SheSays A place for advancing women in digital 2017-05-26T15:31:46Z http://weareshesays.com/feed/atom/ WordPress Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Womanufacture]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9604 2017-05-26T15:31:46Z 2017-05-26T15:30:14Z Despite common belief, women and powertools are a great combination. Womanufacture is starting to run a series of events and workshops for those of you who want to brush up your DYI skills. If you're in New York, there's a wood workshop on June 17th.

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Despite common belief, women and powertools are a great combination. Womanufacture is starting to run a series of events and workshops for those of you who want to brush up your DYI skills. If you're in New York, there's a wood workshop on June 17th.

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hello shesays <![CDATA[A conversation about New Role Models]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9597 2017-05-26T07:17:36Z 2017-05-26T07:14:16Z On June 13 SheSays LA together with B-Reel invites you to 'A conversation about New Role Models'. Our speakers will talk about what inspired them to take ideas into action, tell stories about strong and unknown women and lead by example.   A lot has changed in the past few months and as women we feel […]

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On June 13 SheSays LA together with B-Reel invites you to 'A conversation about New Role Models'. Our speakers will talk about what inspired them to take ideas into action, tell stories about strong and unknown women and lead by example.

 

A lot has changed in the past few months and as women we feel the need to support each other now more than ever. We also need to lift other women up and create new role models for the generations to come. It's time to talk about minorities and make sure they are not minorities for much longer.

 

We'll discuss how new technologies are empowering women, how a passion project about game changers became a book, and how women of color are fighting monochromatic aesthetics.

 

SPEAKERS:

Molly Schiot - Director and Author - the unsung heroines

Zarna Surti - Founder and Editor in Chief - Tonal

Julie Young & Jenn Duong - co-founders of SH//FT

 

RSVP here

 

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Design your future self]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9592 2017-05-12T18:00:59Z 2017-05-12T17:58:36Z **This event is sold out** On May 19th in New York, we'll co-host a special event with SYPartners who use provocative content and experiences to facilitate individuals and organizations as they navigate true transformation. In this session, we invite you to envision and create conditions for your most expansive future. Then, we'll hear from an […]

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**This event is sold out**

On May 19th in New York, we'll co-host a special event with SYPartners who use provocative content and experiences to facilitate individuals and organizations as they navigate true transformation. In this session, we invite you to envision and create conditions for your most expansive future. Then, we'll hear from an inspiring panel of women who've had success reinventing themselves.

 

PANELISTS

Carolyn Centeno - Head of Development at Form&

Farrah Bostic - Founder at The Difference Engine

Sally Simms -Founder and Futurist at Group Project

Panel moderated by Jessica Tillyer - Managing Creative Director at SYPartners

AGENDA
6:30 PM - Doors, cocktails and networking

7:00 - Intro and Workshop

7:35 - Panel

8.15 - Networking

 

See you there,

SheSays team

 

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Creative Boom]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9589 2017-05-12T17:54:40Z 2017-05-12T17:54:40Z In our constant quest for giving you great sites for inspiration, we found Creative Boom. With a focus on art, crafts, graphic design, illustration and photography, Creative Boom showcases emerging and established talent. It also offers invaluable advice and insight to help you at every stage of your creative career.

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In our constant quest for giving you great sites for inspiration, we found Creative Boom. With a focus on art, crafts, graphic design, illustration and photography, Creative Boom showcases emerging and established talent. It also offers invaluable advice and insight to help you at every stage of your creative career.

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Amanda J <![CDATA[Looking for the new creative generation]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9582 2017-05-05T18:28:10Z 2017-05-05T18:24:16Z After a successful pilot in London in 2016, D&AD is bringing New Blood Shift to NYC this summer. And applications are due in by 5pm EDT on Thursday May 18th, 2017. The design/advertising industry is in need of shift – in its way of thinking and doing work. D&AD understands that for this to happen, we […]

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After a successful pilot in London in 2016, D&AD is bringing New Blood Shift to NYC this summer. And applications are due in by 5pm EDT on Thursday May 18th, 2017.

The design/advertising industry is in need of shift – in its way of thinking and doing work. D&AD understands that for this to happen, we need to access raw creative talent…talent that has not been traditionally educated or from advantaged groups.

New Blood Shift is a free intensive night school program for 20 selected individuals that will include workshops, talks by those at the top of their game and real client briefs that show young creative minds how to apply their abilities and craft, find paid opportunities and start on a path to a new career.

Applications to this program is open to creative individuals:

  • 18 years and older
  • Doesn’t hold a bachelor’s degree
  • Not currently enrolled in a four-year undergraduate program

Requirements for application is to submit up to 3 examples of creative work – could be some design, piece of artwork, a video, photographs, lyrics, story…whatever the applicant wants to share.

So if you know someone you think could benefit from this amazing program, and should be in advertising and design, then get them to apply. Help them be the new creative generation.

Go to the site to share details about D&AD New Blood Shift (and to apply):

https://www.dandad.org/en/d-ad-new-blood-shift-nyc/

 

Shout about it from all your social media accounts too. Here's some content you can use if you want to:

Twitter

Success shouldn't be about where you studied or who you know. #NewBloodShift is on the hunt for raw talent in NYC: http://bit.ly/2qAFdZr #DandAD

#NewBloodShift is looking for NYC's new creative generation. Only interested in WHAT you know and not WHO you know: http://bit.ly/2qAFdZr #DandAD

We're looking for NYC's best raw creative talent to join a free 12-week night school. Apply here: http://bit.ly/2qAFdZr #NewBloodShift #DandAD

Feel like you're not making the most of your creative skills? #NewBloodShift is looking for untapped talent in NYC: http://bit.ly/2qAFdZr #DandAD

Want a creative career but don't have access to the typical creative education and people? #NewBloodShift is looking for untapped talent in NYC: http://bit.ly/2qAFdZr #DandAD

Want your creative talent to be your day job? #NewBloodShift can show you how. Apply here: http://bit.ly/2qAFdZr #DandAD

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Are you all about creativity but not sure how to make it your day job without a 4-year college degree? D&AD #NewBloodShift is looking for NYC’s best raw talent. Through a free 12-week night school program you'll get a taste of what it takes to be an advertising and/or design creative. Apply now for a chance to be the new creative generation: http://bit.ly/2qAFdZr

Talent isn't always about getting a 4-year college degree, and it's not about who you know either. We believe success should depend on raw ability alone, so we're on the hunt for the new creative generation in New York City. Apply now for the D&AD #NewBloodShift night school program: http://bit.ly/2qAFdZr

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We're looking for New York City’s best-untapped talent (that doesn't have a 4-year college degree) to take part in a free 12-week night school. Apply for D&AD #NewBloodShift and learn how to use your abilities in a creative career: http://bit.ly/2qAFdZr

All about creativity but not sure how to make it your day job without a 4-year college degree? D&AD #NewBloodShift is looking for New York City’s best raw talent. Through a free 12-week night school program you'll get a taste of what it takes to be an advertising and/or design creative. Apply now for a chance to be the new creative generation: http://bit.ly/2qAFdZr

Talent isn't about getting a 4-year college degree, and it's not about whom you know either. We believe success should depend on raw ability alone, so we're on the hunt for the new creative generation in New York. Apply now for the D&AD #NewBloodShift night school program: http://bit.ly/2qAFdZr

#NewBloodShift #DandAD #NewBlood #creativity #creatives #design #advertising #photography #nightschool #illustration #art #music #copywriting #music #poetry #talent #freshtalent #newtalent

 

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[F37 Foundry]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9579 2017-04-28T17:36:21Z 2017-04-28T17:36:21Z If you like to try before you buy, here's a great tool for buying fonts. F37 Foundry was created by graphic designer Rick Banks and echoes the environment and tools of Illustrator within a browser, allowing users to experiment with F37’s font library on the site. Users can move, resize, adjust colors, rotate pieces of […]

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If you like to try before you buy, here's a great tool for buying fonts. F37 Foundry was created by graphic designer Rick Banks and echoes the environment and tools of Illustrator within a browser, allowing users to experiment with F37’s font library on the site. Users can move, resize, adjust colors, rotate pieces of text and adapt the leading, kerning and tracking of fonts before purchasing. Would be great to be able to do this all fonts out there.

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Unstuck]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9570 2017-04-14T17:19:31Z 2017-04-14T17:11:34Z Unstuck offers a range of content and products to help you live better every day. They’re the brainchild of the people at SYPartners, a transformation company that consults with businesses and people undergoing large-scale change. Since 1994, SYPartners has worked with the leaders to help them move past a stuck moment and make transformative change. […]

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Unstuck offers a range of content and products to help you live better every day. They’re the brainchild of the people at SYPartners, a transformation company that consults with businesses and people undergoing large-scale change. Since 1994, SYPartners has worked with the leaders to help them move past a stuck moment and make transformative change. And the 'just for you' version of their method is both helpful and fun to play with.

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hello shesays <![CDATA[Leo Burnett & SheSays Chicago Make the Pledge to #BeBoldForChange in 2017]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9561 2017-04-10T23:56:25Z 2017-04-10T23:50:08Z by Anne Hagerty International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrates the opportunities we all have to help women everywhere to realize their potential, improve their economies and succeed at every level. Another well-attended, lively panel discussion took place on Wednesday, March 8 and yes, men were in attendance and are always welcome! Special thanks to generous event sponsor […]

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by Anne Hagerty

International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrates the opportunities we all have to help women everywhere to realize their potential, improve their economies and succeed at every level. Another well-attended, lively panel discussion took place on Wednesday, March 8 and yes, men were in attendance and are always welcome! Special thanks to generous event sponsor Leo Burnett for facilitating such an inspiring evening and feeding us so well.

Leo Burnett EVP/Creative Innovation and guest moderator Suzanne Michaels kept the panelists on their toes with challenging questions, and they didn’t disappoint: Design Strategist Pooja Merai from Salesforce, Sandee Kastrul, president and co-founder of i.c. stars, Leo Burnett Chief Creative Officer Britt Nolan and Karen Gordon, founder and chief design facilitator of WE Design Think/50 ACTION 50 Initiative.

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Suzanne: How did you spend IWD? Is it possible to have a day without women in it?

Sandee: This is my third talk today. I’m so glad to be here and what a way to spend the day! That said, it’s hard to have a day without women because women can’t not show up.

Pooja: I planned to take the day off, but an event showed up on today’s calendar: a big pitch for my boss’s boss. Obviously, it was important, but when I returned from the meeting, our offices created breakout sessions around IWD. I could join any of them. My male co-workers were interested, so that was even better.

Karen: I’m not convinced there’s a “right” way to celebrate a day without women. I want to get to the point where we aren’t criticized for what we do - or don’t do.

Britt: Today was a strong reminder of how much women contribute to and lead projects, and how much they help others and me.


Suzanne: Have you noticed any changes in the workplace, say, in the past few years?

Pooja: There is more awareness of women in the room, which wasn’t always the case. Today’s politics could be responsible for that; it’s definitely affecting conversations.

Karen: I spent two years doing ethnographic research before I launched my business. I couldn’t find a pattern between men’s and women’s conversations until I realized no pattern was the pattern. I discovered men were basically scared of really talking to women, and women waited too long to have authentic discussions with men. This is important information and challenges us to reshape our conversational approaches.

Sandee: I know we have to be open to each other’s experiences, so why don’t we let men explore roles that are typically assigned to women? Because it forces us to step into a place of extreme trust, that’s why. For example, in our office, men are now included on the kitchen cleanup schedule. At first, we all checked our coffee mugs to make sure they were really clean. Then we realized every minute we spent assuming or cleaning, we weren’t building. We weren’t making things. We were just “arriving late” to every conversation.

Britt: Yes, I’ve become more conscious of my surroundings and my daily interactions with everyone here. It’s made a real difference when I adapt my thinking and listen to where a person is coming from.


Suzanne: Speaking of where you’re coming from, what does diversity mean to each of you?

Karen: I’ve discovered a company’s returns are better, so why aren’t teams automatically built this way? Diversity needs to be recognized. Far more ideas get going. Change begins at “a ha”.

Sandee: Diversity is really hard. It signals change. People, experiences and conditions we’ve encountered shape us, but we tend to gravitate to what’s “normal”, and that means “the same”. Finding and hiring people with different backgrounds? That’s hard. You can say, “It’s hard,” but try ending that sentence with, “but I want to know you.”

Pooja: Just like Sandee said, diversity means change, but in my case, change means knowing financial equality. Salesforce has had a series of acquisitions, including the company where I worked (Gravitytank). Lots of new people bring new ways of thinking and working. Our CEO (Mark Benioff) spent $3 million in research to establish equal pay for everyone. I now know I work for a company where I’m paid exactly as someone with a similar role.


Suzanne: That’s a great segue to ask if the phrase “the future is female” resonates with you?

Sandee: Yes! It means we’re stepping into our light and our power. It means we’re not just fighting for our own needs and wants; we’re fighting for everyone, and that includes men. We really need to show up for the countless people who came before us.

Karen: Yes - I’ve even experimented with “owning the street”. I simply walk down the street and don’t move when someone coming toward me is in my path. I actually get smashed more often by men than those who step aside. I’ve started to transfer this “street” stance to daily life. Now I stand in the boardroom like I own it, show up at the table and stand my ground. Literally.

Britt: Definitely. Our business is all about finding insights and resonating with a particular audience. Women are a major force, so if we don’t authentically connect with them, they don’t hesitate to tell us. We most certainly listen.

[At this point, the discussion opened to the audience to answer the question: “What’s your #boldmove?”]

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“I learn something new every day. I’m encouraging everyone I know to get hooked on ambition.”

“I’m going to tell stories that aren’t being told.”

“I’m creating a monthly meet-up to discuss women’s issues.”

“I formed a mom-and-kids’ group that creates service projects that focus on empathy.”

“I’ve established an identity outside of work to be a better mom, person and worker.”

“I’m working to balance my IQ and EQ and live in loving kindness.”


Another question to the audience – When are communication messages authentic?”

“When they don’t put their money where their mouth is.”

Example: Super Bowl spot for Audi featured gender parity, but in reality, the Audi board of directors is all male.

“When they misuse an important day for commerce.”

Example: Advertisers featured “International Women’s Day specials” – wrong approach, wrong message, bad decision.

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[AI event - round-up and video]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9553 2017-04-14T17:22:27Z 2017-04-07T20:02:09Z Here are a few links for from our last New York event on Artificial Intelligence. And if you want to watch the whole talk, please check out our YouTube channel. Our speakers Elizabeth Kiehner (Global Design Practice Director at IBM), Jenna Niven (Creative Director at R/GA), Clement Delangue (CEO at Hugging Face) and Heidi Braunstein […]

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Here are a few links for from our last New York event on Artificial Intelligence. And if you want to watch the whole talk, please check out our YouTube channel.

Our speakers Elizabeth Kiehner (Global Design Practice Director at IBM), Jenna Niven (Creative Director at R/GA), Clement Delangue (CEO at Hugging Face) and Heidi Braunstein (Founder at FUTURE | FUTURE) inundated the audience with cool links and trends we should watch for and gave us a lot to think about when discussion ethical parameters for the field.

The main take-away came from a discussion around machine programming - what biases could AI have if the people teaching the machines are all white male engineers? Something we should all be aware of and strive to change.

On a more positive note, here are some essential links for you to check out straight from the brilliant minds of our expert panel:

Clement:
Alexa vs The Velveteen Rabbit

Heidi:
Facial Reennactment

Face2face tracking

2d photos to 3d avatars 

Text to image

Moral machine from MIT

Jenna:
Sunspring - a hilariously confusing sci-fi short written by an A.I. neural network

Wordsmith - a natural language generation (NLG) engine that lets you turn data into text at any scale and in any format

Albert - an AI platform to help with marketing automation.

Liz:

Learning to trust AI - a paper from IBM research

Enjoy!

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Amanda J <![CDATA[Adlandia - great podcast alert!]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9541 2017-04-06T14:44:28Z 2017-04-06T14:41:00Z Giant Spoon's Laura Correnti, past SheSays speaker and advertising/marketing veteran, has teamed up with Alexa Christon, Head of Media Innovation at GE, to produce ADLANDIA, a new bi-weekly podcast challenging that "same ol" thinking in the advertising field. As two of Madison Ave's most disruptive female voices, Laura and Alexa are skilled at finding the signals […]

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Giant Spoon's Laura Correnti, past SheSays speaker and advertising/marketing veteran, has teamed up with Alexa Christon, Head of Media Innovation at GE, to produce ADLANDIA, a new bi-weekly podcast challenging that "same ol" thinking in the advertising field.

As two of Madison Ave's most disruptive female voices, Laura and Alexa are skilled at finding the signals in the noise of the advertising/marketing industry. Every other Tuesday, listeners will have a chance to meet some of the industry's most inspiring talent and learn about the business models, ideas and obsessions they're bringing to the booth. Along with their guests, Laura and Alexa will attempt to solve the toughest questions plaguing marketers, publishers and platforms, leaving listeners with new perspectives to bring back to the boardroom. ADLANDIA is a place where critical thinking meets creativity, and the "way it's been done" isn't allowed. This podcast is dedicated to the renegades, rule-breakers and industry-makers -- nothing is off limits for these two co-hosts.

One of the reviews says, "If you love Ted Talks, NPR, Standford Speaker Series, Startup, Gimlet (anything)...this is for you. It's marketing 101 on steroids."

First four episodes are available on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, iHeartRadio and wherever you can download pods.

  • Episode 1: Trumping Your Values with special guests Jake Horowitz (Co-founder/Editor-at-large, MIC.com) and Ben Cooley (CEO, Lenny Letter)
  • Episode 2: Consultants: The New Conduits of Chemistry with special guests Lindsey Slaby (Sunday Dinner) and Melanie Altarescu (Independent Consultant)
  • Episode 3: Spicy Margs To Go: WP next to SXSW is ADLANDIA's warm weather edition with Washington Post's Managing Editor, Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, and CRO, Jed Hartman
  • Episode 4: Experience as Media Laura and Alexa are joined by co-host of Political Gabfest and Atlas Obscura CEO, David Plotz, to talk about experience as media, falcon tours, BYOH (bring your own Hipsters!) and secret forts in DC.

Subscribe and download now. And don't forget to leave a review and share to help out our fellow ladies.

(Full disclosure: their opinions are their own.)

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hello shesays <![CDATA[The Future of Work]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9532 2017-04-03T19:21:26Z 2017-04-03T19:21:26Z   “The Future of work” is definitely a buzzword. With over 300 million hits on a Google search, companies and leaders are trying to define and prepare for what’s next - or better said - what’s already here. From new trends in collaborative work, to the demand for transparent company values, what defines job happiness […]

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“The Future of work” is definitely a buzzword. With over 300 million hits on a Google search, companies and leaders are trying to define and prepare for what’s next - or better said - what’s already here. From new trends in collaborative work, to the demand for transparent company values, what defines job happiness and company success has been radically reimagined. Our panel will give their point of view on this changing landscape and what they think we can learn from it.


FREE RSVP HERE


OUR PANEL:

Tari Cash - General Manager @ Catalant Technologies
@T_Cash1
Tari Cash is General Manager of the Travel, Transportation & Logistics (TTL) practice at Catalant. Catalant believes by 2020, 43% of American Professionals will work independently, so it created a proprietary algorithm that matches independent experts and boutique consulting firms to enterprises with a strategic project need. Tari and her team are focused on building the new TTL vertical by developing a portfolio of Fortune 1000 clients, and opening the company’s first regional office in Washington DC. Prior to Catalant, she led Under Armour’s go-to-market strategy for its Connected Fitness hardware products, and she launched and managed Tesla Motors' East Coast Operations. Tari loves to help young, dynamic companies grow, and she thrives at the intersection of strategy and operations.

 

Lauren Maffeo - Content Editor @ GetApp 
@LaurenMaffeo
Lauren Maffeo covers emerging technology trends as a content editor for GetApp - a Gartner Digital Markets company. In this role, she works from an open-floor office in Arlington, Virginia, and reports to a team based in Barcelona, Spain. She previously managed content at Aha! - one of America's fastest-growing SaaS companies based in Silicon Valley - where she worked as part of a fully remote team from her home in Bethesda. Earlier this year, Lauren was named to The Drum's 50 Under 30 list of women worth watching in digital.


Becca Landwehr
- Designer @ OPX Global

@beccalandwehr
Born and raised in the Midwest, Becca holds a Bachelor's in Public Communication with a minor in Art History from Truman State University in Missouri. Upon moving to DC, she dabbled in Social Media + Brand Management, Publication Design + Layout, Event Planning, and Office + Facilities Management before earning her Masters in Interior Architecture + Design from the George Washington University. Becca has been with OPX for 2 years and has experience in workplace strategy and commercial design. Having recently been named to GW’s Interior Architecture + Design Advisory Board, she regularly serves on design juries and mentors emerging design students along with youth through design immersion programs at the District Architecture Center. In her spare time, she plays competitive volleyball and enjoys a nice glass of wine on her brand new patio.



Moderated by Nicolette Pizzitola - Founder & Chief Career Strategist @ Compass Point Associates

 

LOGISTICS:
Thursday April 20, 2017

6:30pm – Drinks & mingle
7:00pm – Panel discussion + Q&A
8:00pm – Drinks & mingle


LOCATION:
Chief
1800 Massachusetts Ave NW, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20036


CHIEF is a woman-owned small business, and proud of it. CHIEF is an integrated experience agency creating new possibility in the public and private sector. From critical government and nonprofit missions to innovative consumer products, we work to create transformative experiences that drive global impact.

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SheSays is a global networking platform for women aimed to bring people together around interesting topics. Our DC chapter was formed in January 2016. We host monthly meetups that feature a panel of women talking about a variety of topics from brand building to negotiating tactics. Join our recently launched LinkedIn group and introduce yourself! As always, follow our twitter for updates and conversation between and during meet ups!

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Artificial Intelligence]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9525 2017-04-06T15:03:31Z 2017-03-31T17:37:47Z **Event is SOLD OUT** This month we've asked four experts in the field of Artificial Intelligence to answer three very simple questions about the trends, pros and cons of AI. Come and found out their answers while you learn about how IBM's Watson is helping solve problems, what to consider when doing AI projects and […]

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**Event is SOLD OUT**

This month we've asked four experts in the field of Artificial Intelligence to answer three very simple questions about the trends, pros and cons of AI. Come and found out their answers while you learn about how IBM's Watson is helping solve problems, what to consider when doing AI projects and what it's like to use AI for teenagers.

Our four experts include:

Elizabeth Kiehner - Global Design Practice Director at IBM

Jenna Niven - Creative Director at R/GA

Clement Delangue - Co-Founder and CEO at Hugging Face

Heidi Braunstein - Founder of Future Future and former Samsung NEXT advisor/entrepreneur in residence

 

 

 

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hello shesays <![CDATA[Getting Real About Partnerships from Business to Freelance - Boulder, Colorado March 29]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9520 2017-03-29T23:26:13Z 2017-03-29T23:23:44Z Running a business is hard. Running a business with a bad cofounder or partnership quickly becomes a nightmare. The “myth” of the solo-entrepreneur has sexy allure, but we all know it really takes a team to launch a successful venture or project. So, how do you find the right person or team to complement you? […]

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Running a business is hard. Running a business with a bad cofounder or partnership quickly becomes a nightmare. The “myth” of the solo-entrepreneur has sexy allure, but we all know it really takes a team to launch a successful venture or project. So, how do you find the right person or team to complement you? How do you keep things healthy when things get hard (because they will). How do you end things (with as few bodies as possible) if things go sideways?

