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Meet Jill Mott of SheSquad LA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jill Mott.

Jill, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started the group because it can be really tough to make new friends as an adult! It seemed like it was a lot easier when we were growing up and in college, when there were just automatically lots of like-minded people around us with common interests and similar things going on in our lives. Now that we’re adults (ugh!), we get so busy, and a lot of us find ourselves living in different cities from most of our close friends. I grew up in Minnesota and went to college in Boston, and then moved to LA. I’m still really close with the friends I met in previous stages of my life, but they’re living all over the country… I miss them so much and love our visits where we can make up for lost time. I was lucky enough to meet some very close girlfriends in LA before SheSquad too. All of our lives are just so crazy, between various combinations of work, significant others, babies, and living on different ends of such a spread out city. I often felt like I would really like to expand my circle of close LA friends. For some reason this sometimes seems like a taboo subject, but when the topic does occasionally come up, it seems like a lot of girls in their 20’s, 30’s, etc. feel the same.

I started SheSquad LA in September 2017. First, I spent some time zeroing in on what I had in mind, and set up a Facebook group. Then, I sent the Facebook link to the girlfriends I already had in LA and invited them to join. They started participating and gradually started adding their own friends to the group, and so on! Eventually people started to find us from our Instagram account and other methods too. It’s been building very steadily and organically, and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Overall, I’m really happy with the dynamic of the group and the way it has grown. There have definitely been some difficult aspects though! It was pretty nerve-wracking to even start the group and start telling people about it. It really seemed like other people felt the same way that I did about making friends as an adult, but I wasn’t sure if I would put myself out there and people would think the whole thing was weird! Luckily, people have really seemed to relate to the concept behind the group.

When we first started, it was just me and a fairly small number of people I already knew. I really felt like people could benefit from the group, but I didn’t know how many would find us. It has grown really nicely though. We’re coming up on our one-year anniversary this September, and we have over 600 members now. Our Facebook group has been more and more active as the months have gone on, and there have been some really great conversations.

Our events have really grown too, although I was pretty discouraged about attendance levels at first. There were only three of us at our first event! We still had a lot of fun, but at that point I really wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to make something substantial out of this. After our first event, attendance started to grow quite a bit, and now we often have up to 13-14 members attending each event.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about SheSquad LA – what should we know?
We’re a social community for women in LA! Most of us are in our 20’s and 30’s. We have a private Facebook group where we’re able to connect and chat about anything on our minds, and we have lots of different types of events too! I’d like to think that our group is a fun, comfortable and welcoming way to make new friends. I’m most proud of the great people we have in our group, and the strong friendships that many of our members are forming. There are quite a few people who met at our events who have become extremely close friends. It’s so fun to see posts on social media of people hanging out one on one who met at SheSquad events. Most of our events have a really nice mix of new and returning attendees, which has been a great way for all of us to both deepen friendships and make new ones at the same time.

There are basically two parts to SheSquad LA- our conversations in our Facebook group, and our in-person get togethers. We chat about literally all sorts of things in our group. Our Facebook conversation topics include who we want to get the final rose on The Bachelor, recommendations for specific things around LA, welcoming people who are new to the group and/or new to LA, sharing and supporting each other’s professional endeavors… and so much more.

We usually get together in person a couple times per month. Sometimes I plan our events, and sometimes other members will suggest something if they have a fun idea. We do all sorts of different things, in all different parts of LA… we’ve done brunches, dinners, trivia nights, movies… we did a plant night, where we put our own succulents together, which was really fun!

We’ve also been involved in some great collaborations with local restaurants and some fun female-owned businesses, and I’m really excited to participate in more collaborations as we head into our second year.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to your success?
I think it comes down to how wonderful our members are. Before I confirm anyone who requests to join the group, I do my best to make sure that they live in LA, that they are who they say they are (I cross reference on Instagram, Google, etc.), and that (at least according to their online presence), they’re good, solid, positive people who I could imagine being positive contributions to the group. I think this system has resulted in a really great group of people. Pretty much every time we have an event, people tell me that they’re amazed by how nice and friendly everyone is. Truly every person who has ever come to one of our events has been so wonderful and down to earth, and there’s always an extremely inclusive vibe to the conversations. People tell me that they feel really comfortable at our events, which is the best compliment.

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Some of the photos are by Ashley Bower (@loudandfearless)

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