• Expand Your Network By Moving Beyond Your Hesitations

    Ah. This week’s Build Your Dream musing starts with a text from a friend thanking me for recommending that she get her profile up on a media source website (quick pause in the story, my recommendation could more accurately be described as fierce prodding, persistent cajoling and intense nagging). When this pal finally got off her procrastinating butt and submitted…

  • If This, Then What The What!

    Last Monday, I found myself in unseasonably warm Paris (I know, queue the violins, poor me) indulging in a leisurely long lunch with a dear friend (radical on all fronts as those who know me, know very well that I rarely step away from my desk at lunch, a tragically horrid work habit hangover from my attorney-career years). BUT the…

  • Rainy Days And Flight Delays!

    Writing this brief weekly newsletter (initially) now blog post while awaiting a delayed flight from Victoria to Seattle (then fingers crossed, no more delays and an uneventful return flight to NYC). So what networking tidbits to share this week as #BYDN book tour adventures continue bringing me to “Beautiful British Columbia” (Kelowna and Victoria)…. Network building is never done. The…

  • Time To Get Back To The Bricks & Mortar Of Networking

    A recent collaboration with a corporate partner (work place survey conducted by Capital One) combined with several engagements on change management projects (with HATCH Analytics) have spiked my interest in physical space, more precisely, how it enhances (ideally) our networking and relationship building efforts. Space until now, (I’ll confess) hasn’t played a leading role in the Build Your Dream Network…

  • Networking Advice For A 15 Year-Old Student (And Game Developer)

    A networking question that landed in my inbox last week: “I’m a 15 year old high school student in New York. I’ve been programming for five years and I wanted to start building professional connections to help me in the future and am also working on a small indie game. I will be attending a small talk/open demo night for…

  • Your Bio Is Boring (And May Be Losing You Clients)

    Sticking to traditional resume protocol when it comes to sharing your skills and experience could be placing you at a professional disadvantage. Who you are as a person is as important to landing the work as your hard-earned credentials, so increase your prospects by injecting personality into that bio. Who told you that you could do that? I vividly remember…

  • Heading To Houston #GHC18

    Got career networking questions  Navigating the college to career transition Challenged by a career break or returnship Wondering how to raise visibility or navigate  a career pivot? Thinking about a what’s next career move? AND are you bringing your career, talents and ambitions to the largest gathering of women technologists in the world (aka GHC18) taking pace in Houston this week?…

  • Ambitious Goals Require Collective Efforts

    I spoke at an organization earlier this year – and depending on who you asked, I TOTALLY BOMBED or was BEYOND AMAZING. Mixed or less than entirely consistent results suck and are challenging learning experiences. And yeah, yeah, we grow and learn from them after agonizing for hours or days or weeks but the fact remains after recovering from the…

  • Networking Q&A: Engaging The Media

    What is the best course of action to engage local media? Engaging or pitching the media is both an art and a science – and a huge challenge. Journalists, just like you and me, are operating an environment of deadlines, multiple communication platforms and extreme information overload. Engaging the media within this environment requires preparation, focus and persistence. A few…

  • Networking Q&A: How To Build Your Network Remotely #BYDN

    This Spring I participated in the #DreamJobSummit live webinar series hosted by SkillCrush (my session was “How To Network Your Way To Your Dream Job“) and one of the many questions I was asked was….how do you build a network remotely (to advance your career)? Here’s my answer: One contact at a time, and by bringing who you are offline,…