Whether you’re a startup founder looking for (or having issues with) a co-founder, or a side-hustling freelancer trying to find the right clients (or shake the wrong ones), we are so pleased to have Jaime Roth (mediator, lawyer, and partnership expert) with us in March. Jaime used to get called in as an attorney when things had already broken down beyond repair, and people in conflict just wanted to wage war.

She realized there had to be a better way. Today, she helps entrepreneurs craft meaningful agreements, navigate difficult conversations, and confront conflict productively.

She’ll share THE critical questions to ask before getting serious in any business relationship — and if you’re already committed (but the honeymoon is over), you’ll learn actionable steps to address difficult issues while keeping things constructive.

In this talk, you’ll learn how to:

• Take action to filter out the wrong relationships in your work life 

• Set boundaries and expectations to bring about the best outcomes 

• Create agreements that can help avert disaster 

• Get more comfortable with conflict so it doesn’t throw you off your game 

• Invite the people and situations that will help you maximize your potential

Remember:**You must RSVP on our EventBrite page. Please RSVP HERE!**

ABOUT OUR SPEAKER JAIME ROTH

Jaime is an attorney in private practice at Roth Legal Solutions LLC, where she provides general counsel services for growing businesses and employment law counsel to companies and individuals. She is also the Co-Founder of True Connect, LLC, where she helps new co-founders establish a solid foundation for their business, and helps existing business partners navigate change and conflict.

Jaime formerly litigated workplace disputes as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York and served as in-house counsel to the Hudson River Park Trust in Manhattan. While Jaime is a skilled advocate in the courtroom, her passion is helping people build amazing things together, rather than helping to tear each other apart. Jaime honed her conflict resolution skills at the New York Peace Institute and has since mediated and facilitated hundreds of difficult conversations between neighbors, parents, divorcing spouses, and business partners.

WHEN & WHERE 

March 29th, 2017
Galvanize Boulder
1023 Walnut St., Boulder, CO

**You must RSVP on our EventBrite page. Please RSVP HERE!**
6:00-7:00 Mingling, Food & Drinks
7:00-8:00'ish Presentation and Q&A

Visit our SheSays Boulder Meetup page and SheSays Boulder Website for more information.
**AND PROPS TO OUR AMAZING SPONSORS!**

Boulder Digital Arts - GOLD SPONSOR
For 10 years, BDA has been a community-powered resource for people who create things. Whether you work in film, photography, design, technology or business, we seek to empower your creative process with membership, education, events, community and collaboration. They're happy to support SheSays and offer members awesome discounts AND the SheSays Mini-Scholarships!  --WE <3 BDA!!

InspringApps - Food & Tasty Treats
InspiringApps is an award-winning web and mobile app design and development company. We’re passionate about helping others use technology to strengthen their business, tell their story, or bring some other dream to life.

TapInfluence- Staunch Supporter
TapInfluence is the leading influencer marketing automation solution for brands and agencies. We make it easy to build, execute, and maintain successful influencer marketing programs.

Siren Vid - Video Production & Content Creation
Siren Vid is a Boutique Video Production Company that specializes in bringing artistic vision to commercially based video content in the form of Brand Story’s, Interactive Videos, Product & Event Videos. From concept to completion, we work closely with our clients to ensure the final product is not only a direct reflection of their vision, but are emotionally compelling and have a cinematic flair.

MAPR.agency - Drinks
We are what a public relations firm should be: Integrated. Creative. Effective. Setting the standard in integrated PR, SEO, web design, and creative.

Galvanize Boulder - Event Space
Galvanize is a network of modern campuses and co-working spaces where you can learn the skills, knowledge, and network you need to make an impact. Learn. Work. Grow.

 

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Reword]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9516 2017-03-24T17:36:36Z 2017-03-24T17:36:36Z From Australia comes Reword. A real time spell checker for online bullying, acting as an educational tool to develop a child’s moral compass when they become active on social media. Reword detects insults using regex matching. When a match is found the child is alerted with a red strikethrough, instantly interrupting their behaviour and making them […]

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From Australia comes Reword. A real time spell checker for online bullying, acting as an educational tool to develop a child’s moral compass when they become active on social media.

Reword detects insults using regex matching. When a match is found the child is alerted with a red strikethrough, instantly interrupting their behaviour and making them reconsider what they write. Reword integrates with all social platforms and is designed so children can contribute new insults, helping the tool recognize evolving language.

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Two SheSays speakers are on the iTunes podcast list]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9511 2017-03-24T17:30:33Z 2017-03-24T17:30:33Z Marie Forleo and Debbie Milman, previous SheSays NY speakers, made it to the Bold Women list on iTunes. The list, curated by the Apple team, features great podcasts by women in different areas. From relationships, to career to design, all the ladies on the list are definitely worth a listen.

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Marie Forleo and Debbie Milman, previous SheSays NY speakers, made it to the Bold Women list on iTunes. The list, curated by the Apple team, features great podcasts by women in different areas. From relationships, to career to design, all the ladies on the list are definitely worth a listen.

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hello shesays <![CDATA[New Age of Storytelling]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9490 2017-03-08T18:20:27Z 2017-03-08T18:20:27Z Stories or narratives have been shared in every culture as a means of entertainment and education -- with a larger intent to connect. With disruptive technologies and new mediums always emerging, storytelling has expanded dramatically. For brands, causes and companies, the monumental shift in how we absorb and distribute content is impacting our approach on […]

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Stories or narratives have been shared in every culture as a means of entertainment and education -- with a larger intent to connect. With disruptive technologies and new mediums always emerging, storytelling has expanded dramatically. For brands, causes and companies, the monumental shift in how we absorb and distribute content is impacting our approach on all fronts:  collaboration, org structure, budget and more. Our panel will talk about their industry experiences and how they’re defining stories today.


FREE RSVP HERE

 

OUR PANEL:

Dina Dina Cappiello - Editorial Director @ Edelman
@dinacappiello

Dina Cappiello is the Editorial Director for Edelman’s D.C. office, where she lead storytelling efforts for a wide range of clients and specializes in building integrated newsrooms and news bureaus for clients across channels. Prior to joining Edelman, in 2015 Cappiello spent 15 years as an energy and environmental journalist, most recently as the national energy and environment writer for The Associated Press, where her beat encompassed the Environmental Protection Agency, offshore oil and gas drilling, nuclear energy, coal and global warming policy. Cappiello contributed to AP’s coverage of the Gulf oil spill, international climate negotiations, and the Japan nuclear disaster -- and was in charge of covering the intersection between politics and the environment in Congress, in courts and national elections.  

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Rachna Choudhry - Co-Founder & CMO @ Popvox
@rachnacDC
Rachna Choudhry co-founded POPVOX.com, a nonpartisan platform that connects people with their lawmakers. For her, advocacy has always been about sharing personal stories to influence policymaking. To that end, she consults with nonprofit groups and associations to develop and implement grassroots and digital advocacy strategies.

Moderated by Katie Krum - Sr. Director, Digital Marketing @ Under Armour

LOGISTICS:
Tuesday March 14, 2017

6:30pm – Drinks & mingle
7:00pm – Panel discussion + Q&A
8:00pm – Drinks & mingle

 

LOCATION:

Edelman  I   @EdelmanDC
International Square 1875 Eye Street, NW
Suite 900
Washington, D.C. 20006

 

** There are 3 separate entrances so be sure to come in 1875 eye street!

 

Edelman is a leading global communications marketing firm that partners with many of the world’s largest and emerging businesses and organizations, helping them evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations. Our Washington, DC office bridges the worlds of PR, digital, and advertising and forges new uses of analytics to effectively identify, engage and story tell to our clients’ optimal target audience.

 

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SheSays is a global networking platform for women aimed to bring people together around interesting topics. Our DC chapter was formed in January 2016. We host monthly meetups that feature a panel of women talking about a variety of topics from brand building to negotiating tactics. Join our recently launched LinkedIn group and introduce yourself! As always, follow our twitter for updates and conversation between and during meet ups!

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Photographer Daniella Zalcman]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9482 2017-03-22T15:42:12Z 2017-03-03T18:25:22Z International Women's Day  is a strange concept for us since we celebrate it everyday. But hey, anything that helps the cause. This month we'll highlight amazing women photographers who beautifully contribute to our rights. Daniella Zalcman is a documentary photographer based in London and New York. She is a multiple grantee of the Pulitzer Center on […]

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International Women's Day  is a strange concept for us since we celebrate it everyday. But hey, anything that helps the cause. This month we'll highlight amazing women photographers who beautifully contribute to our rights.

Daniella Zalcman is a documentary photographer based in London and New York. She is a multiple grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation, and a member of Boreal Collective. She often reports in Africa and the photo above is from a series called "We are Kuchus" about the oppressed Ugandan LGBT community.

Daniella’s work regularly appears in The Wall Street Journal, Mashable, the BBC, and CNN, among others. Her photos have been exhibited internationally, and she regularly lectures at universities and foundations.

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[SheSays is a partner at the Girls In Tech Catalyst conference]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9478 2017-03-03T18:32:34Z 2017-03-03T18:12:25Z We're proud partners of the  Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference in the hub of entrepreneurship and tech, San Francisco. The conference spans three incredible days of raw, gritty, authentic “TedX-style” presentations from some of the most revered women in tech and business. This is Girls In Tech's largest event of the year with over 1,000 attendees, inspiring keynotes from female leaders […]

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We're proud partners of the  Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference in the hub of entrepreneurship and tech, San Francisco. The conference spans three incredible days of raw, gritty, authentic “TedX-style” presentations from some of the most revered women in tech and business.

This is Girls In Tech's largest event of the year with over 1,000 attendees, inspiring keynotes from female leaders and authentic networking opportunities.

Here’s a preview of the line-up:

  • Jennifer Hyman, co-founder & CEO, Rent the Runway

  • Aaron Levie, CEO, Box

  • Lisa Falzone, former CEO, Revel

  • Kara Swisher, Executive Editor & Co-Founder, Re/Code

  • Heidi Roizen, Operating Partner, DFJ

  • Jennifer Fonstad, co-founder, Aspect Ventures (featured above)

  • Nidhi Gupta, VP of Engineering, Hired

  • Mercedes De Luca, COO, Basecamp

  • Connie Guglielmo, CNET News, Editor-in-Chief 

If you're in SF this is a must!

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hello shesays <![CDATA[International Women's Day]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9469 2017-02-27T04:10:09Z 2017-02-27T04:04:59Z Join us at Leo Burnett to celebrate International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8. Bring your friends [men too!] and pledge with us to #BeBoldForChange in 2017. Let's reshape a better, more gender-inclusive world. Together, we can help women everywhere to realize their potential, improve their economies and succeed at every level. Let’s drive awareness together! […]

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https---cdn.evbuc.com-images-28465627-35000228510-1-original copyJoin us at Leo Burnett to celebrate International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8. Bring your friends [men too!] and pledge with us to #BeBoldForChange in 2017. Let's reshape a better, more gender-inclusive world. Together, we can help women everywhere to realize their potential, improve their economies and succeed at every level.

Let’s drive awareness together!

MEET THE PANEL:

Sandee Kastrul, President and Co-Founder, I.c. stars
Pooja Merai
, Design Strategist, Salesforce
Britt Nolan, CCO, Leo Burnett

MODERATOR:

Suzanne Michaels, EVP/ECD, Leo Burnett

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Panel will begin promptly at 6:00 pm. Food and drink will be provided. Thank you to our host Leo Burnett!


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hello shesays <![CDATA[Leading Leaders]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9455 2017-02-21T19:14:37Z 2017-02-21T19:12:33Z The best leaders inspire their team and bring out the best in an organization. So what’s the best way to work, interact and partner with them? And how does that help you grow? The ability to know what’s important to leadership and effectively collaborate with your boss is often a part of the job that […]

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The best leaders inspire their team and bring out the best in an organization. So what’s the best way to work, interact and partner with them? And how does that help you grow? The ability to know what’s important to leadership and effectively collaborate with your boss is often a part of the job that no one ever trains you on. Our panel will talk through their experience with leadership throughout their careers and how they've personally developed as a leader.

 

OUR PANEL:


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Karen Olivares - Senior Director, Brand Marketing @ Marriott
@karenolivares
Karen is the Senior Director of Brand Marketing for Marriott Hotels. Karen has 30 years of professional experience including brand marketing at Kraft Foods and Marriott and content marketing at AOL. Karen holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and was born and raised in Mexico City. Karen lives in Bethesda and has 2 teenagers and a corgi.

 

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Rosemary Lombard Murrain - Managing Director @ The Center for Mind-Body Medicine
@RLMurrain
Rosemary L. Murrain is the Managing Director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM), a 25-year old international non-profit working to bring self-care to the healthcare industry, by training healthcare providers and community leaders, and working with health systems. Prior to joining CMBM, Rosemary worked in international development, establishing education programs in francophone countries in Africa and Asia.  A former college basketball player, Rosemary stays active by hiking with her husband and three children as well as practicing and teaching yoga.

 

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Hollis Silverman - Hospitality Consultant @ Woodward Wells Hospitality
@HollisSilverman
Strong leadership and business acumen paired with creativity and versatility define Hollis Silverman’s career as an influential force in the hospitality industry.  Hollis started Woodward Wells Hospitality in June of 2016 to partner with chef owners and restaurateurs as a fractional COO to help with growth and development. The company’s mission is to connect people through food. Previously, Hollis was the Chief Innovation Officer and member of the Executive team of Great American Restaurants, the renowned hospitality company with more than a dozen concepts in the Metro Washington area. Before joining Great American, Silverman played a pivotal role in the growth of award-winning chef José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup. As the Chief of Operations, she lead the organization’s food & beverage, service and human resources teams as the group expanded from 5 restaurants to 16 and into several new markets from Los Angeles to Miami.  

 

Moderated by Katie Krum - Sr. Director, Digital Marketing @ Under Armour

 

LOGISTICS:
Wednesday February 22, 2017

6:30pm – Drinks & mingle
7:00pm – Panel discussion + Q&A
8:00pm – Drinks & mingle

 

FREE RSVP HERE

 

LOCATION:

CrossLead
1445 New York Ave NW #1,
Washington, DC 20005

** Main entrance will be locked, but there will be people on hand to open doors and escort people in the elevator.

 

CrossLead is an enterprise leadership company that combines our proven framework, software, and services to empower organizations to thrive in today’s complex environment. Drawing from shared experiences transforming the U.S. counter-terrorism effort from a siloed, hierarchical apparatus into a high-performing team, we developed CrossLead to scale the adaptability of small teams to the enterprise level.

 

ABOUT SHESAYS
SheSays is a global networking platform for women aimed to bring people together around interesting topics. Our DC chapter was formed in January 2016. We host monthly meetups that feature a panel of women talking about a variety of topics from brand building to negotiating tactics. Join our recently launched LinkedIn group and introduce yourself! As always, follow our twitter for updates and conversation between and during meet ups!

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Watch the last SheSays event on creating great experiences]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9451 2017-02-17T20:29:41Z 2017-02-17T20:26:37Z The February event for SheSays New York is out. The session tackled the theme "creating great user experiences" from four different angles. From design, to bots to games we discussed  what makes user and brand engagement irresistible. SPEAKERS Margaret Robertson - Game Diretor at DOTS Lynn Fischer - Marketing consultant - Hillyeah chatbot and Women's March chatbot Rachel […]

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The February event for SheSays New York is out. The session tackled the theme "creating great user experiences" from four different angles. From design, to bots to games we discussed  what makes user and brand engagement irresistible.

SPEAKERS
Margaret Robertson - Game Diretor at DOTS
Lynn Fischer - Marketing consultant - Hillyeah chatbot and Women's March chatbot
Rachel Espersen - Creative Programming and Partnerships - Lexus
Katie Denton - Design Director at Doberman

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Muzli]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9447 2017-02-10T21:52:56Z 2017-02-10T21:52:56Z If you’re an interaction design freak, look no further. Muzli is the best reference site for all things design and behavior. Their best feature is the "UI interactions of the week" newsletter which curates awesome interfaces for all tastes & styles. Definitely worth signing up for!

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If you’re an interaction design freak, look no further. Muzli is the best reference site for all things design and behavior. Their best feature is the "UI interactions of the week" newsletter which curates awesome interfaces for all tastes & styles. Definitely worth signing up for!

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Ori]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9438 2017-02-04T02:02:00Z 2017-02-04T02:01:26Z A sofa, that is a bed, that is an office - Ori systems is a company that has mastered the art of space transformation. Having started as an MIT project, Ori combines breakthrough innovation, technology and design to create dynamic environments that act as though they are substantially larger, so living in small spaces no longer […]

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A sofa, that is a bed, that is an office - Ori systems is a company that has mastered the art of space transformation. Having started as an MIT project, Ori combines breakthrough innovation, technology and design to create dynamic environments that act as though they are substantially larger, so living in small spaces no longer feels small. Magic.

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hello shesays <![CDATA[Beyond the Elevator Pitch - SheSays Boulder]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9433 2017-02-06T14:20:38Z 2017-02-03T01:59:48Z February 22, 2017 - Boulder, Colorado The art of the elevator pitch isn’t just for startup founders…it’s an essential tool for anyone hoping to build their network and business. We’ve seen how even the best at branding, marketing and pitching for others will struggle with their own story (it isn’t just you)! That’s why we’ve […]

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February 22, 2017 - Boulder, Colorado

The art of the elevator pitch isn’t just for startup founders…it’s an essential tool for anyone hoping to build their network and business. We’ve seen how even the best at branding, marketing and pitching for others will struggle with their own story (it isn’t just you)!

That’s why we’ve asked Kendra Prospero to join us (Founder of Turning The Corner -and previously IBM). She has MAD-skills and insights on how to share your story and engage so people leave thinking: “Oh, they sound interesting!” or “I want to hire them!”

It’s the art of being real (not salesy) about what you do and love.
After all, you never know who might be standing in line next to you.

You’ll Discover: 

How to craft & practice your pitch so it’s “Cool, Smart & Focused”
Essentials of putting together a networking project plan
Leveraging the power of who you know
How to use your network to make connections
Learn how to present yourself in a special and unique way that is also quick and concise.

We can’t wait to hear her insights distill from years of expertise and get you exercises and tips to help you implement successful networking strategies and tell a story that gets you beyond the elevator pitch.

Hope to see you there,
Mandy & Kecia & The SheSays LC

About Kendra Prospero:


We give up the best hours of our days and the best years of our lives for work, and we should (can) love every minute. Kendra Prospero founded Turning the Corner in 2011 to help people connect to work they'll love and to end suffering in the workplace. She helps job seekers find jobs they are passionate about, and helps companies fully support their employees. She does this because people who love their jobs are happier, more productive, easier to manage, and are all around better workers.

Kendra's own career path took some unexpected turns. She was supposed to be a musician, but became a coder. She moved into a Project Manager role at IBM for years but felt she was struggling in a career that left her dying on the vine. After developing her own process, she is now sharing her true gift as the CEO and Founder of one of the few firms in the nation that supports both job seekers and businesses. Turning the Corner helps people and businesses transform the way they think and feel about work.

Kendra has delivered hundreds of presentations to corporate executives, business professionals, entrepreneurs, and job seekers. The venues are as diverse as the people and companies she helps. Business Chambers, Economic Councils, Workforce Centers, Universities, Start-Up Communities, Professional Associations, Company Conferences, Training Sessions, Job Search Meetups, and more, have all benefited from her passionate and pioneering approach. She loves helping people get results, leading her team to greater places, and challenging us all to change the world one person at a time.

WHEN & WHERE
**You must RSVP on our EventBrite page. Please RSVP HERE!**

@Galvanize Boulder - (**NEW LOCATION ON WALNUT!!**)

Galvanize Boulder - Walnut Street
1023 Walnut Street
Boulder, CO 80302, USA
6:00-7:00 Mingling, Food & Drinks
7:00-8:00'ish Presentation and Q&A

 

**AND PROPS TO OUR AMAZING SPONSORS!**

Boulder Digital Arts - GOLD SPONSOR
For 10 years, BDA has been a community-powered resource for people who create things. Whether you work in film, photography, design, technology or business, we seek to empower your creative process with membership, education, events, community and collaboration. They're happy to support SheSays and offer members awesome discounts AND the SheSays Mini-Scholarships!
--WE <3 BDA!!

InspringApps - Food & Tasty Treats
InspiringApps is an award-winning web and mobile app design and development company. We’re passionate about helping others use technology to strengthen their business, tell their story, or bring some other dream to life.

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MAPR.agency - Drinks 
We are what a public relations firm should be: Integrated. Creative. Effective. Setting the standard in integrated PR, SEO, web design, and creative.

TapInfluence- Staunch Supporter
TapInfluence is the leading influencer marketing automation solution for brands and agencies. We make it easy to build, execute, and maintain successful influencer marketing programs.

Siren Vid - Video Production & Content Creation 
Siren Vid is a Boutique Video Production Company that specializes in bringing artistic vision to commercially based video content in the form of Brand Story’s, Interactive Videos, Product & Event Videos. From concept to completion, we work closely with our clients to ensure the final product is not only a direct reflection of their vision, but are emotionally compelling and have a cinematic flair.

Galvanize Boulder - Event Space 
Galvanize is a network of modern campuses and co-working spaces where you can learn the skills, knowledge, and network you need to make an impact. Learn. Work. Grow.

 

Visit our SheSays Boulder Colorado Meetup page here. Read more about us at our SheSays Boulder website

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Studio Pepe]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9425 2017-01-20T18:18:39Z 2017-01-20T18:18:39Z Pepe is a interdisciplinary design studio from Milan with an unique point of view on their creative output. Whether they are tackling editorial content, exhibitions or interior design, the output is visually consistent comprised only of geometric shapes and bright colors. The two women founders have mastered this look and we believe no one can do […]

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Pepe is a interdisciplinary design studio from Milan with an unique point of view on their creative output. Whether they are tackling editorial content, exhibitions or interior design, the output is visually consistent comprised only of geometric shapes and bright colors. The two women founders have mastered this look and we believe no one can do it better.

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Amanda J <![CDATA[Smart Strategies - stepping up]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9394 2017-01-21T16:22:41Z 2017-01-18T18:07:06Z [Image design credit: Saya Sugimura work.co] It’s the start of a new year and time to take on some smart strategies to step up your agency's business development and marketing game in 2017. Whether you’re an established player seeking ways to stay relevant or an upstart eager for more awareness, your new business approach in […]

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It’s the start of a new year and time to take on some smart strategies to step up your agency's business development and marketing game in 2017.

