I came to the Hudson Valley in 2010 after studying film and photography at Hamilton College. As soon as I arrived, I was hooked. I had found a place full of amazing communities of individuals pursuing their passions, in the midst of this beautiful natural setting. I was drawn to Etsy for many of the same reasons: we’re a company supporting individual creativity and independence while generating and connecting communities of engaged and thoughtful people across the world. My goal at Etsy is to create an environment in which people are honest, thoughtful, and open to the perspectives of others. If we come to the table with self-awareness, an open heart, and willingness to learn from our peers, I believe the opportunities for true connection and collaboration will grow exponentially.