Intern Feature: Kristin Franco

We wouldn’t be where we are without our hardworking staff. ESPECIALLY our  interns! For the next month, we’ve decided to showcase our five interns and the incredible work they do behind the scenes. 

Our next intern is Kristin Franco, sister of our Chief Strategy Officer Danielle! Kristin, a sophomore at William & Mary, has been part of the TO THE MARKET team for at least two years. In addition to helping us build up our Pinterest, Kristin helps with packaging and preparing line sheets we use for pitches.

What’s your dream job/hopes for your future career? 

I’m an applied Mathematics major, but I intend to also minor in Supply Chain Analytics, so it’s helpful for me to learn what an ethical supply chain looks like. While my dream job tends to constantly change, at the moment I hope to work in Product Development for a large women’s fashion corporation. 

 

What’s your favorite thing about working at TO THE MARKET?

As a start-up, TTM really provides its interns with first-hand experience that large companies are not be able to do – so I was able to learn a lot. I think it is amazing that we have a weekly conference call with the CEO –  not many other interns can say that! Also, coming from an all-girls high school, I love how TTM is women-founded and is committed to empowering women.

 

Why do you think it’s important to practice sustainability/responsible sourcing/good purchasing power decisions? 

Before TTM, I never gave this topic much thought and often overlooked how the products I bought were made and mistakenly assumed that there was little I could do. However, that is not the case. Every purchase, big or small, creates a ripple effect and the power to make change for good. I am now always conscientious about my purchases. I now try my best to only shop at retailers that are sustainable!

 

Have you taken any fun vacations this summer? 

This summer I went on vacation with my sisters to Portugal. We visited visiting Porto, Lisbon, Sintra, Guimaraes, and Cascais! I loved how you could walk down any street and stumble across breathtaking views. And I can’t forget to mention the delicious desserts. I would also love to go to Italy someday! My Godparents live there and I would love to spend more time with them. 

 

Favorite quote or words to live by? 

I love the quote from Moby Dick (Herman Melville), “I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go about it laughing.” My favorite words to live by are Hemingway’s, “grace under pressure.” These words by Hemingway and Melville help put everything in perspective for me and remind me to never take life too seriously. 

 

*Kristin’s t-shirt is from the Dillards GB collection sourced from TO THE MARKET*