People reaching their full potential

Welcome to FactSumo's interview series where we profile people
from all walks of life who are reaching their full potential.

Everyone has a Story

Through our interviews, we're putting a spotlight
on individuals' stories: where they've come
from, the lessons they've learned, and the
events that brought them to where they are today.

There's no single path

Everyone has a different idea of success,
and no two people follow the same
path in reaching their dreams. No matter
what though, FactSumo will be there to
support people while they
reach for their full potential.

Recent Interviews

Claire Grant: Creativity is Queen

By Brendan Bense | Oct 22, 2018

Claire Grant: Creativity is Queen Just what every post-grad needs to hear. Anything for the experience Claire Grant vowed to live by a few principles after leaving Fordham University last year, and one that stands out the most is her commitment to creativity. Though Claire had a focus in media in college, the corporate world…

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Alison Hicks: Journey of Words

By Bailee Henderson | Oct 16, 2018

Alison Hicks: Journey of Words There’s no one way or path to becoming a full-time writer, except for one pervasive element: perseverance. From budding author… Meet Alison Hicks, a Philly author and creative writing teacher and mentor. Alison boasts two collections of poetry, the latest of which–You Who Took the Boat Out–was published in 2017…

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Zoe Rosenberg: Born An Activist

By Bailee Henderson | Oct 15, 2018

Zoe Rosenberg: Born An Activist At just 16, Zoe has already started her own farmed animal sanctuary, led high-profile demonstrations, and inspired thousands about activism. Sanctuary starter… Zoe Rosenberg has built an impressive resume in the world of animals: she’s been arrested twice in the name of animal activism, she’s the social media coordinator for…

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John Halamka: Animal Rescuer and Much More

By Brendan Bense | Oct 9, 2018

John Halamka: Animal Rescuer and Much More Doctor, professor, IT guru, winemaker, sanctuary owner… anything else? “Chickens are a gateway drug” Farmer, doctor, educator, winemaker, board member,  innovator. Someone charged with making the world a better place. These are a few of many titles and ways to describe John Halamka, proprietor of Unity Farm Sanctuary…

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Sasha Mitchell: Confronting The Roots of History

By Bailee Henderson | Oct 8, 2018

Sasha Mitchell: Confronting The Roots of History Where the issues of environmental protection and racial inequity intersect. When you target the forest… Meet Sasha Mitchell, the Operations Manager at the Dogwood Alliance, a collective specializing in the mobilization of diverse voices to protect forests from the dangers of industrial logging. What’s there to fear? “The…

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Sean Taylor: A Glimpse into the Life of Independent Philly Musicians

By Brendan Bense | Oct 3, 2018

  Sean Taylor: A Glimpse into the Life of Independent Philly Musicians Chasing your dream is hard work, sometimes lonely, but a whole lot of fun. A Citywide Community Meet Sean Taylor, the New Jersey native who’s stirring up Philadelphia’s music scene with a blend of hypnotic vocals, jazz- and soul-inspired beats, and a complementary…

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Janel Hull: From Field Scientist to the Front Lines of Leadership for Girls in STEM

By Bailee Henderson | Oct 1, 2018

Janel Hull: From Field Scientist to the Front Lines of Leadership for Girls in STEM Portland Program Manager for ChickTech discusses what it’s like to be a woman in a male-dominated field, and how we can all do our parts to inspire diversity and representation in STEM. Field Work Beginnings Janel Hull’s field work took…

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Aaron Hamlin: Serial Advocate, Nonprofit founder, and Voting Visionary

By Bailee Henderson | Sep 26, 2018

Aaron Hamlin: Serial Advocate, Nonprofit founder, and Voting Visionary As the 2018 Midterm Election season rolls around, voting is on many American minds. Though one man, Aaron, thinks about voting all the time- daring to challenge inadequate systems that the rest of us barely consider. Rethinking What Others Dare Not Rethink Aaron Hamlin is the…

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Eve Wetlaufer: Finding the Intersection of Doing What You’re Good At and Doing What’s Good

By Bailee Henderson | Sep 24, 2018

Eve Wetlaufer: finding the intersectionof doing what you’re good atand doing what’s good From animal rights to finding your purpose, Eve tells all. A problem perpetuated by blind eyes Eve Wetlaufer’s journey to animal welfare started in an NYU class on animal ethics. She remembers it as the course that would change her life forever:…

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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I right for an interview?

We bet you are!

No matter who you are or what you do, you have a story. The purpose of this blog series isn't to profile any certain type of individual; the purpose is to tell the stories of anyone who is working toward a goal and striving to reach their full potential. There is beauty and pattern in every person's life, no matter what stage of success you're at or you perceive yourself to be. That's what FactSumo wants to showcase.

Can I get a link in my interview?

Yes!

In the final publication of your interview, FactSumo will include any website links or social media handles that you want. We're highlighting you, after all.

What is the interview process like?

Short and sweet.

If you're selected for an interview, you have three options: a Zoom video chat, an in-person meeting at our Philadelphia office, or a phone call. A FactSumo member will coordinate a time to talk and details via email. The interview itself lasts about 30 minutes. The first draft will be written within the week, which you will get to review before publication. Then, it'll be featured on our blog, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

Will I get to review my interview?

Of course!

FactSumo will not publish your interview without the go-ahead. We will let you review what we've written and give us feedback.

What will we talk about?

It depends.

We have the same basic questioning premise throughout every interview: trying to map out the interviewee's story and how they're reaching their full potential. Since everyone is unique, so will be every interview. FactSumo interviews feel more like a casual chat, like you're getting to know someone for the first time. Generally though, we will be asking about your past, present, and future; how your past has built your present, and how your present will support your future.

What picture will be featured?

A good one!

If you're participating in an in-person interview, we will take a picture of you. If not, we request that you send an image to us. This picture will be used for the blog and all social media posts. What we found works best are pictures that:

  • Are landscape-oriented, not vertical.
  • Show you from the waist-up.
  • Are taken in a well-lit space, but are not taken under direct sunlight.
  • Avoid dark backgrounds.
  • Don't feature your body flat against a wall.
  • Position you at an angle.

Bonus points if you feature yourself in a setting that showcases your interests or work, or showcases you using the FactSumo app or website! Check out this sample blog picture for inspiration.

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