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Blythe Hill

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Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I started at California State University, Fullerton as a theater major, quickly realized that wasn’t for me, and changed my major a couple of times before finally settling on English.
When I graduated with my bachelor’s degree, the recession had started, so I retreated back to graduate school and got my master’s degree in English.
Throughout school, I held multiple writing, editing, and photography jobs.
While pursuing my master’s, I needed a creative outlet, so I decided to use clothing to express myself and wore dresses for a month straight—the challenge became the inspiration for my nonprofit.
After graduate school, I moved to Los Angeles and worked as an account manager for a fashion forecasting company.
In 2013, I turned my dress-style challenge into a campaign for an organization I respected—with their social media promotion, “Dressember” raised $165,000 for anti-trafficking work in just one month.
Shortly after, I took the steps to make Dressember an official nonprofit organization...but I also had to work a few part-time jobs as the company was starting out.
I now manage the Dressember Foundation full time—since 2013, we’ve raised more than five million dollars for anti-trafficking work internationally!
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Career

CEO & Founder

I lead a growing, international movement of advocates helping to end human trafficking.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Fashion
Upholding a Cause and Belief

Day to Day

I'm the CEO of a non-profit organization I founded that raises money and awareness for anti-trafficking initiatives. My job consists of grant-writing, emails and communications with partners, leading my team of 5 employees and 15-30 interns, and writing / giving speeches to raise awareness.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

The ability to network is so valuable. Your network isn't just the people you know—it's the people they know too. Being able to make strong connections with people who also have their own strong connections is a much easier path to success.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Ask for help and utilize your network. You may know a lot, but there is also a lot you don't know. I knew I wanted to make a change against human trafficking, but I didn't know how to file for a 501(c)3 or how to build a website. If you want to make a difference, you have to get comfortable with asking for help. Your network consists of the people you know and the people they know. Together, your network can be so powerful!

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I'm unqualified to make a difference."

Challenges I Overcame

Gangs / Violence
Changed Major
School Stress

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CSUF Roadtrip