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

Dell UnConference 2017

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

I couldn't be prouder to spend the day with my friends at Dell HQ in Austin last week learning more about their commitment to innovation and design. 

But one of my favorite things about Dell is their commitment to sustainability.

Like the fact that Dell is committed to removing 16,000 pounds of plastics out of the ocean. Learn more about their sustainability initiatives here.

Meet Samsung's Galaxy Note8

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.

As a freelancer and small business owner, having a reliable, multi-functional mobile device is essential. Samsung recently #Unpacked its latest phone, the Galaxy Note8, featuring a dual camera with optical image stabilization, S Pen stylus — and a bigger-than-ever screen. Does bigger mean better when it comes to business? I talked to Samsung's Eric McCarty to find out.

Learn some of my other keys for business success in this article from CNBC, in which Lisa Ferber documents how I've built relationships with brands like American Express, Samsung and Shark Tank's Mark Cuban. 

Unconvinced by my success tips? I may be able to change your mind about changing your mind. :)

Head to Dow Jones’ Moneyish to read my thoughts on how to change your position on an issue – convincingly.

And speaking of changing your position, is it time to change your WiFi login? Head to New York Times to read my thoughts about how WiFi logins can represent individuality and personality. 

The Power of Onlyness with Women at Forbes

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“Some questions you can't answer, but also can't stop thinking about.”

Thanks to Women@Forbes for inviting me to be part of a Q&A panel with the incredibly talented Nilofer Merchant about her new book The Power of Onlyness.

Merchant's inspiring book talks about how it's more possible than ever to make a difference in the world, regardless of status or rank. Check out the full Q&A on Facebook Live here

Shoutout to my fellow panelists Sabrina HersiNatalia Oberti Noguera and Emily Ladau

The Future of Banking

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

Take note!

Samsung's Galaxy Note8 is built for business (and rain). I talked to Kevin Gilroy about some of the phone's best new features. Check out the interview here.  

I also had the pleasure of talking to Reg Jones, Samsung’s director of solutions for financial services. As banking becomes largely digital, financial institutions are faced with the challenge of serving customers both on and offline. See what Jones had to say about the future of banking. 

And speaking of the future of business...

Head over to Inc. for some personal social media tips that can help you get ahead professionally, and head to Forbes for tips on automating your business!

Summer SPiN Off

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Life's a racket!

Last week, I invited some friends to SPiN New York for my annual end-of-summer bash — I think it was our best one yet! 

Thanks to SPiN New York for hosting us and to everyone who came out! 

#SummerSpinOff

Exploring Europe with Samsung

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

As a social media entrepreneur, my work keeps me traveling about the half the year, and while I get to see a lot of new places, I don't always have time to explore everything.

This summer my work took me to Europe with my close friend and photographer, Whitney Tressel, where we only had a couple days at a time to sight-see. Samsung's Bixby Vision made it easier for us by helping identify landmarks — like Schönbrunn Palace and the Natural History Museum — right from the Galaxy S8 camera.

It also helped me translate menus, so I could enjoy meals at the likes of Emiko Restaurant in Munich; the Michellin-starred Field Restaurant, and Ginger and Fred at the incredible Dancing House Hotel in Prague; and KOLLÁZS and Araz Restaurant in Budapest. Special thanks to Chef Marvin Gauci and Caviar and Bull Budapest for ending my week in Europe on a high note with some of the most creative dishes I've ever had. 

Thanks to the Samsung DeX docking station, I was able to keep up with work emails while I made my way around Europe, without the hassle of carrying around a laptop. Learn more about DeX here

Cheers to Hilton Hotels Prague for taking such good care of us; Sofitel Munich Bayerpost and Hotel Bayerischer Hof Munich (where Obama stays!) for a suite stay; the adorable Hotel Schani Wien in Vienna for a memorable visit; the gorgeous Kempinski Hotel Budapest and Continental Hotel Budapest for fun views and incredible service; and the Széchenyi Baths for some much needed relaxation time. 

Weeks like this are why I do what I do. Check out this CNBC article for some of my top tips for achieving success as a freelancer. 

Now it's back to NYC, the home office and reliable WiFi (thanks New York Times)! 

Ted to Toe

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

As you may have seen, I've been on the go a lot lately: Baltimore, The Hamptons and Europe, to name a few stops over the last month. Huge thanks to Ted Baker for helping me look fab along the way, from city to city - from desk to dinner and everything in between. 

Click the pictures to shop each look!

#TedtoToe

Braking for Innovation with Samsung

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

It's been an exciting summer exploring innovation with Samsung.

Back in June, I had the chance to check out FedEx's new, first-of-its-kind Samsung-authorized repair center in the heart of New York City.

I also talked to Samsung director of marketing Jon Wong about the costs associated with losing a phone for both the individual and businesses. 

Can't imagine a reality without your phone? (Me either.) So I spoke with Accenture's wearable technology leader and pioneer Brent Blum about the best use cases for virtual reality and augmented reality.

And when it comes to VR, it's no surprise that Samsung leads the pack.

In July, I got to tour Samsung Bus, which features everything from the Samsung DeX station to the Knox security platform to virtual reality.

The bus will be going on a nationwide tour to spotlight Samsung's latest products and business solutions, so stay on the look out!

Building a Personal Brand with WeWork

Last week, I traveled to Prague, where I had the pleasure of taking over WeWork's Instagram Stories for the day. WeWork provides shared workspace for entrepreneurs and freelancers all over the world... And as a proud freelancer and social media entrepreneur, traveling helps me stay inspired, creative and do what I love… which - fun fact - is WeWork's motto!

This week, I joined lifestyle expert Latham Thomas for a Facebook Live at WeWork's Financial District location in New York. We covered everything from building your personal brand to becoming your own boss, based on our personal experience as solopreneurs. 

Learn more about WeWork here, and check out our full Facebook Live here!

Virtual Reality Takes Flight

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How do you solve a big enterprise problem on a small watch screen?

I talked to mobile app development company, Mokriya, about how technology should only be integrated as a problem-solving tactic. Check out full interview here

I also had the pleasure this week of talking to San Diego International Airport's director of innovation about how virtual reality is taking flight. Check out my interview with Rick Belliotti here

Mashable #BizChat: Full-Time to Freelance

Fun fact: More than 50% of Americans will be freelance by 2020. 

Transitioning into the world of freelance can be both scary and immensely rewarding. I should know — I made the transition five years ago and never looked back. 

Last week I joined Mashable Business' Tracey Edourard to share my top five tips for succeeding at freelancing, which include reading the market, isolating your skills and spotting new business opportunities. 

For the full set of tips, check out the Facebook Live