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3 Things I Learned from My Second Dreamforce

I can’t believe I survived another Dreamforce.

Dreamforce attendees taking over SF!
Dreamforce attendees taking over SF!

If you think I’m being dramatic, I’m not.

For the past 14 years, my company Salesforce has hosted Dreamforce in San Francisco, which has become the largest software event in the world. Professionals, leaders and celebrities visit us for a week of content, empowerment, entertainment and giving back. This year, over 171,000 people showed up and more than 15 million watched online. We had over 2,000 sessions and raised $3M for (RED) and $10M+ for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

Not a bad week.

Last year I wrote about my first Dreamforce and the two main things I learned from it. This year, I thought I would keep with tradition and share my three key takeaways from my second Dreamforce.

This year was much bigger for me.

Forbes Philantrophy (RED) Panel
Forbes Philanthropy (RED) Panel

I had a lot more responsibility, which included leading the production of two keynote rooms, where a combined 24 sessions took place. In addition, I was also managing the VIP experience for 75+ Dreamforce speakers. Therefore, my biggest obstacle was stress management.

I was stretched thin and still learning how to do a lot of new things on the fly. This resulted in 12-14 hour work days, sleepless nights thinking about all the ‘what ifs’ and tense meetings.

Finally, I reached my breaking point about 4 weeks from the event. I decided I couldn’t live or work like this anymore. It was taking a tole on my health, relationships and how I viewed myself. I had to make a change so I made a few key adjustments that turned everything around in a matter of days. Below are three things I learned about how to manage stress during this high profile event:

  • Ask for Help – Fake it till you make it doesn’t always work. This year, I felt like I had a lot to prove by being given more responsibility. But the root of a lot of my stress was not knowing how to do certain things and being too afraid to ask how to do them because I wanted to seem capable. However, once I stopped pretending to know things I didn’t and started asking how to do them, it alleviated so much stress and anxiety. I was less focused on feeling ‘stupid’ and more concerned with getting the job done right.

    My team in the Yerba Buena Theater
    My team in the Yerba Buena Theater
  • Delegate – Delegation is one of the hardest and best remedies for relieving stress. Hard because it’s difficult to let go of things you’ve been working on and also trust another person to do just as good of a job. But it’s the best because once you hand it off, you immediately have more time to deal with more things that really need your attention.
  • Stay Positive – When you’re feeling stressed, one thing that can make it even worse is a negative attitude. Even in the most stressful situations, I find a smile, joke or a positive point of view can turn that stress into fuel to get the job done. I love setting the tone with positivity during a stressful time so my team stays upbeat and feels like they can take on any problem.

The last few months have been the most stressful of my life. But I’m happy I was able to address my stress and minimize it to help execute another great Dreamforce.

How do you manage work stress?

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Rising Profile: Albert Cheng Switches to Startup

AlbertAlbert Cheng has a sweet spot for startups.

He got his first taste of the startup culture at Elemental Technologies, a video solutions company in his hometown of Portland, OR, after graduating from the University of Illinois in Computer Engineering.

Although he loved the fast-paced environment, when the opportunity to bring his video streaming knowledge to Google came along, Albert didn’t hesitate to make the move.

His first job there was to ensure Google was able to live stream the company’s most critical events, including executive all hands meetings and product launches. He transferred to YouTube less than two years later to collaborate with major sports leagues to showcase their highlights. Then he worked with an engineering team to design, build, and launch YouTube Gaming, a dedicated site and app for watching gaming content.

But after five years working in a variety of challenging roles, Albert had a realization. 

“In the back of my head, as much as I loved working at Google, I was itching to re-join a startup where I could impact the bottom line and drive the strategic direction.”

So Albert decided to make another move, but this time from a large, stable company, to a growing, San Francisco transportation startup, Chariot, as Head of Product. Although scary, Albert decided to make the move just a month ago and is already noticing the major differences.