Whether you’re an established player seeking ways to stay relevant or an upstart eager for more awareness, your new business approach in 2017 will define your company’s growth. As the industry morphs – driven by changes in the tech landscape – how should your strategy evolve? What can you do as a new business or marketing person to better capture and create opportunities in the next 12 months?

Our first event of 2017 will be a discussion, led by top experts, who will give you a glimpse into the future of agency new business including using technology to tell your company story in new ways; how to embrace less AOR opportunities and capture more project work; and examining where the lines blur between company brand and your personal brand. We’ll also tackle the tough questions, like burnout and knowing when it’s OK to tune out on social media.

Introducing us to the evening and the panel will be Krystle Watler, Director, Business Development for Arnold New York.

OUR PANEL:

slabyhead (1)Lindsey Slaby – Founder, Strategic Marketing Consultant, Sunday Dinner
Lindsey is a natural born connector and a networking maven. Her goal is to see a seismic shift in how real partnerships come together to bring great creative ideas to life. Her side gig had always been seeking out top creative talent and bringing them together with other innovators to create partnerships that generate new approaches to solving marketing challenges.  In 2014, she formed a company called Sunday Dinner dedicated to evolving the way in which brands and independent agencies collaborate.

She has split her career managing smaller agencies and sitting inside major agencies trying to find ways to bring outside talent closer to the creative process. Her last role on the agency side was at Droga5 leading digital production and growth in key digital departments.  Previously she supported nationwide production oversight and digital transformation for Cramer-Krasselt. She has led digital campaigns for a virtual who’s who of major brand clients including HP, HBO, Porsche, General Motors, Coca-Cola, Target, Samsung, Google, and Unilever.

 

Laura headshotLaura Correnti — EVP, Managing Director, Media,     Giant Spoon
Laura is a trailblazer in media and marketing and is leading Giant Spoon's Media Center of Excellence, a department responsible for delivering strategy and buying with a sharp focus on creative media partnerships. A brazen leadership voice, she is creating first-to-market ad models and programming branded content opportunities that lean into culture and capitalize on technology. Championing a no-RFP stance and transparency standards, Laura's clients look to her to strategically identify where their brand can capture attention to drive business results while delivering industry and consumer impact.

Responsible for leading GE's media strategy and execution, Laura is spearheading award-winning (Cannes Grand Prix, Adweek Media Plan of the Year, MediaPost’s Creative Media Award, Webby) work and activating best-in-class partnerships, including collaborating with The New York Times to introduce virtual reality to the masses, and reviving GE Podcast Theater by launching the eight-episode, science fiction podcast series “The Message,” which is now in its second season, entitled “LifeAfter.” She also created the first brand-themed edition of Lena Dunham’s LennyLetter.com, partnering with GE to highlight the impactful voices of women in technology and STEM, and additionally, worked with GE to reimagine the upfront, creating the vision for GE's annual AppFront.

In 2016, Laura was named an AWNY NextGen winner as part of its inaugural class. Before Giant Spoon, she was one of the youngest Group Account Directors in OMD history, after beginning her career with GroupM's MEC and Mindshare. Laura has a Master’s degree in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin and B.A. from American University.

 

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simone headshotSimone Oppenheimer – Director of Business Development, North America, Ogilvy & Mather
This month marks Simone’s third anniversary at Ogilvy, overseeing new business for North America. Simone has led the growth and acquisition of clients such as Coca-Cola, Nationwide, Motorola and Southwest Airlines. Prior to her current role at Ogilvy, Simone was at WPP sister agency Young & Rubicam. Building her career in a small agency,  Simone helped launch the company and lead business development and communications for Campfire, the New York social and branded content agency. Over the course of seven years, she helped Campfire boost its profile with MediaPost’s Small Agency of the Year award and Ad Age’s Campaign of the Year honor. Together with the Campfire team, she won and delivered unprecedented results for blue-chip clients including HBO, Verizon, L’Oréal and Infiniti. When she’s not working, you can find Simone in the suburbs enjoying her most important job: mom to her two children, Jake and Sophie.

 

Frances Crocker - headshotFrances Cocker (moderator) – Director of New Business, Work & Co
As the Director of New Business at Work & Co, Frances helps Work & Co's client partners – such as Apple, Nike, Facebook, Google, Chase and Marriott – align needs with agency capabilities to build sustainable relationships. Her past roles have included business development at Lippincott and Huge, and operations experience in the non-profit sector. Frances holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and MBA from Baruch College.

AGENDA

Drinks and networking / 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Panel and Q&A / 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
More networking / 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm

TICKETS

Get your spot to our FREE event through Eventbrite here. Our events get booked up quickly. We kindly ask that if you find out that you are unable to attend on the night, do release your ticket via Eventbrite or let us know via email shesays.ny@gmail.com so that someone can make use of your spot.

THANKS

Thanks again to Arnold Worldwide and Work & Co for partnering up with us on this timely event. It has been a great team effort!

 

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hello shesays <![CDATA[Goal Getters]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9386 2017-01-15T14:24:56Z 2017-01-15T14:24:56Z The new year brings in lots of new momentum, resolutions and excitement. However, by February or March, the realities of our day to day routine often get the better of us. To kick off 2017 and our second year of SheSaysDC (woohoo!), we’re bringing together a panel to talk about goal setting. How can we […]

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The new year brings in lots of new momentum, resolutions and excitement. However, by February or March, the realities of our day to day routine often get the better of us. To kick off 2017 and our second year of SheSaysDC (woohoo!), we’re bringing together a panel to talk about goal setting. How can we make professional goals that are meaningful? What habits should we avoid and how to we stay accountable? Come join us, ask questions and help us start the year strong.

Join our recently launched LinkedIn group and introduce yourself. As always, follow our twitter for updates and conversation between and during meet ups!

 

FREE RSVP HERE

 

OUR PANEL:

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Stephanie Lemaitre - Director of Project Management @ Chief

Stephanie is the Director of Project Management at CHIEF. She oversees the Project Management department, working with a team of project and account managers to provide program management, project management, contract administration, and client servicing support in both the government and private sectors. Prior to joining CHIEF, Stephanie worked for a small start-up business and a global PR firm providing project management on a broad range of projects and clientele.

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Lauren Laitin - Founder & Principal @ Parachute Coaching
@laurenlaitin

As an accomplished attorney, Lauren has taken her drive and talents and built Parachute Coaching, a professional coaching practice focused on the careers and confidence of professional women and leaders.  Prior to founding Parachute, Lauren practiced law at Skadden, Arps, a Wall Street firm with a global presence, and at a small law firm focused on start-ups and entrepreneurs.  Lauren also spent five years working for the federal government, in part focused on organizational leadership. Lauren earned her BA from Columbia University, her JD summa cum laude from American University, and an MPA from GW.  Through Parachute Coaching, Lauren and her team have enhanced the careers, confidence and leadership of over 200 women and leaders.

Moderated by Karen Goodman - Content Director @ Under Armour

 

LOGISTICS:
Wednesday January 25, 2017

6:30pm – Drinks & mingle
7:00pm – Panel discussion + Q&A
8:00pm – Drinks & mingle

 

LOCATION:

Chief
1800 Massachusetts Ave NW, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20036

CHIEF is a woman-owned small business, and proud of it. CHIEF is an integrated experience agency creating new possibility in the public and private sector. From critical government and nonprofit missions to innovative consumer products, we work to create transformative experiences that drive global impact.

 

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Ultralinx]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9381 2017-01-13T18:41:51Z 2017-01-13T18:41:51Z It seems like everyone has an online magazine that sells watches these days, Ultralinx is definitely in this group but it does well as a source of inspiration. The Arts&Design content section is prolific and well-curated. Check it out.

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It seems like everyone has an online magazine that sells watches these days, Ultralinx is definitely in this group but it does well as a source of inspiration. The Arts&Design content section is prolific and well-curated. Check it out.

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hello shesays <![CDATA[Kickoff 2017 with Career Camp]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9376 2017-01-11T16:16:55Z 2017-01-11T16:13:48Z Join SheSays Chicago and General Assembly to start or advance your career in today’s top tech careers. At General Assembly’s first-ever Career Camp, professionals from any experience level can discover a path to success in the competitive fields of web development, data, user experience design, digital marketing, and product management. In these illuminating workshops and […]

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In these illuminating workshops and inspiring events chock full of hiring trends and workforce data, you’ll connect with industry experts and learn how to boost your career, land your next gig, and kickstart the process of making a career change. Network with like-minded professionals, and learn from local leaders on what it takes to make it in Chicago.

No matter your current role or mindset, this fast-paced and fun week will arm you with the motivation and information you need to find, or pursue, your passion.

Join us for the whole week or one day, and select which of our 13 workshops and free panel events work best for you.

Save 20% on an ALL ACCESS pass with the code SHESAYSGA, which gets you into all five days. Get your tickets now!

When: January 30th-February 2, 2017

Where: General Assembly, 444 N. Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

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hello shesays <![CDATA[The Future Female]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9362 2017-01-15T04:02:47Z 2016-12-18T15:48:58Z SheSays Brighton: The Future Female   Thursday 9 March 2017 -   6pm (6.30pm start) at Sallis Benney Theatre, 58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton BN2 0JY Welcome to a massive SheSays Brighton evening of networking at the Sallis Benney with four terrific speakers talking about the future, to celebrate International Women’s Day. Get your free ticket! We’re very excited […]

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SheSays Brighton: The Future Female  

Thursday 9 March 2017 -   6pm (6.30pm start)

at Sallis Benney Theatre, 58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton BN2 0JY

Welcome to a massive SheSays Brighton evening of networking at the Sallis Benney with four terrific speakers talking about the future, to celebrate International Women’s Day. Get your free ticket!

We’re very excited to hear from Lauren Currie, Head of Design at Good Lab and founder of #upfront.  Lauren co-founded Snook, one of the UK's leading service design and social innovation agencies which uses design to make services better. Management Today recently named Lauren as one of the UK’s top 35 business women under 35. She designed and led Hyper Island’s new MA in Experience Design and was recently featured in ELLE UK as 30 women under 30 changing the world. @upfrontglobal 

 

Be inspired by Samantha Kingston, award winning client director at Virtual Umbrella a marketing company specialising in virtual reality, working with a range of brands, developers and VR game companies. Samantha is an advocate for Women in tech and VR and has moderated panels on equality in the workplace. In 2016 she won the regional and national ‘New Business’ award at Venus Awards, highlighted as one of MCV 30 under 30 and one of the rising stars of BIMA100 2016. @K_Samantha1

We're very excited to have Imriel Morgan, the co-founder and CEO of ShoutOut Network, a podcast platform for under-represented voices. Imriel is also the co-host for culture podcast 'Melanin Millennials' with Satia Dias. The ShoutOut network produces six regular popular podcasts including 'Mostly Lit'and 'Two Fools Talking'. Imriel cares deeply about representation and allowing people from all backgrounds to tell their stories. @ImiMorgan

Be dazzled by London based multi-instrumentalist Bishi. She performed at the world premiere of Double Fantasy Live, for Yoko Ono's Meltdown at the Royal Festival Hall and has appeared the BBC's Culture Show and Friday Night with Jonathan Ross. Nominated for the 2008 South Bank Show Awards – the 'Times Breakthrough Award’, Bishi’s here to tell us about her new venture: WITCiH - Women In Technology Creative Industries Hub. @WITCiH 

Natalie D Kane is a curator, writer and researcher based in Manchester. She is Curator & Editor at FutureEverything the innovation lab and festival for digital culture and holds a research position at Changeist (NL), a research, consulting and creative group that helps organizations navigate complex futures. Natalie has talked about magic, art and technology on BBC Click and BBC Radio Four's Digital Human, been interviewed by Vice’s MotherboardUncube MagazineSpark on CBC RadioMindful Cyborgs and The Guardian and had work featured on BBC NewsLe Monde Blogs and Mashable. @NDKane

Many thanks to University of Brighton for their kind support and to Brighton fin-tech company Crunch for their generous sponsorship.

Get your free ticket!

We can't wait to see you there!

Rifa and the SheSays Brighton team

Find us on Linkedin - SheSays Brighton chapter and on Facebook & Twitter 

@SheSaysBrighton #shesaysbtn 

All genders, ages and backgrounds welcome!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Work Of]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9358 2016-12-17T01:53:39Z 2016-12-17T01:53:19Z If you're into handmade objects Work Of is the site for you. Furniture, lighting and accessory designers come together to bring you the best of their craft with beautiful, unique products that are never mass produced. The site integrates showroom, trade show and ecommerce models to empower design professionals with a new way to source and showcase […]

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If you're into handmade objects Work Of is the site for you. Furniture, lighting and accessory designers come together to bring you the best of their craft with beautiful, unique products that are never mass produced. The site integrates showroom, trade show and ecommerce models to empower design professionals with a new way to source and showcase their work.

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[The Take a Stand Project]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9350 2016-12-09T19:28:17Z 2016-12-09T19:26:33Z After the US election results, a collective of designers pooled their skills to stand together and support organizations that serve women, the LGBTQ community and immigrants. The result is the Take a Stand Project.  The Take A Stand Project is committed to continuously celebrating and promoting diversity in the way we create, connect and live. […]

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After the US election results, a collective of designers pooled their skills to stand together and support organizations that serve women, the LGBTQ community and immigrants. The result is the Take a Stand Project.  The Take A Stand Project is committed to continuously celebrating and promoting diversity in the way we create, connect and live.

Four designers created a custom, unique silk scarf to support one of these groups. 100% of the proceeds from each scarf will be donated to the following organizations:

Planned Parenthood

The Trevor Project

National Organization For Women

The International Refugee Assistance Project

Check them out.

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[This is Colossal]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9339 2016-12-02T17:04:24Z 2016-12-02T17:04:24Z We know you love recommendations for great online inspiration. This is Colossal is definitely worth visit. It has everything from art to photography all the way to bird illustrations - just click on the 'more' tab on the navigation. We specially love this feature on dinosaur light paintings. 

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[New leadership Styles - the cultural factor]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9333 2016-11-11T17:55:40Z 2016-11-11T17:55:40Z Fear not US, there WILL be more women leaders. ! This is why we'd like to invite you to an evening featuring a round-table on what makes the leaders of the future at the OneClub on November 15th.  We've curated an amazing group of women leaders from different backgrounds, disciplines and countries to discuss how […]

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Fear not US, there WILL be more women leaders. !
This is why we'd like to invite you to an evening featuring a round-table on what makes the leaders of the future at the OneClub on November 15th. 
We've curated an amazing group of women leaders from different backgrounds, disciplines and countries to discuss how they inspire and galvanize their teams. We'll cover the many personal factors that influence leadership traits, including cultural backgrounds.
SPEAKERS
Andreza Valentin - Partner - Bossa Digital
Helene Alonso - Director of Digital Experiences - The American Museum of Natural History
Ozioma Egwuonwu - Chief Transformation Officer at BurnBright
Heather Fullerton - Managing Director at The Mill
AGENDA
Cocktails and networking / 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Panel and Q&A / 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
More cocktails and networking / 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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hello shesays <![CDATA[Social and the Sexes: Do men and women use social media differently?]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9326 2017-01-18T18:16:26Z 2016-11-09T15:22:50Z by Lidia Varesco Racoma, photography by Anna Olsztynska SheSays Chicago brought together four local social media leaders for a lively discussion at Digitas LBiabout how men and women use social media differently. Moderator Anna Russett is a Strategist at Havas Worldwide Chicago and a Social Media Influencer with a YouTube Channel. Panelists includedTerez Baskin, Social […]

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SheSays Chicago brought together four local social media leaders for a lively discussion at Digitas LBiabout how men and women use social media differently. Moderator Anna Russett is a Strategist at Havas Worldwide Chicago and a Social Media Influencer with a YouTube Channel. Panelists includedTerez Baskin, Social Media Expert, Author, and SEO consultant, Liz Caradonna, VP/Director of Social Strategy at DigitasLBi and Chase Turner, Creative Strategist at Tumblr.

The underlying theme was: you really have to listen to your audience. Hear what the panelists had to say on social media topics ranging from online behaviors to gender roles.

Are demographics dead?

Define segments psychographically (early adopters, cool dads, etc). Look outside your demographic. Look at it from the position of job title, interests, etc.

Life stages will always apply. – Liz Caradonna

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Are traditional gender roles still present in social media today? Are marketers redefining gender roles?

Social media allows you to surround yourself with people who believe what you do.

It’s important to surround yourself with people who have different thoughts. – Anna Russett

Every person has an opinion or platform. It’s not enough just to sell something effectively—what point are you making about society? Use comments to inform the work you do. The CoverGirl partnership with 17-year-old makeup artist and social media star James Charles was mentioned as an example of how marketers are breaking boundaries to catch up with where society is going. Marketers need to think about their crisis response and address issues in the correct way. The Weight Watchers Australia “mood lightbulb” campaign was mentioned as an example of a campaign that drew major criticism on social media.

REALLY get to know the people you want to reach. – Anna Russett

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How to structure your messaging to reach an audience out of your core

Some degree of alienation of your core audience is inevitable when you are trying to reach your growth audience. It’s about finding what’s meaningful to your audience.

Don’t vary your voice, vary what you’re saying. – Chase Turner

How to understand complexities in audience

LISTEN. See what people are saying online. Try to understand where they’re coming from for your creative and messaging.

You want people to say “They get us.” – Chase Turner

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Differences in behavior online

Liz mentioned a Guardian article which reports that women writers receive the most abusive comments online. Social platforms aren’t built to combat harassment because they were built by men, who don’t think about those things. Men harass and threaten violence against women [on social media] and women don’t. There’s more trolling, but we’re also more tolerant than we’ve ever been. Patriarchy harms everyone. Work that inspires women should also inspire men.

Older men are readers, you have to tell them to do things. – Terez Baskin

How can brands’ messaging be more inclusive to all genders?

Be mindful of how diversity is shown—no stereotypes. The Campbell’s Soup Spider-Man “Real, real life” TV campaign was mentioned. How do we allow them to be who they are? Women are more likely than men to engage with brands. Studies show that little girls can identify with a boy protagonist in a book or movie, but boys can’t identify with girl characters.

Target by interest, anyone can be interested in anything so there’s no exclusion. – Chase Turner

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About using social media as a customer service tool

How do you talk to customers without pandering and making them feel heard? SheSays memberL'Oreal Payton brought up a situation where she was blocked by a brand after she called them out on social media for advertising an inappropriate Halloween costume (one that made fun of Kim Karsashian being held up at gunpoint and robbed). All of the panelists agreed: blocking your followers is NOT good customer service. You shouldn’t be fearful of the comment section.

Use comments to inform the work that you do. – Anna Russett

About reaching kids and teens on social media

Be where they are—they see the internet as a real place and communicate with their friends on it at all times. (Anna) Follow who they follow, as questions, ask them how they use social media. We need better digital literacy for children, opportunities for them to learn how to code, be more involved in the evolution of social media.

Kids need to be made more aware of privacy. – Terez Baskin

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What are you most excited to learn in the next 3 months?

Liz: Learn more about teens, see what the generational differences are.

Chase: After Hillary becomes President, see how the election conversation continues. Will it get worse? Better?

Terez: What’s new? What’s next?

Anna: How can we better involve Gen Z/Millennials in conversations about them on social media/Snapchat to get real insights (they are currently not part of the conversation).

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Connect with our panelists:

Liz Caradonna – @lizcaradonna on Twitter and @liz on Instagram

Terez Baskin – @TerezBaskin on Twitter

Chase Turner – @minusmanhattan on Twitter and Tumblr

Anna Russett – @AnnaRussett on Twitter and Instagram

Digitas LBi - @digitaslbinewsroom on Tumblr

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Katrin Korfmann]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9318 2016-11-04T19:27:39Z 2016-11-04T19:27:11Z Katrin Korfmann is a german photographer with a very unique perspective: she always shoots from above. The results are incredible little worlds, where people look more like splashes of color against the vastness of public spaces. The award winning photographer is "concerned with concepts of framing, perspective, and the social dimensions of perception, and pushes the […]

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Katrin Korfmann is a german photographer with a very unique perspective: she always shoots from above. The results are incredible little worlds, where people look more like splashes of color against the vastness of public spaces. The award winning photographer is "concerned with concepts of framing, perspective, and the social dimensions of perception, and pushes the boundaries of photography and representation." We can see that.

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hello shesays <![CDATA[Getting Heard]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9305 2016-11-07T16:52:02Z 2016-11-01T03:20:37Z Communication is simply the imparting or exchanging of information or news. But how we communicate in social and professional settings has changed dramatically in recent years. With the rise of new mediums and constant competition to get people's attention, effective communication is more important than ever. Our panel will talk about different ways they deliver […]

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Communication is simply the imparting or exchanging of information or news. But how we communicate in social and professional settings has changed dramatically in recent years. With the rise of new mediums and constant competition to get people's attention, effective communication is more important than ever. Our panel will talk about different ways they deliver a message, an idea or even a hallway thought. Hear about what works, what doesn’t and what we can do better.

OUR PANEL:

Kathy Baird - Managing Director Content & Social, North America @ Ogilvy

Kathy is the Managing Director of Content and Social for Ogilvy North America and the co-Founder of The Unified Scene Theater in Washington, DC. Her work and passion intersect in the creative work she does for her clients at Ogilvy and in the art form of storytelling and improvisational comedy which she practices, performs and teaches. She serves on the Ogilvy PR Worldwide Board, on the board of the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA), as the chair of the PR Council’s New Media Committee and on the board of Story District, a local storytelling nonprofit.


Allison Mataya
- VP Client Services @ DMI

Allison is the Vice President, Client Services Director at DMI. She manages a portfolio of accounts including The International Spy Museum, NCTA, Touchstone Energy and Clyde’s Restaurant Group. Prior to joining DMI in 2010, Allison led business development in the D.C. office of Arnold Worldwide. Allison began her career with New York-based agencies Merkley + Partners, Young & Rubicam and Grey Advertising on accounts such as Mercedes-Benz, Kraft Foods and Xerox. She is on the board of the DC chapter of Mobile Monday and graduated from Bowdoin College with a double major in Art History and Government.  


Moderated by
Karen Goodman - Content Director @ Under Armour

WHEN:
Thursday November 10, 2016

6:30pm – Drinks & mingle
7:00pm – Panel discussion + Q&A
8:00pm – Drinks & mingle

WHERE:

LMO
1776 Wilson Boulevard
5th Floor (elevators will be unlocked)
Arlington, VA 22209

RSVP for free here.


* Parking - metered parking is available on neighborhood streets or you can pull into the garage (located off N. Quinn) for covered hourly parking. Please don’t park in the Mele/Ben’s Chilli Bowl lot, they tow for non patrons!


* Metro - location is close to Rosslyn (Blue/Orange/Silver) and Courthouse (Orange/Silver) metro stops.

Founded in 1995, LMO is an independent, full-service marketing communications agency offering custom advertising, marketing, business intelligence and technology solutions. Because of our 20 year history in the challenger space and full-service capabilities, we help challenger brands achieve their business goals and objectives. For more information, visit www.lmo.com.

