Clover Letter: Forbes Women’s Summit Recap



Autumn Greco (left) and Moira Forbes (right)

I had the honor of sharing my top takeaways from the 2016 Forbes Women’s Summit in today’s Clover Letter.  Click here to view the newsletter. If you aren’t already subscribed to Clover Letter, the incredible daily newsletter for teenage girls, click here!

The article is reprinted below:

The Forbes Women’s Summit is an annual event that brings together approximately 300 women from diverse backgrounds to participate in meaningful dialogue, learn from one another, and redefine power as we know it. Having the distinct honor of being a member of this formidable group, I found myself amidst women who have impacted history—along with the change-makers of today’s society. The space full of innovators and leaders bustled with entrepreneurial energy, globally focused awareness, and a spirit of sorority in purpose. Here are my top takeaways from this event.

Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, spoke about confronting and overcoming self-doubts. Power compared her self-doubts and inner thoughts to a bat cave. In order to “slay the bats,” you have to overcome inner negativity. Begin moving past self-doubt by becoming an expert in one thing. Becoming an expert in something meaningful to you will give you the strength to defeat negative thoughts. Sometimes we hold ourselves back from taking risks because an inner voice tells us not to do so. Trusting your knowledge will give you the confidence to raise your hand, speak up, and reach great success.

Don’t look back.
When asked by Steve Forbes about what she would change if she could advise her younger self, Sarah Jessica Parker replied, “I wouldn’t change any of it.” The actor, producer, and businesswoman sees her disappointments and failures as crucial lessons in her personal development. She learned from her experiences and propelled forward to experience greater success…including all the breakups and agony.

Transform the normal.
Ashley Graham, model, entrepreneur, and body activist, passionately explains how we all wear power differently, yet there are still expectations and constraints that set the norm. “I refuse to be told what I’m capable of,” she asserted. The way we think of our ambitions can redirect the course of our lives. By refusing to embody certain labels, we are redefining the new normal and living beyond expectations.

Money matters (and not just how you think).
“It’s not about change, it’s about evolving.” Rosie Rios, Treasurer of the United States, believes currency is a means of documenting our history. “If what we see on currency isn’t us, how can we dream?” Women depicted on currency will evolve our society into one that is more inclusive and reflective of its diversity. Unconscious bias stems from the invisibility of women in certain career fields. Rios pointed out the lack of women on classroom posters. Representing the women who have positively influenced history enables us to accept the possibilities of opportunity and, ultimately, the way our world works.

Set a bold vision.
Ivanka Trump (who serves as Trump Organization’s Vice President of Acquisitions & Development as well as the founder of her own clothing line) gave her definition of success. “For me, success is about being fulfilled both personally and professionally.” Passion in the workplace will lead to success on a professional scale and happiness. Setting a bold vision includes blocking out the noise while staying solution-oriented.

How do you #RedefinePower?


Girl Power Mag

Hi readers! Super excited to announce that I’m in the May issue of Girl Power Mag! The magazine is sold on stands in Australia and can be purchased worldwide online! Girl Power is such a positive and empowering news outlet. I’m honored to be featured in the Goals Issue. Thank you Girl Power Mag for inspiring girls everywhere to achieve their goals. 


Navigating the Science Fair World

Insider tips to finding science fairs in your area and how to excel on the judging floor. 

Science fairs are a fantastic medium for sharing independent research and expanding your STEM network. From the incredibly driven students in the competition to the amazing professionals who volunteer to judge the projects, science fairs encompass learning opportunities from every angle. I recently competed in the New York City Science & Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) and was honored to receive awards as a finalist. I learned everything I know about science fairs from my friend and fellow intern at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Ralph! Below I’ll be sharing some tips from Ralph and of course, the tips I’ve acquired competing on the judging floor!

  1. Find your local fair and pay attention to deadlines. Stay organized while conducting your research to develop a comprehensive paper. The Society for Science and the Public has an awesome fair finder resource!
  2.  In addition to competing in your local fair, there are other STEM competitions to apply to! Competitions include Siemens and Intel STS.
  3. At the competition, stay hydrated! Bring snacks and a water bottle as long as food/drink is allowed at the fair. Always check the guidelines before arriving!
  4. Print your poster board at least a week before the fair to ensure it is mistake-free and you are comfortable presenting with it.
  5. Stay confident while presenting! Yes, presenting at a fair can be intimidating, especially if it is your first time! Turn your nervous energy into excitement! Be proud of your work!
  6. Wear comfy shoes! You will most likely be standing at your board for the entire duration of the fair.
  7. Try to relieve stress before the fair by listening to music and/or stretching. My fave playlist is Pop Chillout on Spotify.



