#wcw: Elizabeth Husserl

When we first got the idea for Money Matters, our new personal finance series, our friend Joann said, "You've got to talk to Elizabeth!" Sure enough, Elizabeth was full great ideas and enthusiasm – she is a woman who has clearly found her purpose in life! We're so excited to share her passion for women living empowered financial lives with you – more below. 

My goals for this year practice fluidity, to have fun with my business, and have more people sit down and have a conversation with money. 

Here's how you can help me...reminding me that it is ok to say no (in particular to harder clients). When I say no to others I say yes to myself, especially to the more authentic part of me that needs space to emerge.

One of my best talents be a mirror for others. I love making connections and connecting a sense of personal depth with personal wealth.

My favorite resources, nerdwallet, and TED talks.


Money Matters kicks off with an online workshop on the psychology of money with Elizabeth next week! Sign up here. Elizabeth also has a great new series starting in February called Conversations with Money.



#wcw: The Assembly co-founder Molly Goodson

Molly Goodson

Molly Goodson

When long-time WC community member Chelsea Starr Alexander said we had to meet Molly, I was in. I had recently been seeing all of these beautiful images of a new space in San Francisco pop up in my Instagram feed and was intrigued...a retreat in the city? Tell me more. Molly, her partner Carnet, their team, and some of our favorite artists have worked together to build a magical place in the heart of the Mission for women to get together to create, sweat, and play. It's like she read my mind and made it real! The Assembly is in many ways like Molly herself – stylish but accessible, encouraging, open, and fun

Meet Molly! 

My goals for this year are... Create a space and community that allows women to feel healthy, supported, and cared for in a way that leaves them ready to take on the world. Build a sustainable team and business at The Assembly. Practice what I preach and value myself as much as I try to make people feel valued, heard, believed, and allowed space. 

Here's how you can help me... Come say hi at The Assembly! Take a class, join a workshop, send someone our way. 

One of my best talents is... Introducing people to each other in a way that sets them and the connection up for success. I've learned a lot over the years about the right and wrong ways to do intros (both in person and over email) and I think I've really been nailing it recently. Also synthesizing lots of things at the same time. Remembering the emails that I have to send. Self-awareness. I sure hope that last one is true. 

My favorite resource(s) is/are... Other people's words and wisdom. Books with prose that take my breath away. All the women that have come through The Assembly, seen the vision, and offered help. My mom. My own brain when I'm doing something else with my body (running, yoga, strength training). 


The Assembly opens *this weekend.* Check out their great opening events. We'll be there to introduce our dear friend Elle Luna on Saturday!



Link love: only in SF, public libraries are the best, and get yourself insured

Go, baby turtles!

Go, baby turtles!

Hello! Sorry I missed you last week – I was on a retreat in Mexico. There were baby turtles. It was everything I could hope for and more. 

Some links for your enjoyment:

The revolution will be televised. Love this!

The first time someone loved me for who I really am

Don't forget to sign up for your health insurance! You have until December 15th

Bravo, public libraries!

Our friend Anna and some other great folks have beautiful handmade pottery for sale at Ruby's

Jenna and Courtney are hosting WC Seattle next week with Alissa Haslam

Only in SF (RIP)

Kim shares:

Embrace wanderlust and work with Jobbatical & Workaway

How to practice radical honesty in the workplace 

Programming note: I have surgery this month and will be off the rest of the year, so you won't see us back on the blog until the New Year. We do still have some great events coming up (save the date for Lightning Talks in SF on November 30th) and the Facebook group is kicking as always, so don't be a stranger.




#wcw: Keri Glassman


Meet Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN, and founder of Nutritious Life. Keri is a hustler in the best since of the word. She can and does do it all. She’s got a family, a successful and impactful career, and she manages to look amazing and BE amazing while doing it all! – Caley Alyssa

What are you working on?: The past couple of months my whole team and I were uber focused on the complete redesign and launch our website and our Nutrition School Masterclass 2017 event in Santa Monica, CA. But we are also always in that go-go-go mode. Always thinking about the next way to grow Nutritious Life and to reach as many people as possible with our message. So while so much is going on day in and day out, our next big project involves producing and incorporating more content to our site, launching new courses within The Nutrition School, and working on my next book!

What's your vision for 2017?: Biz wise: reach hundreds of thousands more people and helping them raise their nutrition and lives a notch. Personal: travel and adventure, quiet time at home with my kids, peace and LOVE (don’t we all want that?).

