Spotlight on Chloé Fink

Meet Chloé Fink: Founder of political activism app Wayiin, student at Yale University, Next Gen Chapter Manager, and avid world traveller.

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Tell us about Wayiin.

Wayiin is a startup that helps young people engage in local and state politics. Our generation is incredibly passionate about justice—we tweet, Instagram and protest every wrong we see in this great country. But when it comes to getting informed and advocating effectively, we just don’t know where to start. That’s where Wayiin comes in. With Wayiin’s simple search tool, you can enter just a zip code and/or an issue you care about, and instantly see all the ways you can get engaged as a citizen, at every level of your government, all in one place. With just one click, you can send an auto-generated message of support or opposition to any bill to your reps, through text, email or social media. If you’re interested in a bill, we’ll show you the time and date of the next open town hall where it will be discussed, complete with helpful tips on how to make your voice heard in a public forum. Users will be prompted to respond to polls in real time, allowing politicians to gain immediate information on the views of the people, and allowing users to directly express their views. It’s activism, made easy.

How do you prioritize self-care?

The first step in self care is awareness -- simply paying attention to what I am feeling. I am then able to figure out why I feel that way, and take the steps I need to take care of myself. Sometimes that means a hot bath and a Netflix binge, sometimes that means buckling down to do more work, or other times it is fresh air, a long walk and catching up with a friend. I have been making a real effort to exercise regularly, eat well and get more sleep. If you are not healthy and happy then you are not truly successful. In order to get where you want to be professionally you first need to take care of yourself.

What was your most life-changing experience?

When I was 11 years old, I was a French and American kid who was born and raised in England, relocating to the Middle East. As a consequence, I am a person who is not defined by any single nationality or religion, but rather moulded in a melting pot of cultures, climates, languages and customs. My three passports have now taken me to over 40 countries, meeting their people, tasting their food, and appreciating their heritage. Each journey has provided me with a new lens through which to view the world. My eyes are open to cultural biases, recognising for example that the Western way of life is not necessarily the ‘right’ way to live, but simply ‘a’ way. Travelling has allowed me to have the open-mindedness to value input and ideas from all sources rather than holding a single worldview. Entrepreneurship for me is much the same - I value the importance of open-mindedness, acceptance, humility, and respect for differences. There are many different ways of viewing situations, and in order to be successful, you need to view each situation through multiple prisms. There is a greater value in listening, learning and adjusting there is to holding to one single belief or idea.

Confidence Boost Power Song: Start Me Up - The Rolling Stones
Breakfast of Champions: Coffee, coffee, and more coffee
Words you live by: “And whenever I’d complain or was upset about something in my own life, my mother had the same advice: “Darling, just change the channel. You are in control of the clicker. Don’t replay the bad, scary movie.” - Arianna Huffington

Alex Gordon