Although Vaughan's career changed before the Women's March
, the movement solidified her decision to leave the corporate world to work in politics.
"I ended up leaving McKinsey for a few months to work on the Hillary campaign. I was inspired by [that work] to leave and have a political experience, which I never really had before [the campaign]," she says.
Vaughan is the CEO of Flippable, a platform made by a group of former Clinton campaign
staffers that uses data analytics to determine which red districts can be "flipped" into blue ones.
"It almost wasn't a decision, the urgency of the moment felt so strong," says Vaughan. "I didn't feel like I have a choice. I couldn't go back and do the job I had been doing before."
Although she gave up a secure, high-paying job for one that didn't give her a paycheck for five months, Vaughan says the move wasn't surprising to those around her who knew of her passion for mission-driven work. She's encouraged by what she saw at the Women's March last year, and is excited about this year's theme.
"I think the fact that this year's Women's March is called 'Power to the Polls
' is a huge step forward. Protest is valuable in an of itself, [but] I think we went from an expressive mode of protest to a very proactive, electorally-focused mode of protest. That's incredibly empowering," Vaughan says. "Not only do we have a voice that we can use on the street, we also have a vote we can use at the ballot box."