What brought you to WC?: One of my favorite sayings is ‘Empowered women empower women.” I love the mission of Women Catalysts and as a female entrepreneur myself, I honor and respect the process of building a business and think it’s amazing that WC inspires, connects, and brings more women to take action in achieving their dreams and goals.

What’s one thing our readers might not know about you?: I’m a dietitian nutritionist, but I never met a chocolate chip cookie I didn’t like ;)

Where will we see you next?: I’m speaking at #BlogHer 2018 in January!



#wcw: Fallyn Smith

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You may remember when we featured Fallyn's business partner Chelsea awhile back. Like her partner, Fallyn is always happy to help out. And it's no surprise that she's a school counselor – Fallyn is one of those people who when you mention something you want to do, she follows up with you right after with a list of resources and contacts to help you make it happen. This is a quality we really love at Women Catalysts. Plus, she's a ton of fun. Another quality we like a lot! 

What are you working on?: I’m working on a couple of things, which has been my MO for quite some time. I’m the co-founder of SMITH & STARR, a lifestyle brand that I started with my friend and fellow WC, Chelsea Starr Alexander. We make The Conway, which is the first-ever hydration handbag, and we were just featured on The Skimm’s new series Get Off The Couch. I’m also the elementary school counselor for Burlingame School District where I’ve been working on implementing a district-wide Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum for all students to receive in their classroom. It’s so awesome to see 5 to 11 year-olds learn about empathy and taking belly breaths as part of their school day.

What's your vision for 2017?: On New Year’s Day, I always decide upon a word that is my theme for the year and my word for 2017 is “trust.” It’s been a really challenging year for me in many different ways but as the year comes to a close, I’m beginning to see the other side of my struggles and challenges. This has reaffirmed how important it is to trust even in really hard times. I want to continue to practice trusting while not shying away from challenges and enjoy the last two months of 2017 with my friends and family.

Best thing our readers might not know about: The best thing that I did for myself is decide to take Prozac to help with my depression and anxiety. I’ve always struggled with anxiety and depression off and on throughout my adult life and it got really bad in February. I never considered taking medicine until I found out that a girl in my book club takes antidepressants and openly talked about it with me. After getting the prescription in April, I was still hesitant to take it due to shame and stigma. I finally decided to take it in July after receiving a lot of support from my family and friends, some of whom I didn’t realize also took medicine for their depression. I’m not sure how long I will be on Prozac for but I’m really grateful that I decided to take it and for the people who were willing to share their story with me. I want to be more transparent about my mental health so I can help others feel less shame and get the help they need whatever that may be.

What brought you to WC?: I found out about WC from Chelsea and went solo to my first event, which was with Elle Luna. That evening was like a spiritual experience for me. I felt so connected and as if I was supposed to be there to hear Elle’s story and meet smart, like-minded women who were all there to learn and support one another. I love WC events because I always get such amazing takeaways that so serendipitously relate to my life. It’s my time to connect and get inspired by my community.

Where will we see you next: Online – on TheSkimm’s Get Off The Couch on Facebook Watch. IRL – Urban Air Market  at Jack London Square on December 3rd. Come say hi!




Link love: launch parties, public speaking tips, and healthy boobs

The view from our event with Rachael Horwitz at Handshake this week

The view from our event with Rachael Horwitz at Handshake this week

Hello! How was your week? I got some great news: I am officially in remission! I also did the first of a bunch of talks I have scheduled this month for Breast Cancer Awareness month and it felt really good to share. 

Some links worth checking out to send you into the weekend:

Check your boobies! Here's how.

Our friends at Present have a launch party next week

SMITH & STARR participated in The Skimm's Shark Tank-style competition for women founders and their viewing party is Wednesday – go cheer them on!

5 great public speaking tips from IDEO

I think I'm going to see this movie tomorrow

Tell it, Amber Tamblyn

Yes, this is a witch hunt

WC Seattle has a happy hour on Wednesday (it's free! just show up!)

And our next SF event is a workshop for job seekers with recruiter Nicole Frick on November 1st!

What are you up to this weekend? After traveling the last couple of weeks, I'm really happy to be home and looking forward to catching up with friends and getting in some time for self-care. 





