I was at the WITI Conference (Women in Technology Summit) earlier this week and I appreciated the emphasis on being proactive about identifying and reaching out to potential mentors. I also really liked the callout at a conference sponsored by a women’s professional association that mentors can be men and women. As I look at my mentor roster history (mom, dad, sister, boss, peer, boss, boss, CEO, team member, peer) half of them have been men. And I’m grateful for that, because it’s important to be able to leverage your mentors as sounding boards to obtain alternative perspectives. Whether we like it or not, gender probably influences your perspective – and that nuance counts when you’re looking for feedback. (more…)
I’ve been thinking about writing this letter for the better part of the last decade, but honestly never got around to it. So there I was, driving to work this morning and finding myself committing to putting my thoughts down for you today.
I know that you know the road to winning the presidential seat is not going to be an easy one, and I also know that you know that you will be faced with more criticism than you will know what to do with. So in light of that, I thought maybe you could use a little bit of a pep talk – so I could thank you for all the pep talks you’ve given me along my journey. (more…)
Angela Lee is on a career-long journey to continue finding that perfect intersection of personal passion and professional satisfaction. Having born witness to her impressive ability to create opportunities to challenge herself and those around her since our undergrad years at Cal, I have no doubt that Angela’s story will inspire readers to stop thinking of themselves as a checkbox and start asking how they can build a portfolio of life and professional experiences they’re truly proud of.
How would you define your job today?
Honestly, it’s hard to answer that question. My primary role is Executive Director and Adjunct Faculty with Columbia Business School where I’m charged with helping them revamp their core curriculum. I also teach two courses at the business school – one on strategy and the other on leadership.
Becca Piastrelli, founder of The Dabblist, had been toying with the idea of jumping the proverbial corporate ship for a while before actually taking the leap this past year. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Becca and working closely with her for a few years now – she was originally recruited to launch our online community, Generation Demandforce. So during the day, Becca was our community management extraordinaire. At night and on the weekends however, she was in another world, connecting with thousands of her blog readers with every post about herbal remedies and other dabblings. Today, Becca has found a way to successfully intertwine personal passion and career, and I’m so glad to be sharing her story with you.
What do you love most about the entrepreneurial life?
I love that it’s a combination of my creative and business passions. Being my own boss and having 100% say in my success ain’t too shabby either. (more…)
Nick Mehta, CSW (Colored Sock Wearer) and CEO of Gainsight, is a ball of energy and sharp as nails. He’s one of those guys that already knows the answer to a question before you’ve even begun processing what you need to do to try and answer it. So, if you ever get a chance to have coffee with Nick, don’t miss out – you’ll learn more in that hour than you will all week. A bonafide serial entrepreneur, Nick joined Gainsight to help solve a tremendously important business problem – How do businesses reduce churn and keep the good customers longer?
So what’s in a day for a CEO?
Mostly send emails. And attend meetings. And send emails about meetings. And schedule meetings about emails. Basically, any kid of a CEO who is at “bring your kid to work day” needs to bring an iPad. (more…)
Scott Harris, CEO of Social Factor, is turning the tables on corporate america one company at a time. A bonafide serial entrepreneur, his newest venture is a social agency is focusing on turning grey matter into black and white for businesses.
What do you love most about your job?
I love building organizational culture, empowering millennials, and encouraging innovation.
What drew you to starting your own venture? (more…)