“The day-to-day at a startup is very ambiguous. I have to be comfortable with writing specs, designing user workflows and shipping new features in the face of uncertainty every day. We use weekly sprints and constantly push the envelope. I enjoy moving fast!”

Although it’s been around since 2014, people are still learning what Chariot is all about, so I asked Albert to explain.

“Your work commute sets the tone for how your day goes, and chances are you’re unhappy with it. Chariot solves this problem by creating and operating a crowdfunded network of routes that are fast, reliable, affordable and comfortable.”

But how much does it cost and is it only in San Francisco?

“Chariot accepts commuter benefits and has monthly passes, which can lower your cost to under $3/ride. We are mostly in SF right now but are expanding throughout the Bay Area and will be launching in other cities soon. See if there’s a route for you, download the app, and use the promo code FREEWEEK to give it a try!”

Albert’s first order of business is building out the product and design teams.

“I want to create a collaborative environment where we can be highly productive and create a service that our riders love. Nothing I’ll do at Chariot is more important than hiring the best people possible and empowering them to succeed. The transportation industry is changing rapidly, and Chariot is well-positioned to be the best solution for commuters across the country. We’re only 15 full-time employees, so it’s an appealing time right now to set the foundation for how we’ll expand the service and grow the culture.” 

Aside from growing the Chariot team, he’s also working on some exciting projects, including Chariot Direct, a reverse commute option that serves even more types of customers. While many commuters head to SF’s financial district for work, the reverse commute opens up many new possibilities for other populations, like hospital workers and students who work at UCSF, retail workers in the Marina district, and firefighters in the Presidio.

It’s clear that Albert is passionate about what he does and is well-suited for the startup culture. As such, he has some advice for aspiring startup employees to consider.

“Startups will give a few questions more weight than big companies. First, do you believe in the mission of the company? Be able to clearly articulate the pain point that they are trying to solve and ideally how it has impacted your life. Secondly, are you able to do a lot of things reasonably well? Demonstrate that you’re a generalist and are able to provide value in lots of areas. Finally, is a startup the right thing for the stage in your career? Compared to a big company, you get paid less and work more hours. Make sure that you truly are prepared to grind it out in search of learning a lot and having a big impact.”

Whether it’s receiving his MBA from UC Berkeley, regularly meeting with mentors, reading articles on Medium and business books, like Chaos Monkeys, Play Bigger and The Outsiders, and even being a guest contributor on Rising Pro, Albert is always looking for new ways to rise in his career.

“I’ve always been anxious about making changes in my career, but they seem to work out and help position myself for greater responsibilities. It’s important to take stock of where you’re at and occasionally be willing to jump if the time is right. Here’s an interesting article on the four dimensions of job fulfillment, which is a useful exercise to go through. Sometimes you have to be uncomfortable to make progress. But anyway, I’ve got my hands full with Chariot right now doing what I can to make the company as successful as possible!”

If you’re interested in learning more or working at Chariot, take a look at openings here and e-mail or connect with Albert on LinkedIn

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3 Lessons From My First Year at Salesforce

One year ago today I started working at Salesforce.

Waiting to start my first day at Salesforce
 Picture taken while I was waiting to start my first day at Salesforce.

After applying and interviewing for various positions for over six months, it felt absolutely amazing to walk into the Salesforce lobby at 50 Fremont on that first day as an actual employee rather than a wishful visitor. I even remember thinking, ‘I’ve finally arrived.’

But then that feeling quickly dissolved when I was handed a MacBook that I didn’t know how to use very well, and given a giant list of documents to review to get ‘up to speed.’ I felt completely overwhelmed and found myself wondering how I was going to learn so many things and if I would be ready for my first Dreamforce, which was only eight weeks away.

Long story short, I survived and thrived!

Although I had to learn everything on the fly, I was the lead in one of the keynote rooms and managed production requests for over 50 VIP speakers. After Dreamforce, I mostly focused on coordinating live demonstrations during the keynote at Salesforce World Tours.

