Mandana Dayani’s professional career is the stuff dreams are made of. She’s a badass business woman. A brilliant brand builder. And a master of the career pivot. She’s gone from practicing attorney to talent agent to VP of Rachel Zoe’s fashion empire to Chief Brand Officer at Everything But The House to currently the founder of I am a voter.® , a nonpartisan organization creating a cultural shift around civic engagement.
There have been plenty of ups and downs along the way, but she always sticks to her own best piece of advice:
“Fail fast. Time is incredibly valuable. If the job is not right, if the boyfriend sucks, if your friend continues to disappoint you, and if the campaign isn't gaining traction, move on quickly. Learn from it. Pivot. Grow.”
I am a voter.® is making it “cool” to show up and cast your ballot. Partnerships with aspirational brands like The GREAT, Jennifer Meyer, Lingua Franca, Grayson, Clare V., and Iris&Romeo (if we do say so ourselves 😉), plus celebrity support and a simple, clear social campaign are all a culmination of the skills and relationships Mandana brings to the table.
Read on for the source of her valiant activism, how to navigate talking politics with friends and family, and her brilliant advice for making a career change.