Where Have I Been

It’s been quite some time since my last post and a lot has happened since then. The two major things that have taken place this past year has been my involvement with growing a company called FounderMade and launching my STEM and entrepreneurship resource site, Evolvher. Going over both in one post might be a little overwhelming, so I’ll start with FounderMade.

I have a history of event production and working with startups, so in March of 2015 I joined their small team to help the company scale from an intimate dinner series to a large scale conference. In the year that I’ve been with FounderMade we’ve now produced four conferences that have grown to attract 600+ attendees. Here are a few images from some of our conferences.

FounderMade Wellness 2015

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FounderMade Beauty 2015

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FounderMade Wellness 2016

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FounderMade Food 2016

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This has been an amazing journey so far. The companies that we’ve been able to promote, speakers we’ve learned from, and individuals we’ve connected has been inspiring to watch.

I’ve learned so much this past year such as:

  • How to run pitch competitions
  • How to create and design a pitch deck
  • What makes a good business model
  • And so much more!

Our next conference is coming up in October, so stay tuned. I promise to post more updates on what I’m up to, and what I have the privilege of learning.

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Can’t afford a life coach? Just watch this series.

This post may read more like a love letter than a FYI post, but if you haven’t checked out any of Marie Forleo’s videos you need to do that right after you read this post.

I stumbled upon her video series, Marie TV, after a particularly rough day. During that time I felt my life was heading in the exact opposite direction of where I wanted it to go. Once I clicked on the first video I realized this was the thing I needed in my life. It was like having a life coach, but without having to watch my bank account deplete in order to afford one.

Marie’s humor and quick-to-digest insights provide practical advice that can help you refocus on what you really want to do with your life. Now I’m not saying that these videos will magically give you your dream job or put tons of money in the bank, but they can put you in a more positive attitude and help steer you (even if just temporarily) into the direction you truly want to go.

Besides watching her videos on Youtube you can also head over to her site for additional information and videos.

Here’s a few of my favorite episodes so far:

Happy watching!

My fitness addiction: CLASSPASS

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I know we’re already a few weeks into 2015, but I wanted to share my experience with finally trying to get back in shape. There’s only so much a person can take of a sedentary lifestyle and I finally reached my limit this January. My issue with working out was that I wanted someone to tell me what to do, but didn’t want to pay for someone to just talk/yell at me while I was on a treadmill or lifting weights. So lucky for me I heard about CLASSPASS through the work grapevine. This company and their take on fitness is a serious lifesaver due to the variety of options and studios that their website provides. From Barre to Krav Maga there really is something for everyone, and at only $99 a month for unlimited classes that’s a steal.

The only con that I experienced is that I’m limited to only three classes per studio per month, but I guess that’s their way of forcing me to go out of my comfort zone and try some new things.

So far I’ve gone to eight classes and I am only halfway through the month. That’s crazy for me. I mean I’ve had a gym membership for the last year and I think the last time I went was half a year ago (which is probably a sign to cancel that membership).

I also wanted to share a review of some of the studios I’ve been to so far. I’m hoping these are helpful if you’re visiting and want to check them out, but locals please don’t crowd these studios. I’d prefer to be able to keep coming here without there becoming a wait list to get in.

 

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Pier 60 Barre is part of the Chelsea Piers Sports Center, but is somewhat physically removed from the gym/running area. That’s great if you’re looking for a more peaceful exercise environment. I’ve taken a few Barre classes before, but I love the teachers at this location. I’ve only done the Total Barre and Core Barre classes, but both instructors were nice and not intimidating. Well I guess you could count watching them stretch and only being able to do half of what they do as intimidating.

Non-CLASSPASS price: $30.00 for single class

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AQUA is my fitness mecca. I hands down love love love this place. Now I have to be honest, I’ve been taking their classes before I signed up for ClassPass, but the fact that this studio is offered through the site is amazing! That means I can take more classes without the huge hit to my credit card. I’m particularly drawn to this studio also because of the spa-like feeling of the space. It provides an calm oasis for getting ready post-class.