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Amanda J <![CDATA[Horror Stories 2]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9299 2016-10-23T13:56:42Z 2016-10-23T13:54:05Z (Image credit: Kimberly Weiner) We had so much fun last year, that we thought we’d do it again. Join us on Thursday October 27th to hear their gruesome stories and find out how all of our panelists have survived to tell their tales. They’ll talk about nightmare projects, difficult bosses, delusional candidates, as well as their own career […]

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We had so much fun last year, that we thought we’d do it again. Join us on Thursday October 27th to hear their gruesome stories and find out how all of our panelists have survived to tell their tales. They’ll talk about nightmare projects, difficult bosses, delusional candidates, as well as their own career screw-ups. But most importantly, they will share with us what they did to come out unscathed.

Our ghoulish panel includes (moderated by our very own Amanda Jaskiewicz, Director SheSays NY):

KELLY SHEA - Director at Russell Tobin & Associates

MELISSA DITSON - Creative Director at Edelman

ELIZABETH KIEHNER - Global Design Services Director/Chief of Staff at IBMiX

HANA ERIM - Digital Marketing Consultant, SheSays membership manager

ZOE GAGNON - Senior Software Engineer at Pivotal

ESTHER DOWNTON - Production Director at Sub Rosa

So get ready to be spooked, shocked and traumatized. And most importantly, lets have a bit of fun.

AGENDA
Drinks and networking / 6:30pm-7:00pm
Panel and Q&A / 7:00pm - 8:00pm
More drinks and networking / 8:00pm - 9:00pm

TICKETS
Get your spot to this great night through Eventbrite here. We kindly ask that if you find out that you are unable to attend on the night, do release your ticket via Eventbrite or let us know via email shesays.ny@gmail.com so that someone can make use of your spot. We will have a lot of people on the wait list desperate to get in. So please be considerate.

THANK YOU
Thanks to Pride Global for hosting and providing freakish drinks and nibbles.

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Havenly]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9296 2016-10-21T14:30:31Z 2016-10-21T14:30:31Z Featured on SheSummits, a SheSays conference in Denver, Havenly is bringing the world affordable home decor. For as low as $79, you can virtually talk styles to a professional interior designer. Then, you can buy all the objects on your personal moodboard straight from the site. The product team thought really hard about how to translate […]

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Featured on SheSummits, a SheSays conference in Denver, Havenly is bringing the world affordable home decor. For as low as $79, you can virtually talk styles to a professional interior designer. Then, you can buy all the objects on your personal moodboard straight from the site. The product team thought really hard about how to translate the wishes of the 'decor challenged' into a simple and intuitive interface. Perfection.

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[We're all party'ed up]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=7648 2017-02-17T20:28:14Z 2016-10-21T09:00:11Z It's SheSays' holidays party time so watch out for the action in your respective cities. And of course we'd love to thank all our chapter heads for being so amazing in keeping up lively communities that grow stronger each day. Here's to you ladies!

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[MindSparkle]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9292 2016-10-07T23:16:00Z 2016-10-07T23:16:00Z Following-up to last week's post here's more design inspiration for you. MindSparkle is an online magazine and shop about high-design. Founded in 2011, it promises curated design in the fields of graphic design, branding, photography, art, interior, products and architecture.

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hello shesays <![CDATA[2nd Annual SheSays Shop & Sip]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9288 2016-11-09T15:25:40Z 2016-10-07T17:02:05Z The SheSays Chicago community is bursting at the seams with creativity, whether it’s in the office or at home. We have a lot of DIYers and visionaries among us, so what better time to show your stuff than at our SheSays Shop & Sip networking event?!! Please join us at the Chicago Design Museum in Block […]

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ShopAndSip-graphic-web-2016The SheSays Chicago community is bursting at the seams with creativity, whether it’s in the office or at home. We have a lot of DIYers and visionaries among us, so what better time to show your stuff than at our SheSays Shop & Sip networking event?!!

Please join us at the Chicago Design Museum in Block 37 on Saturday, November 5 from 2-6pm. Why not make a day of it - meet your friends downtown for brunch, then head over to do some early holiday shopping! Browse (and buy) everything from custom jewelry and vintage clothes to letterpress goods and handmade soaps. You’re guaranteed to find something for yourself and your friends while supporting the multi-faceted creatives who inspire us. Sip some wine, beer or cocktails at the cash bar, network with the sellers and the SheSays community. A fantastic 50/50 raffle will raise money for future SheSays events.

Please bring a donation of new or used art supplies for Creative Pitch, which helps Chicago art programs. See the list of acceptable donation items here. Crayons, glue, scissors, paper... it's easy to give!

Interested in being a seller? Perfect your pitch as an entrepreneur with our audience. Spots are limited to sell your goods, so sign up now! As a seller, you will receive a 6’x3’ table and a chair for your space. Get in with $45 “early bird” pricing by Friday, October 21, $55 after that. These fees go directly to event hosting logistics. Contact us with any questions.

Light snacks will be provided by our sponsors.

Note: Many of our sellers will accept credit cards, while some may only accept cash or checks.

Hope to see you there!

Tickets Available here for both attendees and vendors.

 


HUGE THANKS TO OUR HOST FOR THEIR SUPPORT!

Chicago Design Museum

THANK YOU TO OUR WONDERFUL SPONSOR:

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hello shesays <![CDATA[Social and the Sexes: Do men and women use social media differently?]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9284 2017-01-18T18:17:05Z 2016-10-07T16:58:21Z According to BrandWatch, more than 50% of women use social media to show support and access deals or promotions from brands, compared to just 36% of the men online. Not only do women use social media to stay up to date with brands, they also comment on their favorite brands more than men do. Nielsen […]

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SocialMediaEvent_web2According to BrandWatch, more than 50% of women use social media to show support and access deals or promotions from brands, compared to just 36% of the men online. Not only do women use social media to stay up to date with brands, they also comment on their favorite brands more than men do. Nielsen found that women spend more time on mobile web each day than men, however men use social for business more often than women. For social marketers, nailing down your target demographic is tricky. Who is your message reaching and how are they interpreting it? What inspires brand loyalty in women and how is that different for men? How can you refine your social messaging for each gender?

This event will help answer these questions and more. We’re having an honest conversation that explores how social marketers can make their message more inclusive, how men and women interpret your brand messaging and what your digital behavior says about you.

Join SheSays Chicago, in partnership with DigitasLBi, on October 20 to be a part of the conversation. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Food and drink provided by our host. Event Hashtag: #SocialBattle, #SheSaysChi

MODERATOR:
Anna Russett Strategist at Havas Worldwide Chicago and a Social Media Influencer. She has a YouTube Channel with topics on social media, technology, and beauty. Follow @AnnaRussett on Twitter and Instagram.

PANELISTS:

Tickets Available Here.


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hello shesays <![CDATA[Finding Your Voice - Courage, Confidence and Character]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9279 2017-01-18T18:17:15Z 2016-10-07T16:52:08Z Held at: Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana corporate office We all know we have a voice, but what does it feel like to truly “find” it? How do we use our voices whether we’re in a classroom or a boardroom? These and more questions were answered last Wednesday night by experienced, tenacious […]

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Held at: Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana corporate office

We all know we have a voice, but what does it feel like to truly “find” it? How do we use our voices whether we’re in a classroom or a boardroom? These and more questions were answered last Wednesday night by experienced, tenacious women who have “been there” and the audience - including Girl Scouts - who are purposefully learning their way.

Moderator and Girl Scouts media relations manager L’Oreal Thompson Payton is a media and marketing professional and former journalist with a passion for empowering young women. 
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Panelists included:

Kelly Fair, founder at Polished Pebbles
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Eva Lewis, Girl Scouts Ambassador, founder of The I Project. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

Jacqueline Perlman, founder and CEO of My Favorite Outfit. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

Nancy Wright
, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. Follow her on Twitter.

Jeannine Ringland Zwirn, Sales, Marketing and Business Development at Daily Planet Ltd. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

So, tell us - how did you find your voice?

Nancy Wright: I was pretty young age. My parents were really influential.

Jeannine Ringland Zwirn: I’ve realized I find my voice in multiple times and moments in life. We change as we experience things, so you have to keep rediscovering your voice.

Jacqueline Perlman: I found mine when I was getting my MBA in management.

Karen Fair: I found mine pretty early - around 3rd to 5th grade, but then I lost it.

Eva Lewis: I found my voice in high school. Now I find it just by knowing what I like and expressing my interests.

Have any of you experienced camouflaging?

According to a recent study by Girls Inc., 74% of girls in grades 3-12 said they are under pressure to please everyone; 55% believed girls are expected to speak softly and not cause trouble. “Camouflaging” describes the critical years during a teen girl’s life when she hides her true self from herself, her friends and family.

KF: Yes. At my old school, I loved to raise my hand and felt good about being smart. Then I transferred to a new school. There were no uniforms, so my clothes weren’t “right”. My hair wasn’t right, either. I just didn’t want to bring attention to myself. The difference for me began with Essence magazine. The  “Essence Ladies” had great careers, so I wanted to become one of them. I worked half-days at the onsite beauty college at Essence corporate. The Essence ladies mentored me and broke me out of my shyness. I had to work the cash register, so there was no way I could be quiet or invisible! They pushed me - in a good way - and helped me to regain my confidence.

JRZ: Yes. I worked in sales for almost 20 years. I recall around year 17, I arrived at a client meeting  but this time, the regional president and vice president were there. I literally let them “sit at the table” – for some reason, I didn’t sit with them. I sat elsewhere. I couldn’t believe I did that. I know better now.

JP: Yes, even now.  I’ll be thinking about something, but am too nervous to say it. I’ve been challenging myself in school. I say to myself, “Tonight, I’m going to speak up once, then twice.” The more I challenge myself, the less I camouflage.

Special Guest: Imani Muse, USA National Miss Illinois Jr Teen 2016: Yes. I witnessed a difference in my friend when she changed schools, and it wasn’t good. Her situation encouraged me not to camouflage as it diminishes you as a person. My mom inspired me to find my voice; when I got involved in pageantry, I found it. Today, my platform is “power of the voice”. Together, we can make many statements better than any one person can. When we see how powerful women can be, it inspires all of us to be better.

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NW: Yes. Earlier in my career, I wasn’t as strategic and didn’t navigate the corporate culture as well as I could have. I should’ve been more aggressive. I worked for a multibillion dollar company, and was one of the few women “at the table”. It was there where I realized the different communication styles between men and women. I got to know the men as individuals, not as one large group of men. I’m glad to pass on what I’ve learned to you. Remember the audience is always different. Just because you can  “read” the audience doesn’t mean you compromise what you’re saying.

EL: Yes, and I’ve been a Girl Scout for 10 years (Eva is 17). I’m an activist and an artist. I started a non-profit, intersectional art collective. I go to a mostly white private school on the north side of Chicago. I’m a black girl from the south side. I couldn’t speak. Anything I said was a dagger. I had two options in high school: I could camouflage  or I could be comfortable and content. My courage came from a form of a fish bowl with one resource and hundreds of fish – I had to go straight into the school of fish. My voice was there; it just had to use it.

Is there a certain way of speaking to show others you’ve discovered your voice?

NW: When you believe in yourself, it shows without needing words. You just know. Everyone in this room tonight is amazing and brilliant. We’re all different. We all bring our gifts to the world. Don’t think twice about doubting that.

JRZ: Absolutely, be yourself. Take time to know yourself and be confident in that. Make sure you also make time to reflect: “What did I do right or wrong?” “What can I learn from it?”

KF: I love pauses. I like to say, “Let it sizzle.” Whether you sing a note or say a word, in your mind, say, “I’m gonna let you think about it.” I just stand still andI just wait. It’s a nice, quiet way to be assertive. Even when you’re nervous or scared, remember you practiced for this moment, so just give yourself a second. Find your inner Sasha Fierce!

EL: I’ve organized peaceful protests, even when people thought I was too young. Two thousand people showed for the first protest. A man came up to us and thought he was “helping” our cause. This guy was actually trying to change how we spoke so he could relate. We learned something that day: we tend to figure out how to adapt to a situation; we can’t expect the situation to adapt to us? Why can’t we claim what we’ve already done?  Why do we have to lower our voices?

Who is the mentor or person who inspired you to use your voice?

KF: My first boss out of school – Linda Shepherd. She said we don’t have to think about things in only one or two ways. We have to find our voice in many situations. Linda also helped me to predict behavior, meaning people come from different perspectives, careers, etc. I remember hearing about an open seat on the board of my church. I was the youngest by several years and thought I’d never have a chance. Linda encouraged me to run for the seat and I won! I learned there’s room for authenticity, but time for prediction and game. I have to know my audience if I’m going to sell to them properly. Practice how to pivot and engage your audience. It takes time, but you’ll gain confidence with every situation.

NW: My parents. My first summer job was lifeguarding. Our staff consisted of one other young woman and the rest were guys. She and I found out the guys were making three dollars more an hour. We decided to meet with manager and ask to be paid the same. He said, “That’s what I pay.” We said, “That’s not right.” We told our parents, and they supported our decision to speak up. Unfortunately, we didn’t get our raise. She and I were actually treated worse for the rest of the summer, but we didn’t quit. That experience taught me about equality and why it was - and is - so important to be in my role today to advocate for women.

EL: My mom. She has a B.S. in business from NIU, which was considered good at the time. When her company moved to the suburbs, she had two options: transfer us to new schools or quit her job. She quit her job. She hasn’t found a job at that level since, but I’m reaping the benefits of her sacrifice. It’s the symbolism of that sacrifice that drives me. She thought she was doing something for one thing. Now we’re taking the journey together.

JRZ: My parents. Mom was working hard to get her Ph.D; my dad helped around the house and in the kitchen. I watched both of them help each other and neither of them never questioned their “assigned” roles. It was such a great experience watching them, and I want my two girls (who are also Girl Scouts) to see that in our house.

JP: Yep, my parents, too. I was fortunate to go to great schools thanks to them, but none of it sunk in until I found something I was passionate about. I worked on a non-profit on south side. I realized the passion I had to help people was forcing me to speak up. Sometimes it’s what you say, not how much you say. I’ve learned to speak my opinion, listen carefully, then respond without being worried about what comes next.

How are you using your voice in your current role?

JP: We started a My Favorite Outfit after-school program – 20 girls, mostly high schoolers, to make the transition from high school and college less scary. We’re getting them ready for college fashion programs and for college-level courses. We’re also mentoring them with real fashion industry workers.

NW: Even though I got to the top of my profession,I didn’t have a definite career trajectory. You always have to go with your heart, and I knew I wasn’t balancing my personal and professional life as well as I could. My advice: learn from the process, even if it’s uncomfortable. Before he passed away, my father reminded me how it important it is to be able to define what I’ve done to make the world a better place. It’s all about awareness and paying it forward.

KF: We’re serving as many girls as we can at Polished Pebbles, making sure we have funding and using different tools to get the word out. I’ve recently written a book to help girls [“They Are All The Same Girl” http://polishedpebbles.com/book] and always mentoring young women to take my place. It’s important to prepare them to take over. Seeing women succeed is what it’s all about.

EL: I want to empower. Impact. Help. Advocate for what my people need and give back to the communities that have cultivated me. Recently, I worked on a big project that involved artists all over Chicago to counteract conventional beauty standards, and am speaking to the United Nations in October.

JRZ: After many years of traveling the country for a major telecom company I’m in a new career with very different challenges. Now I’m involved with design and creative production. Some days, I feel like I don’t know anything, so maybe I shouldn’t speak up as much, right? But that can’t be the only answer. I decided to listen while I learn. I’m absorbing things, and it’s been awesome.

Thank you to our host Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana for hosting this inspiring event. L’Oreal led the charge on the topic, creating an engaging conversation for women of all ages. We would also like to thank our sponsor The Daily Planet, a Chicago design, animation and production studio, for providing food and drink for this event.

Join us on 10/20 for our next SheSays Chicago discussion: Social and the Sexes - Do Men and Women Do Social Differently? Tickets will be available on October 6 at eventbrite.com.

Thank you to Anne Hagerty of the SheSays committee for the recap.

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hello shesays <![CDATA[The Art of Negotiating]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9264 2016-10-03T17:11:49Z 2016-10-03T17:11:49Z Whether you’re preparing for an upcoming interview, asking for a pay raise, renegotiating a current contract, or navigating internal politics, knowing how to effectively negotiate compensation is necessary for every profession.This month’s speaker has a unique perspective to bring to the table on how to feel empowered by negotiating instead of being intimidated by it. […]

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Whether you’re preparing for an upcoming interview, asking for a pay raise, renegotiating a current contract, or navigating internal politics, knowing how to effectively negotiate compensation is necessary for every profession.This month’s speaker has a unique perspective to bring to the table on how to feel empowered by negotiating instead of being intimidated by it. Come enjoy an amazingly informative session followed by Q&A afterwards.

We’ll also be soliciting your questions leading up to the event via our Twitter @SheSaysDC. Hope to see you there!

 

SPEAKER:

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Nicolette Pizzitola - Career Strategist & Speaker @ Compass Point Associates

Nicolette is the founder of Compass Point Associates - a consultancy that guides people to powerful and purposeful careers, and helps organizations build environments where talent thrives. She is a career strategist and speaker focused on helping you define your success, own your voice, and show up in your life and work. She’s been featured on the Today Show in a live coaching center at Rochafellar Plaza, participated in TEDxAdamsMorganWomen, and is a frequent speaker at conferences, academic institutions, corporations and associations.

 

WHEN:
Wednesday October 12, 2016

6:30pm – Drinks & mingle
7:00pm – Speaker + Q & A
8:00pm – Drinks & mingle

 

WHERE:
Chief
1800 Massachusetts Ave NW, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20036

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CHIEF is a woman-owned small business, and proud of it. CHIEF is an integrated experience agency creating new possibility in the public and private sector. From critical government and nonprofit missions to innovative consumer products, we work to create transformative experiences that drive global impact.

 

 

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[The Aesthetics of Joy]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9254 2016-09-30T20:20:22Z 2016-09-30T20:20:22Z SheSay NY speaker Ingrid Fettel Lee is the creator of The Aesthetics of Joy, an amazing blog, soon to become a book. The blog is "a guide to finding happiness in the world around you". It combines emerging science examples of  how the design of things around us affects our emotions and brings us inspiration for creating a happier, more colorful […]

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SheSay NY speaker Ingrid Fettel Lee is the creator of The Aesthetics of Joy, an amazing blog, soon to become a book. The blog is "a guide to finding happiness in the world around you". It combines emerging science examples of  how the design of things around us affects our emotions and brings us inspiration for creating a happier, more colorful life. Go for it.

 

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Amanda J <![CDATA[Collaboration for Creativity]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9248 2016-09-30T22:02:23Z 2016-09-30T18:00:03Z (background image credit: Ana Maria Osorio, Senior Art Director at Edelman) Times are challenging for all of us these days. There are more demands that have been put on us by our employers, our clients, our teams and our partners to be faster, cheaper, more creative, etc. And if you are the one who happens […]

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(background image credit: Ana Maria Osorio, Senior Art Director at Edelman)

Times are challenging for all of us these days. There are more demands that have been put on us by our employers, our clients, our teams and our partners to be faster, cheaper, more creative, etc. And if you are the one who happens to have the overall responsibility of managing everyone/everything, it’s pretty tough.

Our organizational design friends at NOBL have created a workshop called Collaboration for Creativity - habits & tools for highly creative teams.  On Thursday Oct 13th, this interactive session being hosted by Edelman is aimed to help teams find ways to come together and leaders to employ NOBL's Future of Work tools to create more collaboration, transparency and solution-oriented thinking. In addition to growing talent below, leaders need to be able to foster an environment where people can raise their hands, think outside of the box, and fail without fear of “punishment”.

We want attendees to leave this workshop with the tools and discussion tactics to set themselves and their teams up for success in fast-paced, ever evolving workplaces.

So make sure you come ready to put in some work.

 

NOBL WORKSHOP LEADERS

BreeBree Groff, NY Managing Director

Bree started her career in education, helping schools become places where students are empowered to share their best selves and best work with the world; where learning is personal, essential, and best done with others in pursuit of wildly ambitious goals. Now, Bree does the same for Fortune 500 companies as the Managing Director of NOBL’s NYC practice. Previously, Bree was the Director of Innovation at Flint Hill, a Senior Service Designer at Peer Insight, and a psychology researcher at eHarmony and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, exploring communication and decision making. She holds a BA in Psychology and Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and an MS in Organizational Learning and Change from Northwestern University.

 

Jenny CJenny Cavaioli, Director of Strategy/Experience Design

Jenny brings a communications and brand strategy lens to her organizational design work with NOBL. As a Director of Strategy & Experience Design for NOBL's New York team, Jenny works with clients to cultivate environments for increased strategic alignment, team connectivity and productivity. Prior to joining NOBL, Jenny worked as a brand strategist and communications consultant in New York and Los Angeles where she helped organizations use media and internal communications to connect with audiences globally. Previous to consulting, Jenny lived in Boston and served on New Balance's Global PR team for their lifestyle business. Jenny worked with markets globally to strategize press and community activation for strategic initiatives and campaigns. Additionally, she supported internal knowledge sharing and channeled employee stories through content creation for the New Balance portal.

 

AGENDA (October 13th)

Welcome drinks / 6:30pm-7:00pm
Workshop / 7:00pm-8:00pm
More drinks and networking / 8:00pm-8:30pm

 

TICKETS

Reserve your spot here. This workshop is suited for folks with management responsibility. So please bare than in mind when booking your spot. There is very limited space and will no doubt be a booked-out session. So we kindly ask that if you find out that you are unable to attend on the night, do release your ticket via Eventbrite or let us know via email shesays.ny@gmail.com so that someone can make use of your space.

 

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA['Be Awesome' night school]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9245 2016-09-23T13:23:54Z 2016-09-23T13:23:54Z We've partnered with Major Players and Creative Equals to bring you the ‘Be Awesome Night School’. The first lesson is on September 20 in London. The school will run for 10 weeks to bring you affordable training (£30 a ticket for two hours, plus pizza) with London’s top trainers (Harriet Minter, ex-editor of The Guardian’s ’Women […]

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We've partnered with Major Players and Creative Equals to bring you the ‘Be Awesome Night School’. The first lesson is on September 20 in London.

The school will run for 10 weeks to bring you affordable training (£30 a ticket for two hours, plus pizza) with London’s top trainers (Harriet Minter, ex-editor of The Guardian’s ’Women In leadership’, Vikki Ross, D&AD judge, Laura Bartlett, executive coach, Rebecca Mackenzie, presentation skills coach and more). There are 8 spaces for each class, held Tuesday nights, at Major Players, 73-75 Endell Street, Covent Garden.

The school is in memory of Helen Stokes, the inspirational Managing Director of Major Players who passed away earlier this year.

Watch out for the launch event early October.

Tickets for the first and second event are available from the links below.

- How to lead - http://www.cvent.com/d/tvqp8f
- Body Language - http://www.cvent.com/d/pvqpkb

 

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Mmminimal]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9240 2016-09-23T13:16:33Z 2016-09-23T13:15:19Z If, like us, you're a fan of minimalism, feast your yes and calm your mind while browsing through Mmminimal. It's a great resource for those who believe less is more. From everyday objects to apparel, identity and interior design, this blog offers great inspiration for creatives out there.  

