Miss A Columnist

Lesley Haenny is the Seattle Editor for Miss A. She is an Air Force wife now living in the Seattle area. Prior to living in Seattle, Lesley spent 7 years in Washington, DC, working as a Congressional liaison. She grew up in a small, mountain town in Southern California, sandwiched between an older sister and a younger brother. Her two hard working parents taught her to always go for the clearance rack, bring your lunch everyday, work hard for what you have, and always take the opportunity to travel and play outside. Lesley has been actively involved in various charities such as the Animal Resource Foundation, Komen For the Cure, Prevent Cancer Foundation, American Diabetes Association and the Race for Hope (benefitting the National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure).

Charity Meets: Sasha O’Leary

Name: Sasha O’Leary

Occupation: CEO/Founder of Shadow Inventory Solutions and GoFindSpace

Website: Sisolu.com, gofindspace.com

Twitter Handle: @sashaoleary

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/sasha.oleary.1

What are three words that best describe you? Outgoing, executer, passionate

Sasha O'Leary and basketball legend Lenny Wilken's at the Seattle's First Citizen Award where he was honored. (Photo Credit Clane Gessel)

Sasha O’Leary and basketball legend Lenny Wilken’s at the Seattle’s First Citizen Award where he was honored. (Photo Credit Clane Gessel)

Could you describe your business? I am in the commercial real estate world. My team and I help our clients lease space or purchase and sell buildings. We have also expanded this with our company GoFindSpace, a video production company focused on marketing commercial real estate.

What is your role, where are you based and what do you inspires you most about your work? I am based in Seattle and San Francisco. My role? Oh geez! I think my job is to help my team in any way I can. Basically, how can I be of service to them. This can come in the form of grabbing them a cup of coffee or lunch or jumping on a call with them to help close a deal. I am there to assist any of my guys in any way that I can no matter how big or small the job. If you ask them what my role is they will tell you that my job is to keep everyone focused and on task. I push everyone to execute by taking a big task and putting in to bite size pieces. Then I hold everyone accountable to their part, goals and deadlines.

What inspires me is building something and seeing it grow. It is amazing what people can create when they work together! I love taking an idea and turning it in to something tangible.

Was there anything in your past that pointed you in the direction you’ve taken? I never in a million years ever thought I would be doing what I do today. I look for opportunities. And when I see them I jump on them.

What experience in your career are you most proud of? There are many milestones that make me smile when I think about them but the more recent have to be winning the “One to Watch” award in Seattle and being named “Seattle’s Ultimate Catch” (Seattle’s Most Eligible Bachelorette). I never thought my career and charity work would lead to those things but I am happy they did!

What advice would you share with those still in school? Network, network, network! Get to know everyone you can in and outside of school and find ways to help them. If you are interested in a certain field talk to people who are already in that field and ask them for advice. Learn everything you can and meet as many people as you can! The one thing that has been such a blessing in my life is relationships I have formed with others. It is one of the reasons why I have the life I have today.

Why is giving back is important to you? We are all blessed in so many ways. If everyone operated from a place of giving I think the world’s situation would be in a different place. I think leading by example is the best thing someone can do.

How has giving back helped you? It has given my life purpose and happiness. There are many studies that say the best thing you can do to feel happy is by giving or doing for others. I believe it is 100% true.

How do you incorporate giving back into your life? I think that people make the assumption that giving is all about money. But that is only one of countless ways you can give back. For me it is being of service in any way that I possibly can. I never know what I am going to encounter in a day. I never know what life is going to put in front of me but I try to always be thinking of how I can help others. I am always telling people, “Just let me know how I can help!”. That little phrase has opened so many doors for me. When you come from a good place good things happen!

Sasha O'Leary being interviewed by LB Dutchess with Seen at The Wine, Women and Shoes Charity Event at the Four Seasons in Seattle. (Photo Credit: Team Photogenic)

Sasha O’Leary being interviewed by LB Dutchess with Seen at The Wine, Women and Shoes Charity Event at the Four Seasons in Seattle. (Photo Credit: Team Photogenic)

When it comes to your own philanthropic efforts, what do you look back and feel made the largest impact on those that you set out to help? I think it is the events I do that have the largest impact. My goal in doing the events is to create awareness for the charity or cause. I think everyone has different skill sets. Some people are good at raising millions of dollars. Others are good at get auction items. My skill set is planning and getting a lot of influential people in a room. I think one of the other things that is going to have a big impact is the new class my business partner and I have put together. We show you how to get sponsors, press to cover your event, big names to attend plus much more. We are basically giving away all our secrets! For years I have had nonprofits and organizations asking for advice on how they can do big events like ours on small budgets (which is what we specialize in). Now they can take our online class and see exactly how we do it!  (Link to class here.)

What are some must-attend charity events for you? For me there are a few that I love to go to in Seattle, Spotlight on Seattle (of course), Night on the Pier and Mateo Messina’s Annual Benefit Concert .

What brands do you wear most often? I am not really about brands. I am about what I like. If I like it I wear it bottom line. And I refuse to wear anything that has the designers name on it. I don’t care if the label in on the inside, I just won’t wear anything that exposes the label or name on the outside. This includes purses too which is very hard to find haha! But I do love Vince! There pieces are great and never have their name anywhere on them haha!

What is your favorite beauty product? I love Laura Mercier lip gloss!

How would you describe your home décor? I would say cozy. I love pillows and blankets. Even at work! If you have ever had a meeting with me at my office you know I always have a blanket with me haha!

What is your secret for hosting a great party? Guest list is everything. You can have an ok venue, not the best food and drinks but if you have the right people that is everything! And also marketing! This is where most people make the biggest mistake when throwing an event. Spend 99% of you time on marketing your event and 1% of your time on planning it. People spend so much time on planning and that is where they get in to trouble. Who cares how amazing your event will look if no one is there!

Favorite food: I love French fries! And Coke slurpees! And they both happen to be vegan!

Favorite cocktail: I don’t drink but I still have to drink something when I go out. I usually get oranges and cucumbers muddled over club soda. Adds taste and keeps it low on the calories!

Favorite restaurant: There are so many great ones it is hard to pick! But The Herbfarm holds a special place in my heart and tummy!

Favorite vacation spot: Paris. I am absolutely in love with Paris!

Favorite TV show: I don’t own a tv! But I do love Entourage!

Favorite movie: Anyone that knows me knows that I don’t watch very many movies but I absolutely love The Hangover. I could watch that over and over again!

Favorite song: I am a big music buff so this is tough! I am going to have to go old school and say “Try a Little Tenderness.”

Sasha O'Leary, Marcus Trufant and Sung Ohm at Sasha's annual charity networking event Spotlight on Seattle. (Photo Credit: Clane Gessel)

Sasha O’Leary, Marcus Trufant and Sung Ohm at Sasha’s annual charity networking event Spotlight on Seattle. (Photo Credit: Clane Gessel)

Favorite book: To Kill a Mocking Bird, classic.

Favorite apps: Because of my boyfriend I have to say Facebook haha! But I am also a fan of Instagram and Pinterest. Oh and Any.DO, that app keeps me organized and on track. Love it!

iPhone or Android: iPhone all the way!

Favorite workout: My personal trainer Jason Rolsma. He is the best!

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