Hope's fascination with storytelling started with directing home movies in the neighborhood as a kid, which inspired her degree in Cinema-Television, followed by a move to LA to work in television production at CBS and Warner Bros. She soon discovered that her love for narrative was only as strong as the message she was helping convey, which inspired a pivot into freelance production, including documentary filmmaking in locations such as Thailand, India, and London.
Brand marketing became a natural extension of her desire to educate and inspire communities. Applying her expertise in storytelling with brand missions she feels passionate about has landed her in a career path she finds deeply satisfying and rewarding. Hope believes that strong brands are built on shared values, and those values are what inspire her to put her heart into work every day.
In conversation with Hope:
Six word story of your life. Curiosity is the heart of growth
What was your first brush with science? When I was in grade school, I learned about the mind-altering concept of gravity- the idea that all beings are *pulled* toward the earth; matter universally connected by an invisible force. I didn’t entirely understand the how’s, but from that point on, I knew there was a special relationship between me and the ground under my feet.
Why do you think bacteria are important? When I first started learning about the intricacies of the digestive system in school I was so excited about it that I invented an amusement park ride that would be a giant replica of the human body. The car you sat in would be a piece of food and the ride would take you through the human’s mouth, down into the digestive system, to watch how everything worked. Yes, the ride ended with you dropping into a giant toilet bowl. I was convinced this ride would be a hit across the country.
How do you define science? Curiosity grounded in logic and collaboration
How do you define health? Being at peace with yourself and the world around you
What are you currently reading / listening to / watching? Any podcast interview with Alyssa Carson (the youngest person to graduate from the Advanced Space Academy and someone who is likely to be the first person on Mars!!)
Favorite microbiome-nurturing food? Tempeh
Scientist, dead or alive, you’d like to have lunch with? Jane Goodall
Microbiome perturbation you’re trying to give up? Toast (but if I put the avocado on it, it cancels out, right?)
Favorite science joke or best mindgasm fact? A few bad actors gave bacteria a bad rap— potentially less than 1% of bacteria are actually bad.
One fact most people don’t know about you: My first job out of college involved getting plain hot dogs for Betty White before each show.