Preserve Queen and Lifestyle Enthusiast Blake Lively Dreams of Going to Harvard Business School
Lively, who filmed the first Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in between her junior and senior year of high school, found immense fame as an actress, model, lifestyle enthusiast and even mother (to baby James with her hubby Ryan Reynolds).
But just because she’s already successful doesn’t mean she’s done dreaming! The 27-year-old Preserve e-commerce creator and reigning queen of all basics revealed to Britain’s Stylist magazine that she’d love to walk the hallowed Ivy League halls one day, and thinks there needs to be more representation of women leaders in the business world.
“I have a dream to go to Harvard Business School, and one of these days I will do that … in my spare time!” Lively said.
As for the changing opportunities for women, the Age of Adaline actress sings praises but also adds that there’s an “upsetting” side to these changes as well (such as why this advancement is happening in the first place versus women having equality in the first place):
Look at what is happening with Hillary Clinton, it’s something to be very proud of. It’s so uplifting. But the fact that we have to be proud of this advancement is a bit upsetting. I think whatever side you stand on, the fact that there’s never been a woman leading this country where there are women leading households and leading companies, is a bit upsetting. What makes people think a man is more equipped to do that than a woman? Nothing.
There are a lot of women in business, but they don’t get enough opportunities. If you look at the facts, women spend the most on e-commerce sites, yet less than 30% of the companies that venture capitalists fund are female-driven, even though female-run companies are the most successful. Women connect with other women. So why are we are not looking at the numbers?
When it comes to having a business mind, Lively admits,
I love it but I think it’s more innate for me; it’s not something I went to college for. My mum is someone who faced a lot of obstacles but never took no for an answer and she showed me the only person who can limit you is yourself. Business is also about generosity. Entrepreneurs helping each other out. People starting their own companies who could be competitors are actually saying to me, “This is a mistake I made and this is how you can do it better. Meet my technology officer who can teach you how to build your technology platform.” You realize there is room for everyone, as long as you work hard enough.
If Blake Lively wants to go to Harvard Business School, she’s got our support 100%.