#wcw: Kate Stayman-London


Meet, Kate! I met Kate while working on the Hillary Clinton (heard of her?) campaign last year. In addition to feeling incredibly humbled to be working on the most influential campaign of our time (I see you 2018/20), I felt incredibly grateful to have met, connected with, and learned from brilliant women, especially like Kate Stayman-London (a.k.a., KSL). Kate's passion for doing the most good (a campaign tagline) was always present. Through the past year, I've often looked towards Kate's words to provide a source of hope and teaching. See below for more about this fellow nasty woman! – Katie

What are you working on?: After eighteen months working as lead digital writer for Hillary for America, I’m still in something of a recovery/transition period (lots of travel, lots of gentle Netflix, lots of hugs), but I’m keeping busy! I sold a novel to Random House in June, so I’m writing as often as I can, and I’m working on some fun screenwriting projects, including a TV pitch about a teen anti-choice protester who falls in love with the abortion doctor she’s trying to entrap. I’m also writing and consulting for some of my favorite progressive organizations like GLAAD, which is the best day job anyone could ask for.

What's your vision for 2017?: Of the few silver linings from the election, my personal favorite is women in all walks of life speaking out more loudly and frankly against systemic misogyny. Where before we might have let something slide, now we’re calling out the bullshit, and I am HERE FOR IT. I want to see more and more of that: women supporting one another, and especially white women like me being better, more supportive allies for women of color. All our voices matter so much, and I hope we’ll keep using them to practice intersectional feminism and show the world just how strong, bright, competent, and badass we are.

Best thing our readers might not know about you?: I am deep into the Los Angeles nail art scene. My favorite artist is Kimmie at KureSpa in Silverlake — she co-owns the business, and I love that she invested in herself and her talent. Whenever I have a big life announcement like joining HFA, I get themed nail art to share the news on Insta. Right now, my nails are dark green with rhinestone snakes as a little Taylor Swift tribute (don’t hate!), and they make me smile all day while I type. 

What brought you to WC?: One of the best things about working at HFA was being part of an incredibly diverse and supportive community of women. That was the hardest job I’ve ever had, and it meant so much to know my colleagues always had my back. I love that WC is replicating that dynamic for women in so many different cities and industries, and I want to support that however I can.

Where will we see you next?: Probably stirring up trouble on Twitter, despite my constant promises to myself that I’m going to take a break from social media. (I really will do it one of these days!) You can find me at @_ksl — this week, I’m writing a lot about rape culture and what men (yes, men!) can do to dismantle it. Here’s hoping some of them heed the call.



Link love: the Rock test, infinite freedom, and gossip as survival


Hello! What a full week – I've been in Chicago, Indianapolis, and LA. It's been a great trip with lots of events, but it's also been really hard to be away from home with all of the fires. Our friend Lauren wrote a great blog post with some resources for how to care for yourself and others – check it out here. And there's no shortage of ways to get involved – Courtney shared this document with us with lots more places to volunteer and help out. 

Some links worth clicking:

So thrilled to see our friends Susan and Ben and their beautiful home in Domino!

The Rock Test

Yes, Mama Cax!

Excited about our upcoming SF events – an interview with Spark Capital's Rachael Horwitz next Tuesday and workshop for job seekers on November 1st

And Seattle too! We're back for a happy hour on October 25th

Definitely going to see the Joan Didion documentary

This career and money event in NYC looks great

There's a lymphatic system in your brain 

Lots of great articles about the Weinstein abuse, but this one really resonated

"But over the years I have come to think that its association with infinite freedom is a shallow one"

As always – wishing you a happy, healthy weekend.




#wcw: Danya Shults


Meet Danya! I met her seven years ago when she was on the junior board of the nonprofit where I worked. Her warmness and passion for doing good jumped across that conference table and I knew she'd be someone I'd want as a mentor and a friend, or as she has coined, a friendtor. She is a woman inspired by her faith to take action, bring people together, find meaning, and make the most out of every situation, as you can see below! – Katie

What are you working on?: I'm building Arq, a lifestyle brand and community inspired by all things Jewish and open to everyone. We create content and experiences that help anyone connect with Judaism in a relevant, inclusive, and convenient way. I'm constantly working on my impatience, which can be a strength, in that it helps me move fast and get shit done, but it's also a vice, since I'm often in "what's next?" mode instead of "this is enough, I am enough!" mode. 

What's your vision for 2017?: The Jewish New Year begins in the Fall, so I just finished making my resolutions for the year 5778 :). My husband and I moved to LA from Brooklyn a couple of weeks ago – right before Yom Kippur, in fact, so it was auspicious timing. My personal vision for 2017 is to let go of as many expectations as possible – about our new city, the people we'll meet, the things we'll do, the house we'll buy, and on and on – and to welcome this new phase of our lives with wide open arms. 

