Meet Praxis advisor Amanda Grimmett.
Amanda is an event planner working in New York City who loves the outdoors. She works with a cohort of Praxis participants to help them navigate the challenges of being a young professional, learn new skills, and accomplish their personal and professional goals.
I caught up with her between her busy schedule to ask a few questions about her life, her career, and her experience as a Praxis advisor. If you were looking for an inside look at the advisor experience and the value our advisors bring to our participants, this is it!
Why are you excited about being a Praxis advisor?
It’s incredible to watch the participants come alive when they break out of the schooling mindset. So often they already have the answers they’re looking for, and when they realize it, it’s like fireworks.
What is the most exciting project you’ve worked on in the past few months?
I work for a rapidly growing hospitality company in NYC, so there are always exciting projects going on. Last month, I helped with our opening on the 64th floor of the World Trade Center. This month we’re opening an exclusive club at Park Avenue Tower, where I’ll be the building’s onsite event planner.
What are some of your hobbies and interests outside of work?
For the last few years, Chuck and I have been trying to see at least one national park per year. So far we’ve hit Yellowstone, Glacier, Grand Teton, Yosemite, and Point Reyes. I love horseback riding, playing with other people’s dogs, and teaching flute lessons.
What is the most Praxian thing you’ve ever done?
A few months ago, I took a line of postcards from idea to sales in less than two weeks. I had the idea during a 2-hour car ride, and I was so excited that I opened my Etsy shop while we were still driving.
In my mind, what makes it the most Praxis thing I’ve ever done isn’t that I made money; it’s that I kept pushing myself to finish even when the self-doubt told me to stop.
What are some of the participants in your cohort currently working on?
Kerubo Wall recently launched Dada’s Lounge, a YouTube channel for international women that explores both light-hearted and deeply serious issues. It’s amazing to watch Kerubo’s face light up when she talks about this project and her dreams for the future.
William Nava is a prolific writer who has been focusing on Pressing the Button, an online resource for exploring alternatives to government-provided services.
This post is part of an ongoing series cover Praxis advisors. Advisors at Praxis are typically a few years ahead of their careers than participants and are able to offer participants not only practical career coaching but invaluable life advice.
Praxis has a roster of multiple advisors, all of whom come from different backgrounds and have various areas of expertise, who meet 1-on-1 with our participants every other week for the entire nine months of the program. The participants get to pick who they meet with based on personal preferences and professional goals.