now from foods that heal to foolproof tips for grilling steak, Ashley is sharing her cooking prowess (and favorite recipes) with the Shipt community. Click here to learn more about her journey to becoming a professional chef.
4) Introducing eaters to a new cuisine, Hetal Vasavada (@milkandcardamom)
From chemist to baker to MasterChef contestant and then bestselling author, Hetal Vasavada wears many hats. And as a Shipt member you can imagine the time she needs to get it all done. You might recognize her as food blogger @milkandcardamom — and thanks to her, an entirely new generation of chefs are learning to use traditional Indian cooking techniques. Watch how she’s blending dishes from her Indian heritage to transform American cuisine and introducing flavors like cardamom to a brand new audience.
5) Engaging an overlooked community, Shipt Shopper Deb G.
For Deb G. shopping for Shipt is much more than simply delivering groceries — it’s making a difference and connecting with a population that sometimes goes overlooked. She regularly goes the extra mile by taking time to help folks who are no longer able to get out as often or easily as they once did. See how Deb takes orders to housebound seniors and provides a source of community and friendship in the Fort Worth area.
6) Going above and beyond, the women of Wishabella
The women behind this inspiring story need almost no introduction. The Wishabellas Facebook group has become legend within Shipt for how they go above and beyond to help our Shopper community. From advice for new members to buying shoppers equipment they need to make shops easier, the Wishabellas are a constant source of support and inspiration! Check out how the Wishabellas have banded together to help those in need and inspired similar support groups for shoppers across the country.
7) Bringing an end to food insecurity, Shipt Shopper Dian H.
Building a path for a more food-secure future is no easy task. But for Dian H. giving back is in her DNA. Over the last year, she has transformed Shipt’s “Local Day of Service” into a monthly event — organizing a dedicated group of shoppers to volunteer at Indianapolis food banks and making a huge dent in eliminating hunger in the city. Read how Dian and her fellow shoppers are going above and beyond to make a difference in their community.
Do you have an inspiring story to share this International Women’s Day? Let us know in the comments below!