Eric and I got together to do a fireside chat a few weeks ago at Springboard. Here is our chat.
Eric and I got together to do a fireside chat a few weeks ago at Springboard. Here is our chat.
We attended the Red Hook Initiative this past week, their annual fundraiser. The RHI's mission is a belief that I believe in myself that change comes from the youth. Helping underserved young adults in Red Hook pursue their dreams and empower them to become meaningful contributing adults is the key to happy families and powerful communities.
The event took place at Pioneer Works that had been hammered by Sandy last year. An incredible soaring structure devoted to contemporary arts created to be a hub for the social exchange of arts and ideas. Dustin Yellin has led the charge around this organization and his own studio is next door.
The event as a whole was a total Brooklyn community event. I am a little bit over the events that have a variety of tables with food from different chefs and restaurants but what was special about this is that all the restaurants were local Brooklyn places. Baked, Buttermilk Channel, Good Fork, La Slowteria, Pok Pok, Mile End and Van Brunt Stillhouse to name a few.
I happened to see Dustin Yellin and he gave me a quick tour of his studio next door. I am a fan of his work. Layered pieces of glass with each building out the image that you eventually see looking straight at it. The large tall pieces weigh 3000 pounds.
Really glad we went. Like all NY events these days we bumped into a quite a few friends which always makes for a nice evening.
I only wish I could go to every event I get asked to. Evenings are tough and travel is pretty much not happening although never say never. Jerry Shereshwesky and Shelly Lipton asked me to sit on a panel at their event called Boot Camp for Digital Start-ups...and the event looks really good. These guys focus on marketing which is one of the many key factors in building a business.
Here is the line-up. You can buy tickets here. The event is selling fast.
Master of Ceremonies: Jerry Shereshewsky, Partner, GrownUpMarketing
1:00 - 1:20pm: Opening Keynote: David Sable, Global CEO, Y&R
Session 1 (1:20 - 2:10pm): Getting Funded Beyond Friends And Family
Draw insights from the funders and the funded on the do's and don'ts to raising money.
Session 2 (2:20 - 3:10pm): Hiring Top Guns
Learn when to pull the trigger on hiring, how to work with recruiters and what it takes to attract the best talent.
3:10 - 3:30pm
Session 3 (3:30 - 4:20pm): Working With Agencies And Their Clients
Understand why revenue generation and building long-term relationships requires a well orchestrated attack from both sides.
Session 4 (4:30 - 5:20pm): Getting Noticed Without Going Broke
Learn the art & science of speaking engagements, sponsorships and marketing yourselves.
Session 5 (5:30 - 6:20pm): Crossing The Chasm: From Start-up To Becoming 'Real'
Get insights from companies that made it across. Learn what to abandon and what to keep from your start-up days.
6:30 - 8:00pm: Networking Reception
Enjoy some social lubricants along with lots of card munching.
I am honored to be the Chairperson of Hot Bread Kitchen. HBK is the brainchild of Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez. We are a non-profit organization that supports immigrant women by not only teaching them to bake breads from their own countries but we also provide professional development and that can start with learning English to writing a business plan.
I am inspired by the women who work at HBK and graduate from our program. Not only are we giving them an opportunity to learn but we are providing them jobs and a community to connect to. That feeling of empowerment returns to their homes every night as they are the next generation of Americans teaching their children what it means to work hard, bring home a paycheck and be part of a community.
We decided to raise scholarships for 17 women at HBK and we would use Crowdrise to do it. An organization that raises a lot of money for great causes.
Each week there will be opportunities to bid on a variety of fun activities. I will keep a widget up on my blog for everyone to check out the latest and greatest each week. We are hoping to raise $100K in total.
Please check it out and let the donating begin.
Every summer we stroll down the beach to see the sand sculptures for the annual Clamshell Foundation Sandcastle Contest. The foundation gives 100% of their profits to supporting local endeavors and projects on the East End.
This event is just a great community activity. Lots of families building group castles. It was drizzling in the morning but ended up being a beautiful day. The best sandcastles I have ever seen was in Copenhagen but I will say many of these are a close runner up.