Ten shows and cities later, I’ve come a long way from when I first joined this team and I still have a long way to go. Looking back over the past year, I can’t help but feel nostalgic about all the highs and lows, and reflect on what I’ve learned.

Ultimately, I narrowed it down to three lessons. Although I’ve learned these things from working at Salesforce, I’ll bet they can also help you advance at your company. If not, e-mail me about a job:)

1. Stay Hungry – It’s hard getting a job at Salesforce, it’s even harder to keep up once you get in. When I first started, someone told me that the people who do well here are the ones who stay hungry. Now that I’ve been here for a year, I know exactly what they were talking about. This company is jammed packed with smart, creative movers and shakers, who come to work ready to grow, innovate, share ideas and give back. It’s exciting to be a part of that environment, but it also means you’re expected to keep up, both in and outside of your day-to-day. Always stay hungry and you’ll never run out of new ways to grow.

2. Go Beyond Your Team – It’s good to make connections with the people you work with every day, but it’s equally important to proactively reach out to people outside your team. There are so many amazing employees around you from recent college grads to senior leadership and most are willing to grab a coffee and discuss career, life at the company or just connect. Widening your network at work can help you find more opportunities, make new connections and expand your views on projects or the company. 

3. Have Fun – No matter how stressed out or busy you are, find ways to have fun with your team. Whether you’re in the office or on the road, being able to look forward to a team dinner, happy hour or adventure are great ways to reboot and stay motivated through all the craziness. I’ve found laughing and joking can be the best stress relief, and rising to the occasion and making time to have fun, even when you’re exhausted, will help you destress, strengthen ties and give you the energy to keep on going.

What’s the biggest thing you learned during your first year at a new job?

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How To Be Productive During a Slow Summer

It’s finally summer time.

That means warm days, fun trips and outdoor fun. But it can also mean slow days in the office.

With your coworkers being OOO more regularly throughout the summer months, meetings get cancelled, your e-mails go unanswered for longer, and team projects can get stalled, which can leave you with some extra time to fill up. If you’re not someone with a packed summer of weddings, vacations and long weekends, you may be finding yourself taking a longer lunch and scanning social media more than usual.

But just because you don’t have as much of your normal work doesn’t mean you can’t be just as productive during summer. To get you started, here some things I like to do when it gets a little light at work:

  • Plan Lunch Dates: Less work means you actually have time to take a lunch outside the office. Seize the opportunity and make a weekly lunch date throughout the summer months with coworkers, mentors or business contacts to reconnect, talk shop or expand your network. You can obviously do this throughout the year, but during the slower times you won’t feel as stressed or rushed, so you can enjoy and get a lot more out of the interaction.
  • Get (Way) Ahead: When you feel like all your immediate work is done, look down the road to see or anticipate your next project. If it’s a big one, it’s never too early to start. What can you do now to better prepare you for it later? Even if it’s as simple as creating checklists, calendar invites/reminders or agenda templates. Then once it’s time to officially get started, you’ll be prepared and already on your way to completion.
  • Seek Improvements / Innovations: Summer is a great time to slow down and reflect. Not only personally, but also professionally. Take a deeper look at the processes or best practices on your team or across teams. There can always be improvements so take this time to research and propose some new best practices, technologies or innovations that your team can benefit from. Then share them or set up a meeting to get the conversation started and discuss next steps.
  • Attend Trainings / Talks: A lot of companies host internal trainings or talks throughout the year. Take advantage of these during the summer months. Why? If you’re not crazy busy, you’ll pay more attention to the content, instead of checking e-mail every 5 minutes. If your company doesn’t offer trainings or talks, check out local industry and professional groups’ event calendars, or even Eventbrite and Meetup. Also, if you have a allocated dollar amount for professional development, ask your manager if you can attend a training course outside of work for a day or half day that pertains to your job or will help expand your skill set.
  • Give Back: If you’re fortunate enough to have volunteer time off (VTO), take advantage of it. Even if it’s just an hour during lunch or in between meetings a few times a month. Make time to volunteer now because once it starts picking up again, you may be too mentally or physically tired to regularly give back.
  • Check In With Yourself: When it’s slowyou have the opportunity to step back and think about your career as a whole and ask yourself some important questions. Check in with yourself and make sure you’re growing in your role, feel happy and fulfilled, and think about what might be next for you. If you’re happy in your role, set goals with yourself and manager to help you get to the next level. If you’re unhappy, find out why and work with your manager to discuss your work load, role or why you may be struggling and determine ways to adjust. If you realize you’re miserable in your job and know you don’t have a future in your role or at your company, start researching and talking with others about alternative career options internally or start the job hunting process. Whatever your situation, slowdowns at work are a great time to access your career path and set yourself up for future success.

