Many of us have jobs, but some among us take a particular talent or passion and turn it into their career.
Kristin Davis, a fourth-generation Oklahoman, grew up in Oklahoma City, went to Casady School and earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations and politics from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas. She served as executive director of Oklahoma Women’s Coalition before she was approached by the founder and CEO of Woven, an online resource for the the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, to run the budding organization.
So, have you met Kristin Davis?
What is your average day like working at Woven?
No two days are alike. I’m often out meeting with attorneys, financial advisers, CPAs and insurance professionals here in Oklahoma and in other states around the country. Running a national, web-based company is definitely not a typical 9 a.m.-5 p.m. office job. The hours never end, there’s no such thing as a weekend and I often work in coffee shops when I’m in between meetings.
How do people in the LGBT community even find out Woven exists?
I’m spreading awareness through social media marketing as well as traditional marketing platforms. Woven has had amazing media coverage by national media outlets, largely because this is a completely new and unique concept. We have website traffic coming in from all over the U.S. Our web address is livewoven.com.
Is it free to use the service?
There is no cost to use the website. The website is structured so visitors can easily access financial and legal content that covers a range of breaking news and topics of interest to LGBT individuals and couples. Website visitors can search for financial and legal professionals who have joined the Woven network in their area simply by inputting their ZIP code.
What are some of the issues that come up over and over?
There are many issues, and divorce is a big one, especially in a state like Oklahoma that doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage. When a couple who married legally in another state has decided to break up, it’s impossible for them to obtain a divorce here. Also, I’ve heard many heart-wrenching stories about couples not being prepared for an illness or the loss of their loved one.
Why is it important to have an organization like Woven?
There is a tremendous need for Woven in the LGBT community, especially with the rapidly changing politicaland legal landscape. It’s essential for all Americans to have access to even the most basic legal rights that many take for granted. Equally important is access to trusted and highly dedicated experts who have a wealth of experience and knowledge in this ever-changing arena.
How many people who have accessed Woven are from Oklahoma, and how many are from other states?
Currently, Woven has very strong website traffic from Oklahoma residents. We have equally strong traffic coming from the West Coast and from Texas, Illinois, New York and throughout New England.
What is the most rewarding thing for you personally about this job?
Every day I have the opportunity to meet amazing people, within the LGBT community as well as allies, who are all focused on attaining equality. This is such an important time of change for our country, and I can’t imagine not being a part of it in some way.
What do you do for fun?
Believe it or not, I run crazy distances for fun. I’m training to run the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon later this month and just ran 18 miles the other day. It’s how I relax.