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Robin Finnell

Robin Finnell

Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.

I live in McLean, VA with my husband of 33 years and have a 25 year old son who is on his own. My career is as a wardrobe stylist with WORTH New York and W by Worth luxury clothing lines for women. With 24 years experience, my goal is to encourage confidence and credibility in my clients through their wardrobe and how they present themselves. Having a studio in central McLean filled with these gorgeous collections, allows me to work with clients on an individual basis in a professional environment.

Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?

Only a member since September, everyone has been so welcoming. One member realized I volunteered for Suited for Change, a non profit that empowers women by increasing their employment and job retention potential. SFC provides women in need with professional attire, mentoring, and job-readiness education with the ultimate goal of achieving financial independence. This member arranged for Ellevate to combine an accessory drive with their upcoming holiday party since accessories are always in short supply. The response was fantastic and Suited for Change received weeks worth of jewelry as well as a few handbags, and scarves.

How would you define your professional mission?

Women provide a prospective and thoughtful balance in business and the world. Companies with women in the top tiers and on their boards out perform those who do not. We all have areas of expertise and sometimes developing a wardrobe that works might not be one. My goal is provide each woman that comes to me, support to create an image and wardrobe so she can focus on her areas of expertise and her contribution to her business, family and the world. This would be an image that makes her comfortable and confident and reflects her professionalism and values.

What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?

The knowledge of why certain things work for some and not for others. So many factors go into styling such as hair color, skin tone, body type, personal style, proportion, fit, profession, occasion, the image you want to project and so on. Knowledge of the industry, patience, kindness, encouragement, and providing great service would be additional qualities .

What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?

Being recognized as being among the top stylists in the country at The Doncaster Collection year after year. In March 2018, I was given a great opportunity to join WORTH New York after Doncaster declared bankruptcy after 87 years in business. In just 2 1/2 months I was recognized as a top ten new performer at our annual meeting. Loving what you do makes it easy to accomplish your goals.

We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?

Before I became a professional stylist, I was working with a homeless woman at Suited for Change. It was wintertime and we chose a cobalt blue skirt suit to try on. She popped it on over her layers of long johns. It took me a while to convince her to remove the layers so we could check the fit. Once she did and looked in the mirror she began to cry. She said she never thought she could look like that again. I watched as her shoulders went back and she her head went higher and in that 30 seconds a transformation took place from one of doubt to one of confidence. I fell in love with what a simple outfit can do and at the moment found my career path.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

That's easy! The smile on my clients faces when they look in the mirror, the stories I hear about their "perfect outfit" at an event or how much they are enjoying their wardrobe choices and how versatile they are.

What is it about your job that makes you feel it’s the right fit for you?

It doesn't feel like work!

What would you say your personal superpower is?

My superpower is honesty. If something doesn't look right, I am the first to say so. Trust is a huge factor in working with clients and although I am in sales, each item must be right or it shouldn't be bought or sold. Ultimately it is my role to create a finished look she shines in.

What does success look like to you?

Success is happy clients, whether they are my business clients or those I work with at the non profit Suited for Change. It sounds simple and it is.

Is work-life balance a problem for you? What is one no-fail tactic you use to create balance?

I find there is no real balance yet I try very hard to stick to my calendar and block out time for exercise, family, and personal maintenance like grooming, massage, and time to myself. My husband is partly retired and wants more of my time, so try make sure there is time on the calendar for him. Of course stuff happens whether its work or home that change your schedule in an instant so

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