What do you do when it’s slow at work? 

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Three Career Reads for Summer

I don’t read a ton.

But when I do, I go for nonfiction books about career, leadership, mindfulness and social physiology. I know these aren’t the most popular genres, but if I’m taking the time to read I like to come away with a new tool, philosophy or perspective about how to be a better professional and person. I know other pros feel the same, but with so many good books out there it’s hard to pick!

Let me make it easy for you.

Whether you’re the occasional reader like me, or read a new book every week, I think you’ll enjoy my top three career reads for summer.

1. Quiet: This has been my favorite read in the past year. As an introvert, I often berate myself for not speaking up enough or being the life of the party. Quiet‘s author, Susan Cain, taught me to stop undervaluing myself as an introvert. I not only learned how to accept my quiet nature, but also how to leverage my tendency to listen rather than speak. My favorite part about this book were the stories of people who were/are secret introverts. People you would never expect, like record-breaking sales professionals, CEOs, professional speakers, and even folks like Rosa Parks, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak and many U.S. Presidents. All of them found a way to be successful and admired without having to be loud or pushy. Extremely well-written and researched, this book invites you to learn more about what makes introverts tick and how they can leverage their unique powers at work and in life.

2. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: An oldie, but a goody. I’ve been trying to read this book for years and finally picked it up. Originally published in 1989, renowned leadership authority Stephen Covey shows you how to be a better leader, coworker, partner, parent and individual with 7 habits. These include 1. being proactive, 2. beginning with the end in mind, 3. putting first things first, 4. thinking WIN-WIN, 5. seeking to understand, then be understood, 6. synergize and 7. sharpening the saw. Stephen’s insights and personal anecdotes challenge readers to change their perspectives on how the world works and provides helpful tools and exercises to get started. If you’re looking for something truly thought-provoking and inspiring this summer, look no further than 7 Habits.

3. Search Inside Yourself: Mindfulness and meditation at work are popular topics right now, but they can also leave you wondering, ‘Where do I start?’ I had the same question last year as I was coordinating the mindfulness session at Dreamforce 2015. Thankfully, one of the speakers, Chade-Meng Tan, helped me find my answer. As one of Google’s earliest engineers, Meng is now devoted to teaching others how to incorporate mindfulness into their daily lives. He created a course at Google called ‘Search Inside Yourself,’ and wrote a book by the same name to extend his teachings beyond the company’s campus. After working with him and listening to his presentation, I had to buy his book to learn more. Search Inside Yourself offers research and personal stories about the benefits of incorporating meditation and mindfulness into your life, as well as step-by-step practices to get you started. It will get you thinking about what it really means to be successful, and Meng’s self-deprecating sense of humor and hand-drawn comics will keep you smiling throughout this enlightening summer read.

What are you reading this summer? 

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How to Successfully Work on the Road

Recently I’ve done a lot of work travel.

Demo team in DC
Demo Team in DC

In less than 30 days, I traveled to five different places, including Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, Atlanta, London and New York.

