If you love heart-centered entrepreneurs who are passionate about community building and giving back, you have to check out this week's #wingwoman, Alice Lam! Alice is the creator of Volly, a website dedicated to help volunteers connect with non-profits in need. She also runs a store, Tigerstedt Flea Pop-Up Market, in Crescent Heights, and she has been a driving force for good and unity in our city of Calgary. In our interview, Alice shares how she loves seeing people find their own community, how she believes that building successful friendships take time and should not be rushed, and how the customers and female entrepreneurs at her store are her heroes. Continue reading to learn all about Alice!
1. What makes you happy?
Helping people find their passion project. Seeing people find their community.
2. What advice would you give your younger self?
Don't worry so much about what other people think of you! Don't try to conform, just be you!
3. If you could magically solve one problem in the world, what would that be?
Affordable Housing. Everyone deserves to have a roof over their heads while not paying 100% of their income.
4. How did you find your purpose?
Through trial and error! I just realized I had unlimited energy when it came to community building initiatives.
5. What is your biggest pain point in building relationships?
Well during covid it is the ability to build in person relationships! But in general, I would say giving adequate time. We live in such a rushed society. We don't often give space to forming relationships organically.
6. What have you learned from past friendships that didn't work out?
That it's ok and relationships come and go. Just because it isn't working out now, doesn't mean it won't in 10-20 years. You never know what can happen. I have seen this through my dad's relationships. As annoyed as he may be with some people, he never fully walks away from the friendship. Some people always come back around. Give people the time to grow and find themselves.
7. Who are your SHEros (AKA female heroes)?
Honestly the customers of our store. They boldly call out inequity and also make conscious effort to change bias and racism. The female entrepreneurs I have met that have done so much to stick up for one another is so inspiring. I also love all the young entrepreneurs I have met that are looking at business models with a social element. I respect that so much!
8. What podcasts/books are you listening/reading right now?
I am so bad for reading/ podcast listening but if I have time, I choose Heather Macmahan, she is hilarious, or the China History Podcast (I am obsessed with history and it helps me with my Chinatown tours), or "how I built this" - a great story for people who want to take the leap and need some inspiration to start that dream project. They talk candidly about failures which I appreciate. There really is no such thing as an overnight success.
9. Where can we find you?
For my day job Certusdevelopments.com / for volunteering @vollyapp / for our shop @tigerstedtflea