This is the first post in a new category that looks at women in the skateboard industry. Megan Baltimore is co-founder of Girl Skateboards and has helped build one of the most creative and influential skate companies in the industry, largely from behind the scenes, serving as the glue that holds this artistic enterprise together, and making it one of the skate world’s cornerstones for the past two decades. [Picture: Girl Co-founders Mike Carroll, Spike Jonze, Megan Baltimore and Rick Howard]
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As one of the few women executives in the industry, what are your thoughts on what it takes to be successful as a girl in this game?
I wish I had a good answer for this. I can only speak of my experience at Girl and the success is attributed to the dynamics there. Rick, Mike, and Spike are fearless and have big ideas. That combination has to be tamed and I don’t think a man would have done that really well. I also think a woman being at Girl created a warmer atmosphere. No one is afraid to cry at this place and I think that’s my fault.
What advice do you have for other women coming up in skateboarding and action sports in general?
My mom once told me “be kind to people, fall in love and do something great.” I like that advice across the board. I think it creates good energy which goes a long way.