Best thing our readers might not know about you?: I won Mrs. Etkind's spelling bee in 2nd grade. I was the finalist for a role in an off-Broadway play when I was a kid, but it went to Mischa Barton. I met my husband at singles party that I hosted. I'm a triathlete!

What brought you to WC?: Before I launched Arq, I worked in venture capital and tech, and I was often the only woman or one of very few in my daily work. Since I launched Arq, and, frankly, since the election, I've really gravitated towards women entrepreneurs and women-only support systems like Women Catalysts. I've found them to be relatable, empowering, fun, and deep. And, shout out to Katie Tilson for inviting me to join the community and for asking me to speak at one of the first NYC gatherings!

Where will we see you next?: At the beach! I've also just been selected as an On Being Fellow, so there's a chance you may hear me on the podcast or see my writing on the website – stay tuned :)



Link love: keep a breast, don't work so hard, and come play


Hello from beautiful Chicago! We had our first-ever event here last night – if you'd like to watch some of the highlights from our interview with the hilarious Mel Safford, check out our Instagram story (or follow us @womencatalysts). 

Here's a few links to send you into the weekend:

You really don't need to work so much

There can be no truce with the second amendment

I'll be talking at this great event with Keep a Breast in downtown LA next week and Caley is teaching – come!

We ran into our friends Girl Geek Dinners at Google this week and they've got two great events coming up this month on the 11th and the 24th

My Burning Man camp has a fun Halloween party on the 28th

This Swing Left fundraiser looks great and so does this writing PLAYshop with Charity and Anna Maria

And from Team WC – 

Katie shares:

This made me smile

Kim shares:

How this anxious introvert handles social events

Why we need more zebras instead of unicorns in tech

And if you're in LA, we'll be there next Thursday and would love to see you at Lightning Talks

It has been a really tough week in the news. Exceptionally tough. Don't forget to rest and take care of yourselves (and each other). Big hugs. 




#wcw: Nicole Hubmann Frick

Photo by Anna van Tuinen

Photo by Anna van Tuinen

One of the best things about leading something like Women Catalysts – and there are a lot of good things – is getting to see the women in our community grow and evolve and support each other along the way. Nicole has been such an advocate for WC since the very beginning – I have literally seen her make friends with a stranger and add them on Facebook just so that she can invite them to an event! We also see that for many of us, it's easier to advocate for others than ourselves. So when Nicole reached out recently about collaborating on an event, I was a wholehearted yes – both because the event is going to be awesome (more below) and because it's a joy to see her do her thing. She's a natural connector who is super passionate about bringing good people and companies together (part of why she's a great recruiter!). 

What are you working on?: I am working on creating a life I love. Recently, I’ve become aware of how infrequently I’ve been asking for what I want and how that has spilled into my relationships, work, and free time. I have either believed that (1) my contribution wasn’t good enough; or (2) I’ve assumed other people can read my mind and have allowed them to make my choices for me. I was afraid of how my opinions and desires would come across and tried hard not to offend anyone. The world I had created around me was not my own.

Recently, I was at an event with my husband and we were invited to introduce our guests on stage. I assumed he didn’t want to go up on stage to speak publically. I was afraid that if I asked he’d say no. I sat in my my seat wishing we could go to the mic. A few minutes later, he tapped me on the knee and said, “can we go on stage? I want to practice using the mic.” The whole time I was hiding what I really wanted, and he was sitting there wanting to do the same thing! I just never asked. From that experience (and many more since then), I’ve realized it’s important for me to ask for what I want. Because if I don’t ask, the answer will almost always be no. And that is no way to create a life I love.

Not until I really got aware of how small I was being by not contributing my perspective, could I really start becoming the author of my life and my choices. I recently took on saying yes to all public speaking events that inspire (and scare) me. I reached out and planned a workshop for the beginning of November and now I have three more events before the end of the year. This is completely new to my life and if I hadn’t asked for it in the first place, I never would have found that I love speaking in public and contributing to others! Life is abundant when we share!

What’s your vision for 2017?: I have really begun to understand that my accomplishments are directly correlated to how much I am helping others around me reach their fullest potential. The more I can lift others up around me, the better my life becomes. For the rest of 2017 (and beyond) I want to continue cultivating my community, nurturing the relationships that I have, and really seeing that strangers are just friends I haven't met yet.

