Meet the team behind Spire & Co. Interested in becoming a contributor? Email Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.