Hi! Meet Amy. When I first met her I told her I hated politics and that I rarely if ever engaged them. (I’ve never voted nor am I registered to do so). Instead of dismissing me outright she actively listened to my issues and followed them with a thoughtful response. Turns out she’s the first person EVER to make me feel like I should care and that my voice mattered. She has an immense respect for everyone no matter what side of the coin they fall on. I appreciate that. She’s awesome. Also, ask her about her startup library, obsession with queso or her app Ballot.
I asked her five questions. McKenna Brandon who we introduced you to previously on Charlotte Agenda asked her one. We also asked several people how they would describe Amy Chiou. Their responses are at the bottom.
What is your passion?
My passion is connecting people so they can realize their potential and change the world together.
What frustrates you?
People who doubt themselves and then doubt others as it spreads. Also, I am easily frustrated by egos that get in the way of work coming to life.
Where do you excel and where do you quickly deflate?
I excel when it comes to meeting and connecting new people. I’m very good at getting easily attached and excited about people and then passing it around. Spreading it… it’s like glitter or confetti. I would say I’m easily deflated when it comes to things that involve numbers. That is not one of my strong suits against all stereotypes.
If you were a wrestler what would your entrance song be?
Lose Yourself by Eminem. It has been my mantra through every major thing in life. That is the most played song on my playlist. It got me through the Bar exam, the LSAT. Either that or a Taylor Swift song of sorts so there’s plenty of judgement opportunities at either end of that spectrum.
How do you think people would describe you?
I think people would describe me as cheerful and that I know a lot of people.
McKenna Brandon asked what’s your favorite hang out spot in Charlotte?
My favorite hangout in Charlotte is less about place and more about people and so it is any time that I can gather a group of friends. It can be simple like a couch or I’m a big fan of community tables cause it can fit more people.
I decided I’d ask a couple people how they would describe Amy. Here’s what they said.
“Ambitious Millennial with a passion for politics.” -Hannah Levinson
“An engaging entrepreneur and civic activist who listens and respects as much as she persuades and moves.” -Tim Cheadle
“All of her parties are about saving the world, which rocks.” -Sen. Jeff Jackson
You can find Amy all over the place. She’s got her hands in all sorts of awesome here in Charlotte. I’d start with #WTFweVote.