Best thing our readers might not know about you: I have the best friends and family ever and I send them countless handwritten letters, I’m the happiest when on a surfboard, and I’m madly in love with my midwestern hubby.

What brought you to WC: Shout out to Kelly Fitch @Weebly for inviting me to my first Catalyst Conversations! I fell head-over-heels-in-love-at-first-sight with Women Catalysts. During my first event, I was so enamored by the guided networking at the beginning of the event that I never wanted to go to an event without it (and sadly,  I haven’t been to another one like it since!). I get such a sense of ease, relief, and joy when I don’t have to talk about my job, commute, or the weather when I meet someone new.

I also really love sharing celebrations at the end of every event. Who doesn’t want to share about their new adventure or new smudge-proof lipstick!? There are so many incredible women in the WC community, what an honor to hear about everyone’s accomplishments…no matter how “small.”

Where will we see you next?: You can find me leading my first (yay!) workshop: Courageous Careers, a workshop to impress with your resume and nail your next interview. See you (and your friends) on November 1st at General Assembly!



Link love: ladies get paid, fall cleansing, and emotional diversity

Mel Safford

Mel Safford

Hello! Happy Friday! Any big weekend plans? I'm taking it easy and recovering from a cold. I'm giving a talk and traveling next week – it's our first-ever event in Chicago! Our Chicago Catalyst, Mel Safford, works on Chicago Ideas Week and Daybreaker. Pretty cool, right?

Doing this fall cleanse with my dear friend Allison – join me! 

Lars from my camp made this sweet video about Burning Man

I am here for all of the emotional labor think pieces

And from Team WC –

Kim shares:

Great writing advice: brevity is key

This really got my mind going: 8 of the Coolest Experiential Marketing Campaigns We’ve Seen

The OG Catalyst: Rachel Carson, the author who sparked the modern environmental movement 

Katie shares:

This is depressing, but people need to know

A workout for your feelings

Jenna shares:

Emotional Diversity’ Is More Important Than Happiness

Ladies Get Paid Negotiating Event in Seattle 

Master Your Mind and Experience Heaven on Earth 




#wcw: Michelle Zauzig

Michelle Zauzig

Meet Michelle! Michelle has such an infectiously positive energy that it's virtually impossible not to have a big girl crush on her. She's super smart but not afraid to be goofy – and you know us, we like a woman with range. And like a lot of our community, she's got a huge heart and cares about the impact she makes in the world. Read on for more!

What are you working on?: Educating and empowering people to change the world. My self-worth has always been directly correlated to the work I’m doing to improve the people and the world around me. The whole "do what you can with what you’ve got" mindset. Currently, I’m the Director of Partnerships at RYOT. What makes RYOT great for me is that it was founded by humanitarians and built upon the basis of giving people access to important stories around the world and then empowering them to take action on those stories. We’ve expanded massively since RYOT’s humble beginnings, and our capabilities and concentrations have morphed and grown and span from branded content, to documentary films, to emerging technologies – but our roots still run deep. So every day I get to come to work with inspired humanitarians, storytellers, tech geniuses…all very woke humans. I know I’m lucky. So put simply, I’ll be working on making an impact and thinking of how to measure that impact until I die – because let’s be honest, the world needs a little change. 

What's your vision for 2017?: I’ve really honed in and been geeking out on Impact Investing and combating the traditional relationship big pharmaceutical companies play in society. I just talked about how to use medical marijuana as a way to give health back to the people on a show called Queens of the Stoned Age (shout out to Cannabis Feminist Jessica Assaf and Snoop Dogg’s Merry Jane!). So I want to continue pushing education by women and for women (and everyone!) at that scale into 2018 and beyond. I’m also spending a ton of time encouraging women to educate themselves on basic financial principals to feel empowered through finances rather than looking at money as a constraint. I truly believe if you know how to use money (and not let money use you), you will invest in causes your passionate about, or finance your own passions – a win-win in my eyes. 

Best thing our readers might not know about you: The best thing? (crickets) It depends on who you are and how you define "best," but there’s a couple random bits of knowledge that only my nearest and dearest could tell you:

  1. I'm a rapper in my free time. Ask any of my friends, they’ll tell you why.  
  2. I save every spider I’ve ever met. DON’T KILL THE SPIDERS!

