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Megan Hunt

The Boutique Owner Who’s Running for Office in Nebraska

Talk about having it all. Megan Hunt is a mother, entrepreneur and activist. She’s best known as the business owner behind Hello Holiday, an e-commerce start-up that supports independent fashion designers. But she is also the founder of Safe Space Nebraska, a 501(c)3 working to fight the epidemic of harassment and assault in nightlife culture. Oh, and did we mention she’s running for the Nebraska Legislature in Omaha’s District 8?

When did you realize what you wanted to do in your life?

“I can’t say for sure that I know yet what I want to do with my life, but I never wanted to spend my life working in an office. I’m very motivated by opportunities to solve problems, and I also like to rock the boat. I like to over-work and over-execute. I like to test lots of different strategies. So I have this foundation that compels me toward entrepreneurship, and the rest is just experience and learning from relationships I have with people I admire. As I’ve gotten older, my values of equality and justice have played more prominently in my professional goals, and my transition from the start-up world as an entrepreneur into the political world as an activist and candidate feels like a natural part of that process.”

What is your biggest accomplishment to date?

“I’m most proud of what I have accomplished as a single mother and role model for my daughter. It’s a responsibility and privilege to be able to model strength, intelligence, entrepreneurship and bravery to my seven-year-old every day by growing a company and advocating for other people in my community. When readers tell me that my pieces about discrimination in the start-up community inspired them to change the status quo in their own businesses, or that seeing photos of me with my child at work inspired another single mother to dive into entrepreneurship, or reading my opinions about political candidates made them go to the polls and vote, I feel like a leader and that makes me proud.”

What’s something you’d like people to know about you or your job that they probably don’t?

“Self-doubt, second-guessing, little disappointments and rejections are all part of the process. What you see as a final product, whether that’s as a business owner or as a political activist, never comes easily. And you don’t make much money, but the relationships make it all worth it.”

What advice do you have for other women working toward their own dreams?

“Tell other women what is going on. Every time I go to a work event, or something in the community that would be advantageous from a networking perspective, I invite a woman who I think may not have heard about it. When I see job postings in traditionally male-dominated fields, I deliberately tell qualified women about them. Don’t keep any advantage to yourself.”

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