Pioneer Careers: Monae Findley '20 '22 Launches Cosmetics and Skincare Company, Plants for Skin, in Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville Neighborhood Alumni Profile
Meet Monae Findley '20 '22
- Job Title & Employer
- Founder and CEO, Plants for Skin
- Job Title & Employer
- Sergeant, U.S. Army National Guard
- Broadcast Reporting, MBA
- Political Science and Multimedia
- College Activities
- Point Park's cheer and dance teams
- Kingston, Jamaica
- High School
- Gateway Senior High School
- Now Living In
- Pittsburgh, Pa.
- Hobbies & Interests
- CrossFit, going for walks and spending time with my pup, Marley
"My decision to open my store in Pittsburgh was inspired by the deep sense of community I experienced while studying at Point Park. The vibrant and diverse culture of the city, coupled with a personal connection to the community, made Pittsburgh the ideal location for a business centered around communal growth and sustainability."
Why did you choose Point Park University for your bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and again for your MBA?
My decision to attend Point Park University for both my undergraduate and graduate degrees was influenced by the University's commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive community. The University’s strong focus on practical learning and the dynamic interplay between theoretical knowledge and real-world experiences was appealing. Point Park’s emphasis on community engagement resonated with my own values, making it the perfect fit for both my bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and my MBA.
Which faculty members and courses had a significant impact on you?
Professor Gina Catanzarite had a significant influence on my academic and personal development during my time at Point Park. Her course, "On Camera," in the School of Communication not only equipped me with the skills necessary to be an effective communicator but also helped build my confidence as a woman in the professional world. Her guidance was instrumental in shaping me into the self-assured professional I am today.
Describe your career path and what inspired you to launch your own business.
Following my graduation from Point Park, I served in the Army National Guard, which further honed my resilience and leadership skills. I then utilized my MBA knowledge and founded Plants for Skin, a natural beauty refill store in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The inspiration to launch my own business came from a commitment to environmental sustainability and a desire to make a positive impact in my community.
What made you want to open your store here in Pittsburgh?
My decision to open my store in Pittsburgh was inspired by the deep sense of community I experienced while studying at Point Park. The vibrant and diverse culture of the city, coupled with a personal connection to the community, made Pittsburgh the ideal location for a business centered around communal growth and sustainability.
How did Point Park prepare you for career success?
Point Park's practical, hands-on approach to learning was fundamental in preparing me for my career. The university's diverse curriculum, encompassing academic knowledge and experiential learning, equipped me with the critical thinking skills, business acumen and social responsibility necessary to thrive in the professional world.
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What are your fondest Point Park memories?
Among many cherished memories at Point Park, my time as a resident educator stands out. Having the opportunity to mentor and support younger students, fostering their growth and development, was an enriching experience. I will always cherish the interactions, shared experiences and mutual learning that the role provided me.
What did you like about living and learning in Downtown Pittsburgh?
Living and learning in Downtown Pittsburgh provided me with a rich, multifaceted experience. The vibrant city life, rich cultural diversity and the close proximity to various organizations and businesses offered numerous opportunities for learning and growth. The city's energetic atmosphere perfectly complemented Point Park's dynamic learning environment.
Why would you recommend Point Park to a prospective student?
I would recommend Point Park to any prospective student due to its emphasis on comprehensive learning, diverse community and commitment to social responsibility. The University's ability to balance academic rigor with practical, real-world experiences is invaluable in preparing students for future professional pursuits. Moreover, Point Park's focus on community engagement cultivates a sense of responsibility, making graduates not only academically proficient but also socially conscious citizens.