NYCSEF Preliminary Round at City College


NYCSEF Finals Round at American Museum of Natural History


NYCSEF Awards Ceremony


Outfit Details

Competition Look-

Blazer- H&M

Shirt- American Eagle

Skirt- H&M

Awards Ceremony Look-

Dress- H&M

Shoes- Thalia Sodi (Macy’s)

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Dara Godfrey is a registered dietitian who empowers her patients to lead healthy lifestyles. Attaining a Masters in Nutrition at New York University, Dara is a role model for all girls aspiring to receive a graduate degree in a STEM-related field. In addition to encouraging individuals to set goals for health and happiness, Dara contributes to many articles in media outlets such as Cosmopolitan Magazine and Self Magazine.

Check out Dara’s interview for her thoughts on women in STEM, managing health in college, and superb advice! For more, follow Dara on Instagram @daragodfrey for a vibrant feed of health/fitness inspo and adorable moments of her two daughters!

Do you have a major diet No-No’s when it comes to crash diets or other fads targeted at teens? 

Anything that’s a ‘diet’ implies something short term and often something drastic. I’m not into any diet that cuts out any food group, is too restrictive or doesn’t allow you to chew your food (that means no juice cleanses!). Skipping meals, using laxatives and/or vomiting post meals are all big ‘No-no’s.’

And diets targeted at teens are especially scary. Dieting can create unhealthy eating habits and can ultimately lead to major eating disorders. Everyone needs fats, carbohydrates and protein as part of their daily meals to be healthy.

Teens should focus on eating a variety of food and realize that being healthy and fit isn’t a fad or a trend. It’s a lifestyle.

What’s your advice for turning the freshman fifteen into the freshman clean? 

Going in with a game plan is key! I work with a lot of teens before they go off to college to help them prep for their freshman year. Many of them have never been grocery shopping by themselves. Going to a supermarket, getting comfortable with the environment, and giving them some basic ideas of good food choices (especially practical food items for living in dorm rooms), will help set them up for better eating habits while away from home.

There are a lot of potential food temptations in college – lots of unlimited fast food items in and around campus. Knowing how to navigate a typical cafeteria, food trucks and other meal spots around campus can help teens make better food choices. I always tell my patients – it’s about planning ahead and making some goals, but not beating yourself up for not eating ‘perfectly’ 100% time. It’s about progression, not perfection!

How do you prevent overeating stemming from school and workplace related stress?

Not having your ‘triggers’ around your dorm room, house or desk at work,
is the first step to helping avoid overeating. So that means throwing out any foods that may be eaten (often in excess) when you’re stressed, bored or not thinking straight. On the other hand, stocking your fridge and pantry with healthy options make it less likely to overindulge.

Another thing to keep in mind is to try and manage stress in a healthier way. Calling someone positive to help clear your head and relax may be a way to help decrease stress. A workout or even a quick dance party is another means to build endorphins, or the ‘positive’ feelings in your body. Just taking some time to do something for yourself (that makes you feel good and is non-food related) is crucial when you’re super stressed. You do NOT need to turn to food. That can often heighten one’s anxiety.

Also, if you tend to overeat, or eat more poorly with certain types of friends, try and make an effort to do non-food related activities with them. Don’t surround yourself with people who want to sabotage your healthy habits. They should be supportive of you.

If you could tell your 16-year-old self one thing, what would it be? 

Don’t feel bad to be independent and take time for yourself. Being unique is a good thing. And make sure to do the things that truly make you happy.

Have you encountered any challenges as a woman in STEM? If so, what is your advice for combating stereotypes in STEM and for breaking the gender barrier in this field?

I’ve been fortunate to have had many positive experiences over the years as a dietitian, especially being a woman. I do wish dietitians, in general, had more respect as a field in science. We work hard to receive our accreditation (schooling, training/internship, clinical exams, etc.), and it would be great to be treated equally for our skills and expertise as part of the interdisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals.

Dara's Headshot 2015_2016

Photo courtesy of Dara



Note: After a four week hiatus on this blog, I am thrilled to return with an amazing interview with Dara. Dara is so inspiring and sweet! I have been working on new projects and endeavors; in STEM and in journalism. If you have any questions or are seeking advice in STEM, fashion, writing, etc., connect with me on social media!

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NYFW: Custo Barcelona 


Custo Barcelona’s A16 show marked his brand’s 20th Anniversary. Custo moves in a new direction of what he calls a “lessened dose of color”. The bright and beautiful patterns that we love still remain, but Custo introduces a playful balance of loud, embellished patterns and  soft textures such as lace and dark snakeskin. 










I’m still obsessing over the bright, embellished cross body bags! The shape is so functional and can be perfectly paired with any look. The glossy, asymmetrical skirts were super adorable! 



