- Oct 12, 2013
Hi! My name is Hilary Rowland.
You can check out my blog by clicking on the menu items on the left, or read a quick summary of my career below.
I’ve been an entrepreneur my whole life — since I was a teenager.
I launched the first ever online magazine for women back in 1994/95. It’s called Urbanette Magazine. Starting in 2013, Urbanette went into print (twice yearly). I founded Urbanette magazine when I was 15 years old because, as an equal rights activist, I wanted to help educate and inspire women on the critical issues of self-esteem and female leadership. In keeping with these goals, I decided to turn Urbanette into the first 100% volunteer-run magazine, and donate 100% of our profits to Women in the World Foundation, as the charity’s values and goals are exactly in line with ours.
Shortly after, I invented online casting and portfolios. New Faces® was the first portfolio or talent database online, and to this day it helps models and actors network and freelance. We’ve had more than half a million models and actors add their portfolios to the site.
I’ve since founded Project Migration, which sells fashion accessories and apparel to raise funds for water and medical supplies to aid those living in extreme poverty. It’s got some pretty cool supporters, like Sting, Richard Branson and Adrian Grenier.
For a while I also had a pop-up contemporary photography and art gallery in SoHo, NYC, called SoHo Loft Gallery. 100% of profits from the gallery went to fund the growth of Project Migration. To be honest, I had no idea it’d be so tough to sell photography! It was a fun venture though, and who knows – maybe it’ll pop-up again at some point. For now, it’s just online.
As if all that wasn’t enough work, I’ve got a few other projects on the go (I’ll let you know when they launch), and in 2013 I started Be The Kindness, a monthly Think Tank with some of the greatest entrepreneurial minds in the country, focused on innovative solutions to improve the lives of animals around the world. All ideas are welcome!
If you want more than that, I wrote a more about my life and career here.
- Oct 10, 2013
I sometimes have a hard time understanding humanity. Humans, as well as animals, are capable of such compassion and kindness, but when it comes to helping people or animals we’re not physically close to — that we don’t actually see on a regular basis — the unfortunate truth is that few people choose to act on (or even let themselves feel) that compassion.
There are many exceptions to this phenomenon. I am one. That is why I’m vegan, and why I’ve been putting together a group of great thinkers who are also compassionate and kind. Together, our goal is to come up with game-changing ideas to help animals around the world live better lives.
I just started a Facebook page for our little Think Tank, which you can check out at www.facebook.com/BeTheKindness
I’d love to hear suggestions, so please feel free to comment on our page or below.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead