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Meet Trailblazer Aylia Zaidi

Today we’d like to introduce you to Aylia Zaidi.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have been in the digital marketing industry (customer success/sales) for 5+ years now! I love working with my clients, getting to be in a consultative role, and being part of their business success. I spent a couple of years working in late-stage start-ups and now recently got my dream job at Google working in Google Ads! I am also now starting my own fashion/travel blog on the side (Pearls & Pancakes) and am a style influencer on the APP.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Quote from Sheryl Sandberg which really resonated with me when I was starting my journey:

“You are the promise for a more equal world. So, my hope for everyone here is that after you walk across this stage after you get your diploma after you go out tonight and celebrate hard – you then will lean way into your career. You will find something you love doing and you will do it with gusto. Find the right career for you and go all the way to the top.

As you walk off this stage today, you start your adult life. Start out by aiming high. Try – and try hard.

Like everyone here, I have great hopes for the members of this graduating class. I hope you find true meaning, contentment, and passion in your life. I hope you navigate the difficult times and come out with greater strength and resolve. I hope you find whatever balance you seek with your eyes wide open. And I hope that you – yes, you – have the ambition to lean into your career and run the world. Because the world needs you to change it. Women all around the world are counting on you.

So, please ask yourself: What would I do if I weren’t afraid? And then go do it.”

We’d love to hear more about Pearls & Pancakes.
I have always been deeply passionate about fashion/travel/adventure. Lately, I’ve been doing trips that really challenge me and push me out of my comfort zone. Last summer, I went on a week-long backpacking trip in Alaska which was one of the hardest things I have ever done. This summer, I will be climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro (bucket-list trip) with an all-women adventure travel group! (

I am excited to share my blog with you all (Pearls&Pancakes) where I will share fashion finds, travel, and lifestyle trends. This is something I am passionate about and have finally had the courage to pursue it! Please feel free to follow along on Instagram (@ayliazaidi) and give me your feedback!

Do you recommend any apps, books or podcasts that have been helpful to you?
Favorite Podcast: Harvard Business Review (Women at Work)

Favorite inspirational blog:
(she also has an app called “Storyteller” on Apple that you can subscribe to!)

Favorite Books: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
One Thousand Wells by Jena Lee Nardella
Winner’s Dream by Bill McDermott

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Aylia Zaidi

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