What brought you to WC?: Everything that is the creature Lindsay Jean. We have a mutual best friend, Caley (also a magical creature), that’s how we initially met. Lindsay’s energy, her laugh, her way of dealing with struggle, the way she talks to her dog, Leo, everything just makes you want to be around her. Also, the idea of bringing women together to build up other women is obviously a practice that got lost and I’m so happy to see come back. 

Where will we see you next?: Having tea with Oprah, Ellen Degeneres, and Sallie Krawcheck (you know, my best friends) . But first, traveling. It is complete and utter soul food and my absolute favorite thing to do in the world (or maybe out of the world, one day – I’m looking at you, Elon). I feed my curiosity through meeting new people, seeing new places, and absorbing everything that comes with being in a new city. If you’re in Los Angeles, you’ll find me walking or biking around the streets of Venice and at Deus Ex Machina getting my coffee! You can follow my adventures on Facebook or Instagram



Link love: your brain on nature, worrying, and NOPE!

Hello! Happy Friday. And happy Fall! I'm starting to feel the shift, how about you? 

Congrats to our friends Hillary and Darryl on the launch of High Dive Studios – check 'em out if you need any video content!

Our friend Emily reports from Mexico City – and here's a great roundup of where to donate

We are also thinking of our friends in Puerto Rico – here's how to help

"I'm done with not being believed"

Saturday Mornings by Jennifer Lewis

LA! We're baaaaaack!

Do you worry a lot? Try this instead.

Tracee Ellis Ross is a delight

Shondaland is here! Love this interview with Maxine Waters

Excited about this cookbook!

The NOPE sweatshirts are back – just two more days to place an order. We also have mugs, tees, and totes ;)

I'm all about 1) roast chicken, and 2) one-pan dinners (can you tell I'm really into cooking lately?)

And from Team WC –

Kim shares:

Astrology time! Virgo is full on. It's all about priorities and getting them straight. Kaypacha is the Yin to Chani Nicholas Yang. 

Inspired by oil heiress Leah Hunt-Hendrix's Solidaire network to fund the resistance. She's a Catalysts that I'd like to interview!

Brene Brown on speaking truth to bullshit and true belonging. Yas Queen!

Katie shares:

This is your brain on nature

Goats are cute and good for nature

Have a wonderful weekend!





#wcw: Lauren Dodge

Lauren Dodge

Lauren and I met through a mutual friend who thought we'd hit it off and boy, am I glad she did. Lauren is a master of design and brings user-centered thinking to topics that you'd never thing of applying it to – like dating! She brought down the house with her Lighting Talk and continues to bring her creativity and warm Southern charm to the Women Catalysts community. She and I also share a love for nerding-out on science and history, whether it's out at Odd Salon in San Francisco or a documentary night at home. I appreciate her curiosity and, as you'll see below, she's a fabulous force on so many fronts. - Kim

What are you working on?: I’m currently the Senior UX Designer for Frankly Inc. We provide digital solutions for several hundred local news stations with the goal to help keep the local news circuit relevant and connected to their areas in the face of a struggling market. There are so many competing forces these days, and many local news sources are taking a big hit. The thing is, in times of crisis, they are in a position to assist their community in a really big way, and my goal is to make sure they have the tools to help as many as possible. As a Texas native with a lot of family in Florida, I watched the devastating impact hurricanes Harvey and Irma inflicted on so many people I care about. These next couple months I will be working on making more specialized alert systems and follow up community outreach aggregators for local crises in hopes that we can help people navigate these confusing and stressful situtations better. I’m looking to chat with folks who experienced similar scenarios or anybody with suggestions, it would be a great help!

What is your vision for 2017?: I’ve been honing my UX craft for several years now, and I’m really shifting gears with the kinds of projects I take on. It's so important to me that my work helps makes peoples lives a little bit better, perhaps a little easier so they can focus on the things that really matter to them. Food for my soul has been focusing on really connecting with the people I love. Remembering that life is short and there are only so many moments we’re given to be together has really helped shift my priorities toward things that truly matter.

Best thing our readers might not know about you: I wouldn’t say it's the best thing, but it's a new and exciting thing! As a penny-pinching design nut, I’ve been working on a furniture import business geared at bringing the classics to the Bay Area at prices that are actually within reach. Just a little side project, but exploring the interworkings of international manufacturing and logistics has been so much fun! It’s so new that we’ve only just sold our first round of about 12 pieces – from Selig Z Chairs to Eames Lounges, to Danish-inspired consoles – we don’t even have a site up yet, it's so green. However, we were able to sell the lot within one weekend, so we’re on to round two! If you’re interested in seeing our catalog, or wouldn't mind chatting about your experiences in importing goods, give me a nudge! 