Non-CLASSPASS price: $42.00 for single class

FYI CLASSPASS (in case this pops up in their Google Alerts) I swear I’ve become an unofficial ambassador for your company. I somehow find a way to bring up your company in any and mostly all of my recent conversations with co-workers and friends. I’m just so thankful that someone finally built something that appeals to those of us who need variety, but don’t want to pay the crazy high prices to stay healthy.

2015 – Game Time

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The past few months have been quite the wild ride since I started working on a new project. I’ll reveal it on this blog once it’s launched, but I’m excited to finally be working on a passion project that I’ve been thinking about for the last few years. After pondering it in my head I decided that if I don’t start on it now each year that passes is going to be wasted.

Now this project may take a little time to get up and running, since I’m going up against the one thing that always slows me down….MYSELF. I know that I’ve talked about this at length before on my blog, but this is probably the biggest thing that gets in my way. I have a vision of what my idea is suppose to look like in the end, but I get so caught up in that vision that I don’t even make it to the start.

For 2015 I’m trying to do things differently, and focus on just doing something that will inch me closer to the goal. We’ll see how folks react once it’s finally up and running, but it’s better that I start and possibly fail than never start at all (or so I’ve heard).

If anyone has some tips on getting over this type of roadblock please let me know. I’m going to fight against it to reach my goal in 2015, but any tips and tricks are extremely appreciated.

Philanthropist Spotlight: Brendan Iribe

Scanning through Techcrunch this morning I came across a story that not only inspired me, but gave me back some faith in the people that make out like bandits in technology acquisitions. The story was about how the Oculus (Hint: the company that was acquired by Facebook for $2 Billion) CEO, Brendan Iribe, is giving back to his alma mater, the University of Maryland, by donating $31 million to build a new technological hub on campus.

Image via Techcrunch

Image via Techcrunch

WHAT!?! Yes you heard that right. He’ll be donating funds to have a new CS department built for future generations of technology dreamers. For more details on what all this hub will consist of you can read the article that spurred this blog post.

Another amazing part of this story is that part of the donation will go to giving scholarships in the name of Andrew Scott Reisse, the Oculus Co-Founder who was killed last May.

I needed to read this article today and I hope you will too. With all the negative news out there about tech leaders behaving badly, ISIS, domestic abuse, California drought, and so on this reminded me of the good that people can do. It made me think of all the people out there who I know personally who are using their resources, whether a little or a lot, to give back and make a difference.

Regarding personal wealth it often seems that our culture is so focused on who’s wearing what, who bought what, or how much someone is making, but I’m more interested in what they’re doing with that wealth to makes a difference. I hope that others read this article and think “What can I do.” It’s not about how much you have or how many numbers you could put on a donation check, but about doing something in the first place.

Excited to read more about Brendan Iribe and hopefully others who are inspired by him.

 

A smarter way to network: swivelCard

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As a serial networker and someone that has collected WAY too many business cards this new swivelCard definitely caught my attention. It’s one of the new breed of smart (fill in the blank) items that seem to be popping up all around us.

These cards differentiate themselves from ALL the others because it actually holds data, and no I’m not just talking about your printed info on paper. There’s a foldout USB stick that allows you to:

  • Host your website, presentations, pictures, and videos for your recipients. This allows you to lessen the steps between them and your content.
  • Gives you analytics to track how your cards are being used, where they are in the world, and more.
  • Ability to change content after the card has been given out.
  • Still share your info with people even if they don’t have access to a USB drive since there’s a QR code on the back.

How amazing/helpful is that!

They’re currently raising funds via Kickstarter, so if you want to change up your networking game you better put down some money so they can make these things. Here’s a snapshot of what you get for pledging:

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Would you use this?

New Music Video Trend: Normal Women

Not sure if it’s just a trend capitalizing on female empowerment or if these type of video’s will have staying power, but there seems to be a sudden influx of video’s highlighting the variety of women out there vs the typical this-is-a-pretty-by-ridiculous-standards woman. Of course as a female I find these type of video’s refreshing because it breaks up the monotony of what’s currently out there.

Your thoughts?

