Emily Raleigh

The Team

Meet the team behind Spire & Co. Interested in becoming a contributor? Email Emily at emily@spireand.co for further details.

Emily Raleigh

“You are far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way.” 
Jennifer J. Freeman

Emily Raleigh

Founder  •  New York, NY  •  @emilyeraleigh

Obsessed with all things empowering and inspiring, Emily started Spire & Co to serve as a guide for ambitious young women searching for fulfillment. Since starting the site at age 17, Emily has led brand development and content strategy, and moved from a small barrier island on the Jersey Shore to New York City, where she attended Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business while developing Spire & Co. When not working on Spire & Co, she can be found at SoulCycle, nose-deep in a good book, or exploring her Upper West Side neighborhood.

On my power playlist: “HAPPINESS” by NEEDTOBREATHE and anything Rachel Platten

Favorite book: You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

Inspired by…big thinkers, unstoppable doers, fearless givers. And Elle Woods.

Aspiring to…live my purpose, practice gratitude, and do my thing.


“Friendship with oneself is all important because without it, one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world” 
Eleanor Roosevelt

Katie Labonte

Executive Editor  •  Indianapolis, IN  •  @katielabonte

Katie Labonte is a recent graduate of Fordham University, where she studied Political Science, Middle East Studies, and Theology, and spent a year at the London School of Economics studying government and international history. She has been working for Spire&Co since 2014 and runs the weekly Energy Email newsletter. Based in Indianapolis, but with some serious wanderlust, she works as a Student Outreach Coordinator for the Institute for Study Abroad – Butler University. When she’s not dreaming of returning to London or becoming Secretary of State, she can be found reading, practicing yoga, blogging, journaling in her Passion Planner, or drinking lots of tea.

On my power playlist: Taylor Swift, Bruce Springsteen, Rachel Platten, Beyonce, “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys, “Sit Still, Look Pretty” by Daya, Dixie Chicks, and Dropkick Murphys

Favorite book: the Harry Potter books, Game of Thrones, the Century Trilogy, anything by Jodi Picoult, Eleanor and Park, All the Light We Cannot See, and The Nightingale

Inspired by…smart, strong, classy women (basically, all the women on West Wing and Elizabeth McCord on Madam Secretary) and the possibility of being just like them.

Aspiring to…become Secretary of State, read everything I can get my hands on, travel the world, and listen to every episode of “This American Life”.

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” 

Sara Heath

Living Editor  •  Boston, MA  •  @saraheath

Word lover. Chicken nugget eater. Bear cuddler. As seen on Her Campus, The Huffington Post, Unwritten, and Thought Catalog.

On my power playlist: any and all of Andrew McMahon’s music

Favorite book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Inspired by…great love and good vibes.

Aspiring to…do right by others as well as myself.


Elle Pak

“Don’t assume, ask. Be kind. Tell the truth. Don’t say anything you can’t stand behind fully. Have integrity. Tell people how you feel.”
Warsan Shire

Elle Pak

Staff Writer  •  New York, NY  •  @elle.pak

Yale 2015 grad exploring, living, and eating her way through NYC. Avid reader and yogi who only drinks her coffee black. Favorites include brunch, joggers, Netflix, pugs, coconut water, Christmas, aromatherapy and other forms of self-care.

On my power playlist: Lana Del Rey, Lady Gaga, and Melanie Martinez

Favorite book: The Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy

Inspired by…Hillary Clinton and nasty women all over the world.

Aspiring to…make a difference in the world.

Bess Pearson

“Be messy and complicated and afraid and show up anyways.”  
Glennon Doyle Melton

Bess Pearson

Staff Writer  •  Denver, CO  •  @besspearson

Junior at a small school down south majoring in women’s and gender studies and minoring in history. She loves asking people to pet their dogs, yoga, chocolate, collecting quotations on her Pinterest board, Portlandia, and oversharing on the internet. Her current goals are to hike every National Park in the United States and run a full marathon by the end of 2017!

On my power playlist: For the perfect uplifting mix, I love listening to First Aid Kit, Mantaraybryn, Jack Johnson, Xavier Rudd, and Trevor Hall.

Favorite book: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Inspired by…women who rise by lifting others.

Aspiring to…help others live a joyful, mindful, well-balanced, and fulfilled life.

