Stephanie Drenka: Ethical Style + Conscious Living
Hello! My name is Stephanie Drenka, and I am a Dallas blogger, social influencer, and minimalist.
This eponymous blog is where I document my thoughts, travels, life, and occasional outfit of the day.
I was adopted from Seoul, South Korea at the age of 3 months. I’ve lived previously in Chicago, Atlanta, and New Jersey, but ended up making my home in Dallas. In high school, I was heavily involved in show choir and theater.
My very first job was as a performer in the Crazy Horse Saloon show at Six Flags Over Texas. I am a classically trained singer (mezzo soprano), though nowadays my performances are limited to karaoke nights and playing showtunes on our mid-century console piano handed down from my mom.
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Communication from DePaul University, minoring in Asian American Studies and Women’s Studies. During my junior year there, I served as president of the Asian Cultural Exchange, which won the Organization of the Year award from the university. In 2008, the now-defunct Asian Week Magazine named me one of “Ten Asian American Young Women Who Will Change the World” for my work as a steering committee member of the Support 121 Coalition, a grassroots effort that helped pass U.S. House Resolution 121 (aka the "Comfort Women Resolution") which called upon Japan to issue a formal apology for the sexual enslavement of more than 200,000 women and girls during World War II. I've previously served on the executive board of Mid-Cities Supporters of Safe Haven as VP of Publicity and as an Event Chair for Holt International Adoption Agency’s Dallas Benefit for Children with Special Needs.
Earlier this year, I left my job in the fashion technology industry for the non-profit world. I am currently the Digital Marketing Manager at a local organization where I'm able to leverage my passion for the performing arts, photography, visual communications and technology to promote creative educational programs for Dallas youth in under-resourced neighborhoods.
As an INFJ Myers-Briggs Personality Type (with an Altruistic Service Predictive Index Pattern), my ultimate goal in life is to leave the world a better place than I found it. I am a committed advocate for equity, access, and representation. I believe in authenticity, transparency, and ethical blogging through a lens of intersectional feminism and racial/social justice.