This blog entry was written by Cynthia Salim, founder of Citizen's Mark and champion for women's advancement.
I'll always remember the day a mentor at the UN told me "I thought you were a lawyer. You dress like a lawyer." I was a 22 year-old intern in Geneva, Switzerland working in policy advocacy then, and I couldn't have asked for a better compliment.
As I went on to work at a big management consulting firm (blazer + cigarette pants) then in a warehouse as an operations manager (blazer + denim), I eventually realized that looking the part was about putting people at ease. To convey in every setting that "yes, you can trust me, for I am one of you." Meeting people where they are in simple ways always allowed more leeway to be more outspoken in the moments that mattered.
A sharp blazer was that versatile piece I could style in different ways but always added gravitas. Finding a good one that wasn't too frilly or fun was tough. That's why I started Citizen's Mark with a modern, high-quality Italian wool blazer that packs a punch.
In the spirit of looking the part, one of our favorite models, Rebeca Mosquera, a New York international arbitration attorney, shows us the Geneva Blazer dressed up and dressed down. Here's to making your mark.
In March, you told us about the impressive women leading your industries as part of our Women's History Month initiatives. On April 19th, meet these leading women.