I was on a panel with Bre Pretis from Makerbot and Daniel Rabuzzi from MOUSE during Internet Week this past spring. I was just sent the video. We talked about MOUSE, reforming schools and teaching technology. The panel was called Creating Future Innovators.
Here it is:
In 1973 Elinor Guggenheimer began the Womens Forum NYC with the thought that women should pool together their political clout. It wasn't only her activism in womens issues that gave her the idea to start the Womens Forum it was also seeing her husband use his network of men to get things done. If men could use their network for everything then why shouldn't women. She set out to create the Womens Forum NY which is now an international organization with sixty-five affiliates around the world.
A woman who I have got to know over the last few years who I can now
call my good friend would ask me time and time again do you know this
person, well you should. Do you know this woman, well you should. She
is one of the most charming connected woman I know but I realized that
she had got to know so many interesting women from such a variety of
verticals and walks of life from the Womens Forum.
So when she asked me if I'd be interested in being nominated to be part of the Womens Forum I was thrilled. I was invited to a breakfast to meet a few other women to start the process. I so enjoyed my first introduction to this initial small group of women. Each of them were smart, warm and doing interesting things. I am excited to nowbe part of the organization.
This past week I went to one of their big events of the year, The Elly Awards. Each year they pick 12 or more candidates that are women who have had their lives disrupted be it health, family or whatever and because of that were not able to finish their education. These women must be 35 or older. The impact they make on these womens lives is incredible. Each of the women in the video that was shown at the event had gone on to not only graduate but get jobs and/or pursue higher education. They each talked about how their children were so proud of what they had accomplished.
The tag line is brilliant: Educate a woman, impact generations. I keep thinking about those women. Just a great event.
When Jason was in town he interviewed me for his show. I have known Jason a long time. I was his first hire when he began Silicon Alley Reporter. I freelanced for Jason doing all his sales and eventually building out a sales force. It essentially was the key to building his business. It was a crazy time. The Internet was just taking off. It was fun to catch up and reminisce.
Claudia Chan started the #SHE Summit because she wanted celebrate and inspire women in leadership. She also wanted to put together an event that would empower women to be inspired, talk business, talk personal and frankly just talk to others that are going through the same issues.
All the information on the event can be found here. She has put together a powerful two days of speakers and events. I am on a panel kicking off the day on June 14th at 10am called The Disrupters: Secrets of Women Innovators.
If you are interested in attending use GGAL50 as a promo code to get $50 off for a 1 or 2 day ticket.
The event takes place in Soho at 82 Mercer Street.
Looking forward to the event.
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Anna Quindlen: Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel
A simple story about life, love and art. A 60 year old woman still evolving and finding herself. Really enjoyed it.
Jean Hanff Korelitz: You Should Have Known
This book comes out on March 18th. The book moves fast with lots of twists and turns. A psychiatrist who has just written about how you should have known you were in a bad relationship finds her husband to not be who she thought he was. The perfect beach read.
Bill Bryson: One Summer: America, 1927
My sister recommended this book. What happened that summer from baseball to Lindbergh and aviation to Henry Ford, Calvin Coolidge, Hoover, prohibition, Mt Rushmore, talking movies, theater, Al Capone and the first ponzi scheme. A great historic read.
Kim Malone Scott: Virtual Love
Not sure how I stumbled on this book but I am glad that I did. The book is about a woman trying to figure out her life. She was an entrepreneur and closed her company. She moved to SF to work at Google and run the Ad Sense division. She is in bad male relationships and needs to figure out why so she can get in a good one. There are a lot of thoughts bouncing around her head in regards to her personal struggles. Truly enjoyable well written insightful book.
Jhumpa Lahiri: The Lowland
I had read both the Namesake and Lahiri's short stories and I felt both of those books were so much better than the Lowland. There was not on character I liked. None of them lived in the future or the present they all lived in the past. Their lives were just utterly depressing. Also the book was way too long. It is certainly a saga about the turmoil in Calcutta in the 60's and the havoc it wreaked on one family in the post. Perhaps if they all had sought therapy then their lives would have been happier. Would not recommend.
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Kate Atkinson: Life After Life: A Novel
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Debora L. Spar: Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection
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Dave Eggers: The Circle
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