Although it may sound glamorous to travel around the world for work, there’s also a lot of challenges that come with working on the road. Namely different time zones and working hours, staying healthy, finding time to work on other projects and managing to maintain some sort of social life.

I’ve managed to face and overcome all of these challenges over the past few weeks and now I get a nice long break from traveling. But I didn’t want what I’ve learned to fade with the memory of each city. So after five shows, here’s what I’ve learned about how to survive and successfully work on the road.

Robin Roberts in Atlanta
Robin Roberts in Atlanta
  • Get in the Zone: Unfortunately, all my travel was in a different time zone. But I’ve found the only way to deal with the early start times each day is to get on current time as fast as possible. That means going to bed at 11 p.m. even when it’s only 8 p.m. (or 3 p.m.) in California. It’s hard, but I’ve found a 5-hour ENERGY shot in the morning and Melatonin at night helps me get on a new schedule quicker so I can be more productive during the day.
  • Be Wellthy: It’s hard to stay healthy on the road with late nights, early mornings, eating out and drinking at every meal. The best way to combat this is to set some boundaries and goals for yourself. First, always make room for your workout gear. Even if you don’t use it, at least you have the option. Hotels like the Westin even have workout attire you can use if you can’t imagine swapping out your booties for Nike’s. Then plan the days you’re going to work out, and do it! Second, it’s ok to indulge
    Keynote Family in London
    Keynote Family in London

    when you’re on the road, but keep your drinking and eating to a minimum. I like to go by the 2/2 rule; 2 drinks, 2 courses. Don’t feel like you have to order more just because you’re not paying for it. Exercise some self control and you may find you’ll savor your meals more!

  • Hustle: You may want to forget about all your other work when you’re on the road, but trust me you can’t. Over the past few weeks, I’ve learned how to multitask and find extra time when there doesn’t seem like there’s any to spare. Whether that’s on the plane, in a taxi, before or after a dinner, I make the most of it. Hustle while you’re on the road so you don’t have to come home to a pile of e-mails and annoyed coworkers. Plus getting things done no matter where you are makes you look like a total rock star.
  • Get Social: Missing out on social activities while you’re on the road may be the hardest part about traveling for work. No one likes to be left out, but when you’re away from your friends and family, it also gives you the opportunity to foster and
    Eli Manning in NYC

    make new connections with your coworkers and even strangers. Take the opportunity to learn more and have fun with the people you work with. This will help strengthen working relationships and indulge your need to be social. If you’re traveling alone, don’t be afraid to speak up and get to know fellow travelers on a plane, in a restaurant or at a conference or office. You never know who you’ll meet or where the conversation may lead. Connecting with people when you’re in a new place feeds the soul and helps you recharge during or after a long day.

What are your tips for successfully working on the road?

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Young Pros: Think 3 Ps Before Retirement

“I can’t wait to be retired.”

Why can't I do this everyday?
Why can’t I do this everyday? 

Only pros in their 50s and 60s utter those words, right?


A lot of my peers in their 20s and 30s are already sick of working before their careers have even really kicked off. Even though I’m sure many of them say it jokingly after a long week, I’ll admit I’ve thought about it myself.

But why?

You may think young pros say this because they want to sleep in, travel whenever they feel like it and workout in the middle of the day. While that does sound nice, I think it’s something more.

I think young pros have a hard time seeing past paying their dues and imagining the success they’ll achieve on the way to retirement.

Instead, all they can think about is how hard the work is now and how annoying it is to take orders all the time. They don’t think about what comes after the seemingly endless to-do lists; when they are the boss and have the chance to make a bigger impact on others.

But no one under 50 should be fantasizing about retirement, because there’s so much good stuff in between paying your dues and playing golf all day.

So how do you survive the next 30-40 years? Follow the three Ps: Project, Plan and Progress.

