Celebrating Lifelong Innovation…Who Inspires You?

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Yesterday we launched the 2nd annual list of 40 Women to Watch Over 40. This list celebrates women over 40 who are disruptors, role models and innovators, creating momentum and changing the world.  My co-creator, Whitney Johnson, and I wanted to inspire "under-the-radar" 40-something female innovators to persist while motivating women in their in their 20s and 30s to see new possibilities.   The message that many women share at 40:20 Vision is that you have reset ... keep reading...

Three Gifts for a 20-Something (160)

Every time I interview a 40-something woman for 40:20 Vision I ask them what three “gifts” would they give a 20-something if they were a “Forty-Godmother”. Herewith, there wishes to help you get a head start on perspective and gain confidence making decisions that are right for you.   1. Don’t change yourself for another person. Wait for a guy that fits you. You want to bring out the best in each other rather than have a constant give ... keep reading...

5 Lessons Learned on Pitching from Industry Leaders

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I had a great time hosting a 7x7 Mentoring Salon for SMW in February. I’m just now catching up with the video, which you can see here. See the panel profiles here. 7x7 Mentoring Salons give people actionable advice to advance their career. I get together seven experienced leaders and seven up-and-coming professionals/entrepreneurs for a chance to have an advisory panel. Over the next few weeks I will share the seven questions asked and the mentors answers . The first ... keep reading...

Arm Yourself With Perspective From Others And Honesty With Yourself

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  As women look back on their twenties, they realize that a lot of  angst came from thinking they couldn’t make mistakes. That there was a right and a wrong decision. Now they have lived through the “mistakes”, they've seen they other side. They are just decisions -- and all you can do is make the best decision for yourself with what you know at the time. Very few decisions are permanent. Arm yourself with perspective ... keep reading...

Three Gifts for a 20-Something (159)

Every time I interview a 40-something woman for 40:20 Vision I ask them what three “gifts” would they give a 20-something if they were a “Forty-Godmother”. Herewith, there wishes to help you get a head start on perspective and gain confidence making decisions that are right for you.   1. Pass on the fruits of your battles…make it easier for the next woman to get where you are today. I think in the past the sentiment from women ... keep reading...

80 Vines, Two Sisters, One Dream — A Scrappy Startup Winery

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  Over Christmas my parents and  I visited a winery started by Shannon Zouzoulas and her sister Megan Haller in the up-and-coming Sonoita, AZ wine region. I soon saw this was no typical winery even for a stroppy startup. The two sisters rebelled against the traditions of both marriage and the wine industry to start Hops and Vines, rejecting the assumption that their idea was “a pipe dream” and refusing to accept “that’s not the way ... keep reading...