Cincy Chic: After being a lawyer for almost four years, you decided to make a career change to the fashion industry. So what led you to make this major professional change?
Amy Hendy, representative for Etcetera and former lawyer: I was unhappy as a lawyer. I am very much a people person and struggled with the day-to-day grind of researching, writing and analyzing from behind a desk. I wanted to spend my work days surrounded by what I love — people and clothing!
I truly believe that the most successful people are those who follow their passion and do what they love. I also had a desire to invest in the lives of other women by helping them look great. At the same time, I wanted to set myself up with a flexible work environment that would allow me to more easily focus my time on being a mom.
Cincy Chic: Before jumping into a new career path, what steps did you take to find your new passion in fashion?
Hendy: It was quite a significant decision for me to leave my legal career, considering the enormous investment I had made in time, money and energy to obtain my law degree. I hired a career coach named Dana Glasgo to counsel me through the process and to ensure (as best as possible) that I was making the correct decision. She was worth every penny, and I am happy to say she is now a client of mine! I spent a lot of time exploring careers of interest by talking to individuals in those careers. I also thought quite a bit about my passions in life and evaluated my strengths and weaknesses, as well as what I wanted from a career.
Cincy Chic: What advice do you have for other women looking to make a career change?
Hendy: Go for it! But before you do, make sure you are ready because the transition can be tough. Do some soul searching, evaluate your priorities, and take the time to consider why you want to make the change. Consider hiring a career coach (I recommend Dana) to guide you through the process. Stay committed to the process, which can be time consuming and frustrating. Also, if you are married, get your partner on board because it can be a big change for him as well. I am very fortunate to have a husband who supported me fully and wanted me to be happy. That made all the difference. There is always some risk involved in these types of decisions, but in the end, feeling happy and fulfilled is worth any temporary challenges.
Cincy Chic: You started representing Etcetera, so tell readers a little more about the line.
Hendy: Etcetera is a forward-thinking company headquartered in New York that features a complete collection of unique designer clothes to wear in different ways on different days, while offering a more efficient way to shop. The clothes are simple, wearable and on-trend while being classic and sophisticated. Etcetera offers fabulous dresses, jackets, blouses, T-shirts, cardigans, skirts, pants and jeans that are perfect for working women and full-time moms. Etcetera allows you to shop by private appointment with an experienced wardrobe consultant without the usual expense. You can check out our current collection at Etcetera.com.
Cincy Chic: When you’re not working, what do you like to do for fun?
Hendy: Shop of course! But I most enjoy spending time with my husband, extended family and friends. I love to travel, go out to dinner, watch a movie or just sit around and enjoy some laughs. I also enjoy perusing my favorite fashion magazines or reading a great book and discussing it with my book club. I always have fun golfing and bowling as well, although I don’t do either nearly enough! I love attending Crossroads Church and participating in my moms’ group. I am soon expecting my first baby and am very excited to experience the new joys (and challenges) that come with motherhood.
Cincy Chic: What do you love most about Cincinnati?
Hendy: The people. I grew up in a very small town about an hour away. I always wanted to end up somewhere that offered me more opportunities but feared that would mean the loss of meaningful relationships. I feel very fortunate to have found a place where I can make a career out of doing what I love and at the same time I have developed life-long friendships. Plus, Cincinnati is an awesome city to raise a family.
Photographer: Ashley Sohngen
Model: Amy Hendy
Location: BOOST…for meeting’s sake