#NYFW DAY 2 Recap


If you haven’t checked out Day 1, keep scrolling to see my favorite kick-off looks!



I started Day 2 at  Karigam’s 9 AM “SALTO ANGEL” show. Sleek middle-part ponytails took center stage while designer, Karina Gomez, redefined women’s contemporary wear. Leather and shearling transformed simple business suits into high fashion looks. Chelsea Leyland’s atmospheric beats enhanced the breathtaking simplicity of all forty-six Karigam runway looks.


Shoji’s fall collection SLAYED fashion week. My absolute favorite of fashion week so far is the second-skin bodysuit adorned with sapphire jewels. All of Shoji’s looks reflected stunning tribal prints. SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT: I was honored to cover the Tadashi Shoji show for Lady Gunn Magazine! Full coverage available here










Concept Korea is a global project launched in 2010 to expose Korean fashion culture during fashion week. This season, Yohanix and Jarret presented their fall/winter collections. From hipster eyewear to brightly colored booties, Concept Korea presented a strong AW collection.Fur-padded bomber jackets and adorable printed sweaters will definitely prevail as autumn/winter favorites!


A model walks the runway wearing Concept Korea Fall 2016 during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Dock, Skylight at Moynihan Station on February 12, 2016 in New York City.





Spring Street Style Snap by Matthew Sperzel for Getty Images

Jacket- BCBG / Bodysuit & Pant Set- BCBG Generation / Shoes- BooHoo USA/Bag- Rebecca Minkoff




#NYFW DAY 1 Recap

With New York City in the midst of chilly winter temps, fashion week attendees must champion above the uncontrollable seasonal elements to make a trendy street-style impact and catch all of the highlights during the AW16 show season. I kicked off fashion week at Jay Godfrey’s presentation at the Space at Clarkson Square and had the pleasure of meeting Jay, himself before the show! Jay’s timeless gowns and jumpsuits served as major day 1 faves.



The forest green jumpsuit adorned with elegant cutouts and bat wing sleeves caught my eye instantly!

The navy blue sequin gown was also a mega standout, but I am unable to pick just one favorite!



Autumn and Jay at the presentation



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BERETS! After viewing Elle’s NYFW preview, I knew berets would be making a major runway appearance during the AW16. Desigual’s key pieces included vibrant turtlenecks, floral-printed outerwear, and adorable winter accessories!

Be sure to follow me on social media for live coverage of NYFW! @AUTUMNGRECO ON INSTAGRAM to see the looks straight from the runway.

Stay tuned for an exciting announcement about NYFW coverage stories written by me!





I have been obsessed with patched clothing and accessories! I hopped on this trend back in September when I purchased this super cute backpack from Nasty Gal.  

Nasty Gal

I’m currently DIY-ing a military jacket with some patches and pins I’ve collected including a patch from the National Museum of Women in the Arts! The National Museum of Women in the Arts is where the L’Oreal For Women in Science ceremony is held. Styling clothing with patches that are significant to you is such a fun way to present your personality. Sharing your interests through your clothing and accessories is also a great conversation starter!  I recently picked up this super cute patch dress from Zara, which I wore in a photoshoot with James Bartolozzi on Monday.  I love the 3D glasses patch. It reminds me of seeing Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3D back in 2005! Here’s the full pic that I shared on Instagram (@autumngreco ): 


photo by James Bartolozzi

Turns out James is a huge STEM fan and holds a mathematics degree! So amazing! 

Are there any trends you have been following lately? I would love to hear about your current top pics! Connect with me on social media! 

 STEM UPDATE: I am so excited to be a part of the #BUILTBYGIRLS team. Check out the #BUILTBYGIRLS insta post to see what I’m building and what #BUILTBYGIRLS means to me.  


Friday Research Look


This leather jacket with a unique woven vest pattern is perfect for adding a pop of color to a sophisticated look. I also wore this jacket to my Stanford Interview! This jacket is available at H&M along with the pictured black turtleneck. I’m currently analyzing data for my research so this flare skirt from LF works for stage I am at for the study. The booties are from BooHoo USA.  

I’m so excited for fashion week! I can’t wait to cover the best looks from the FW16 shows! 

Have an amazing weekend! 


Join the L’Oreal Paris #WorthSaying Twitter Movement! 


photo by L’Oreal Paris USA

Join the Twitter conversation by sharing what you think is #worthsaying. The L’Oreal Paris USA Twitter account will be retweeting encouraging tweets posted with the hashtag to change the conversation on the Golden Globes red carpet. The movement encourages interviewers to move past the typical questions and focus more on the individual’s work in television/film as well as other inspiring endeavors. Below are some of my favorite tweets ( + my own ) leading up to the Golden Globes: