Career Confidential: Shayna Leigh

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Full name?: Shayna Leigh

Position / Job title?: Singer-songwriter

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be an entertainer. At a point I thought I would be an actor. There was a minute where I thought I might be a scientist. And I minute I thought about becoming a lawyer. But those minutes never lasted too long. I always found my way back to this.

Tell us what a typical work day looks

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Tips for hiring the right people

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When you are a freelancer, trying to hire new people can be scary. For the longest time I thought I could tackle everything myself, only to realize that meant working almost 24/7 to complete all my tasks. In the end I turned to outsourcing work I didn’t love or wasn’t great at, so I could keep my business running and focus on what I do best.

There is definitely a conundrum when it comes to hiring, especially if you’re in the

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Three Things I Wish I Had Known in My 20’s: Stacey Horowitz

Headshot2Stacey Horowitz is the Founder & CEO of Shopping for a Change (SFAC), a marketplace for fair trade products by artisans, artisan co-ops, and companies that employ artisans from economically disadvantaged areas.

Stacey’s story began in 2009 when she visited Peru with her family. She witnessed the ugly face of hunger and poverty in sharp contrast with the innate beauty of these regions first hand. Noticing the wealth of artistic talent passed down through generations, she knew that given the right circumstances, this could be their means to a

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Career Confidential: Neha Gajwani


Full name?: Neha Gajwani

Position / Job title?: CEO, SmackTom

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Early on, I found out that when you scribble a bit with a pen that’s not working, that it begins to write again. I imagined only I had this unique and magical gift, so I figured I had to use it in some way. I thought for certain I would grow up to be a pen doctor, and people would bring their pens

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Bouncing back from mistakes

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Mistakes are inevitable. No matter how hard you try to avoid them, no matter how well you keep tabs on projects; mistakes will happen and things will fall through the cracks. How you deal with a problem once it arises can make all the difference in how people ultimately feel about both you and the issue that arose.

Don’t let simple mistakes ruin your whole day, instead use these tools to lessen the blow a bit:

Admit the mistake

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Three Things I Wish I Had Known in My 20’s: Elizabeth Ghaffari

Elizabeth GhaffariElizabeth Ghaffari has an eclectic career spanning economics, technology, governance, and leadership studies. She is the author of three books on the topics of “how women do succeed – as corporate directors, as leaders in a wide variety of business activities, and how women view mentorship and their roles as mentors or mentees.

In her latest book, TAPPING THE WISDOM THAT SURROUNDS YOU: Mentorship and Women (Praeger, September 30th), readers will learn how to recognize invaluable mentorship and guidance all around them—from family members, at school, at work,

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How to keep busy as a freelancer

One of the most important parts of staying afloat as a freelancer is to always keep looking for work, even when you feel like you’re plate is already full. While uncertainty is part of the game- with both slow months and all too busy months making up the players, there are things you can do to keep the workflow steady.

For some, freelancing can seem like a shaky way to earn a living but for those of us who have been around the block a few times, we understand how to keep our work-life out of limbo. When I first

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Three Things I Wish I Had Known in My 20’s: Brooke Jordan


When I first received an e-mail about DC-area The Thread Truck, I knew I had to post something about it! Essentially, it is a mobile fashion boutique or a food trailer with clothes, instead of, tasty treats. Pretty cool, right?! I know there are a few around Austin, but I haven’t had a chance to check them out yet.

Anyways, today, The Thread Truck’s co-founder, Brooke Jordan, shares some wisdom with us. Before diving into this fashion endeavour, Brooke served as a Digital Marketing Specialist at numerous political publications

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Career Confidential: Tess Johnson

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Full name?: Tess Johnson

Position / Job title?: Founder & Creative Director of TessJohnsonDesign

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was young, I was a competitive figure skater. I totally had dreams of the Olympics, but I found myself caring more about my costumes than my actual skating.

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

I spent a lot of years in school, interning, working and learning from the best in

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Three Things I Wish I Had Known in My 20’s: Grace Clapham & Solonia Teodros

Grace and Solonia are the founders of The Change School. They offer a series of educational retreats in Bali for anyone from college grads to baby boomers, to find their path – from unlocking a new career move, to starting a business, uncovering their true passion.

Both of them are successful entrepreneurs in SE Asia, where innovation is blooming and each has an extensive business background and founded other companies they still work with today.

This week, Grace and Solonia each tell us their “3 Things”. Ladies, lots of good advice here, so make sure you read carefully!

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