We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Swank and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
For me personally, taking risks is a normal and exciting part of life and a necessary part of business. My husband and I agreed early on that we both wanted to live the type of life where we don’t leave anything on the table. If there’s an opportunity, we’re going for it. Some risks, like relocating for a new job, have paid off greatly for us, while other businesses we’ve ventured into have left us struggling at times.
The people who usually have difficulty with taking risks typically do so because of the fear of failure. But the interesting thing is, the more risks you take, the more you find yourself comfortable with the possibility of failure. When failure no longer scares you, your potential is limitless.
Ultimately, whether the risk pays off or not, you always learn valuable lessons that you will carry with you throughout your career and life.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I’m the founder/CEO of Autism Assistant. It is a national search engine and database to help parents find autism resources for their children.
I’m the mother of three, and two of my children are autistic. When they were first diagnosed, I was shocked at how little advice anyone gives the parents on where to find the services their child needs. It can be so overwhelming and most parents aren’t quite sure where to start. I wanted to create a website that would help to make parents lives a little easier and place high-quality resources at their fingertips.
We recently just launched a program called “Assistance for All” that we believe will be a game changer for the underserved autism community. We have partnered with providers in our database across the United States to offer pro bono therapy to families who otherwise may not have access to care. This program is the first of it’s kind in the U.S. and I couldn’t be more proud to work with these providers on it. Parents who need assistance can come to our website and apply for the program now.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
From our perspective with additional needs kids, we like to do family friendly things where the kids and run and play and be themselves. So here are the family friendly places we would make sure to visit:
1) Los Angeles Zoo
2) Santa Monica Pier
3) Aquarium of the Pacific
4) Visit the Hollywood Sign
5) Go to Zuma beach in Malibu
6) Hollywood Walk of Fame
7) Take in a Dodger’s game
8) Underwood Family Farms
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have the type of girlfriend group that every girl deserves. They are extremely supportive and uplifting and are truly excited when any one of us gets a win. These are women who are killing it in their lives and still take time out of their day to let me run ideas by them. They even helped me pick out the the pictures to submit for this article. They are the embodiment of female empowerment and I couldn’t be more proud to have them in my life. (My husband also fits into this category and his support has also helped me tremendously)