What brought you to WC?: I met Kim earlier last year over a night of karaoke and was so taken by her dedication to making a space for women to connect and support each other in achieving their dreams, I just had to swing by to check it out. I’ve enjoyed meeting so many strong, determined women over the course of the year, dropping into the Lightning Talks, and had a blast giving my own public speaking skills a little practice. 

Where will we see you next?: Hopefully, we can chat about your experiences in navigating times of local crises or our mutual love of the Danish Modern persuasion. You can find me on Instagram (@laurenpdodge) and Facebook. I would love to connect!



Link love: Burning Man, salary negotiation, and top ladies

Love this photo Anna took of Nicole at Lightning Talks the other night!

Love this photo Anna took of Nicole at Lightning Talks the other night!


What's good? This week we shared the next round of The Catalyst Collective and I can't wait to get started!

Being Black at Burning Man

Women who are changing the world (preach!)

We've got a bunch of workshops schedule – next up: dealing with your Imposter Syndrome

Laura is walking for Dress for Success – want to help?

The latest in the cancer diaries – by the way, next month is Breast Cancer Awareness month and here's what I'm doing

Total fail, Nikon

Thank you, Edith

My latest project! Check it out. Starts in just a month!

And from Team WC –

Jenna shares:

Braving the wilderness

NPR's Top 150 Albums by Women

Dear Sugar on "The Price of Our Dreams"

Kathlyn on salary negotiation (part of a great series from our friend Mary Betsy!)

Katie shares:

Science is cool

Hillary supporters don't want her to shut up

What are you up to this weekend? I'll be at this tomorrow night if you want to come! And if you've got something cool coming up you want to share with the community, send me a note!




#wcw: Sharon McPeake

Sharon McPeake

Sharon and I met in dance class a couple of years ago and despite the fact that everything I do looks like an Irish gig, she still became friends with me. She's one of the most creative people I know. Not only is she a dancer, she's also an illustrator and fine artist and she recently picked up ceramics (and she's so good!). I love that about her – she doesn't just stay where she's comfortable, she's always willing and excited to try new things. Like a project with me! 

What are you working on: I'm currently working on a collaboration with the fabulous Lindsay Jean Thomson [ed.: I didn't make her say that!] called The Get Go Co. The idea grew out of a mutual realization that combining our experience with copywriting, art direction, and business building would be a key resource for creatives, consultants, and other service-based entrepreneurs. We've been busily crafting a 5 week business bootcamp that will help entrepreneurs get their business in shape fast. We launch our first session mid-October! When I'm not pulling together materials for The Get Go Co., I'm working for my design clients at Say Hello Design or creating ceramics in my artist studio. 

What's your vision for 2017: I want to feel as though I have helped people build sustainable businesses that holistically combine their dreams with the practical aspects of achieving their version of success. I want to find balance in my own life between work and play. I want to point out the magic in the mundane and make the world just the tiniest bit more beautiful. 

Best thing our readers might not know about: The Creative Pep Talks podcast is the best. Aside from having a gorgeous website that showcases the power of illustration to create absolute joy, their guests have helped me build a more sustainable life around creativity. I appreciate that the themes are both aspirational and practical in striking the difficult balance between making good money and making great art.

What brought you to Women Catalysts: Community. (Drop the mike.)

Where will we see you next: The Get Go Co. is offering some online workshops over the next few months. Check out How to Write a Great Bio + About Page and Content Marketing 101 (they're free!).



#wcw: Julianne Kanzaki

Julianne Kanzaki

A few months ago, Julianne gave a Lightning Talk at Women Catalysts on how doing the life changing magic of tidying up went from beyond the material items in her home to her career and her relationships and more. Her message, simply and beautifully stated, was to pursue the things that spark joy in your life. More on how Julianne chooses joy – and helps others do the same – below. 

What are you working on: In February, I took the leap full-time into my own nutrition/wellness coaching business. My days are now spent helping my clients using The Kanzaki Method, which involves customized nutrition meal plans and coaching, hiking/nature immersion, and mindfulness/stress reduction techniques. I also launched my handmade cards, which are now available at Kaleidoscope Coffee. In between all of this, I'm writing my first book!

