Peerspace Winter Warmup

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Peerspace. The opinions and text are all my own

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Peerspace. The opinions and text are all my own

Last week, I played bartender and hosted some friends for a #PeerspaceWinterWarmup cocktail party at the coolest Peerspace penthouse. 

Shoutout to Liquor Labs for the assistance behind the bar and Patrón Tequila for the delicious spiked cider. (P.S. I think I'll stick to hosting and let the pros handle the booze going forward ;)

Click here to see some of my other favorite NYC venues for inspiration for your next event!

Whistler While You Work

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Delta Hotels. The opinions and text are all my own.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Delta Hotels. The opinions and text are all my own.

If you can't beat the cold, join it. ;)

I spent last week on the slopes at Whistler Blackcomb with Delta Hotels — the fastest-growing service brand Marriott International history with 49 locations (and counting)! First, we chilled in the coolest (literally) restaurant Belvedere Ice Room, then hit the slopes at Whistler Blackcomb resort (they hit back)! I also enjoyed my favorite morning commute of 2018, via snowmobile. 

Thank you to Marriott, Delta Hotels and Whistler Tourism for having me! #OnlyInWhistler #SimpleMadePerfect

NRF 2018 with Samsung Business

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Samsung. The opinions and text are all my own

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Samsung. The opinions and text are all my own

This week I joined Samsung Business in New York for the National Retail Federation!

After chatting with the pros, I had time to scope out the newest innovations transforming the retail industry (like this magic machine that lets me order 100 coffees #DoWhatYouCant).

Check out this interview with Deloitte Digital's Jay Samit about how AR improves the customer experience by enhancing customization, and don't miss my chat with Barrows' business unit director Steffen Schenk about personalizing content for customers to improve efficiency. 

I also had the honor this week of performing at the Hard Rock (for the fifth year!) at NRF's Rock in Retail with my friends and brilliant musicians Tracey Edouard and Tom Kanach

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When Business Meets Pleasure: IHG Rewards Club

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).  The opinions and text are all mine.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).  The opinions and text are all mine.

Work hard, play hard.

Following a busy week at #CES2018, I loved being able to extend my business trip and spend the weekend at The Venetian Las Vegas using my IHG Rewards Club points. 

From an unforgettable dinner at Wolfgang Puck's Cut to a much-needed massage at Canyon Ranch Spa, IHG helped take my trip from business to pleasure.

Thanks for the hook up, IHG! We'll see you again soon. 

Do Year's Resolutions with Fiverr

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fiverr. The opinions and text are all my own.

Happy new year!

Many of you who have been following me for the last seven years have watched as I've built my business.

And if you've been paying attention, you know it's not always rainbows and butterflies. Building a brand on social media is hard work.

One of the companies that has helped me build my business and find great talent to hire is Fiverr.com.

A few weeks ago, the team at Fiverr came up with a campaign where they're asking us - their community - to share our Do Year's Resolutions.

You heard right - it's not a New Year's Resolution. It's a "Do" Year's Resolution... Something you're going to do in 2018 to take your business to the next level. Or move your career ahead.

So here are mine! (You can also check out my Do Year’s Resolution video here.)

In 2018, I want to work smarter, not harder. I want to strengthen my relationships with my clients and focus on quality instead of quantity. I want to be a better boss. I want to help more people - and I want to ask for help when I need it. And I want to give more back to my community.

Phew! That was a load off.

Now that I've told you my Do Year's Resolutions, I want to hear yours. Head to the Fiverr website to tell us what you're committing to doing for your business in 2018. You might even win a $500 Fiverr credit - which they're giving out weekly! 

Can't wait to see what you guys come up with... And shout-out to Fiverr for empowering all of us to take our businesses to the next level!

CES 2018 with Samsung Business

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Samsung. The opinions and text are all my own.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Samsung. The opinions and text are all my own.

CE-yes!

If you followed along Samsung Business' Instagram Stories this week, you may have seen some of my favorite CES moments, from Samsung's self-driving, 5G-connected car tech to the company's new digital whiteboard, Flip to chats with industry experts like Deloitte's Jay Samit and J. Gold Associates' President and Founder Jay Gold about the ways enterprises are adopting AR and other smart technologies. 

While in town, I stopped into to visit my friends at Fox5 Las Vegas to share my top five social media trends of 2018. (You check them out here.)

