Amelia Horne was born second. Did that make it harder for her to come out on top? "In some ways, sure. I was born second, I was the 'younger' sibling. i was the girl. As much as society has changed, as much as we're not living in Regency England, being a boy and the first born in a family that's as powerful as Michael Horne's means something." Amelia Horne, the other half of the smart and business savvy twins of Michael Horne, CEO of Horne Industries, is quick to point out that she was never made to feel second rate to her brother, Dawn Patrol Adventures founder and CEO, Dominic Horne. "Never. Absolutely never. First of all, our mother wouldn't have stood for that. She raised us away from society. She raised us to be contributors to society. I knew hard work before I knew priviledge, and I'm honestly glad for that." When asked if it was difficult growing up knowing she was a part of the Horne landscape but not being entrenched in it, Horne emphatically says no. "Our father came often enough. He spoiled us, sure, but it was within the bounds that our mother allowed. He could have made up for his absence by going way over the top, but she wouldn't have allowed that, and, to be honest, he isn't that kind of man. And i don't even think I would have known what to do with expensive gifts. Now though...Well, most people know my tastes have evolved."
Not only has her tastes evolved, but Horne's place in the corporate world has swiftly evoloved. Never explicitly meant to become part of the Horne conglomorate, Amelia knew from a young enough age that she wanted to have a place within her father's legacy. "No one ever said I couldn't, but it wasn't as expected as it was for my brother. He felt a certain pressure, being the male, being the technical oldest. I was able to grow without that pressure and I knew that I wanted it. I had a hunger for business. I still do." That hunger, and what she's done with it, is what makes Amelia Horne one of Power Broker's top movers and shakers of 2019.
"We live in a time where women are just starting to become seen as almost equal. Not even equal, but almost. Forget the pay gap and harassment, just for a moment, and focus on the female role. To this day, women are seen as the home maker. We're seen as lesser. We're seen as liabilities. We're too emotional, too weak, too bitchy. We've heard it time and time again, that a woman cannot do a job traditionally thought of as being male. And its why its so important for me to be vocal about how far I've come. I'm lucky, I know. My name is on the building. My father is the CEO of the company. But anyone in the business world who knows him, knows that he doesn't do hand outs or favors. I wouldn't be in the position I am in if he didn't truly believe I could handle th role. I was born to be a leader. I was born to be in the board room. And there are so many women out there who were born to be the same. They are no less intelligent or powerful or creative. They could easily be in my position. No, that's wrong. To say that this is easy is to demean the hard work of every woman who has made it to this position in their life. Its hard. But we, as women, can handle it."
Horne speaks with a passion that is contagious. She makes me want to go out and become a fighter, to pursue more. But she's careful to say that some women don't want the position of power that she has. Some women want to be mothers and caregivers. "And that's perfectly alright, too. The world has room for everyone."
Towards the end of our conversation, Horne agrees to let us in on a secret that she's been working on. With the blessing of her father and the Horne board of directors (although I'm not sure they would have had a choice, given how passionate she is about this subject) Horne has formed a foundation for women of all backgrounds. Each year, women and girls can apply for ten internship positions within the Horne company and four scholarships, one named for each of the immediate Horne family, including mother Victoria Horne, who Amelia credits first for her work ethic. "I know its not a lot, but its something. Its a start. And sometimes that's all we need in life. Someone to give us a start, to believe in us. So if I can do that, be a spark, then I'll be happy with what I get to leave behind."