Three Things I Wish I Had Known in My 20’s: Sonia Kanner


1. Full name?: Sonia Kanner

2. Position / Job title?: CEO/Founder hipS-sister

3. Why did you seek out this particular job / start your company? I came up with an idea, a hip modern day fanny pack. The idea caught on very quickly. I realized I needed to form a company in order to stay in business. I brought in the right people and hipS-sister the brand was born.

4. How has life changed (hopefully for the better ;) since you landed this job

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Reflecting on 2014…

OMG, WTF I can’t believe it is December! Where did the year go?! Part of the reason for my December Denial has to be the weather. Thanksgiving weekend was the 70’s and it hasn’t gotten much colder since.

This year has been a whirlwind. When I think back to where I was in January to where I am now, it is crazy. I am a nostalgic person, so when I sat down to write this blog post about all that has happened I got a little teary eyed.

Not to sound corny or lame (okay this is really sappy), but

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Tips for dealing with the holidays

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Folks, it’s that time of year again! All of the sudden the weather is cooler and pumpkin spice lattes are back! Hooray! November really marks the beginning of the holiday season, which is definitely good and bad. I obviously have mixed feelings about this time of year.

I love the holidays. Everyone seems nicer, I get to finally wear boots and sweaters, and its’ a great time to hang out with friends and family- basically, it’s a two month long party.

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Three Things I Wish I Had Known in My 20’s: Nicole Rodrigues

unnamed-2Nicole Rodrigues has been in the PR and social media industry for for 14+ years and now has her own firm, NRPR Group, in Beverly Hills. She helps big consumer, entertainment and sports brands really shape their image by using great strategy and very “human” tactics.

What sets her apart from other professionals is her path to becoming a CEO: Early in her career, Nicole spent 2+ years as a cheerleader for the Oakland Raiders, while working internally on the PR team. She’s also a mother, and has had

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Career Confidential: Lucy L. Chalmeton

imageFull name: Lucy L. Chalmeton

Position / Job title?: Associate Director, Mobile Innovation

1. Fast-forward several years/decades. How did you land (or create) your current position?

I’ve been a mobile and innovation evangelist since 2001 which is almost most of my career up. Working with Orange Innovation Program in both China and France in the early age of the Internet and smartphones not only helped me understand where digital innovation is heading to from a global perspective, but also ignited my curiosity about technology and mobile. Joining Publicis Groupe

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Reflecting on Glamtrepreneur…

This summer Glamtrepreneur was pushing full steam ahead with 12 “BizGlam” workshops in a very short amount of time. It was exhilarating and made me feel like I was doing something towards reaching my ultimate goal. And while lately life and work have caused Glam to take a more passive role, it has not been forgotten.

While there are a variety of reasons why I haven’t been aggressively pursuing it, the main one is that I’m just not sure what the next step is. And while I wouldn’t be a very good entrepreneur myself if someone just told

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Three Things I Wish I Had Known in My 20’s: Toni Hacker

TONI-headshotToni Hacker, is the creative director behind two of the hottest handbag brands on the market, Hayden Harnett and Campos Bags. She started Hayden Harnett in 2006 with her now husband, Ben Harnett and the brand quickly developed a cult following.

Earlier this year she launched Campos Bags with legendary handbag pattern maker, Roy Campos, fulfilling a dream of creating handbags that are made in NY with leather and materials sourced from NY. Both brands can be found online at and as well as retailers

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Three Things I Wish I Had Known in My 20’s: Michelle Forsythe

Michelle Forsythe - Head ShotSetting aside the whole conundrum of “if I knew then what I know now would I still be here…” discussion, it’s pretty tough to narrow it down to three things. With the certainty of dating myself, back in my twenties the internet didn’t exist, and fax machines were considered cool. If you wanted to find out more information about anything, you got on the phone and called around, or you mailed off for additional collateral, or even checked in with your local library…… the access we now

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Overcoming Writer’s Block

Maintaining a blog isn’t all fun and games. While I love doing it and consider it a hobby of mine, coming up with content is definitely hard work. I try to plan everything out, but there are still times when I sit down to write these posts and feel like I have nothing left to say.

Each month I spend a Saturday afternoon writing these career advice tip sheets. To be honest, this month I had a pretty fierce case of writer’s block; it wasn’t fun. However, I have a trick or two up my sleeve when it comes to

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Career Confidential: Liz Anne Hill

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Full Name?: Liz Anne Hill

Position / Job title?: Starling Glow‘s singer

1. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A pop star veterinarian. I wanted to tour the country healing animals in my mobile vet-clinic aka tour bus, while selling out arenas at night. Then I took a biology class in college and decided I had better just stick with singing haha! I also really liked trains and thought it would be pretty nifty to be

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