I also got to check out Dell and Nikki Reed's new line of sustainable jewelry made entirely from old-school Dell computer motherboards. Congratulations on the launch! (And shop the collection here.)

But my trip wasn't all work and no play. Shoutout to Google, Microsoft and Lenovo for throwing some stellar parties, and to Cirque du Soleil for another incredible The Beatles LOVE performance. 

The Future of Security with Samsung Business

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Samsung. The opinions and text are all my own.

Are mobile devices changing the future of security?

Recently at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in Philadelphia, I learned how public safety officers are increasingly using smartphones and technology like Samsung's innovative docking system DeX in the field. 

I spoke with City of Post Falls Police Chief Scot Haug, law enforcement veteran Dale Stockton, Blueforce Development Corp’s Michael Helfrich and Samsung’s Jan Ruderman about whether smartphones would ever replace in-vehicle laptops. Hear their answers here.  

Check out some other applications of DeX in my interview with Steve Sieron, senior alliance manager, Citrix Systems, at Gartner’s 2017 Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, Florida.

And speaking of making a big difference in the field...

Back in New York, I joined Samsung to celebrate their partnership with Sprint and WeWork, who announced a new type of marketing called B2We (learn more here). Myself and other attendees (including a humanoid marketing platform named Pepper) were treated to a fireside chat hosted by SamsungNext, an organization that matches entrepreneurs with experienced founders to help startups reach the next level. 

Hey, Jibo!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Jibo. The opinions and text are all my own.

Have you met Jibo?

I had the pleasure of being there for this little guy's launch at Jibo headquarters in Boston on Sept. 26. 

Jibo is AI at its finest — the first social robot for the home, capable of doing everything from sharing the weather to playing your favorite music thanks to partnership with iHeartRadio (non-stop 90s pop over here). 

Powered by face and voice recognition, Jibo is designed to observe surroundings and engage with people in the household, building real relationships while serving helpful, practical tasks.

Did I mention he can dance?!

Check out #MyJibo vid here, and visit Jibo.com to learn more! 

P.S. Shout-out to my favorite robot for being named TIME's 25 Best Inventions of 2017!

Lightbulb Moment with Philips Hue

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Philips Hue. The opinions and text are all my own.

As a creative entrepreneur, I'll be the first to admit: Some of my best ideas come to me in the middle of the night. Enter Philips Hue.

Philips Hue is a personal, wireless lighting system, compatible with smart home systems like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. And with more than 16 million colors, Hue creates the perfect ambiance whether you're settling in for dinner or giving an important presentation

Learn how #MyHue helps when inspiration strikes here.

Now that's a lightbulb moment.

How WorkMarket Helps Me Work

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of WorkMarket. The opinions and text are all my own.

As a freelancer for the better part of a decade, I can attest: There are a lot of misconceptions about freelance work.

And I'm here to tell you: don't believe the hype. 

One of my favorite things about freelancing is being able to design my day around what I need to be doing - not around what everyone else is doing - and companies like WorkMarket make it that much easier.

Learn how I launched my business here, built my team of fellow freelancers here, and how WorkMarket helps me stay organized as an #OnDemandWorker here

Oh, and if you're considering starting your own freelance business, here's my number one piece of advice.

Media Magnets in Israel

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It starts with women. 

I recently returned from an unforgettable trip with the Jewish Women's Renaissance Project, where myself and 31 fellow female Media Magnets spent an incredible eight days in Israel, exploring, documenting and sharing all of the things that make it amazing, harnessing the power of social media to do so. 

Myself and media maven Jeannette Kaplun shared our thoughts on empowering women to change the public perception of Israel for i24NEWS - and later took a meeting with Senior Foreign Affairs Advisor to the President of Israel David Saranga in Jerusalem.

“Before social media, the Israeli government couldn’t communicate directly with people or convey real life in Israel,” Saranga said.

“Now, we don’t need anyone to tell people what Israel is all about. People are seeing what their friends are posting.”

In Tel Aviv, we met up with WeWork to learn more about the tech scene in Israel (did you know tech accounts for 50% of Israel's exports?) - and I also had the honor of speaking at Yad Vashem: World Holocaust Center, where the archivists surprised me with research, photos and records of my grandfather's family, who was senselessly murdered in the Holocaust in Riga, Latvia in 1941. You can watch the video here

A sincere thank you to the Israel Ministry of Tourism and JWRP for including me on this once-in-a-lifetime trip. 