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If, like us, you're a fan of minimalism, feast your yes and calm your mind while browsing through Mmminimal. It's a great resource for those who believe less is more. From everyday objects to apparel, identity and interior design, this blog offers great inspiration for creatives out there.

 

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[SheSays launches in the Middle East]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9237 2016-09-21T17:37:56Z 2016-09-21T17:37:25Z We're super excited to have made headlines with our UAE launch in Dubai. The chapter officially starts on September 28th and is lead by Elizabeth Dewar (from Ogilvy) and Amelia Richardson-Smith (from StartJG). They're hoping to kick0ff not only events but a mentorship program to help develop leadership skills in a very male dominated industry. It's a honor […]

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We're super excited to have made headlines with our UAE launch in Dubai. The chapter officially starts on September 28th and is lead by Elizabeth Dewar (from Ogilvy) and Amelia Richardson-Smith (from StartJG). They're hoping to kick0ff not only events but a mentorship program to help develop leadership skills in a very male dominated industry. It's a honor to start a chapter in a region with a big need for changing the game for  women.

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hello shesays <![CDATA[Everyday Entrepreneurs]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9211 2016-09-30T21:59:17Z 2016-09-06T20:36:49Z A recent article stated that the evolution of entrepreneurs has gone from Marco Polo to Mark Zuckerberg. Today, we’re seeing a rise in everyday entrepreneurs that are inventing, curating, and creating niche products, communities and services all the time. You don’t have to label yourself an “entrepreneur” to think and act like one. Our panel […]

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A recent article stated that the evolution of entrepreneurs has gone from Marco Polo to Mark Zuckerberg. Today, we’re seeing a rise in everyday entrepreneurs that are inventing, curating, and creating niche products, communities and services all the time. You don’t have to label yourself an “entrepreneur” to think and act like one. Our panel will talk about this evolution and how it can impact the work we do -- for a large corporation or your own business.

 

PANEL:

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Philippa Hughes - Chief Creative Contrarian

Philippa created the Pink Line Project to inspire creative thinking in everyone, to build community and connectivity, and to open portals to art and culture for the culturally curious. Philippa writes about arts and culture in DC and speaks about the power of art and personal choice to transform your life. She established a reputation for creating inventive and collaborative environments in which people who would not normally have the opportunity to interact with each other gather to experience art and culture in alternative and stimulating ways. She has been a leader in the creative and temporary use of vacant, urban space throughout the city.

 

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Patty Delk - Chief People Officer and VP of Strategy & Insights @ Delucchi Plus

Patty is a seasoned marketing, communications and training professional that has worked on both sides of the stakeholder table. Digital devotee and social dragonfly, she's a lover of all things conversational. Whether it's with her team, clients, community, peers, strangers...for her it's all about authentic dialog and creating conversations, growth opportunities and results that matter. What's in her wheelhouse? Organizational development, change management, internal communications, development of international, national and local brand awareness, creative concepting and copywriting, strategic online and offline marketing planning, training and development, product marketing, PR 2.0, SEO and PPC lead generation programs for technology, luxury, destination, real estate, technology, start-up, sports, green, franchise, manufacturing and entertainment brands.


Moderated by
Karen Goodman - Content Director @ Under Armour

 

WHEN:
Thursday September 15, 2016

6:30pm – Drinks & mingle
7:00pm – Panel discussion + Q&A
8:00pm – Drinks & mingle

 

WHERE:

Delucchi Plus
1750 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006

** Be sure to bring a photo ID to sign in at the front desk.


FREE RSVP HERE


Delucchi Plus is a female-owned, full-service strategic content marketing agency celebrating 10 years of creativity in DC, San Francisco and New York. Our team of specialists are focused on helping lifestyle brands find their audience, craft the right messages, and amplify their voice on the right channels at the right time.

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Homesick candles]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9208 2016-09-02T23:49:42Z 2016-09-02T23:49:42Z Here are SheSays we love a new take on an old product. Take scented candles for example, not much happening there. But the people at Homesick combined a cool insight 'people are more transient' to breathe new life into an old object: scented candles with fragrances reminiscent of 30 US states. We can't wait for the scents to […]

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Here are SheSays we love a new take on an old product. Take scented candles for example, not much happening there. But the people at Homesick combined a cool insight 'people are more transient' to breathe new life into an old object: scented candles with fragrances reminiscent of 30 US states. We can't wait for the scents to go global.

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hello shesays <![CDATA[Thinking of Starting a Side Project? These 4 Creatives say "Do it!"]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9201 2016-10-07T16:41:57Z 2016-08-31T01:58:57Z   By Lidia Varesco Racoma SheSays Chicago has assembled some of the top women and men in creative for the sole purpose of helping YOU. Our mentors come from a wide variety of backgrounds and are here to answer questions and share insight on specialized topics chosen by our community. The most recent Who’s Your […]

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SheSays Chicago has assembled some of the top women and men in creative for the sole purpose of helping YOU. Our mentors come from a wide variety of backgrounds and are here to answer questions and share insight on specialized topics chosen by our community.

The most recent Who’s Your Momma mentor roundtables took place July 28, 2016 at Ascend Trainingin Chicago—with Lollapalooza as a lively backdrop. The session “Working On and Leveraging Personal And Side Projects” featured mentors from four very different backgrounds: Ari Krzyzek, Creative Director and Chief Designer at Chykalophia Group; Lisa Lubin, Video & Media Consultant, Broadcast Journalist, Writer, Photographer and Travel Expert; Patrick O'Rourke, Digital Marketer and Storyteller at Ozman Media, Peaches & Hot Sauce Podcast; and Skip Tramontana, Creative Director at Innocean USA.

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The panelists spoke about starting a side or freelance gig, turning it into your main gig and pursuing your passion. Here are a few of their thoughts:

How to start

  • Start small
  • Follow your passion
  • Use your skills
  • How does the side project fit with your personal brand?

Bridging the gap to monetize your side project

  • Let it happen organically
  • Have a nucleus where people can find you (i.e. blog)

Using social media

  • Get on emerging platforms early
  • Know where your audience hangs out
  • Get people talking about you (Reddit, twitter)

Not ready to quit yet?

  • Prioritize your time
  • If you love it, you will want to work on it every day
  • Set aside time every day - make small goals

Unexpected challenges

  • Deal with disappointment – not everything will convert or happen
  • Learn how to say NO – everything must align with your vision/brand
  • Set aside money for taxes
  • Listen to advice
  • Avoid distractions - the Coffitivity app was mentioned

Business aspects

  • Hire an accountant ASAP
  • Keep receipt expenses separate - the Expensify app was mentioned
  • Consider having a lawyer review contracts, etc.
  • Manage business money separately

We are grateful to Ascend Training for sharing their beautiful space with our group and we encourage creatives to check out their hands-on courses and workshops for graphic designers, web developers and video editors of all skill levels.

Do you have a great topic in mind for a mentor roundtable? Or do you have industry knowledge to share with our mentees? Reach out to us at chicago (at) weareshesays.com

 

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SheSays Chicago’s Who’s Your Momma Mentoring program is designed to facilitate real, honest conversations about some of the biggest struggles you have throughout your career. Whether you’re working your first post-grad job or have long since climbed the ranks and are a senior level employee, there is a breakout session that will appeal to you.

During the latest SheSays mentoring event, hosted on July 28, 2016 at Ascend Training, “The Do’s and Don’ts of Resumes, Cover Letters and Job Searching” breakout session was devoted entirely to the nitty-gritty details of landing the job you’ve always wanted. The conversation was moderated by SheSays Chicago founder and director Jen Lemerand. Our diverse group of panelists spoke about their experiences as internal human resources practitioners, working at recruiting agencies and navigating the hiring process as a creative. We heard from Tom Bogdan, Director of Client Services at Onward Search; Jim Conti, Director of Talent at Sprout Social; Cyndi McVicker Lambert, Talent Scout for OKRP;Alyssa Low, Senior Designer at The Office of Experience and Kerri Schoonyoung, Partner at Dept. 11.

On working with a recruiting agency versus in-house HR department:

Kerri Schoonyoung: “Ask ‘what’s your style?’ Interview your recruiter.”

Cyndi McVicker Lambert: “Find someone you work well with and build that relationship. Be open with your recruiters. Tell them where else you’re interviewing. They can’t help you, if you go behind their back.”

Tom Bogdan: “You have to tell them where else you’ve applied because a double submission doesn’t look good for them or you. In the end, the candidate loses out, if they’re not honest.”

Jim Conti: “Internal recruiters are hiring for the organization. Sometimes you won’t hear from them about what’s going on with your application. You won’t always have insight as to what’s really going on in the organization.”

The resume from a human resources perspective:

Alyssa Low : “We have no formal HR department. All new hires come from other designers. Details are so important. Make it clean and legible. Think about the order. They only have a few minutes.”

Jim Conti: “Even 30 seconds is a little long for me to look over a resume. Write out every job and responsibility you’ve ever had. Then take that information and look at it against the job description. Find what fits and condense based on the description to show that you’re the best match.Your bullet points should answer these questions: What did you do? Why did you do it? What was the result?”

Kerri Schoonyoung: “Proofread! It’s amazing how many people don’t. Make sure your resume is printer-friendly and think about user experience. Resumes should show key accomplishments, achievements and skills.”

Tom Bogdan: “Keep it brief. The resume is just supposed to get you the interview. You don’t need to say everything.”

What makes you stop reading and move on to an interview?

Jim Conti: “I focus on previous organizations, titles and the skills section. Do they have Adobe, WordPress or coding experience? It really varies per role. Think about your keywords. And don’t be afraid to apply for jobs that might be a stretch.”

Kerri Schoonyoung: “What clients did you work with and what did you do? What’s your story? You need a narrative.”

On proprietary projects that you can’t put in your portfolio:

Cyndi McVicker Lambert: “Show proprietary work in person during your interview or password protect it with permission from your clients. I look at your portfolio first and then your resume. If your job doesn’t let you show your skill or ability in your portfolio, do it pro-bono or freelance.”

Alyssa Low: ”I used to take old school projects and redo them in a new way. Showcase them as conceptual work.”

Jim Conti: “Take your projects to the next level and work on them in your spare time. Tell your interviewer: ‘This is the work I did for the client. This is the next iteration, if we’d had the budget for it.’”

On cover letters:

Kerri Schoonyoung: “This is your highlight reel, your elevator speech. The human side of your resume. It’s a snapshot of where you’re at right now. Show that you’ve done your research on the company — mention awards they’ve won.”

What to do when your recruiter leaves you hanging:

Cyndi McVicker Lambert: “Make sure they aren’t sending your information to places you aren’t aware of. The recruiter also can’t always give feedback or an update, if they don’t hear from the company. If you don’t hear from them, but have an internal relationship with someone at the company, be honest. Say ‘I know XYZ person at this company. If it’s okay with you, I’m going to reach out to them for more information or an update.’”

Where to find jobs:

Alyssa Low: “I use the AIGA job board. I’ve found a lot of my jobs through a friend or freelancing from old agency relationships. Be patient. Keeping up with your relationships will work out in the long run.”

Site and portfolio design:

Kerri Schoonyoung: “Showcase your industry experience and the type of work you do. Keep your site or portfolio simple.”

Alyssa Low: “Curate the pieces in your portfolio. Show that you know the difference between a case study and portfolio piece. It should be 6-8 pieces that show off what kind of designer you want to be.”

Using Linkedin:

Cyndi McVicker Lambert: “Linkedin can be very beneficial, but very sterile. Personalize the message that you send to your desired connections.”

Alyssa Low: “Connect with your interviewer right away. Maybe you’ll cross paths with them again.”

SheSays Chicago like to thank both our mentors and mentees for attending and contributing to the productive conversations in each of the breakout sessions. We’d also like to thank our partner Ascend Training for providing the space for this event and encourage you to consider attending an Adobe training session to brush up on an old skill or finally take the design or coding course you haven’t yet found the time for. We hope to see you at our next event!

If you have an idea for an event you’d like to see SheSays host or you have great insight to share with our mentees, drop us a line at chicago (at) weareshesays.com

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Tickets will be available Wednesday September 7 here.

According to a recent study by Girls Inc., 74 percent of girls in grades three through 12 said they are under pressure to please everyone and 55 percent believed that girls are expected to speak softly and not cause trouble. It’s a phenomenon known widely as “camouflaging,” the critical years during a teen girl’s life when she hides her true self from not only herself, but her friends and family. As Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie said in We Should All Be Feminists, “we teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller.” So how does one find her voice?

This engaging and transparent panel is an opportunity to learn about how teen girls and women have found their voices, whether it’s through writing or girl-powered organizations, such as Girl Scouts, The I ProjectMy Favorite Outfit or Polished Pebbles.

Thank you to our host, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. Find them on Twitter @GirlScoutsGCNWI and on Instagram @gsgcnwi. Pizza and soda will be provided thanks to our sponsor The Daily Planet, a full service design and production studio. Find them on Twitter @DailyPlanetLTD.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21. Panel will start promptly at 6:00 pm. This is an all ages event, and we encourage young women and men to attend!

MODERATOR:

L’Oreal Payton: Media relations manager for Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. A media and marketing professional, L’Oreal is a former journalist with a passion for empowering young women.
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PANELISTS:

• Kelly Fair, Founder at Polished Pebbles
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Eva Lewis, Girl Scouts Ambassador, Founder of The I Project. Follow on Twitter andInstagram.
Jacqueline Perlman, Founder and CEO of My Favorite Outfit. Follow on Twitter andInstagram.
• Nancy Wright
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Jeannine Ringland Zwirn, Sales, Marketing and Business Development at Daily Planet Ltd. Follow on Twitter and Instagram.


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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[The art of listening - the astronomic rise of podcasts]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9185 2016-08-19T18:29:00Z 2016-08-19T18:16:55Z Most of us experience podcasts as being two presenters waffling over a microphone. But there’s more to the medium than dabbling with improvisation. Since the Serial phenomena, a lot has changed - for the better. In this session we’ll discuss the art of podcasting, its growth and why it is arguably the most engaging of […]

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Most of us experience podcasts as being two presenters waffling over a microphone. But there’s more to the medium than dabbling with improvisation. Since the Serial phenomena, a lot has changed - for the better.

In this session we’ll discuss the art of podcasting, its growth and why it is arguably the most engaging of all mediums for both publishers and advertisers. The event will happen at Spotify's offices on Monday 29th of August. Sign up for free with eventbrite to attend.

PANEL

Brittany Luse - Podcast host - Sampler (Gimlet Media) and For Colored Nerds

Noel King - Correspondent - Planet Money - NPR

Allison Behringer - Podcast host and producer - The Intern

Nazanin Rafsanjani - Creative Director - Gimlet Creative

Panel Moderated by Caitlin Kenney - Head of new show development - Gimlet Media

 

AGENDA
Cocktails and networking / 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Panel and Q&A / 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
More cocktails and networking / 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm
And thank you so much Spotify for being our host. We love you guys!

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[The Silent History]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9182 2016-08-19T17:40:11Z 2016-08-19T17:40:11Z The Silent History explores a new way of storytelling. It's a novel in the form of an app and a book that tells "the story of a generation of unusual children — born without the ability to create or comprehend language, but perhaps with other surprising skills of their own." The book lets you explore pieces of […]

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The Silent History explores a new way of storytelling. It's a novel in the form of an app and a book that tells "the story of a generation of unusual children — born without the ability to create or comprehend language, but perhaps with other surprising skills of their own." The book lets you explore pieces of the plot in interesting ways like GPS tagging. But we don't want to give it away --- because you should definitely explore it.

 

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Piece&Co]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9177 2016-08-12T18:04:19Z 2016-08-12T18:00:40Z If you're into ethical fashion, look no further than Piece&Co. They provide the fashion industry with beautiful hand-crafted fabric ethically made by female artisans and supply to places like DVF, Nike and Open Ceremony. If you think about the planet for your food choices, why not apply that to what you wear?

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If you're into ethical fashion, look no further than Piece&Co. They provide the fashion industry with beautiful hand-crafted fabric ethically made by female artisans and supply to places like DVF, Nike and Open Ceremony. If you think about the planet for your food choices, why not apply that to what you wear?

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Mockup world]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9174 2016-07-22T13:32:40Z 2016-07-22T13:32:40Z You're always asking us about great design resources, so here's one: Mockup World. Whether you're looking to boost up a client presentation or your portfolio, Mockup World has tons of staged screens where you can paste your goodies. Some of them are free so making your work shine has never been easier.

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Amanda J <![CDATA[How doing what you love is good for your career]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9160 2016-07-20T17:11:53Z 2016-07-20T17:00:47Z Do you have a lot of things you are making outside of work? Let's find out how all your passions can actually make a huge impact on the path of your career and creativity. We are so honored to have legend Pippa Seichrist - Co-Founder of Miami Ad School, Head of Innovation, Director of Portfolio Center - to […]

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Do you have a lot of things you are making outside of work? Let's find out how all your passions can actually make a huge impact on the path of your career and creativity. We are so honored to have legend Pippa Seichrist - Co-Founder of Miami Ad School, Head of Innovation, Director of Portfolio Center - to share with us how her passions have led her to where she is now.

When // Wednesday 27th July 2016, 6:30-9:30pm

Where // The Portfolio Center, 125 Bennett Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30309

**Get your free ticket here.

 

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Podcasting, first known as "audio blogging," has roots dating back to 1980's. But it wasn't until 2004 that it started to catch hold. In 2014, it dominated the conversation with the release of Serial. Today, the influence and popularity of this digital medium has many calling it "the new face of radio." Our dynamic panel will share their experiences with podcasts, both on-air and what happens behind-the-scenes. Join us for a conversation about the power of the podcast as we discuss why it’s so popular and what could be next.

 

** FREE RSVP on Eventbrite

 

MEET THE PANEL:
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Sonya Gavankar - Manager of Public Relations @ Newseum

Sonya is a communicator who uses dynamic story-telling techniques as a spokesperson, television and podcast host, filmmaker and social multi-media content creator. Her work with the Newseum brings a cohesive voice to the Newseum’s 250,000 square feet of exhibit and interactive programming. She can be seen hosting programs and giving commentary on everything from hard news to cooking shows on ABC and CBS affiliates, PBS, QVC and even the Puppy Bowl! The launch of HerExchange.com she brings a new perspective to insightful conversations and professional development tools with a cross platform approach of the written word, podcasts and live workshops.

 

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Karen Yankosky - Co-Host of Women of Uncertain Age

A government contracts lawyer by day, Karen has been co-hosting Women of Uncertain Age (found here and on iTunes) with longtime friend and D.C. arts maven, Philippa Hughes, since early 2014. Women of Uncertain Age began as a one-hour radio show that aired on Sunday afternoons. The time slot and format didn't work well for them or their listeners, so Philippa and Karen began recording the show on their own and launched it as a podcast in the summer of 2014. Karen is active in the DC area's growing podcasting community, and she and Philippa participated in the inaugural D.C. Podfest last year.

 

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Lauren Villeneuve - Strategy Associate @ CHIEF

As a spirited strategist with a love of all things digital, Lauren boasts expansive knowledge in strategic planning and content creation, with a focus in online engagement, search engine optimization and marketing, digital outreach and analytics as well as social media. Lauren strives to find new and innovative strategies to help her clients reach their target audiences in the most efficient and effective ways, and she applies her savvy to clients across government, commercial and nonprofit sectors. Lauren is also the ringleader of the much-loved CHIEF Culture Team.

 

Moderated by Karen Goodman - Content Director @ Under Armour

 

WHEN: Wednesday July 27, 2016

6:30pm – Drinks & mingle
7:00pm – Panel discussion + Q&A
8:00pm – Drinks & mingle

 

WHERECHIEF (@agencyCHIEF)
1800 Massachusetts Ave NW, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20036

CHIEF is a woman-owned small business, and proud of it. CHIEF is an integrated experience agency creating new possibility in the public and private sector. From critical government and nonprofit missions to innovative consumer products, we work to create transformative experiences that drive global impact.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[StreetArt on Instagram]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9127 2016-07-15T19:59:44Z 2016-07-15T19:57:23Z If you're tired of your friends photos and looking for an fun Instagram account to follow check-out StreetArt News. Part of Street Arts online magazine, their Insta feed is full of daily crazyness from artists all over the world.

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hello shesays <![CDATA[Advertising Motherhood event recap]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9114 2016-07-20T17:03:58Z 2016-07-13T20:15:38Z   Left to right: Co-host Alma Klein of ParentKind, Speakers Rachael Hardy and Diana Canto-Sims, Moderator Alexandra C. Eidenberg, Speakers Carlene Mahanna and Mylene Pollock and Co-host Jennifer Lemerand of SheSays Chicago by Lidia Varesco Racoma (photography by Beckie O’Connor) On Monday, June 6th SheSays Chicago and ParentKind (an employee resource group at Leo Burnett Chicago that […]

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Left to right: Co-host Alma Klein of ParentKind, Speakers Rachael Hardy and Diana Canto-Sims, Moderator Alexandra C. Eidenberg, Speakers Carlene Mahanna and Mylene Pollock and Co-host Jennifer Lemerand of SheSays Chicago

by Lidia Varesco Racoma (photography by Beckie O’Connor)

On Monday, June 6th SheSays Chicago and ParentKind (an employee resource group at Leo Burnett Chicago that provides advocacy, benefits and community) welcomed a panel of four women to discuss strategies for juggling raising kids and working in the creative industry. As a mom of two—kids and businesses—I was inspired by and learned so much from these fellow working moms.

The moderator for the panel was Alexandra C. Eidenberg, President and Co-Founder of The Insurance People. She runs a 501c4 lobbying organization called Mom+Baby that fights for the rights of women and children online, in person and on the hill.

The panelists included Carlene Mahanna, Manager Talent Acquisition and Founding Contributor in SapientNitro’s Career Returns Program; Rachael Hardy, Creative Director at Walgreens; Mylene Pollock, EVP, Creative Director at Leo Burnett; and Diana Canto-Sims, Business Growth Strategist for busy Woman-preneurs.

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On how to ease back into work

Take the pressure off yourself to be perfect and allow yourself to ease back in for 4-6 weeks. Be honest about what you can/cannot do. Know your priorities and your family’s schedule, figure out the times of day that are most important to spend with your kids and work around them. Don’t feel guilty about daycare! (Amen, sister!)

On work-life balance

Be very direct with your boss regarding your goals for your time. Talk to your boss and team honestly and manage their expectations. Leverage daycare—use that time to get things done (guilt-free!) Be fierce and proactive in your scheduling—block out your calendar carefully. If you are working with fellow moms, help each other and cover for each other.

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On reentering the workforce

Carlene spoke about “returnships” and the 3 things you must do to return to the workforce:

1.    Have a digital presence

2.    Know the language of millennials

3.    Be open to going back to school, brushing up your skill set and/or asking for things that may not be there yet

She also mentioned these “mom skills” that can be used as an asset when returning to the workforce: budgeting, volunteering, getting people places on time, a passion/desire to come back to work.