  1. Project: If you’re focusing all your energy on the hard work you’re doing now; stop. Save some of it for the future. Project yourself into the next few years, where you’re in the role you want. Image yourself writing the strategy, taking on more responsibility and inspiring others. It will help get you through the moments where you can’t bare to perform one more mundane task.
  2. Plan: After you image yourself in your ideal role, make a plan to get there. Does that mean asking for more responsibility, shadowing colleagues or seeking regular feedback and guidance from a mentor? Whatever it is, write, rewrite and follow a plan throughout your career to help keep you on track so you stay focused, especially when it feels like there’s no end to your inbox.
  3. Progress: After you picture yourself in your dream role and make a plan to get there; never stop until you get it. Not just until you’re in your next role, but also the role after that, and after that. Keep rising until your work is nearly done and your impact has been made. Then you can start thinking about cashing in your 401(k).

While retiring now sounds nice, I bet most of those who are out of the workforce have something to show for it. From what I hear, nothing’s better than being on vacation forever after many amazing successes along the way.

Why do you think young pros are already thinking about retirement?

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Rising PROfile: Cady Marsh Gets Social

Have you ever thought, ‘If only I could get paid to manage all my social media accounts!’ That’s something Cady Marsh will never have to wonder about. Cady Headshot

Cady, a Dominican University alumni and Bay Area local, is a social media insurance specialist at CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer, whose love for connecting people online helped her land a job in social media.

“I make insurance fun every day! I support our AAA Partner Clubs all over the country and drive our social media strategy forward for insurance. For me, social media is about connecting with people in real-time. Although the industry might determine the content, it doesn’t change the connection.”

However, Cady didn’t always make insurance fun. Previously, she worked in social media at Juice Beauty for many years. Although making the jump from beauty to insurance seems like a big change, Cady says it was more about the experience of a small versus large company.

“At a smaller, rapidly growing start-up like Juice Beauty, you wear many hats and have your hands in many projects. There is nothing sweeter than when those projects come to fruition and are successful. However, in my current role at CSAA Insurance Group, I am able to really focus on my role. I still cannot decide what I prefer, which is why I consult for local companies so I can have the best of both and learn new industries.”

In addition to managing social media for CSAA, Cady also has to make sure her best practices, skills and experience are always on point. She does this by keeping up to date with all the new and evolving social media platforms.

“It is absolutely overwhelming! I have my favorite blogs and news sources I check each day. I have to give a shout out to my amazing team of individuals from all over the country. Each one of us bring a different niche talent and interest to the table and we constantly keep each other in the loop. I attend conferences and network as much as possible both offline and online. I also have to keep my own personal channels going to stay close to everything and test out different ideas.”

Even though Cady is always hustling at work, she also makes sure to stay busy outside the office.

Cady has been a job shadow host with Junior Achievement of Northern California since 2013, where she hosts students and speaks at career days. She has also spoken to future Dominican University students about her experience being a graduate and undergraduate student at the school.

As if that’s not enough, Cady also recently started a blog to get out of her comfort zone. 

“I started to realize how uncomfortable I am with long-form communication, as in over 140 characters. So I made it a personal goal this year to keep up my writing skills and start a blog, CadyDid. I wrote my first post on International Women’s Day and I am really enjoying it. I do not have an overall theme, which makes it easy to just start writing, but my goal is to figure out what readers enjoy and make it a space for open dialogue, versus a 1:1 communication blog.”

Needless to say, Cady keeps busy sharing and honing her expertise in social media both online and offline.

As more socially-fueled generations grow up and enter the workforce, Cady has some advice for those looking to make a career of connecting with others online.

“If you have a creative spirit, want to learn every single day and enjoy connecting with people, you’re in the right spot! There are so many specialties in social media, like analytics, advertising and content creation. Find out what you enjoy, but don’t forget to roll up your sleeves and get in on the other areas. Social media is all about taking risks (often in real-time), learning from those risks and trying again. You’ll be constantly connected and it’s exhausting, so make sure you take time to disconnect and be with yourself and loved ones.”

