Wavemakers is an initiative I've kickstarted with Femme-O-Nomics’ founder Leah Eichler (@Femmeonomics) that profiles female innovators — women who are constantly blazing new trails, inspiring others and revolutionizing the status quo.
This week, meet Alexandra Brown. She is the president of Aprilage Inc., creator of the APRIL® face aging software used globally in health education, science museums, law enforcement and in a number of consumer applications. She is a former television broadcast executive and also consults to the online media industry. You can follow her at @aprilfaceaging.
2. If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?
A Motown singer like Gladys Knight – or even one of the Pips. I first heard “Midnight Train to Georgia” at an impressionable age, and it became my anthem. I still do full on karaoke every time I hear that song.
3. What is your greatest indulgence?
Adventure travel with a great guide, and family in tow, to spectacularly beautiful places off the tourist track. I’m not much of a “beach person.”
4. What or who helped you the most to achieve your success?
There have been a number of fantastic people along the way who have recognized something in me, and just said “Go, Do!” – either as a team leader or as part of a project team. I always knew they had my back, even if I had to figure a lot of stuff out along the way. They taught me to surround yourself with good people, then leap into something, and just do it. Interestingly, there have also been some not-so-fantastic work experiences from which I’ve also learned truly valuable lessons about how NOT to treat people. Learning from both the good and the bad experiences has been just as important to shaping my success.
5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
My maternal grandfather, who had to quit school at 13 to support his family, was always embarrassed by his lack of formal education, but he needn’t have been. His “life education” was magnificent, and he understood people:
a. Treat everyone with respect – it doesn’t matter what their job is. They are a human being first.
b. Dress for the job you want.
c. There’s nothing more important than family.