On talking to your boss

Present answers and solutions instead of problems. Say what you can and cannot do. Be direct and responsible. As Mylene said “I just want to know they can get [the work] done.”

On getting equal pay

  • Never be afraid to negotiate. Do research in your industry. Don’t just think about salary, also consider other benefits such as sick days, vacation days and time off. Hold your ground and ask for your value. As Carlene said “The ball is always in your court.” Diana said she loves negotiating with employees and encouraged others to do the same, saying “They help me make money.”

The common thread throughout the discussions was: know what is important to you and stand your ground—ask for what you want but be prepared to collaborate (and sometimes be creative) in order to make it work. 

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More reading about mothering and working:

A gap in your resume shouldn’t make your career invisible. –  http://www.invisible.careers/

“Is mom a bad word?”: Lisen Stromberg on the Uprising! podcast – http://scottgoodsonuprising.podomatic.com/rss2.xml

NYC-based ad agency StrawberryFrog’s Own Moms Are Calling for More Mothers in Agency Leadership Roles – http://www.adweek.com/news/advertising-branding/strawberryfrogs-own-moms-are-calling-more-mothers-agency-leadership-roles-17120

What’s holding moms back? – http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/277142/whats-holding-moms-back.html

Strategies for Agency Moms: a ParentKind Q&A With Laura Vanderkam – http://leoburnett.us/chicago/article/strategies-for-agency-moms-a-parentkind-q-and-a-with-laura-vanderkam/

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Left to right: SheSays Chicago members Lidia Varesco Racoma, Beckie O'Connor, Jennifer Lemerand, and Julie Goldsberry 

We would love to hear how you are juggling motherhood and working in the creative industry work. Please share your stories!

Art director and designer Lidia Varesco Racoma is a member of SheSays Chicago and a mom of two—kids and businesses. She blogs about juggling motherhood and small business and created the Biz Mama Facebook community to share stories from moms in business.

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hello shesays <![CDATA[Who's Your Momma mentor roundtables]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9109 2016-07-20T17:04:17Z 2016-07-13T20:08:23Z Tickets Available Here! The creative industry can be an exciting and challenging landscape to work in, and the path you take is totally up to you. Once you pick a direction, though, it helps to have a professional there to offer some guidance along the way. That’s where our Who’s Your Momma event comes in. […]

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The creative industry can be an exciting and challenging landscape to work in, and the path you take is totally up to you. Once you pick a direction, though, it helps to have a professional there to offer some guidance along the way. That’s where our Who’s Your Momma event comes in. SheSays Chicago has assembled some of the top women and men in creative for the sole purpose of helping YOU. Our mentors come from a wide variety of backgrounds and are here to answer questions and share insight on specialized topics chosen by our community. Who’s Your Momma offers something for everyone, women and men at any career level... and all you need to do is register.

Here’s how our event will work: You register for ONE of four breakout sessions you would like to join, then come prepared with questions.

1. Is it too late to reinvent yourself?

It’s never too late to reinvent yourself! We all have goals that we say are important to us — getting in shape, building a business, writing a book, and so on — but for most of us, the inertia of life holds us back. Join this breakout session to learn the important steps to take towards reinvention.
MENTORS:
Dan Fiestam, Chief Creative Officer at Laughlin Constable
L'Oreal Thompson Payton, Media Relations Manager at Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana
Len Perez, Sr. UX Designer at Purchasing Platform
Claudia Richman, Organizational Design + Change Management Consultant
Ayanna Shamese, Associate Creative Director, Burrell Communications

2. The Do's and Don'ts of resumes, cover letters and job searching
It’s about that time - to dust off the resume and steam your “Interview suit”. Whether you are switching careers or looking for advancement opportunities, it’s never too late to learn the keys to a successful job search, and how to prepare and write a strong and focused resume and cover letter.
MENTORS:
Tom Bogdan, Director of Client Services at Onward Search
Jim Conti, Director of Talent at Sprout Social
Cyndi McVicker Lambert, Talent Scout for OKRP
Alyssa Low, Senior Designer at The Office of Experience
Kerri Schoonyoung, Partner at Dept. 11

3. Making the most of networking and conferences

Most of us are not born networkers. This session will help set you on the path to developing skills that will be effective at conferences and networking events.
MENTORS:
Amanda Elliott, Founder and Blogger at Windy City Cosmo
Kyle O'Connor, VP of Finance and Accounting at Brookfield Management
Denayja Reese, Freelance Event Producer
Barbara Rozgonyi, CoryWest Media CEO, Founder Social Media Club Chicago
Juan Saldana, Business Specialist at the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

4. Working on and leveraging personal and side projects
Taking on a side project can be quite a commitment. It takes time, energy and resources, and quite often you are working on projects after-hours or on weekends. This session will explore why the hard work and passion are worth it.
MENTORS:
Ari Krzyzek, Creative Director and Chief Designer at Chykalophia Group
Skip Tramontana, Creative Director at Innocean USA
More mentors coming! Stay tuned.


Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Breakout sessions will start promptly at 6:00 pm. Food and drink will be provided thanks to our host Ascend Training.

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Ascend Training - 410 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605

Tickets Available Here!

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hello shesays <![CDATA[What's the Big Idea?]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9098 2016-07-22T12:52:02Z 2016-07-13T13:34:31Z SheSays Brighton: "What's the Big Idea?"... creativity & innovation A Brighton Digital Festival special Thursday 22 September 2016 -   6.30pm  at Sallis Benney Theatre, 58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton UK BN2 0JY Welcome to a MASSIVE SheSays Brighton evening of networking at the Sallis Benney with five terrific speakers talking about their BIG IDEAS. We listened to you: […]

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SheSays Brighton: "What's the Big Idea?"... creativity & innovation

A Brighton Digital Festival special

Thursday 22 September 2016 -   6.30pm 

at Sallis Benney Theatre, 58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton UK BN2 0JY

Welcome to a MASSIVE SheSays Brighton evening of networking at the Sallis Benney with five terrific speakers talking about their BIG IDEAS. We listened to you: here's a set of lightning talks with more time for networking in the bar after. Sign up for your free ticket now.

We're very excited to welcome Helen Kennedy, Head of Media at University of Brighton, an academic specialist in gaming and technology. As well as her many books and articles published in this area, she organised the first UK international conference in games in 2001. We can't wait to hear about her new project to disrupt the games industry through diversity. @artsbrighton 

Be inspired by journalist Coral James O'Connor! Having worked in radio, TV and and the online media industry, she is currently a Teaching Fellow at the University of Sussex, planning her PhD in Social Media and Politics. Coral worked for former US Vice President Al Gore's TV company, in partnership with Google and The Guardian before playing a key part in creating the Multimedia Broadcast Journalism degree at the University of Brighton.

We're delighted to welcome back serial entrepreneur Natalie Lloyd, Director at MOHARA, a digital studio developing sustainable and engaging products to help businesses grow. She's also launched What Women Want and curated TEDx Brighton. Let's ask her about her latest exciting project ISpy Visuals. @natalie_l_loyd

Be dazzled by the work of freelance television producer and director Farrah Jaufuraully. She's worked on award winning TV programmes for Channel 4, Channel 5, Discovery, Sky and the BBC. With over 10 years in the industry, Farrah has proved you can make a career out of creativity and get paid for it! @WhatIMightThink

Meet the wonderful Miriam Randall, Executive Director of Lighthouse who oversees the successful development of the international culture agency; with live events (Progress Bar, The Sound of Story) and initiatives like Guiding Lights, they are building a vibrant hub for radical new art, music, film, games, and digital culture in Brighton. Ask her what inspired her career, from free-thinking role models, to her former life as a touring musician performing across the UK. @LighthouseArts

Many thanks to University of Brighton for their kind support and to technical development company Amido for providing the free drinks! 

We can't wait to see you there!

Rifa and the SheSays Brighton team

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SheSays Brighton is an open group offering FREE networking events with high quality speakers. We're part of 'SheSays' - a global organisation empowering women in the digital and creative industries. weareshesays.com

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A Brighton Digital Festival event - all genders, ages and backgrounds welcome!


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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Othr]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9095 2016-07-08T17:10:57Z 2016-07-08T17:09:43Z OTHR partners with designers to produce 3D printed objects that are beautiful - and functional. Your everyday kitchen utensil is designed by the best in the industry and made just for you. OTHR was founded by designers Joe Doucet, Dean Di Simone and Evan Clabots who joined forces to create a a vibrant hub for unique ideas […]

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OTHR partners with designers to produce 3D printed objects that are beautiful - and functional. Your everyday kitchen utensil is designed by the best in the industry and made just for you. OTHR was founded by designers Joe Doucet, Dean Di Simone and Evan Clabots who joined forces to create a a vibrant hub for unique ideas and new possibilities in design.

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admiln <![CDATA[Different Types of Building Steel and Their Applications]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9093 2016-07-08T08:20:45Z 2016-07-08T08:20:45Z building steel supplies are used in various types of construction and other projects. Typically, you will find that these items are used more often in commercial buildings, although residential locations such as apartments will see many of the different items used. Take a few moments to look at some of the most common types of […]

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building steel supplies are used in various types of construction and other projects. Typically, you will find that these items are used more often in commercial buildings, although residential locations such as apartments will see many of the different items used. Take a few moments to look at some of the most common types of building steel and understand how they are going to be used.

building steel Rod

When you look at construction, the building steel rod will often be used as a way to reinforce concrete. Sometimes referred to as rebar, this material is made from reinforced building steel and is designed to help improve the imbalance that it generally has.

The building steel rod can also be found in columns and fence posts as part of a standard construction project. When additional strength is needed, a merchant bar may be used.

building steel Tubes

As you look at building steel supplies, the building steel tubes you can find are going to be pretty varied as well. For example, you will have products like seamless tubes that will often be used for the tubing of boilers in a building, while oil and gas lines will also use this form of tubes for a building. Welded tubes tend to be more focused on structures such as power plants and oil refineries as part of their operations process.

Blooms

During the building process, building steel blooms are used as a way to create structural shapes for a building. Typically, you will find them used in columns, beams and rails as well. They offer quite a bit of strength in each individual project,

building steel Plates

Normally, building steel plates are designed from a hot rolled slab and taken to a thickness of anywhere from 2mm to 20mm with a maximum width of no more than 1850mm. They are used to help add strength to a structure and are often used in areas where there is an increased amount of pressure, such as that as the base of a ship or to add strength to floors in tall buildings.

Coated building steel Sheet

Typically, this will be used for metal roofing on homes. However, the auto industry does use this same type of material for the building of their vehicles as well. The sheets used can be found in a number of different sizes.

building steel Structural Sections

In addition to these items, you will find that structural sections can be used as well. These are typically produced from building steel and will be used as part of a sectional share. They are most often found in buildings with several stories and the construction of bridges as well. This makes them an idea solution for most large projects.

Remember, there are plenty of building steel supplies that you can find for a number of different projects. Each piece has its own benefits that can truly help to improve your structure.

China Building Steel Supplier:http://www.sumametal.com

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Reply All podcast]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9085 2016-06-24T17:37:17Z 2016-06-24T16:12:26Z If you're looking for a podcast that will help you look smarter at work, look no further. Reply All is a weekly show about the best - and most unexpected - stuff on the internet. Made by Gimlet Media and hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman, Reply All also features an 'Email Debt Forgiveness Day' - […]

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If you're looking for a podcast that will help you look smarter at work, look no further. Reply All is a weekly show about the best - and most unexpected - stuff on the internet. Made by Gimlet Media and hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman, Reply All also features an 'Email Debt Forgiveness Day' - a day you can send an email response you always wanted to send but been too anxious to do it.

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Kara Jenkins <![CDATA[SheSays Australia Awards 2016 - Woman of the Year]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9079 2016-06-23T21:48:20Z 2016-06-23T21:45:11Z The post SheSays Australia Awards 2016 - Woman of the Year appeared first on SheSays.

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Kara Jenkins <![CDATA[Awards - Melbourne]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9053 2016-09-16T22:14:59Z 2016-06-21T03:42:25Z The SheSays Australia Awards are open for entry. For more details and to enter visit shesays.com.au The Categories Are you a female that has contributed to an outstanding idea in your agency? Click to enter Are you a female advertising student, or a male and female team wanting to get recognised for your ideas? Click to enter […]

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The SheSays Australia Awards are open for entry.

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hello shesays <![CDATA[Inspiring Creativity - Recap]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9040 2016-06-19T03:38:47Z 2016-06-19T03:38:47Z Last Wednesday 3 extremely creative women came together to share their favorite projects and also talk about what sparks their creativity. It was an evening of inspiration, insight and plenty of tips on how to be bold, keep feeling inspired, the value of taking risks and the power of advertising to create change. Chiat\Day kindly […]

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Last Wednesday 3 extremely creative women came together to share their favorite projects and also talk about what sparks their creativity. It was an evening of inspiration, insight and plenty of tips on how to be bold, keep feeling inspired, the value of taking risks and the power of advertising to create change.

Chiat\Day kindly hosted the event where Creative Directors Kirsten Rutherford (Chiat\Day), Hillary Coe (Freelance, formerly Google) and Sasha Markova (Mother) shared a highly varied selection of past projects from street art, real-time advertising to the power of a single image - in this case bringing Jesus to London!

 

A few words of wisdom from our speakers on:

 

Finding inspiration

  • Make time for an interest outside of advertising. Find something that makes you feel good, especially if you are not finding that fulfillment in your job.
  • Have a passion project.
  • Embrace art and culture and bring that into the world.
  • Find the thing that releases you. Whether that’s the gym, hiking, knitting, drag racing or in the shower!

 

Find your tribe

  • Find your tribe in your peers. Building the support system amongst your peers will help give you strength and improve your stance. When you exude confidence and you will naturally attract the higher ups.
  • You will feel creepy! But don’t be afraid to be persistent or ask for help when seeking out the leader who will trust and help you.

 

Be courageous

  • Have the courage to get a big idea out in the world. Don’t be put off by the seemingly small brief with the small budget. Magic can happen if you are prepared to MacGyver the crap out of it. Sometimes even investing your own time and money or asking for favors from others.
  • We have the power to change the status quo. The big tech companies are listening.
  • Creatives can have the power to arrest, shift consciousness and create an image better than anyone else can. Don’t be afraid to take risks creatively if you believe in something.
  • Remember that women get better and stronger with age - the more experienced you become, the more confidence you gain.

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Pop-up magazine]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9037 2016-06-17T16:35:46Z 2016-06-17T16:35:46Z Image reading a book chapter while the author is still working on it, or listening to work in progress tune by a great musician. This is what Pop-up magazine does. Artists travel around the US and present unfinished pieces in beautiful settings. We think other countries should copy this idea.

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Image reading a book chapter while the author is still working on it, or listening to work in progress tune by a great musician. This is what Pop-up magazine does. Artists travel around the US and present unfinished pieces in beautiful settings. We think other countries should copy this idea.

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hello shesays <![CDATA[Creativity for Good]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9021 2016-06-15T18:26:58Z 2016-06-15T17:22:02Z Great ideas can change someone's purchasing pattern, but they can also change the world. Our panel will talk about creating ideas and solutions that empower brands and organizations to be a part of initiatives that educate, give back and support important causes. From education, to nutrition, to tech, our panelists will talk about their mission […]

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Great ideas can change someone's purchasing pattern, but they can also change the world. Our panel will talk about creating ideas and solutions that empower brands and organizations to be a part of initiatives that educate, give back and support important causes. From education, to nutrition, to tech, our panelists will talk about their mission to create a cultural impact in their industry.

 

MEET THE PANEL:
Headshot_DIVYA Divya Kunapuli - Senior Marketing Manager @ NGP Van & EveryAction

Divya Kunapuli is the Senior Marketing Manager at NGP VAN, the leading technology provider to Democratic and progressive campaigns and organizations. As part of the Community & Creative team, Divya sets the company’s inbound marketing strategy to drive awareness and demand for inbound marketing globally. Prior to her current role, Divya served as the Creative Strategist for EveryAction, helping define NGP VAN's nonprofit brand and overseeing strategic marketing campaigns related to EveryAction’s brand awareness and community growth.

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Mary Rollins - SVP Partnerships @ Discovery Education

A 20+ year veteran of Discovery Communications, Mary Rollins oversees Discovery Education’s Corporate Education Partnerships global program design, development and implementation.  In this capacity, she leads program ideation, concepting, research, and strategy, as well as overseeing all aspects of program marketing, communications, engagement and analysis. Rollins joined Discovery Education in 1992 and has played a key role expanding the division’s work to transform K-12 teaching and learning nationwide. Partnering with Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, foundations, trade associations and philanthropists, Rollins guides the development of educational initiatives delivered to educators, students and families at no cost, all designed to support digital learning in under-resourced areas such as STEM, college and workforce readiness, life skills, sustainability, social media literacy, health and wellness, and environmental education.

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Allie Rubinoff - Associate, Communications and Marketing @ Partnerships for a Healthier America

Allie Rubinoff joined PHA in 2015 from the world of cable television, where she worked for more than six years in programming, development and production for a variety of networks including Bravo, Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and Oxygen. Allie’s passion for health and wellness amidst a growing obesity epidemic compelled her to look for opportunities to put her creativity, media savvy, and marketing skills to use in a new capacity. Allie supports marketing and communications, as well as strategy and fundraising efforts, for PHA’s Drink Up and FNV (Fruits & Veggies) initiatives.

Moderated by Karen Goodman - Content Director @ Under Armour

 

WHEN: Wednesday, June 22

6:30pm – Drinks & mingle
7:15pm – Panel discussion + Q&A
8:15pm – Drinks & mingle

 

WHERE: DMI

4100 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 400
Arlington, VA 22203

** Elevators are locked after hours, but look out for DMI helpers in the lobby for access! If you are still having trouble getting in, contact Audrey Hartland at 216-409-4666

 

FREE RSVP on Eventbrite

 

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hello shesays <![CDATA[Inspiring Creativity]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9007 2016-06-06T18:44:30Z 2016-06-06T18:44:30Z Busy creatives know that career-changing inspiration can come from anywhere. With open eyes and a drive to do more, professionals in every industry can find the fuel to produce some of their best work and keep moving forward. On June 8th, SheSays LA together with TBWA\Chiat\Day invites you to 'Inspiring Creativity' where you’ll hear some […]

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Busy creatives know that career-changing inspiration can come from anywhere. With open eyes and a drive to do more, professionals in every industry can find the fuel to produce some of their best work and keep moving forward.

On June 8th, SheSays LA together with TBWA\Chiat\Day invites you to 'Inspiring Creativity' where you’ll hear some of the most dynamic Creative Directors around share their stories of success and motivation.

Our diverse panel of speakers will discuss the projects they’re most proud of and the work they’ve seen that’s inspired them along the way. Whether you’re a copywriter or an art director, you’re sure to leave feeling revitalized and ready to take that next big step in your career!

 

SPEAKERS:

Kirsten Rutherford - Creative Director at Chiat\Day LA

Hillary Coe - Independent Creative Director

Sasha Markova - Creative Director at Mother, NY

 

RSVP here

 

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Creative Social lunch at Cannes]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9003 2016-06-09T14:47:16Z 2016-06-01T16:56:14Z Creative Social has given SheSays a discount for creative women (ACD and above, as a guideline)  who want to attend the CS Cannes Lunch. It’s an amazing day - and a great opportunity to network and be introduced to a very interesting organisation. We are happy to be supporting them this year in growing their own […]

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Creative Social has given SheSays a discount for creative women (ACD and above, as a guideline)  who want to attend the CS Cannes Lunch. It’s an amazing day - and a great opportunity to network and be introduced to a very interesting organisation. We are happy to be supporting them this year in growing their own female membership to better represent women at a senior level. Reserve your place now.

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[From Up North]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=9000 2016-06-01T16:51:01Z 2016-06-01T16:51:01Z Since 2010, these two Swedish - of course - designers have been curating some great work at FromUpNorth. It's a great source of inspiration for all creatives out there. Their latest post on packing design is truly great.

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Since 2010, these two Swedish - of course - designers have been curating some great work at FromUpNorth. It's a great source of inspiration for all creatives out there. Their latest post on packing design is truly great.

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hello shesays <![CDATA[Advertising Motherhood: 99% Guilt Free!]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=8994 2016-06-01T14:25:18Z 2016-06-01T14:22:13Z Tickets available here. A recent study sponsored by Harvard Business School revealed that by age 30, nearly 50% of the married women polled said they had chosen a job with more flexibility, 26% had slowed down the pace of their career and 9% had declined a promotion because of family responsibilities. In short, many women […]

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Tickets available here.

A recent study sponsored by Harvard Business School revealed that by age 30, nearly 50% of the married women polled said they had chosen a job with more flexibility, 26% had slowed down the pace of their career and 9% had declined a promotion because of family responsibilities. In short, many women like you are off-ramping for full-time motherhood at the same time senior marketing positions are becoming available. This informative panel discussion is your chance to learn about much-needed family-focused policy changes, hear from the mommas who are prioritizing work and family and why it’s important from a brand, agency and cultural perspective to recruit and retain you in a senior position.

Doors will open at 5:30pm. Panel will start promptly at 6:00pm. Food and drink will be provided by our host, ParentKind and Leo Burnett.

MODERATOR:

Alexandra C. Eidenberg: President and Co-Founder of The Insurance People. Runs a 501c4 lobbying organization called Mom+Baby that fights for the rights of women and children online, in person and on the hill. She is a professional speaker, community activist, mom and small business owner.

PANEL:

Leigh Armstrong: SVP Director of Business Development, Leo Burnett. 4 countries. 3 networks (WPP, Omnicom and Publicis Groupe), 2 people I love (my husband and my daughter) and 1 mom. That’s me.

Diana Cantos-Sims: Born in Chicago, IL, to immigrant parents from Puerto Rico and Mexico. Holds a Doctorate degree in Optometry and has over 25 years experience in business strategies that work, marketing, sales and branding.

Rachael Hardy: Creative Director, Walgreens. 10 years experience, spanning a variety of industries. Has played in the Brand Agency (Landor), Publishing (JET/Ebony Magazine) and Corporate Brand (Walgreens) markets. Currently serves as the Associate Creative Director for Walgreens Beauty/Health Wellness. Mother of one - two year old daughter Parker.

Carlene Mahanna: Manager Talent Acquisition and Founding Contributor to SapientNitro’s Career Returns Program.

Mylene Pollock: EVP, Creative Director, Leo Burnett. A creative thinker for decades and a creative director for most of them, Mylene has worked (and raised her family) in New York, North Carolina and Chicago. Much of what she learned as a parent has been directly applicable to work, and fortunately much of what she learned at work has come in handy at home.

Thank you to our host and sponsor, ParentKind / Leo Burnett for developing this topic and opening your doors to our community.

