Meet Meghan Moran
A fiercely independent woman — her mom always said “there is power is asking someone for help not because you need to, but because you want to” — Meghan Moran finds strength in her ability to achieve her ambitions on her own. And she has no shortage of ambitions to chase.
The former start of a Fleetwood Mac cover band, she wants to bring the band back, this time with an all-female line-up. Oh, and she wants to go back to school to get her MBA and her culinary degree. She wants to own her own business one day. And spend six months traveling in South America. And own a home in London or Tokyo.
To some, it might seem like a lot, but if past is prologue, Meghan will be achieving them all in no time.
She has shown herself to be a proactive dream-chaser, an eager learner, and one who refuses to allow the limits of time, space, or expectations to confine her. By day, she’s an account manager and client developer, who spends her days improving The XD Agency’s relationships with current and prospective clients. But as you can tell, she’s much more than that.
Read on, and get to know Meghan in her own words.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An ice skating singer princess. I was quite ambitious.
What’s on your desk?
A manatee-themed mouse pad, a tiny statue of Rick from Rick and Morty giving everyone the bird, a glass pear, and a skull-shaped ashtray that I use to hold paper clips. You could say I have eclectic taste.
When people come to you for help, what are they usually looking for help with?
Professionally, Excel. Or how to phrase an email. In my personal life, it’s all about being a non-biased third party. My friends and family know I can be impartial.
What is the best part of your day?
My walk to and from work. I love walking in New York, and I’m always listening to some kind of podcast that inspires me or teaches me. It’s very zen.
How do you win friends and influence people?
Listening. People like to be heard, and listening is something often neglected in relationships. I’ve found that lending an ear can make all the difference between two people.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Everyone has a purpose in life – but not everyone seeks to fulfill it. Seek your purpose and seize it.
What are you reading?
What’s your favorite innovation?
What do you like to do the old-fashioned way?
Leaving a voicemail. Or baking bread from scratch. But also, I value classics and tradition. I will choose Jane Austen over Dan Brown every time. I prefer oldies to pop. I’m the annoying relative that freaks out when Thanksgiving isn’t done in the same way we did it 10 years ago. (Fun fact: My family calls me the Thanksgiving Czar or Madame Thanksgiving. They mean it with love, I’m sure).
What’s your greatest accomplishment?
I have a couple accomplishments that I am proud of but I don’t think my greatest has happened yet. If I had to choose, perhaps singing at La Scala. When I turned 21, I toured through northern Italy with an opera company and sang in the chorus for Elixir of Life.
What gets you fired up?
The current political climate. I will avoid my soapbox, but this world feels so divided and I really feel like we need to band together to create change. Good change that benefits everyone. In the words of JFK, “our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s futures. And we are all mortal.” The sooner we all realize that we are all in this together, the better.
What philosophy or motto do you live by?
I have an earnest desire to, as they say, die of exhaustion rather than boredom. So as corny as it sounds, YOLO.
What have you changed your mind about?
I am quite stubborn. So this could take a while…
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