#30Under30PHL – Angie Hilem

Today’s pick is beautiful, fearless, and intelligent. Meet today’s #30Under30PHL leading lady – Angie Hilem! Learn all about her biggest failure, her favorite thing to do in Philly, and what happiness means to her. Welcome to the list Angie!


1. How old are you?
30 – on the nose

2. What do you do?
I build community everywhere I go – my current title as Marketing & Communications Specialist at NextFab includes creating copy, content, management of social media, facilitation of outreach and collaborations, and also planning and executing events on-site. When I’m not working, I’m reading about how to be a boss and learning about this great city, the wonderful people and innovation which comprises it, and contributing my energies to causes and events with positive social impact. I find great joy in connecting people who then go on to make great things happen.

3. What neighborhood in Philly do you call home?
South Philly – specifically, Passyunk Square.

4. What is your favorite thing right now about Philly?
My current favorite thing about Philly is the array of great restaurants which are plentiful and affordable. It makes working long days much easier, since I have a ton of options for dinner, when I can’t cook, which is really often lately. For example, if I walk 10 minutes from my house, I can get pho, delicious Mexican cuisine, food from the longest running Italian restaurant in the US, or damn good pub food, and everything is delicious.

5. What do you consider your greatest achievement thus far?
It’s a culmination of my career experiences. I started out as a high school teacher of Language Arts & Literacy, pursued real estate and did better than most in the start of their career, and now I’m working at a really progressive startup, making cool things happen and continuing to learn. Graduating from college is probably what my mom would have said if you asked her – I’m the first in my immediate family to do so.

6. If not yourself, who would you like to be?
I don’t want to be anyone but myself. I’ve learned and grown enough in the past 30 years to understand that the culmination of each experience and relationship is truly what makes me who I am. I’m happy with all that I’ve accomplished and continue to learn. In many ways, I feel like I’m just getting started.

7. Your idea of happiness.
My puppy in my lap, cuddled in a robe, reading a book, while my husband is beside me on his MacBook, most likely cruising the aww subreddit.

8. Guiltiest pleasure?
Watching the MTV television series “Awkward.”

9. Favorite inspirational quote?
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. – Bernard Baruch

10. What do you appreciate the most in your friends?
HONESTY! My closest friends are loving and supportive, but they always call me out when necessary. That’s where real growth happens, out of uncomfortable conversations and loved ones who care enough to help you be introspective.

11. Favorite food in Philly?
Santucci’s – the location on 10th & Christian – any size pie with the works. It’s cheese THEN sauce!

12. Favorite drink in Philly?
I don’t drink much, but whatever the genius working at The Ranstead Room concocts for me usually makes me extremely happy.

13. Favorite song right now?
Digital Witness – St. Vincent

14. A book you plan on reading?
As part of Girl Develop It’s Book Club, I’m currently reading 25 Mistakes I Made At Work.

15. A book that powerfully impacted your life?
Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut, a friend gave me his copy in college

Still Life With Woodpecker – Tom Robbins, a coworker loaned me his original, first edition print my first year teaching

16. Name one historical figure you would like to have coffee with.
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

17. How do you like your coffee?
If it’s delicious, artisinal coffee, just a little bit of cream. If the flavors aren’t really delicate and good on their own, I add one packet of sugar in the raw. I also prefer hot coffee to cold coffee, unless I have access to Menagerie’s Zamboni. YUM!

18. Your main fault.
I’m impatient! It makes me stress out over very minor things, but I’m actively working on it.

19. What is your most prized material possession?
I don’t really care too much for material possessions, but I guess it might be a particular Prada purse.

20. Your biggest failure.
After being laid off from teaching, and then derailed from moving overseas due to family illness, I took an assessment test which listed occupational therapy as a top 3 career for me. So, I took the requisite hard math and science courses (which I steered clear of during college), half-heartedly took the GRE, and was all set to apply to school, but never submitted my essay.

21. What you learned from that failure?
My biggest failure has led to my biggest gains, professionally and personally. I learned to never commit to something unless I’m passionate about it.

22. What is your greatest fear?
Don’t have one of those.

23. Where will you be in 30 years?
Scoping out retirement properties during long vacations and allowing my wanderlust to take over – in life, I’m pretty certain I’ll still be happily married to my husband, in the world, I hope we never stop seeking adventure together.

24. Favorite thing to do on a Sunday?
Walk or bike somewhere low key, namely HeadHouse farmer’s market when the season is right, get delicious coffee from Joe’s or Bodhi, eat some food truck snack with my dude and or pup, and cuddle. Sunday is all about cuddling. And maybe marathon tv show watching…

25. Best date spot?
Casual – Franklin Fountain, Nicer than usual – Bibou

26. What does happiness mean to you?
Intellectual stimulation, emotional security, and great communication with the ones I love.

27. Twitter or Instagram?
Both are crucial to having a well-rounded online presence, particularly depending on your industry. Professionally, I have had a lot of success and breakthroughs via Twitter. Personally, I enjoy Instagram, because I’m a very visual person – it’s also a great way to keep up with friends who are far away.

28. Describe Philly in a Tweet.
Smallest little city full of magic, innovation, & culture. No place like it & always something rad to do or learn#PHL (That’s only 140 characters, for optimal retweets

29. Who should everyone follow on Instagram?
My girl @DEAR_KUKULA will rule your world – she’s a sick nasty artist with a great eye. @yokoogibraan’s hand-knit scarves are BOMB, and I cannot get enough of her self-portraits. @BOOCHACES does really great work rescuing animals and is an absolutely beautiful person, inside and out, and @JINXEDSTORE, because they have the best, most affordable vintage furniture.

30. Pats or Genos?
Pat’s. Always. All day. We went there after our wedding! It’s super close to our house.

#30Under30PHL is a month-long series highlighting Philadelphia’s most ambitious women. Created in collaboration with Femme & Fortune and Alex Kacala. 


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