When
Where
Leo Burnett - 35 West Wacker Drive 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60601 

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[A manifesto for the last generation of Token Women]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=8937 2016-06-09T14:47:57Z 2016-05-30T17:28:35Z We love this manifesto Jess Greenwood wrote for AdWeek. It took us back to 2010 when we organized ' The Token Woman' list that spawned interesting organizations like The 5050 initiative.  Here's the manifesto: A Manifesto for the Last Generation of Token Women We are the last generation of token women, and we have a job […]

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We love this manifesto Jess Greenwood wrote for AdWeek. It took us back to 2010 when we organized ' The Token Woman' list that spawned interesting organizations like The 5050 initiative.  Here's the manifesto:

A Manifesto for the Last Generation of Token Women

We are the last generation of token women, and we have a job to do.

We don't wait to be assigned a speaking role. Instead, we just speak, because we have something to say.

We take every meeting invite and every client dinner, save an extra chair, make an extra space, and fill it with a female colleague.

We grin like cats in corporate headshots, on the top row, above the fold.

We accept last-minute invitations to otherwise all-male conference panels, and make a point of turning up with interesting things to say.

We nod sagely when recruiters call us "gold dust," and take the bigger and better jobs. And then hire a bunch more women.

We mentor and elevate and thank and promote.

(When points need to be made, we will blast Beyoncé, and roll in packs.)

We are on the stage, collecting that award. Next year, there will be two of us.

Then, three. Then all.

When there are tons of us, there will be no more token women. Just women. And we will invite the dudes out for champagne and celebrate together.

We are the last generation of token women, and we will make space for all the rest.

Jess Greenwood (@JessGreenwood) is vice president, activation strategy and partnerships, at R/GA.

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hello shesays <![CDATA[Do Your Own Thing]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=8986 2016-05-29T16:24:32Z 2016-05-29T16:19:48Z A panel discussion dedicated to explore what happens beyond the world of employees. Founders and freelancers explain why they took the plunge and shared advices on how to build your brand, grow your network, plan ahead, cope with the occasional fears and have fun working for a new boss: yourself. PANEL Leila El-Kayem & Sophie Mayer […]

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A panel discussion dedicated to explore what happens beyond the world of employees. Founders and freelancers explain why they took the plunge and shared advices on how to build your brand, grow your network, plan ahead, cope with the occasional fears and have fun working for a new boss: yourself.

PANEL

Leila El-Kayem & Sophie Mayer (Founders The Adventures Of)

Irene Kugelmann (Freelance Creative Director & Owner Kugelstuff)

Stefan Schmidt (Founder dieckertschmidt)

AGENDA

7 PM – welcome

7:30 – 8:30 PM – panel and Q&A 

8:30 – 9:30 PM – drinks and networking

May 27th, Gipsstrasse 11, Berlin

Sponsored by Iconoclast 

 

 

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Clerkenwell Design Week]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=8983 2016-05-23T20:02:49Z 2016-05-23T20:02:49Z Register for free to attend Clerkenwell Design week - May 2016 (24-26) . Celebrating its 7th year, UK’s leading independent design festival attracts the international design community to this small area of London for three days of exciting events. Clerkenwell is home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on […]

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Register for free to attend Clerkenwell Design week - May 2016 (24-26) .

Celebrating its 7th year, UK’s leading independent design festival attracts the international design community to this small area of London for three days of exciting events.

Clerkenwell is home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet, making it truly one of the most important design hubs in the world. To celebrate this rich and diverse community, Clerkenwell Design Week has created a showcase of leading UK and international brands and companies presented in a series of showroom events,  exhibitions and special installations that take place across the area.

 

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Mahabis]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=8980 2016-05-23T19:45:01Z 2016-05-23T19:45:01Z From London here comes Mahabis, a slipper that is also a shoe: just add the sole. Made out of soft, sculpted, sheeps wool, each shoe comes with an indoor and outdoor sole with multiple color options. They look super Scandinavian comfy, yes we invented a new term.

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From London here comes Mahabis, a slipper that is also a shoe: just add the sole. Made out of soft, sculpted, sheeps wool, each shoe comes with an indoor and outdoor sole with multiple color options. They look super Scandinavian comfy, yes we invented a new term.

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Propeller Fest NYC 20th May]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=8975 2016-05-13T18:45:05Z 2016-05-13T18:43:41Z Love Start-ups, Tech and Innovation? The come to Propeller Fest . SheSays co-founder Ale Lariu is speaking in this day-long event uniting innovators and technologists of the Northeast, slated to take place in Hoboken, NJ on Friday, May 20. With more than 5,000 attendees expected to attend, the day will consist of keynotes from the […]

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Love Start-ups, Tech and Innovation? The come to Propeller Fest .
SheSays co-founder Ale Lariu is speaking in this day-long event uniting innovators and technologists of the Northeast, slated to take place in Hoboken, NJ on Friday, May 20. With more than 5,000 attendees expected to attend, the day will consist of keynotes from the Northeast’s top influencers, a startup competition hosted by Techstars, recruitment lounges from sought-after technology employers and more than 50 exhibitor booths and product demos.

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Visual country]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=8972 2016-05-13T18:41:26Z 2016-05-13T18:41:26Z When you thought you could never make money out of doing cool vines here comes Visual Country, a digital agency born out of creating short videos, photography and digital content for over 150 major brands. Founded by Meagan Cignoli, the short videos set the standard for cool branded content and won tons of awards.

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When you thought you could never make money out of doing cool vines here comes Visual Country, a digital agency born out of creating short videos, photography and digital content for over 150 major brands. Founded by Meagan Cignoli, the short videos set the standard for cool branded content and won tons of awards.

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hello shesays <![CDATA[Building a Brand]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=8947 2016-05-10T01:16:39Z 2016-05-09T15:47:03Z Whether creating a startup, or trying to change perception of a longstanding company, building a brand is a strategic art. Our panel will share their experiences with brands across a wide variety of categories including food, spirits, beauty and government. These digital trailblazers will talk through some of the challenges and opportunities they face in […]

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Whether creating a startup, or trying to change perception of a longstanding company, building a brand is a strategic art. Our panel will share their experiences with brands across a wide variety of categories including food, spirits, beauty and government. These digital trailblazers will talk through some of the challenges and opportunities they face in an evolving market.

 

MEET THE PANEL:

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Amy Brown - VP, Digital Strategy @ Ogilvy & Mather

Amy is a creative and experienced brand strategist with a passion for building brands that work across all of the ways people connect in today’s world – digital, social, traditional, event, etc. Currently putting those skills to use leading strategy across Ogilvy Washington's portfolio of consumer business.

 

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Erin Kirkpatrick - Director of Content Marketing @ Bluemercury
Erin is an experienced and strategic digital media enthusiast with experience across the traditional and digital communications spaces with a special emphasis on digital influencer relations. Erin is currently leading the Bluemercury content marketing team where she develops social media, editorial, influencer and website content strategies for the fastest growing luxury beauty retailer in the country.

 

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Stephanie Dreyer - Director for Digital Media and Strategy @ US Department of Defense
Stephanie works in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where she develops the messaging and content strategy for DoD's digital media platforms, including all DoD social media channels. In 2015, Ms. Dreyer launched the first Facebook page for a Secretary of Defense to help Secretary Carter better communicate his priorities to the force and the American people.

 

Moderated by Karen Goodman - Content Director @ Under Armour

 

WHEN: Wednesday May 18th, 2016

6:30pm – Drinks & mingle
7:15pm – Panel discussion
8:00pm – Q&A
8:15pm – Drinks & mingle

 

WHERE: 

Ogilvy Washington
1111 19th Street NW, 3rd Floor
Washington DC 20036

 

FREE RSVP on Eventbrite

 

 

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Le Manoosh]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=8943 2016-05-06T17:49:53Z 2016-05-06T17:49:53Z A design blog these days is nothing if it doesn't have a 'shop' attached to it. We've told you about Austere.co and Dezeen.com, and now we're adding Le Manoosh to the mix. Their shop is great and supporting material is carefully curated with the latest design work and upcoming trends. Great for moodboards and trend presentations.

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A design blog these days is nothing if it doesn't have a 'shop' attached to it. We've told you about Austere.co and Dezeen.com, and now we're adding Le Manoosh to the mix. Their shop is great and supporting material is carefully curated with the latest design work and upcoming trends. Great for moodboards and trend presentations.

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Austere]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=8940 2016-04-28T17:35:07Z 2016-04-28T17:35:07Z Austere is a living magazine about Design. The best design: the Scandinavian kind. Content is created around this great theme and you can buy what is featured online as well as visit any physical locations in LA or The Hamptons. Sign-up for their newsletter to get inundated with pure beauty.

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Austere is a living magazine about Design. The best design: the Scandinavian kind. Content is created around this great theme and you can buy what is featured online as well as visit any physical locations in LA or The Hamptons. Sign-up for their newsletter to get inundated with pure beauty.

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Life Hacks]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=8934 2016-04-26T18:26:47Z 2016-04-26T18:26:47Z On May 3rd in conjunction with the 5050 initiative, SheSays New York presents a night of inspiring and motivating approaches for living a more productive life. Discover how our speakers learned to balance both personal and professional demands while still achieving happiness and success by applying various ‘life hacks’ ranging from how to adopt better time […]

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On May 3rd in conjunction with the 5050 initiative, SheSays New York presents a night of inspiring and motivating approaches for living a more productive life. Discover how our speakers learned to balance both personal and professional demands while still achieving happiness and success by applying various ‘life hacks’ ranging from how to adopt better time management habits, how to leverage apps and technology to stay organized and manage time, and how to tap into free resources to do more with less. 

SPEAKERS

Allison Behringer - Betaworks

Claire Kelly - Google

Piera Gelardi - Refinery29

Eben Levy - The Bump

AGENDA

5:30 pm Registration 

6:15 pm Opening Remarks

6:25 pm Presentations

7:05 pm Q & A / Panel Discussion

7:35 pm Closing Remarks

7:45 pm Networking

8:30 pm Event End

Hosted by Creative Niche, Let's Make the Industry 50/50 and  sponsored by XO Group.

RSVP for FREE on our Eventbrite page. 

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Versions of you - the hybrid mindset]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=8929 2016-04-26T18:19:55Z 2016-04-26T18:18:54Z On April 28th at MovingBrands, New York, we'll be discussing how to nurture a hybrid mindset. Most of us display unexpected combinations of disciplines, cultures, industries and approaches. In this salon we’ll discuss the hybrid mindset, the positives and negatives of being a hybrid and what you’ll need to let the hybrid in you thrive.  […]

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On April 28th at MovingBrands, New York, we'll be discussing how to nurture a hybrid mindset.

Most of us display unexpected combinations of disciplines, cultures, industries and approaches. In this salon we’ll discuss the hybrid mindset, the positives and negatives of being a hybrid and what you’ll need to let the hybrid in you thrive. 

This session will be interactive and we’ll even help you build a better - hybrid - version of your future self.

PANEL

Aki Shelton - Executive Creative Director at Moving Brands

Mayo Nissen - Designer and Researcher at frog design

May Shek - Strategist at Siegel+Gale

Panel moderated by Alessandra Lariu - SheSays co-founder

AGENDA

6.30 PM - doors

7 - 8 PM - panel, Q&A and workshop

8 - 8.30 PM - networking

RSVP for FREE on Eventbrite.

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hello shesays <![CDATA[Salary negotiation strategies]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=8913 2016-04-13T16:25:34Z 2016-04-13T03:23:15Z Join us on Thursday, April 21 from 6pm - 8pm at General Assembly to discuss Salary Negotiation Strategies. Negotiations are not just about the billion dollar deals, boardroom strategies, or company takeovers; it’s a process we use daily. This panel discussion is designed to help you understand the process of negotiation, using techniques and steps […]

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SalaryNegotianJoin us on Thursday, April 21 from 6pm - 8pm at General Assembly to discuss Salary Negotiation Strategies.

Negotiations are not just about the billion dollar deals, boardroom strategies, or company takeovers; it’s a process we use daily. This panel discussion is designed to help you understand the process of negotiation, using techniques and steps you can apply in getting what you want successfully. Whether you're preparing for an upcoming interview, asking for a pay raise, renegotiating a current contract, or slicing your company share, knowing how to effectively negotiate compensation is necessary for every profession.

Takeaways

  • Interactive activities that will engage attendees who want to practice their negotiating skills in person
  • Preparing a negotiating strategy
  • Avoid common mistakes in negotiating
  • Understand the role of influence and persuasion in negotiating
  • Understand basic bargaining techniques

Click here for more information.

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SheSays Brighton: Climb Every Mountain!... overcoming obstacles

Wednesday 25 May 2016 - 6.30pm to 8.30pm

THE HILTON METROPOLE, KING'S ROAD, Brighton BN1 2FU, UK

Welcome to our May SheSays session and a new bigger seafront venue! We'll hear from three amazing speakers, talking about their challenges and how they've overcome them. Sign up it's free!

Nikki Gatenby has grown her marketing agency Propellernet, to be one of the top 10 best places to work in the UK for 3 years running. Over the last 20 years she has been experimenting with better ways of working across in digital agencies in London, Paris and now Brighton. She'll share her journey, with life lessons on purpose, impact and dancing to the beat of your own drum. Nikki is also a trustee for the Trust For Developing Communities (TDC), we'll hear more about the work they do for Brighton's children on the poverty line. @NikkiGatenby

Linda Hubbard is co-founder of Dream Valley Projects, an alpine playground for entrepreneurs and change makers. She moved to the French Alps 2 years ago after 15 years leading London and Brighton marketing agencies. She's a mountain loving trail runner and has always dreamt of climbing Mont Blanc. We'll hear more about how we can get involved in her next adventure.

Vicki Hughes is the founder and Managing Director of Fugu PR, a public relations and communications consultancy. She's developed campaigns to build reputation and brand awareness for more than 20 years, by creating stories and ideas that connect brands to their audience. She is also a trustee at SameSky (organisers of Burning the Clocks and Children’s Parade), a consortium member for Brighton Digital Festival and supports Brighton Housing Trust. @vickih

Do you want to get more involved in the wider Brighton community? This event will include a Q&A with charity the Brighton Housing Trust and our speakers. We want to hear your ideas and questions so be prepared to get involved!

Thank you to our generous sponsors Propellernet and CSMA Club

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We can't wait to see you there!

Love Rifa and the SheSays Brighton team

SheSays Brighton is an open group offering FREE networking events with high quality speakers. We're part of 'SheSays' - a global organisation empowering women in the digital and creative industries. weareshesays.com

@SheSaysBrighton #shesaysbtn

Find us on Linkedin  - SheSays Brighton chapter and on Facebook

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Ale Lariu <![CDATA[Project Soli]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=8904 2016-04-08T20:51:03Z 2016-04-08T20:51:03Z Google is about to launch Project Soli - a touchless interface that represents a new way to interact with devices. Imagine being able to scroll by rubbing fingers - no mouse, no trackpad. "The Soli sensor can track sub-millimeter motions at high speed and accuracy." The sensor fits onto a chip and the dev kit is coming up soon.

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Google is about to launch Project Soli - a touchless interface that represents a new way to interact with devices. Imagine being able to scroll by rubbing fingers - no mouse, no trackpad. "The Soli sensor can track sub-millimeter motions at high speed and accuracy." The sensor fits onto a chip and the dev kit is coming up soon.

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Thanks to Digitas LBi for hosting last Thursday’s panel discussion of “What Makes a Great Creative Director”. More than half of our audience were newbies, so word is getting out as fast as the [free] tickets are selling out. Moderator and SheSays communications committee member Kimberly Campbell kept the conversation moving smoothly with highly experienced panel members: Kevin Lockwood, Director of Experience Design at Digitas San Francisco; YanYan Zhang, Creative Director at VSA Partners; Elaine Lopez, Design Lead at Greater Good Studio; Holly Williamson, Brand Art Director at Groupon; and Derek Sherman, SVP, Group Creative Director at Digitas Chicago.

50/50…Are We There Yet?

“Gender bias.” “Boys’ club.” “Lack of work-life balance.” These terms are well known in the creative workplace, truly need to be discussed and ultimately redefined. Just ask Derek Sherman. “I’ve heard male agency leaders say women can’t work on beer or cars, or that women aren’t funny. It’s just not true,” he said. “I’ve also heard men can’t work on beauty products, haircare, fragrance or diamonds. That’s not true either. There are business opportunities on every type of account. We have to get rid of these pre-ordained biases [if real progress is going to be made].”

“Events like this one, where we introduce women to senior-level women who they can look up to and gain knowledge from, that’s a big step in the right direction,” said Holly Williamson. As a mother of two, Groupon offers Williamson and other mothers a “work from home” option on certain weekdays and the ability to come in earlier or leave later to balance her busy life and skip the guilt.

“Talk about the benefits of having women leadership. Every team that has 50% women has stronger, better communication in their work,” said Kevin Lockwood. YanYan Zhang built on his comment with the idea of across-the-board growth: “When I started, it really was a boys’ club. Now I’ve learned when you nurture and mentor across all creatives, you allow opportunities for growth in all areas.”

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Work/Life Balance: Legit or Lip Service?

Advertising can be compared to that stupid-simple carnival game with the longest name ever: “Whoever-Keeps-A-Hand-On-The-Car-Longest-Wins-It”. There is underlying pressure to reward those who stay late, even if they’re eating pizza and crushing it at ping-pong. Hey, a Cannes-worthy idea can show up anywhere right? Sure. Yes. But for those with families, outside commitments, or those who simply want a break from the nightly cube village happy hours, we’re somehow at a disadvantage for wanting a professional life and a personal life. How do we begin to implement policy change for work/life balance? Is it even possible to have a balance?

“We got rid of meetings before 1:00 PM, and it’s been a huge success,” Lockwood said. “We can be more productive in the morning, be more focused when we do meet and everyone can get out at a decent time. Open seating has also been a benefit, so teams can talk about the work as the day goes on and minimize the ‘less official’ meetings.”

Elaine Lopez added, ”Design is equally pressured. I left more than a few jobs because I was completely burnt out, but I’m fortunate enough now to work at Greater Good. We have a results-only work environment, which means we can work from wherever and however we want as long as the work gets done. The company was founded by parents, so they understand the value of time and they respect ours. This trust level encourages us to keep that balance as well. If I need to run an errand in the middle of the day, I don’t feel the guilt, because we’re all on the same page.”

Personal management style comes into play at the CD level, as Zhang candidly shared. “There’s a difference in what is considered ‘official company policy’ versus personal management style. I am not always that great at balancing my own life, but I’ve become more conscious of my teammates’ schedules. Set boundaries, and respect your colleagues. If you set your own boundaries, people will respect them.”

Sherman brought up a good point and sage advice for younger creatives: “You will always have to deal with clients. You don’t always get the final say.” Translation: set some solid, personal standards now and prepare to practice flexibility with future teammates, management and clients.

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“So…What does a CD Really Do?”

The panelists didn’t hesitate to respond when an audience member asked the question about a CD’s responsibilities.

Lockwood: “It’s up to [CDs] to set boundaries for our teams. It’s up to me to protect my team from outside influences, whether real or not, then protect my inner team to go do what they need to do. I do more than I’m expected to do, and in most cases, it’s been the right thing to do.I make sure everyone is doing their best work, especially if I have NOT directed them. That means they are taking leadership.”

Sherman: “To be a CD is the wrong goal. It should be to do the best work you can possibly do, and keep doing that. As time goes on, people will notice and offer more responsibility. The most important skill is resilience, as things get better the more you push. It’s not just having great ideas. I wish I knew then how to shrug things off and start again every time.

Williamson: “Understand where you want to work – in house, an agency, etc. Remember to continue to gain experience. I’m gaining experience and knowledge by looking around me, to see who I respect and admire, or even asking mentors to lunch.”

Lopez: “I’ve gained patience [with projects and people], and know that things come in time. I trust my instincts, have the confidence to share ideas and am willing to fail. I have a positive attitude, and level head. It reflects that I know what I’m doing, that I can handle the responsibilities. Definitely be vocal about a leadership role.”

Zhang: “I never set out with the specific goal to become a CD and am still learning. The responsibilities vary and it’s important to make sure you understand and prioritize: are you managing people? The clients? the projects? presenting/selling work?”

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Mentors: Don’t Leave a Job Without One

A good mentor can show you the ropes and offer advice. A great mentor can see your potential, listen well and keep you and your goals in check.

Lopez: “Reach out and stay in touch with past bosses and creative directors. When a pivotal job or life decision comes up, those people know you in a different way than family and friends. They know how you work and other things about you that those closest to you probably don’t.

Zhang:“Right out of school, I remember having a timeline with ambitious goals. My mentor has always stressed the idea of slowing down and focusing on what I was learning and the importance of experience over time. He always had an “open door” policy, and I do as well."

Sherman: “I think mentors are fine, but a good partner is much more important. You sit together every day and make things happen. You challenge each other, and you can get really far with a great partner.”

Lockwood: “I agree with having a partner, but I’ve always looked two to three levels above where I am now to get involved in that person’s work. It could be your boss or a co-worker. The more I’m around that person and see how he or she approaches the work, the more I can be like that. The best mentors always keep learning. That’ll pay off in your own work and you can pay it forward.”

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Expect the Unexpected

Advertising and design are fast-paced, quick-thinking careers. There has to be a way for a CD to cope with the daily (hourly?) ups and downs…right, panelists?

Lockwood: “Let go and let the team do something. Allow them to make mistakes, but guide them to not make the same mistake again. It can be difficult when you know you can do something better in half the time, but juniors, mid-levels and even seniors need to be coached.”

Williamson: “Understand how people work. I had an epiphany as I started managing – and realized I was too tough on my former creative director. They might need space or for you to work with them more. Face-to-face conversations really help, too.”

Zhang: "As a designer, I’ve always been pretty good about not taking things personally. As a CD, I’ve found unexpectedly that I take criticism of my team’s work personally.”

Lopez: “Manage your team’s time as well as your own. Know how to properly gauge the time involved in a project is properly scoped and planned.”

Sherman: “I thought as a CD, I’d be able to sell work through and have more say. It’s not true. The higher you go up the ladder, you’ll still have a boss and a client, and it’s funny, the most junior clients still fuck with senior creative directors.Titles don’t guarantee control.”
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Online. Offline. In line at Target. In a cab. On a train. In a plane. Where does your creativity thrive?

Sherman: “Talking to people. Have conversations. Find out how other people think and work. Facebook is great to see what people are posting and inspired by.”

Williamson: “I am inspired by live music and people around me in and out of the office. Museums, going online for fashion and interior design, colors and pattern inspiration.”

Lopez: For me, not working really helps. Talking to friends who work in different fields. I have friends who are doctors. Hearing them talk about their profession is fascinating. Or my friends in the military, with their structured lifestyles. I love film festivals and being inspired by things that may not be design or creative, too.

Lockwood: “I run 30-60 minutes almost every day, with or without music. I’m lucky to be close to Redwoods so I can hike and be in nature. Side projects on weekends - code something, design something - these are always fun for me.”

From all of us at SheSaysChicago, THANK YOU for making Women’s History Month such a success. We look forward to seeing you at the next panel discussion on salary negotiation on Thursday, April 21 at General Assembly.