#ItStartsWithWomen #MediaMagnets #VisitIsrael

Firefox Ferry

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Last month marked the launch of the new Firefox — an updated browser that works twice as fast as it did a year ago. To celebrate the fast speeds online, Firefox took over a NYC ferry in real life, getting people where they need to go faster. 

The ferry shuttled commuters, including yours truly, between Pier 15 in Manhattan and Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Nov. 14–16. 

Talk about closing a sail. ;)

#fastforgood

WeWork Creator Awards NYC

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of WeWork. The opinions and text are all my own.

The WeWork Creator Awards recognizes and rewards NYC's top creators. Which is why, as a fellow NYC creator, this event is near and dear to my heart!

Click here to watch me open the awards, and keep watching as some of the city's most driven and passionate individuals take the stage, pitch their ideas and win funding for their projects.

Before the event, I sat down with founders Anna Kaiser, Michael Lastoria of &pizza, Ryan Babenzien of Greats Brand and Joey Wolffer of Wölffer Estate Vineyard, discussing their journeys building businesses in New York. See the full conversation here

And following the awards, I had the pleasure of moderating a live Q&A with Creator Awards winners Girls Health Champions, Eat Offbeat, Jae Jin and Atomic by Design. Check out the live Q&A here.  

Thank you to the WeWork team for including me in such an incredible night!

#CreatorAwards 

Introducing the NFL Virtual Reality Experience

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Major field goals. 

Last week I got to share a sneak peak of the NFL Experience in Times Square. The innovative 4D theater lets you immerse yourself in game day and experience the sights, sounds and even smells of the stadium. Learn more here and get your tickets for NFL Experience here

#NFLX

At Mobile World Congress with Samsung Business

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Samsung. The opinions and text are all my own.

In order to look ahead, you need to look back. 

Recently at Mobile World Congress America in San Francisco, I asked executives to share the number one thing they wish their mobile device still had. Check out their answers here (T9 keyboard, anyone?).

We also spoke with Carolina Milanesi of Creative Strategies, Inc. about how millennials are changing the workforce. Hear her answers in this video

And in the interest of looking back to look forward, learn what inspired me to start my own business, make my own rules and work from my own home (besides the fact I find most offices way too cold) in this feature for Fidelity Investments. 

Plus, with the holidays are around the corner, are you looking to tap into the wealth of the gig economy this season? I weighed in on some ways to land some extra work and diversify your income for U.S. News and World Report, including online tools like WorkMarket and Fiverr. Check out that article here.  

One Saturday to #DreamFearlessly with American Family Insurance

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Family Insurance. The opinions and text are all my own.

I'm proud to be dreaming and working toward the day where more girls enter careers in STEM! 

I had an unforgettable time last week at the One Saturday to #DreamFearlessly event with American Family Insurance, Kathy Ireland, Amazon and ChickTech in Portland!

Learn more about this incredible organization and how it's supporting and inspiring communities around the country here.

Entrepreneur: How to Impress A-Rod

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Watch to catch a shark? 

During a recent trip to Las Vegas, I had the pleasure of interviewing Shark Tank's newest judge (and baseball great) Alex Rodriguez for Entrepreneur about what it takes to impress him - and why he'll only invest in brands that are a good fit for his personal brand. Check out the full interview here.

And when in Vegas...

I shared my top five tips for disconnecting - from setting your schedule to limiting your tech - with Fox5 Las Vegas. Check out the full interview here

A Bad Moms Christmas

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This week, your favorite Jewish mother (without kids) hosted a VIP advanced screening of A Bad Moms Christmas. We kicked off the evening with some themed festivities including a photo opp with Getty and some sexy santas, followed by the screening. 

Shoutout to AMC Loews 34th Street Theater for hosting us and to everyone who came out!

Third-Annual "Scaring is Caring" Halloween Party

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Did you know there are 700,000 people in the United States living with a brain tumor, and that 500 more are diagnosed every day?

Over the weekend, Lauren Scala and I hosted our third-annual Scaring is Caring Halloween bash to benefit the American Brain Tumor Association. 

Shoutout to Mailroom, WeWork and everyone who came out and supported a cause so near to our hearts. Because of the generosity of our friends and donors, we were able to raise nearly $20,000 so far!

Learn more about American Brain Tumor Association, and donate here