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#WeAreGapInc: Meet Tracy Villanueva

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More than the clothes we create, Gap Inc. is defined by its people. Our dedicated, eclectic, passionate culture is driven by pros, with personality. Say hello, get to know us, and take a closer look at what (and who) we're made of. Meet some of the many people who make Gap Inc. great. #WeAreGapInc


It's a solid bet that Tracy Villanueva will have you laughing within minutes of meeting her, whether it's because of her sense of humor or her wonderfully infectious laugh. (It was both in our case.) But outside of the laughs, which are aplenty, this sneaker-wearing athleisure lover is event planning for Gap Inc., running a popular calligraphy business (or “side hustle" as she calls it) with her sister, and showering her nieces with affection, FaceTime sessions and craft supplies. Take a peek inside her world and hear a story about reinvention: Get to know Tracy.

What do you do for Gap Inc.?

I'm an event planner on the Global Events team at Gap Inc. and we support events across the enterprise. Our scope covers onsite events, like all-hands meetings at HQ locations, to the large brand field conferences that take place all over the world.

What inspires you?

I love being creative and seeing the creativity of others — especially in the hand-made community. There are so many talented artisans out there!

 

Style personality

My co-worker told me she would describe my style as 'elevated athleisure.' *chuckles*

Go-to outfit

A comfy tee, my BR moto sweater, Stan Smiths and Old Navy sculpt jeans.

All-time favorite piece of clothing

My very first pair of Athleta city pants. They are a few years old and still look great! I wish they still made this cut. It's kind of baggy at the top and the legs are fitted, and I just love the way they look.

Last purchase

A Valentine's Day card kit for my 7-year-old niece. We like being artsy-craftsy together.

What you've learned from customers

Our customers want to have fashionable options, for all body types, and at a great value.

Favorite Gap Inc. moment

In 2013 we had our first ever cross-brand field conference at Moscone Center here in SF. More than 4,000 of our employees from all over the world attended. We incorporated a nod to our heritage by creating a replica of the original Gap store on Ocean Avenue right in the event space. On the first day of the event, Doris Fisher pulls up in front of Moscone in her vintage, wood-paneled station wagon and walks in, right past the "store." It was such a moment. So many people and years and work coming together in that one spot. How cool is that?

First job

I was a teacher's aide at a daycare when I was in high school.

Epiphany moment

When I rediscovered my passion for calligraphy about a year ago. I found out that I still have it in me to be creative. Honestly, I never thought I would recreate myself as a creative (and make a profession out of it!) at this point in my life. My dad was an artist, so I've always had it in me, but once I stumbled across my love for calligraphy and decided to do something with it, I had this feeling of, "This is what I'm supposed to be doing." It's an incredible thing realizing that you can reinvent yourself and take your personal passions in any direction you like, no matter where you are in your life or career.

Always puts you in a good mood

FaceTiming my two nieces. They are crazy!

Theme song

My walk-on song (in my head) is PYT by Michael Jackson.

Something people don't know about you

I used to have a beauty mark on my top lip.

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