Article by Anne Hagerty, Photos by Anna Olsztynska

 

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On Thursday, March 24 Ascend Training partnered with SheSays Chicago to host Who’s Your Momma—a mentorship platform for women (and men) in the creative industry. We leveraged the Ascend classroom space by developing four breakout sessions based on community interest: UX Researchers and Practice, The In’s and Outs of Freelancing, Life Working for a Big Agency, and Tips for Managing Your Team. Jen Lemerand and Jackie White of SheSays recruited 19 fantastic mentors with various levels of experience and fields to share their insights and stories with the 60+ attendees. We kicked off the event by asking all of our mentors to share their “best piece of advice ever received” with the full audience to encourage the mentees to later connect with mentors outside of their chosen session. Here is what these trail blazing women had to say:

“Know your worth and understand who you are to determine what works best for you. Also, be picky with your career opportunities while being sure it is financially the right thing for you at the time.”
Saadé Taylor: Freelance Creative Partner at Leo Burnett, Freelance Photographer

“Always double down on 11. And hire people that are better than you.”
- Michelle Tucker: Group Creative Director, Havas

“Look within yourself to drive your individuality forward. You can do anything from the place you’re at and the person you are now.”
Eileen Tjan: Principal/Creative Director, Other Studio

“Network. Network Network. Who you know is just as important as what you know. It’s also very important to not be an asshole. People want to work with people that they like.”
Kelly Butler: Freelance Associate Creative Director

“Be the Doctor. I gained confidence as a creative by participating in improv classes at Second City, and a common exercise is for the teacher to give you and a partner the direction of being a doctor and a nurse. The man in the scenario is always the doctor, and the woman the nurse. When the directions were given to me, I jumped in and said ‘Nurse! Hand me the scalpel!’ … and owned the role of Doctor. So can you”
Mary Olivieri: SVP, Executive Creative Director, CBD

“Look to children for inspiration. And get rid of the negative people in your life.”
Amy Spizzo: Freelance Creative Partner/Copywriter

“Don’t specialize. I have heard again and again that I should find a niche and specialize and capitalize on that. Unless you want to start a big business, my recommendation is the opposite. If you’re like me, you get bored easily, and you need exciting and inspiring projects, not the same thing every day for the next umpteen years. So do a little bit of everything. In my opinion, that makes for a much more versatile, and much less bored creative person. And… take lots of vacations!!“
Julia Thiel: Founder Yoolia Design, LLC

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“Surround yourself with better people. I look at the people on my team and they make me a better Creative Director. In the beginning of my career it was hard to admit that I didn’t have all of the answers. Give yourself the gift of curiosity and compassion.”
Melissa Healy: Group Creative Director, Frequency540

“Don’t take anything personally from clients. Don’t even take praise personally. It can get in your head. Stay true to who you are.”
Rose Richardson: Account Supervisor, Havas

“If something goes out in the world and it’s a failure, but nobody notices… it’s not a failure!”
Noor Abdallah: Corporate Communications Specialist, Rust-Oleum

“Go see a movie. At a time when our team was slow, the creative director told me to go see a movie. Creative inspiration doesn’t come from sitting behind a computer. Get out and see the world.”
Deb Pahl: Freelance ACD/CW, Tribal, DDB

“Stay true to yourself and believe in your voice. Don’t downplay that.”
Kiley Coombe: UX Design Researcher, Motorola Mobility

“Surround yourself with stars who only make you look brighter. And if you’re not growing, you’re dying.”
Trina Uzee: Creative Director, Allstate

“Consider feedback as a gift. My first piece of constructive criticism stuck with me.”
Carolyn Chandler: ACD, User Experience at Mira Fitness, Ascend Training Instructor

“Trust our instincts. Women have power we don’t always use to our advantage - your gut feeling. Trust it and go with the flow.”
Hala Hemayssi: Global Head Design & Research, Infosys Management Consulting

“Owning a business is hard. Have a “business bestie” who you can bounce ideas off. Say ‘I can, and I will’ to push forward.”
Ari Krzyzek: Creative Director & Designer, Chykalophia Group

“ASK. Not permission. Ask for the role you want. Ask, take it and insert yourself to make it happen.”
Ayanna Shamese: Associate Creative Director, Burrell Communications

“There’s no growth in the comfort zone. I am an introvert, so speaking in front of 80 women here tonight is a challenge. But to grow, we have to look past our fears.”
Kathleen Bokar: Associate Director, Social Media, FCB

“Don’t have project blinders. There is life after the project, which can be hard to remember when you’re in the shit.”
Amber Vasquez: Chief Design Officer, Mightybytes


Thank you to these successful Chicago women for sharing their stories with our community. If you would like to join SheSays Chicago as a mentor at a future event, please email Jen Lemerand at chicago@weareshesays.com.

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hello shesays <![CDATA[Let's get social - about social]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=8879 2016-04-05T21:24:09Z 2016-04-05T21:18:40Z Brands have a lot of pressure to have an active and engaging presence on social media. With more and more platforms and players in this space, the landscape is more competitive and complicated than ever. Our panel will dig into what works, what doesn’t and what they think the future holds. Come mingle, hang out […]

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Brands have a lot of pressure to have an active and engaging presence on social media. With more and more platforms and players in this space, the landscape is more competitive and complicated than ever. Our panel will dig into what works, what doesn’t and what they think the future holds. Come mingle, hang out and bring questions!

 

PANEL:

Catherine Leitner - Senior Director, Buzz Marketing @ Marriott International

Megan Garafola - Digital Strategist & Account Director @ Ogilvy

Moderator: Karen Goodman – Content Director, Under Armour

 

EVENT DETAILS:
Wednesday April 13th, 2016

6:30pm – Drinks & mingle
7:15pm – Panel discussion
8:00pm – Q&A
8:15pm – Drinks & mingle

 

LOCATION:

Alba Osteria - 425 I St NW, Washington, DC 20001

The restaurant will be offering happy hour prices on food & drinks all night to participants of the event. Happy hour will be held in the back bar, and the panel will be held in the back room.

 

RSVP for FREE here

 

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Amanda J <![CDATA[Launch of Pledge Parental Leave]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=8872 2016-06-09T14:45:13Z 2016-03-31T16:03:49Z (Illustration credit: Kim Weiner) Did you know that the United States is the only industrialized country in the world to not have government mandated policies on parental leave? And given that the creative industry here tends to fall horrendously behind when it comes to work/life balance benefits, the lack of parental leave surely sticks out like a sore […]

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Did you know that the United States is the only industrialized country in the world to not have government mandated policies on parental leave? And given that the creative industry here tends to fall horrendously behind when it comes to work/life balance benefits, the lack of parental leave surely sticks out like a sore thumb.

On March 22nd, a massive parental leave initiative was kicked-off, designed to inspire real change to a current lack of government regulations. And we are excited to tell you that SheSays is a proud supporting partner in this movement.

So far, this initiative has brought together 11 of the biggest, most high-profile digital studios and agencies in New York City, all of whom have pledged to offer their employees a minimum of 3 months paid leave, 3 months of uninterrupted health insurance, 6 months guaranteed position held open, and most importantly, a commitment to publishing their benefits publicly online.

The aim is to light a desperately needed fire, gain more momentum, bring onboard more partners, and expand beyond NYC. Here are the details:

  • There’s currently no government mandated parental leave policies in the United States, so it’s up to the private sector to step up.

  • In light of this, ustwo has initiated what is being called Pledge Parental Leave: A campaign and movement that sets the standard for the minimum parental leave benefits that companies in the creative industry (and beyond) should be offering their team.

  • The premise is simple: There are four parental leave benefit specifications that each potential partner must achieve to in order to join.

  • By adhering to these four criteria, each Pledge Partner has announced (and proved) to the world that they truly do are care about the wellbeing of their employees and their families, in addition to setting themselves apart from their competition in an increasingly competitive industry.

There is a launch party tonight 31st March starting at 6:30pm at ustwo NY. Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend, more details and to RSVP can be found here.

In the meantime, help to spread the word and get the movement going.

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hello shesays <![CDATA[Remaking Me: Insights on career change from four Chicago creatives]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=8867 2016-04-13T16:28:21Z 2016-03-24T16:40:43Z Our celebration of Women’s History Month continued on March 16th as we hosted our second of four events for the month. Partnering with our friends at General Assembly, we were welcomed by the new River North co-working space Coalition Impact to discuss career change in the creative sector. The discussion was wonderfully moderated by Loren […]

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Our celebration of Women’s History Month continued on March 16th as we hosted our second of four events for the month. Partnering with our friends at General Assembly, we were welcomed by the new River North co-working space Coalition Impact to discuss career change in the creative sector.

The discussion was wonderfully moderated by Loren Greiff, UX/Mobile/Design Recruiter at Vitamin T, along with four smart and passionate panelists from varied backgrounds.

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L’Oreal Thompson Payton left what her family called a “steady job” with Chicago Public Schools to chase her passion for writing and non-profits as the Media Relations Manager of Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (where her family may have joked non-profit means no profit). L’Oreal had always dreamed of becoming a journalist who writes stories that speak to young women of color, and this allowed her to use her writing and editing prowess while doing work that benefits her community.

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Nina Polson was working as an Account Executive at an ad agency, and wanted to be a bigger part of the creative process.There were no opportunities within her company to transition into a more creative role, so she decided to travel abroad to do some soul searching, then took a UX class at General Assembly. Now she is an Associate UX Architect with Critical Mass, and loving it.

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Andy Eninger’s career shift felt like the Wild West, shifting out of building databases in IT during the early internet days where job searching is not what it is today. He took up improv as a hobby, never knowing it could become a career. With hard work, he is now the Head of The Writing Program at Second City.

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Finally Angela Vitzthum had been in a leadership role with a creative recruiting firm for five years. It gave her a deep understanding of the creative workforce, in addition to her previous design experience. She knew she wanted to make the shift to product, and took a class with General Assembly. Eight weeks into her 12 week program, she landed a new career as Director of Product at the startup Snap Mobile, soon promoted to Partner.

What were the steps you took to make a big change?

“On paper, it was my dream job, but it wasn’t … I lost passion and got burned out. I knew I needed to use my superpowers in a different way.” - L’Oreal Thompson Payton

“I quit my job and it was scary - I pictured myself doing something - and then I was able to do it.” - Andy Eninger

“I set up coffee dates - I bought so many drinks to pick people’s brains.” - Nina Polson

“Build your network - to help you before you jump.” - Andy Eninger

“Knowing what you like to do and go find it.” - Andy Eninger

“Call yourself what you want to be from day one.” - Nina Polson

“Building credibility and gaining confidence in a new roll is something you don’t think about.” - Angela Vitzthum

“You’re good enough - all the things along your path were for a reason to get you where you are.” - L’Oreal Thompson Payton

“Shake the trees to find work.” - Andy Eninger

“Trust your gut. Don’t second guess yourself.” - L’Oreal Thompson Payton

“Be able to communicate and ask how to solve a problem, because you will be continuously learning.” - Angela Vitzthum

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Key skills you need while transitioning:

  • Soft skills are critical
  • Communication
  • Networking
  • Continued education
  • Listen to podcasts
  • Follow trends
  • Connect your previous expertise to what you are doing now with storytelling
  • Fitting in with company culture

The most underrated soft skills:

“Being a people person, social, fit in with the culture.” - L’Oreal Thompson Payton

“Try to understand other’s ideas.” - Andy Eninger

“Be engaging, have eye contact.” - Angela Vitzthum

“Fake it till you make it, figure it out on the back end.” - Angela Vitzthum

“Connect the dots from where you were to where you’re going.” - Andy Eninger

“Listen constructively and build on someone else’s idea and put yours forth. Understand their perspective and invite collaboration.” - Andy Eninger

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On the importance of mentors:

  • Keep in touch with people. Old bosses.
  • It’s incredible how far it can take you, it just may not be right away.
  • Go to someone who will give you straight up advice.
  • Get validation of what you cannot see yourself.

Things that helped you get there:

“Be a self starter.” - Nina Polson

“Side projects help you create a mini portfolio.” - Angela Vitzthum

“Try to learn something outside what you know.” - L’Oreal Thompson Payton

“Improve your ability to write. Ask for feedback, be open to listen.” - Andy Eninger

“Be brief with your resumes.” - Andy Eninger

“Rebrand yourself. Shift how you speak about yourself immediately.” - Angela Vitzthum

“Your social media channels should show your passion. But also show you’re a real person. Success is liking yourself in liking what you do.” - L’Oreal Thompson Payton

“Be a self starter and do your research to get ahead.”  - Nina Polson

“It’s not just one shift and you’re done. Know you will continue to evolve.” - Andy Eninger

“My #Sidehustle is my creative outlet that fills any voids and keeps me going.”- L’Oreal Thompson Payton

“Ask your friends what’s great about you to get transferrable skills.” - Andy Eninger

“I didn’t have credibility yet on my resume, but my social channels showed that I was passionate and involved in the job.”  - Angela Vitzthum

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How do you get past the “frozen fear moment”?

“Just step away.” - Angela Vitzthum

“Bravely and stupidly commit. A class with a deadline keeps you going.” - Andy Eninger

“Take the first step. The deadline the pressure. Get through it. Dive in.” - Andy Eninger

“Set little goals. Example: Meet with 2 people this week. Sign up for that class. Apply for x number of jobs.” - Nina Polson

“I don’t want to get to 50 and realize I missed out. I want to look back on my life and have a story to tell.” - L’Oreal Thompson Payton

“Reposition yourself with what you have.” - Angela Vitzthum

“Use Buzz words, have personality, write about topics online, just get it out there.” - Angela Vitzthum

“I almost let other people’s ideas of success (money) keep me from getting my dream job.” - L’Oreal Thompson Payton


We hope that whatever career path you are considering, you do so with gusto! Have confidence in yourself and you will find yourself in a happier place.

Big thanks to General Assembly for partnering with SheSays Chicago. Master new skills in design, marketing, technology, and data—online or at any of their campuses around the world.

We look forward to seeing you at future SheSays events!

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Amanda J <![CDATA[How self-love affects your brand and work]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=8861 2016-03-21T14:40:32Z 2016-03-21T14:40:32Z Love and relationship to ones self are essential to our personal and professional well-being. At our March event, learn how your approach towards self-love can weigh-in on the decisions you make and the strategies you employ in your professional life. We have an amazing line up of speakers: Jasmine Takanikos, Gemma Gambee and Sanaa Hyder. They will […]

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Love and relationship to ones self are essential to our personal and professional well-being. At our March event, learn how your approach towards self-love can weigh-in on the decisions you make and the strategies you employ in your professional life.

We have an amazing line up of speakers: Jasmine Takanikos, Gemma Gambee and Sanaa Hyder. They will help us look at self-love from a branding, cultural, and psychological perspective. You should leave with a deepened understanding that can help you consider how self-love and strong boundaries for yourself can impact you, your personal brand and ultimately, the trajectory of a satisfying career.

 

SPEAKERS

Jasmine photoJasmine Takanikos – Founder of Jasmine Takanikos Consulting Group & Brand Human

Jasmine consults on Branding & Marketing Strategy across several different verticals. She has a diverse experience spanning 14 years, including both iconic and emerging brands. This provides unparalleled insights into the lifestyle of the customer and the activation of consumer trends. Engaging in ethnographic and psychographic research illustrates her devotion to determining the effectiveness of a brand's message. The cross pollination of her clients and markets creates far-reaching success to form dynamic alliances that serve to inspire and create new trends in the marketplace.

Jasmine created Brand Human to establish a more genuine approach between offline objectives and online brand identity—a personalized approach that she has developed with clients ranging from global thought leaders and brands to small business owners. Through thought-provoking lectures, interactive experience based workshops and immersive strategic sessions—including a partnership globally with Soho House — Brand Human invites guests to consider and define their individual goals before cultivating a brand identity. Rather than providing best practices on personal branding to participants, Brand Human asks you to think and feel first.

Jasmine is also an Adjunct Faculty at Parsons The New School of Design where she teaches Brand Strategy. Find out more at her website.

 

Gemma GambeeGemma Gambee – Brand Strategist, Trend Forecaster and Concept Designer

Gemma is a New York based brand strategist, trend forecaster, concept designer. Pioneering innovative solutions for complex brand development that integrate business, brand and design. Her trend forecasting work is applied into concept design presentations, which inform and inspire product design and marketing directions.  Keen sensitivity to movements in art, culture and the current zeitgeist combined with strong business acumen make her a valuable asset during the strategic process, product development and marketing executions, resulting in a competitive edge.

Her seasonal forecasts and concept design rigs have provided valuable direction to the design teams of Victoria's Secret, Zalando, Dooney & Bourke, Kenneth Cole, and Wal-Mart. Prior Gemma was creative director of Melet Mercantile, where her clients included Abercrombie & Fitch, Calvin Klein, Gap, Givenchy, J.Crew, Levis, LL Bean, Marc Jacobs, Marni, Ralph Lauren, Tom Ford, American Vogue, Interview, Teen Vogue, Vanity Fair, and W.

In addition, Gemma is an Adjunct Professor at SVA teaching Luxury of Branding at The School of Visual Arts, Masters in Branding. Gemma received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Find out more about Gemma here.

 

sanaahyderSanaa Hyder – Psychotherapist and Entrepreneur

Sanaa is a psychotherapist and entrepreneur working in private practice in midtown, providing clients a place to tell their story and build long-term personal strength in a collaborative environment. Sanaa offers individual therapy, couples counseling, workshops, and career coaching. Having previously built her own fashion brands, Sanaa understand the often incredibly stressful, anxiety-provoking aspect of entrepreneurial life and the burdens that can go along with seeming infallible. In her practice, she works with business professionals, entrepreneurs, graduate students, creatives, and other highly motivated individuals seeking a supportive environment who are dealing with concerns such as anxiety, career transition, creative roadblocks, emotion management, and relationship issues. Visit www.sanaahyder.com to learn more or to book a session.

Before becoming a psychotherapist, Sanaa founded two high-end clothing brands as well as an award-winning handbag company. Her designs have sold in luxury boutiques across the U.S. and garnered a global following.

Sanaa has lived and grown up in six countries. Her international background informs her interest in multi-cultural issues, spirituality, and work-life balance. She is keenly aware of the unique issues and perspectives of first generation immigrants and those who are straddling both Eastern and Western cultural values.

Sanaa has a Bachelors degree in Business Management from Babson College, a Fashion Marketing degree from Parsons School of Design, and a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Fordham University.

 

AGENDA

Drinks and networking / 6:30pm-7:00pm
Speakers and Q&A / 7:00pm-8:00pm
More drinks and networking / 8:00pm-8:30pm

 

TICKETS

Join us on Thursday March 31st at SapientNitro to understand how self-love impacts your personal brand in your professional development. Book your spot through Eventbrite.

This will definitely be a popular topic, so due to limited space at this venue, we kindly ask that if you cannot attend on the night, do release your ticket via Eventbrite or let us know via email shesays.ny@gmail.com so that someone can make use of your spot.

 

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hello shesays <![CDATA[Ideas Find A Voice: Pledge for Parity]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=8822 2016-03-24T16:43:08Z 2016-03-16T15:42:22Z “I’m here because of my mom, my sister, my wife and my daughter.” “Because there are twice as many women in today’s workforce.” “My best mentors were women.” “I’m here for my daughter and her future.” These were some of the answers to the opening question, “Why are you here?” at Tuesday night’s Pledge for […]

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“I’m here because of my mom, my sister, my wife and my daughter.”
“Because there are twice as many women in today’s workforce.”
“My best mentors were women.”
“I’m here for my daughter and her future.”

These were some of the answers to the opening question, “Why are you here?” at Tuesday night’s Pledge for Parity panel discussion. The insightful, lively conversation was held at Frequency540 and moderated by Chicago Tribune columnist Heidi Stevens.

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Well-chosen panelists included Melissa Healy, group creative director at Frequency 540; Chester Lantin, human resources at Zeno Group; Tereasa Surratt, SVP, global group creative director at Ogilvy; Juan Saldana, business specialist at the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Cher Vincent, freelance communications associate and podcaster; and Dan Fietsam, president of the Fietsam Group and guest educator at Northwestern University.

March 8 marks International Women’s Day, which celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women everywhere. This day also marks a call to action to accelerate gender parity.

There was no shortage of questions, answers, opinions and thought-provoking challenges among the near-capacity crowd of women and men. Topics ranged from making policy changes in the workplace, redefining a diversity strategy, how to support and attract people of color, the idea of “two-sided” parity, how to retain, inspire and empower women in every career stage and how to encourage male leaders to get involved.

The panel shared personal stories of their career progressions and offered tangible advice for creatives at every level:

 

“Make a commitment to be aware. Keep talking about it. I know now it’s not someone else’s responsibility to give me the chance.” Melissa Healy

 

 

“Let your superiors know the importance of a situation that matters to you. Ask them questions – how can I do this better? Differently?” – Dan Fietsam

 

“Talent management is about empowerment. Your superior may not know your life plan. Have the conversation. Take control of your career.” – Juan Saldana

 

 

“Create spaces for people who are underrepresented to engage. Invite them to a conversation that isn’t an echo chamber.” – Cher Vincent

 

 

 “Take a chance. Make an example. People become more confident when they see change [happening around them].” – Tereasa Suratt

 

 

“Ask yourself regularly: Am I valuing my work or just the time I’m putting into the work?” – Chester Lantin

 

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THANK YOU to our panelists, our moderator, Frequency540 and to all of you who attended and spoke up. We encourage you to make your own Pledge for Parity and learn more about the movement on the official International Women’s Day website.

By Anne Hagerty, Freelance ACD / Copywriter


Please join us for three more free events, continuing our celebration of Women’s History Month: “Remaking Me: A Conversation on Career Change” with General Assembly and Coalition Impact; “Who’s Your Momma Mentorship Breakout Sessions” with Ascend Training; “What Makes a Great Creative Director” with Digitas LBi.

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hello shesays <![CDATA[Kicking off SheSays DC - recap]]> http://weareshesays.com/?p=8818 2016-03-17T14:50:34Z 2016-03-08T02:44:29Z SheSays DC kicked off the first meeting at the end of February - and despite tornado warnings, torrential downpours and 5x Uber fares, we still had a great showing of industry professionals from agencies, brands, government and more. The evening started with some networking (and drying off) before getting into our panel talking about all […]

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Recap

SheSays DC kicked off the first meeting at the end of February - and despite tornado warnings, torrential downpours and 5x Uber fares, we still had a great showing of industry professionals from agencies, brands, government and more.

The evening started with some networking (and drying off) before getting into our panel talking about all things digital, featuring Katie Krum, from Under Armour, and Paula Moniz, from DMI.

The panelists covered some of the exciting work happening inside their own companies, thoughts on consumer behavior and what they look forward to in the future.

A key theme of the night was how data can and should influence how brands and companies approach their customers.

Both panelists touched on the opportunities that retailers have to make any in-store experience not only special, but also relevant to each consumer on your way in, on your way out and even later on in your day.

It was great to get perspectives from both the brand and agency side – both agreeing that now, more than ever before, we have the opportunity to create truly special and catered experiences for consumers everywhere.

We wrapped up with a few questions - and then more wine, pizza, and chatting while not sitting in chairs.

Our next event will be happening in early April – stay tuned for details. For those who weren’t able to attend the first one, we hope to see you there!

Karen Goodman - SheSays DC Founder

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