Colbie Caillat  – Try

John Legend – You & I (Nobody In The World)


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The beauty in being uncomfortable

Recently I’ve succumbed to being a homebody who rarely goes out to meet people. In other words I’m playing life safe. How in the world did I get to this point? Just last week I realized that I needed to change, because I was unhappy and I attributed my hermit lifestyle to that sad feeling. So in the past few days I’ve challenged myself by getting into uncomfortable situations.

UNCOMFORTABLE SITUATION #1

I was in New Orleans, LA for the first time for work and an acquaintance invited me to this thing called Dinner Lab. I immediately knew that I had to say yes. I was in a new city and didn’t want to do the typical tourist thing, so I got a seat at last Friday’s dinner. Now imagine being all by yourself because none of your colleague want to join you, sitting in a loner section at the far table, and being surrounded by groups of people who were friends or couples. The uncomfortable feeling was washing over me like a monsoon. There were even moments I thought about sneaking out and meeting back up with my co-workers, but I’m so glad I stayed.

The experience was truly beautiful. The whole concept is centered around new chefs, new food concepts, and talking with people (which eventually did happen when I was joined by a friendly group closer to dinner time.) For more details on the actual concept of Dinner Lab here’s a video that can explain what they’re trying to do far better than I can:

Here’s a few of my own pictures from the evening:

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Peanut butter and jelly cheesecake

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Live art during dinner

All I can say about Dinner Lab is you have to try one of their dinner’s for yourself. I was able to talk with locals about where to eat, experience a different type of restaurant, and meet some of the team putting these incredible events together.

UNCOMFORTABLE SITUATION #2

After realizing how much I’ve been missing out on because of sheer laziness I felt as if I should squash the boring bug even further and finally register to attend this event called DAYBREAKER. Here are a few posts about their events from the NY Times and Thrillist to help give you a better understanding of what exactly goes down. Essentially it’s a morning rave without alcohol. I’d been receiving invites to attend for awhile, but couldn’t push myself to sign-up until now.

Even as I was getting ready to attend this morning I was having to seriously fight off the urge to just get back in bed, but I’m glad that my adventurous side won. I was welcomed with energetic dancers, good DJ, live brass band, and a great selection of healthy refreshments. I quickly got out of my groggy fog and as I felt the music I just started to dance.

Now while I may not be explaining the awesomeness of this well enough hopefully these photos will do the trick:

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Who doesn’t want to dance with vegetables and squids?

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Acrobatics + dancing = AWESOME

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So life…THANK YOU for the lessoned learned. Being uncomfortable isn’t a bad thing. In fact it can actually turn out to be one of the most beautiful things in life because it forces you to try something new. It makes you get out of the safe zone and grow. Now I can’t wait for the next adventure.

Perfectionism = Failure

 

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I’ve started and stopped so many blogs before this one, and I have to say that I’m starting to feel that I’ve fallen to the perfectionism trap once more. I had it in my mind that I was going to be pumping out important content weekly, but as I look back at the last few posts they’ve only happened once every month it seems.

Many times I’ve started blog posts in an effort to put out helpful consistent posts, but I fail to publish them due to wanting to sound as witty and charming as grammatically possible. With the increase in exposure of people building startups, finding their mate, or looking for that ideal lifestyle we all seem to slow down and not do anything at all. For me it seems like I always feel that I need to make one more change or feel the need to let it be for awhile before I post so I can see it through new eyes tomorrow…always tomorrow.

This has caused me to just completely fall off the wagon and not do anything at all. I’m tired of doing this to me and my dreams, so I’ll be fighting from here on out to stop the perfectionism monster.

Have you suffered from this?

 

My CNN debut is tomorrow!

It’s been a long time waiting, but it looks like my segment with Morgan Spurlock for CNN’s Inside Man is airing tomorrow at 10PM ET/PT. It’s been difficult to keep this quiet, I’m but glad to have stumbled upon this before it aired.

Now I’m not sure when my section in the show will be, but I’ll be nervously watching the whole thing. I’m interested to see how the Google Glass portion has been edited and cut, but regardless it was truly a pleasure to work with Morgan and the Inside Man team.

Hoping to have more opportunities like this in the future!