We had the good fortune of connecting with Nina Jackel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nina, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I am grateful every day that Lady Freethinker has grown into a successful nonprofit that’s helping create a more compassionate world for animals. In my line of work, success is defined by your impact, and when I see LFT opening raising global awareness and saving animals’ lives, it makes every ounce of blood, sweat and tears put in absolutely worth it. The most important factor to our success is dedication. Not just my own dedication, but the dedication of our team and of every single supporter to help end animal cruelty. In any business, you have to really want success to achieve it. For a nonprofit, you have to really want to effect change, more than anything.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Lady Freethinker is a nonprofit media organization that publishes news, petitions and other calls to action to educate the public about the realities of animal cruelty and urge decision-makers to work to end animal abuse and exploitation. I’m a journalist with a strong desire to help animals, so the organization evolved very naturally. Initially a humble blog, LFT now has a team of writers, editors and more, and receives a million views each month. I’m especially proud that, as we’ve grown, LFT has been able to grant crucial aid to rescuers on the ground directly saving animals’ lives. We’ve provided food, medical care, bedding and more for dogs and cats rescued from the cruel dog meat trade, for example.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The first place we’d go is Sage Vegan Bistro in Culver City. The cauliflower wings are insanely delicious, and the cocktails are amazing, too. Then, off to the Culver Steps to get moving in a fun and unique way, and enjoy the outdoors. We’d also have to go Griffith Observatory and check out the incredible city views.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I dedicate this shoutout to my childhood dog, Peggy, who helped me see how smart, sensitive and incredible nonhuman animals can be.