24 APRIL 2020
The Hope of Condemned Man by Joan Miró (1974)
Tell us a little more about your life? What is it being Anne Rogers?
I grew up in Versailles, Kentucky, which is a small town near Lexington. Very bucolic. Horses, farms, friendly people. My family fostered a strong interest in creative studies (art, theatre, writing) and travel from an early age, which later fuelled my pursuits in art history, design, and living abroad (France, UK, and now The Netherlands).Like anyone else, I’m a sum of good and bad choices, but I’ve been privileged enough with the freedom and flexibility to build my life as I see fit for which I’m deeply grateful.
What are some things you love or find weird about your country?
I love the American spirit for innovation and the drive to deliver it at a high quality. We are a very service-focused country and I like the attention we pay to customer experience. It translates into so many interactions. Our food culture is weird but also wonderful in its diverse mix of low cuisine, high cuisine, cultural mash-ups, and just sheer volume of offering.
What is/are some 'this is it' moments for you?
When I host a dinner party with new and old friends and everyone is chatting, laughing, and enjoying the meal. When I get an exciting work proposal approved. When I’m out in nature and can enjoy the silence and fresh air.
What really gives you this motivation and energy to keep going? Is it challenging to be a woman in this man's world?
My network of friends, family, and colleagues continually give me the motivation and energy to keep going to try new things, to pursue goals, and to see failure as lessons-learned versus end-all mistakes. I don’t like to focus on the challenges of being a woman in a “man’s world”. I prefer to focus on my values and ethics and how best to navigate life’s complexities based on my experiences.
That being said, I do pay close attention to gender bias and inclusivity in my work with an aim for balance. I believe in equal pay and equal opportunity, which I stay mindful of when hiring teams.
The beauty tips passed on to you from your grandmother and mother?
Drink lots of water and use cocoa butter as a salve for scars.
What do you think about SKÖG? What is your favourite product(s) which you have tried or would like to try?
I think SKÖG is an excellent introduction to many natural, multi-purpose ingredients found in Swedish skincare and haircare. The Birch facial tonic mist and coconut oil are top on my list.