Jaclyn Quigley

“You have to ask for what you want.” 

Jaclyn Quigley

Staff Writer  •  Dallas, TX  •  @jaclyn_quigley

Writer. Lover. Fighter. Heart in New York, body in Dallas.

On my power playlist: “Wildewoman” by Lucius is what I put on when I need a little kick in the butt, and/or “Don’t Hurt Yourself” by Beyonce, for when it’s an angry thing

Favorite book: The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

Inspired by…figuring out what I want and going for it.

Aspiring to…not let my fear make decisions for me.

Camille Carr Spire And Co

“The Devil said, ‘You are not strong enough to endure this storm.’ I said, ‘I am the storm.'” 

Camille Carr

Staff Writer  •  Boone, NC  •  @_camillecarr

21 year old body being run by a 70 year old woman. Communication studies major, dutiful girlfriend and friend, bibliophile.

On my power playlist: Aleissa Cara, Hailey Steinfeld, Paramore, All Time Low, Fall Out Boy

Favorite book: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (I adore anything true crime related)

Inspired by…resilience and kindness.

Aspiring to…be so famous that I get to a monologue on the SNL stage.

Hope Bourque Spire And Co

“A girl should be two things: who & what she wants.” 
Coco Channel

Hope Bourque

Staff Writer  •  West Simsbury, CT  •  @hopeelisabethbourque

Hope is currently a student at Patten University, where she is earning her degree in business management. In addition to writing, she has always had a passion for dancing and reading. When she isn’t in the ballet studio, you can most likely find her walking along the Cape Cod beaches near her summer home or laughing obnoxiously at her local brunch spot with her best friends.

On my power playlist: my power playlist on Spotify

Favorite book: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Inspired by…the young minds of this generation.

Aspiring to…inspire the people I meet throughout my lifetime.

Kristen Weinbel Spire And Co

“You do not find the happy life, you create it.” 

Kristen Weinbel

Staff Writer  •  Bayville, NJ  •  @kristennw17

A college student who is habitually ambitious, always hungry, and usually smiling.

On my power playlist: If I need to get work done, “Formation” by Beyoncé. If I need to do basically anything else, country.

Favorite book: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Inspired by…powerful women, but mostly my mom.

Aspiring to…make a living while make a difference.

Emily Rochotte Spire And Co

“Every pizza is a personal pizza if you try hard enough and believe in yourself.” 
Bill Murray

Emily Rochotte

Staff Writer  •  Budd Lake, NJ  •  @emilyrochotte

Emily is a professional freelance writer for hire with an educational background in marketing, and editorial experience in the wedding industry. She loves all things love, weddings, and proposals. Emily spends her free time volunteering at her church and babysitting, and will never get tired of playing dress-up, watching children’s television shows, and cherishing the moments she gets to watch children grow up.

On my power playlist: Spotify curated playlist “All Out 00s” and any music by Jon Bellion or Coleman Hell

Favorite book: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Inspired by…girl bosses everywhere.

Aspiring to…run my own website.

Morgan Abate Spire And Co

“Caminante no hay camino – wanderer, there is no true path.” 
Antonio Machado

Morgan Abate

Staff Writer  •  Chicagoland, IL  •  @morganabate7

Morgan spent her undergrad years studying a mix of Latin America, Spanish, international development and journalism. After having internships in a variety of areas, including as an editorial assistant for Spire & Co. circa Smart Girls Group! Currently, she is serving her country for a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Chicagoland, increasing corporate and community investment at a local food bank.

On my power playlist: “Comeback Kid” by The Band Perry, “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten, “Road Less Travelled” by Lauren Alaina

Favorite book: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Inspired by…leaders with innovative solutions to fight social injustices.

Aspiring to…be a person in my chosen field that others look up to and always make time for “the little guy/girl”.

Kelli Pfiffner

“What’s meant to be will always find a way.”

Kelli Pfiffner

Staff Writer  •  Las Vegas, NV  •  @kellipfiffner

Student, news junkie, writer and  Type A personality. Will most likely be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

Favorite book: Raising the Barre by Lauren Kessler, The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman

On my power playlist: Shania Twain – all day, everyday

Inspired by…people who had the courage to follow their dreams.

Aspiring to…live an informed, creative, and kind life.