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Making Strides with MM.LaFleur and Bottomless Closet

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

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

Image accounts for over 30% of success in leadership, whether we like it or not.

It was an honor to film this video with MM.LaFleur a couple weeks ago, spotlighting the incredible work Bottomless Closet does to help disadvantaged women enter/re-enter the workforce.

If you recently Marie Kondo-ed your closet, learn how you can put those clothes to good use here!

What a Knight | Returning to My Alma Mater UCF

What a Knight | Returning to My Alma Mater UCF

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Oh what a Knight! ;)

This week, I returned to at my alma mater University of Central Florida to speak with students about social media, managing your personal brand and embracing the entrepreneurial spirit. Check out the full conversation here.

Thank you to my fellow UCF Knights for joining and asking great questions, and a huge shout-out to Nicholson School of Communication and my former journalism professor Rick Brunson, who I will forever be honored to have shared a stage with. 

#ChargeOn

Samsung Flips the Script on 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.

I FLIPping love this company, in case you couldn't tell!

Head to the Samsung Business blog to learn how Samsung Flip is changing the workplace as we know it. And while you're at it, head to BizBash to hear how my top social media and tech trends (as shared during my Digital Entertainment World talk in L.A. last week.) 

Speaking of innovation, I recently joined Samsung in sunny San Diego to attend AFCEA West, where data ruled the day. I had the opportunity to speak with Chris Stalzer, principal, Mil/DoD liaison at Juggernaut.Case about how data drives innovation in the federal workforce. Check out the full interview here

We also recently hit the Music City Nashville, where I had the honor of speaking to executives at Samsung's National Sales Meeting. Stay tuned for some exciting Samsung news in the coming days!

And working with an amazing company like Samsung got me thinking about business relationships. Check out my latest interview in Entrepreneur. 

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 Peerspace venues for inspiration for your next event!

Speaking of trendsetting (i.e. Peerspace and my fabulous event guests), check out my most recent piece for Inc. about the top 5 social media trends to look out for in 2018. 

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

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

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!

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

Lafayette 148 NYFW Event

As New York Fashion Week storms Manhattan - quite literally - I took a moment to sit down with Lafayette 148 NY Creative Director Emily Smith to talk about the economics of design.

Joining me for the Q&A and post-chat cocktail party were some of my favorite editors, bloggers, designers and entrepreneurs, including Alix Strauss, Jackie Giardina, Kaylin Marcotte, Marci Greenfield, Hilary Sheinbaum, Katie Kiefner, Hallie Friedman, Cailli and Sam Beckerman, Brittney Levine, Nika Vagner, Elizabeth Quinn Brown, Nneya Richards, Stan Soong, Whitney Tressel, Wendy Wollner and Nicole Volynets.

Huge thank you to Lafayette 148 for hosting the event and to Bloomerent for the unforgettable decor. 

Check out the #LafayetteLoves hashtag for some great photos of the event. 

Wayne's World 25th Anniversary

Wayne's World had a huge impact on pop culture when it was first released - 25 years ago - in 1992. The film not only put bands on the map with its iconic soundtracks; it also introduced some of culture's most popular catchphrases. (Party on! NOT.)

I was so proud to work with New York Film Critics for the 25th anniversary of this iconic movie.

Take a look at the #WaynesWorld and #WaynesWorld25 hashtags to see what people are saying about the anniversary screenings that took place in theaters around the country this week. 

Rock on!

Texworld USA

“Apparel is one of the only industries that has had deflation. You can buy something cheaper now than you could 20 years ago.”

This January, the 11th annual Texworld USA hosted 226 exhibitors from 16 countries and attendees from 54 countries around the world.

The common theme for all guests? Post-election economic uncertainty.

Check out my latest for Apparel News about the retail climate at Texworld. 

Centurion Jewelry Show

No pressure, no diamonds. 

Thanks to FireCushion Diamonds for the opportunity to speak (after Peyton Manning and before Bill O'Reilly) at the Centurion Jewelry Show last week at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale. I spoke about social media best practices to 100+ luxury consumer retailers.

Head to Politico to read Bill O'Reilly's candid comments on Trump, business, and the economy, as first reported on my blog

Special thanks to the Washington Post for picking up my story! 

Première Vision New York

"We all cook with water."

The recent election fueled the conversation at Première Vision's New York show this week at Pier 94

I had the pleasure of interviewing International Exhibitions Director Guglielmo Olearo about how the world of fashion will be impacted by the recent election of President Donald Trump - and talked to exhibitors about everything from the effect of fluctuating global markets to the importance of establishing relationships in the fashion business. 

Check out my full story for California Apparel News. 

Celebrating Canada's 150th Anniversary with Air Canada and Fairmont Hotels

This week, I flew up, up and far away from the election to the great white north to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary.

The trip started on a high note (literally) with a fabulous private flight courtesy of Air Canada and Air Canada Jetz, followed by an equally fabulous stay at three beautiful Fairmont Hotels.

Shoutout to Burton and Ugg for keeping me warm and stylish.

And happy 150th to our neighbors! 

RetailROI 2017

This week, I was invited by the Retail Orphan Initiative (RetailROI) to speak about social media trends to 300 or so retail executives at the Harvard Club of New York

From storytelling and video to social networks in the workplace, one of the top trends I addressed was the rise of the social media influencer.

MuseFind found that 92% of consumers trust influencers more than traditional advertisements featuring celebrity endorsements (which explains why so many brands are gravitating toward hiring influencers for their commercials and campaigns).

Thanks again to RetailROI for having me.