Chrissy Lavdovsky

 Alex ‘98

What are you currently doing professionally?
I’m the founder and CEO at GLDN.com. We’re a jewelry company that creates delight and connection through personal, meaningful pieces.
What achievement(s) are you most proud of?
Being able to share my passion for creating with the 100+ people working at GLDN and our customers.
How do you define success?
Finding and living your purpose.
What motivates you to get out of bed every morning?
Just generally being excited about the possibilities that lie ahead.
What was the last new thing you tried?
Yesterday, my son wanted to teach me some “parkour” moves. I can now confidently vault a park bench like a boss. He thought I was pretty cool.
Favourite Brentwood Teacher(s) and Why?
Mr. Tate was probably my favourite. But the most impactful were Mr. Allpress and Mr. Prowse. Both literally changed the course of my life. I wouldn’t have been able to attend Brentwood if Mr. Allpress hadn’t worked some last minute magic to make it happen. And if it weren’t for Mr. Prowse, I would not have attended Princeton.
Do you have a favorite quote or mantra?
I have a lot of mantras...depends on what I need to focus on at the time!
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
For there to be no ego. It would lead to us dropping our facades and being able to relate to each other with greater humanity and authentic connectedness.
What’s next for you?
I see conscious business as a key to creating positive change in the world. There’s a lot more I need to learn about leadership to be able to lead our company through more growth while continuing to build something that everyone at GLDN can be proud of.
One piece of advice for current Brentwood students?
Put time aside early to connect with what you’re truly passionate about. I lost a lot of time going down the wrong paths and chasing things for the wrong reasons. I wish I’d spent time trying to understand myself better to get at what really makes me tick. So I’d say make it a goal to uncover your superpower. Then spend time thinking about how you can share that with the world. When what you do in your career aligns with your gift, everything else will align too. You’ll create and contribute from a place of real inspiration and power. I believe that’s the secret to finding success.

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