Make Time for Peer Networking

When was the last time you met with your peers outside of your own company? It’s really easy to get trapped in the company bubble, and divide life into work and outside of work. I find it hugely valuable to meet with peers or colleagues who are either at similar stage companies (yes I work […]

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Legacy and Doing More Good Than We Think Possible

Zach Anner, an award-winning comedian, was a crowd favorite at World Domination Summit. His talk, Embrace Every Struggle With A Spirit of Gratitude, encouraged us to show gratitude to the people who have helped us get where we are and do everything with compassion and love. I HIGHLY recommend watching it. He talks about how […]

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Exposing Kids to New Possibilities – App Camp for Girls

This week we got to take Lazaro’s little sister to App Camp for Girls. It’s a weeklong camp run by female developers that teaches 8th & 9th grade girls how to build a mobile app. The goal of the camp is to expose girls to technology, build their confidence, and empower them to try new […]

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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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Amazon Shareholders Letter – A Lesson in Risk Taking

The Amazon Shareholders Letter has become a staple in my continuous business education. It’s a lesson in how to build a company that lasts, how to continuously innovate, and how to innovate by making big bets. Amazon believes in “customer obsession rather than competitor obsession, eagerness to invent and pioneer, willingness to fail, the patience […]

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Do Work That Is Significant – Colin’s Story

A great friend of mine shared his life story today at the College Success Foundation luncheon. Colin Nguyen’s story is truly brave and vulnerable. It is filled with struggle, hope and purpose. Colin shared about growing up with immigrant parents who had limited economic resources. He shared about his Mom who always reminded him that […]

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Turn Your “Work Crushes” into Informal Mentors with Twitter Lists

Originally posted on Popforms on November 8th, 2014 I recently had the opportunity to lead a panel on Authenticity at Seattle Startup Week. During the discussion, one of the presenters, Shauna Causey, asked the audience to “raise your hand if you have a mentor.” I was shocked to see only a few hands go up. […]

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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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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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Deliver a Killer Presentation Like Alexis Ohanian, Reddit Founder

On Sunday night Alexis Ohanian, internet entrepreneur, activist, investor and Founder of Reddit, delivered an extremely compelling presentation to aspiring entrepreneurs at the University of Washington. His talk recounted his experiences with lessons learned from innovating online. I was particularly struck by his energetic presentation delivery. Here are tips for delivering a killer presentation: Know […]

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