What's your vision for 2017: To paint a life that uses ALL of the colors I've been given in my artist's palette that can bless, encourage, and help others. To continue to grow and stretch myself by saying YES to new and exciting opportunities that spark joy!

Best thing our readers might not know about: CreativeLive is an extremely useful resource with content ranging from money and life, art and design, to personal branding and networking that are taught by top creatives. Many of the tools and techniques I use in my everyday personal and professional life I've learned from these courses.

What brought you to Women Catalysts: I first heard about Women Catalysts when I met Lindsay Jean Thomson through The Creative Collective and #the100dayproject. I was craving a community of creative, ambitious, and energetic women who are doing amazing work in the world, and found it here!

Where will we see you next: I'll be speaking at the next Lightning Talks on September 13th and I'm excited to lead an online workshop in October for Women Catalysts members on navigating life transitions! 



#wcw: Anika Zebron

Y'all, sometimes the internet is really cool because it helps you meet awesome people you might not otherwise get the chance to know. Like Anika! When I shared that we'd be heading to Seattle for a pop-up event, Anika reached out and told me about the #bossladies collective she started there with fellow creatives. We love meeting women like the #bossladies! Not only that, but Anika has so many cool projects in the works. More below!

What are you working on: I’m busy at work with my team #bossladies in Seattle, a collective that plans events to promote and support local lady entrepreneurs. I just refreshed my own design site, Anika Zebron Design, which includes new stationery collections and fine art prints. I happen to also teach high school English and Art; as of this week, I’m back on contract, amping up for another adventurous year. I need another cup of coffee. 

What's your vision for 2017: I see 2017 as a time for continued growth in my creative community –I’ve been truly amazed at the spirit of camaraderie within it. The #bossladies platform has served as a special catalyst for me creatively. There are so many exciting #bossladies events planned for 2017, including our #bossladies Brunches and our Autumn Pop Up Shop, featuring local lady entrepreneurs and their products. I’ve never been busier or happier. 

Best thing our readers might not know about: I’m a singer/songwriter, and working on an album with my husband! It’s a longtime dream of ours. The plan? To make your hands clap. 

What brought you to Women Catalysts: I learned about Women Catalysts through Lindsay Jean Thomson and her work with The Creative Collective & the 100 Day Project. When Lindsay announced the Seattle WC Conversation with Pamela Mattsson, I checked WC out and was thrilled to see that they focus on the same female platforms that I’m passionate about. My gal pals and I were genuinely blessed to attend the Seattle WC event and are anticipating the next one. 

Where will we see you next: I’ll be cohosting the Seattle #The100DayProject Meet Up, and then at our autumn #bossladies events. If you're in Seattle, join me! 



#wcw: Chelsea Starr Alexander

Since we first met Chelsea a couple of years ago, she and her friend Fallyn have started a business (you know we love a good best friend/business partner duo!), built an awesome product that's good for your health, ran a successful Kickstarter, and turned their side project into the real-deal. Seeing them aim big and succeed is such an inspiration. Besides that, she's always happy to lend a hand, make a connection, and share her knowledge. She's a true champion of women!  

What are you working on: I’ve just taken the leap to be full-time and go full force on my business SMITH & STARR. Along with fellow WC Fallyn Smith, we’ve created the first-ever hydration handbag so you can look and feel your best. Hydration affects every aspect of your health – physical, mental, and emotional, so we hope our bag makes staying hydrated as easy and habitual as reaching for your iPhone! (Because water is a true life essential :) )   

What's your vision for 2017: My vision for 2017 is to be fearless, take risks, and aim for the stars. I joined Fallyn to start SMITH & STARR to create a solution and take on a new challenge. How can we make staying hydrated each and every day simple and stylish? The past two and half years, we’ve learned so much from pattern-making to launching an ecommerce store and the new challenges and lessons continue each and every day, but the best lesson I’ve learned is to take joy in the process of learning again.

Best thing our readers might not know about: If you’re SF-based and looking to start a business, check out the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center – they offer tons of affordable business classes!  If you’re interested in getting a cat or dog, try a Foster Care program first – it’s fun to become a short-term mama to furry friends!

What brought you to WC: Community – I love the supportive, can-do energy of this kickass group.

Where will we see you next: I’ll be leading a workshop on Kickstarting Your Business via Kickstarter for WC Members [ed. note: sign up to be a member here to participate in the workshop!] and SMITH & STARR will be popping up at 20th Street Block party on August 19th.  Come by to say hello or just shoot me an email at!  


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