In addition to being a Rising Pro, Cady also always makes time to have fun.

“I’m a social butterfly and love planning events and being out and about. I was a figure skater growing up and still enjoy skating and coaching during the winter season. Turning off my cell phone and disconnecting is very scary, yet also very fun for me.”  

If you’re interested in learning more and connecting with Cady, visit CadyDid, and follow her on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter.

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Get Inspired to Give Better Help

After years of sharing career advice online with Rising Pro, I’ve finally decided to share my advice offline as well.

I’m doing this by volunteering with Dress for Success San Francisco, a non-profit that provides a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and life.

I’ve been eyeing this organization for over a year now and finally decided it was the right time to get out of my comfort zone and share my career advice/experiences with people face to face. Screen Shot 2016-04-11 at 2.31.49 PM

Wasting no time at all, I volunteered to be a guest speaker at the organization’s Professional Women’s Group, which gathers once a month to share career advancement opportunities. I delivered a presentation on How to Advance Your Career In and Outside the Workplace (pictured on right).

I’ll admit I was nervous to share my advice.

I didn’t know if I would be able to relate to these women who are 10-20 years my senior and have experienced many more barriers and hardships in their lives.

However, I was met with acceptance and appreciation by this amazing group and many came up to thank me afterwards, wanting to stay in touch. It felt great and I asked myself why I hadn’t done something like this sooner.

Later that week, still feeling invigorated, I decided to give more. I signed up to be a career mentor, where you meet with a woman 1:1 to help with their resume, interview prep or offer career advice.

I had two appointments and went in determined to inspire them. But what I didn’t expect was how much they would inspired me.

These women had each been through so much in their lives, both personally and professionally. However, they were still determined to overcome their challenges, grow and succeed in their careers. As a result, they were incredibly open to my advice and proactive about how they wanted to stay in touch.

After my sessions, I felt so much more informed about the struggles women are experiencing in today’s workforce, especially when it comes to gender, age and disabilities. This made me reflect on what I know regarding these topics and what these women and others may be interested in receiving guidance on.

After a full week of speaking, mentoring and learning, I’m excited to give better help online and offline by getting inspired by these amazing women and all my readers in the coming months.


Millennials: Take Your Time Getting to the Top

As a kid, I always wanted to cut corners and go straight to the top.

For instance, when I would think about my career, I wanted to start out as the manager or boss. I didn’t want to do my time and work my way up to that point, I just wanted to be at the top – my parents can attest to this.

Side story: When my dad first asked me what kind of car I wanted, I replied ‘A limo.’

He asked me, ‘You want to drive a limo?’ And I quickly said, ‘No, I want someone to drive me.’

That makes me sound like a total brat, but I’m happy to report I don’t get driven around in a limo. I actually don’t even have a car.

The point is that I didn’t want to put in the work, I just wanted to automatically be the boss and get driven around.

But that’s not usually how things work.

You have to get the experience you need before you can get to the top, or else you won’t know what the hell you’re doing when you get there.

Millennials like myself are arguably the most entitled, lazy and self-centered generation to date. It’s sad to say, but I do see a lot of my peers thinking they deserve things they haven’t even worked for.

I’m no exception, especially since I’m both a millennial AND an only child. I have to constantly humble and remind myself that growing your career takes time, hard work and a lot of experience.

Many millennials are all about instant gratification, and you can definitely advance faster than others if you put in the work, but it’s important to make sure it’s not too fast. Take the time to understand what it means to be on top, what will be expected from you and how you can make a difference once you’re there.

Just remember; no one owes you anything. If you want to be on top, climb up with your own two hands, rather than taking a helicopter.

It’s not going to be as easy, but putting in the work, falling a few times and being a little patient will make getting to the top all the more rewarding, and better yet, you’ll be ready.

Do you think Millennials should take their time?