At Fearless we hire for people not positions.
Annie Barrow joined our team over the summer as founder Delali Dzirasa’s Executive Assistant, or, as she calls herself, “the calendar manager and resident e-mailer.” But her passion for writing has her wearing another hat these days: in addition to being Delali’s Right Hand, she was recently brought on as our new tech writer.
Becoming the go-to proofreader, editor, and wordsmith at Fearless came about during her passion meeting this fall.
“When I was talking with Delali, my love for writing kept coming up,” she said. “So since then, I’ve been getting trained on proposal writing and other tech writing projects. I’ve written 3 or 4 big pieces so far, and it’s a great way to learn about Fearless and the work our teams do.”
And although she didn’t come to Fearless with a bag of tech knowledge in her back pocket, she’s quick to learn something new and dive in headfirst. She thanks her humanities background for that.
“My degree from UMBC is in Gender and Women’s Studies, which is a writing-intensive major that involved writing a lot of research papers. So I’ve got my research skills down,” she said. She added that nice coworkers help, too: “luckily, everyone at Fearless is really willing and able to help each other out. It’s easy for me to ask questions here.”
Before joining Fearless, Annie said she knew she wanted to focus on working with her community. Initially that meant getting involved in early childhood education, but Fearless’ involvement in environmental, health, and STEM projects was irresistible.
“Fearless’ focus on projects that have a positive impact on the greater community was really appealing to me,” she said. “Finding a company that was so invested in its employees, in Baltimore, and in small businesses across the country made me really excited to change paths.”
When she isn’t helping the Fearless team change the world through their work, she likes to help change and shape her own surroundings. These days, when she’s not at the office, she’s moonlighting in construction: her partner, Max, recently bought a home and they’ve spent most of the past two months renovating and painting it. But truly relaxing and unplugging for Annie means crafting. When she’s at home, she likes to sew, knit, crochet and embroider.
“I’ve been knitting since I was six years old, and I’ve always loved to spend my spare time learning new crafts and hobbies,” she said. “It’s nice to work at a place like Fearless, where you’re encouraged to pursue your passions both at work and at home.”