From Networking to Dealmaking

About a month ago, Seattle hosted our first Alley to the Valley (A2V) Summit with 65 handpicked influential women who are entrepreneurs, investors, and corporate executives. What hooked me about being a part of this, is that the point of A2V Summits is to get past networking, and get to dealmaking. It’s a day to […]

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Make Your WHYs Bigger Than Your BUTs

To get what we want, we have to make our WHYs bigger than our BUTs. How we handle our ‘whys’ and our ‘what nexts’ separates people who thrive versus people who languish. Emiliya Zhivotovskaya is a leading voice in the world of positive psychology and the science of flourishing, but after a gut wrenching childhood […]

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What’s The Work You Can’t Not Do?

One of the big themes of World Domination Summit was doing the work that only we can do – our best work. I’ve been reflecting a lot about what this, and honestly don’t have the answer yet, and that’s ok. Chelsea Dinsmore gave a powerful talk about How To Live our Legend. After sharing how […]

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Resilience & Finding A Better Way

When you have 20 minutes, watch Sheryl Sandberg’s UC Berkeley Commencement Speech. Sheryl shares what she’s learned in death (her husband, the love of her life and father to their two kids, died suddenly a year ago). She challenged me to choose joy, and be grateful on the easy days and on the hard days. […]

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Transformative Books Read in 2015

Book Recommendations for Marketers and Entrepreneurs

Why do I call these “transformative” books? Because transformative learning theory is the process of “perspective transformation.” It has three dimensions: psychological (changes in understanding of the self), convictional (revision of belief systems), and behavioral (changes in lifestyle). I intentionally choose books that fall in one of these three dimensions. My reading last year was […]

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Emma Watson Delivers Powerful Speech on Feminism for the U.N.

Emma Watson, accomplished actress and U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador, delivered an impassioned speech on feminism and gender at the U.N. Headquarters in New York this weekend to launch the “HeForShe” campaign. The campaign seeks gender equality and recognizes that women’s inequality is as much a man’s issue as it is a woman’s. Specifically the campaign […]

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Yes Jon Stewart, There is a Double Standard

In last night’s episode of the Tonight Show, Jon Stewart fabulously calls out the not so subtle aspects of sexism and the absurd double standard faced by female politicians. I spent most of this sketch with mouth open in disbelief from the news anchor sound bites, even those from many female news anchors. Are you […]

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The Real Essence of Beauty – Tear Jerking Speech by Lupita Nyong’o

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o’s speech on beauty is one that every woman and girl should hear. Before reading my words, please listen to Lupita’s enchanting, raw and tear-inducing words. Lupita’s speech at the Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon is one of hope, and one most women can relate to. As a Caucasian woman, I cannot […]

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The Subtle Aspects of Sexism Women Face: ABC’s Scandal Is Packing a Powerful Punch

In a recent Scandal episode, Lisa Kudrow’s character, Congresswoman Josephine Marcus, delivered a commanding speech about the subtle aspects of sexism women face. Here’s what Congresswoman Marcus had to say in a nationally televised interview with Reporter James Novak: “I know what prejudice looks like. It’s not about experience James, it’s about gender. Reston saying […]

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Why I’m Passionate about Women

Being a feminist is in my DNA. I can’t help but support women. When I see potential, I can’t help but push and encourage people to go for it. Having been mentored by so many prominent venture capitalists, angel investors and CEO’s, I feel a responsibility to be a successful woman in the tech industry, […]

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