The Thread: Women’s Leadership Collective, Founder
About Audra Dinell
My name is Audra, and Wichita is my hometown. For proof, just know that I likely skated the rinks of The Carousel next to you (even winning the limbo contest once or twice #humblebrag), married my North High School sweetheart, and have attended my fair share of country music concerts. I’m a local!
In 2012, my husband and I took a leap of faith and moved our life to Fort Collins, Colorado. You know the saying, “The mountains are calling & I must go?” Well, we did. There I worked with a bunch of badass women and “a few good men” at a marketing company (hi, Mantooth!), putting my foot on the gas of my career. And then we had a baby. At which time we decided the perfect plan would be to pack up our life (again) and move to an island (not at all stressful as a new parent – insert sarcasm), which is why we start the story in Honolulu, Hawaii.
While working for an ad agency in Honolulu, I applied to and was accepted to a women’s leadership program. Through this program, I was mentored and developed by executive-level female professionals in the community alongside a group of other women, some of whom became close friends, and together we are each others’ biggest cheerleaders. When COVID hit, my husband and I decided that it was time to return to our hometown (now as a family of four) and raise our babies in the Midwest.
I couldn’t bring the mountains or the ocean home with me, but I could bring the spirit of what I had experienced over the past eight years, which how the idea for The Thread was born sitting in our 1,000 sq. ft. home in the middle of Honolulu.