Where Did It All Begin?
Behind every organization, there is a founder's story and mine
began long before I ever started Thought Leadership Lab. About fifteen years
ago, I was the CEO of an organization I co-founded in Silicon Valley,
then known as the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE). That role
afforded me the unique opportunity to speak widely about
entrepreneurship, venture capital and women, and I developed a unique
niche and expertise in that arena.
In just three years, with no plan and little inkling of what might unfold, I went from an almost completely unknown non-profit
executive to receiving widespread media coverage, numerous opportunities
to speak at national and international conferences and universities, and
even an invitation to the White House to participate in a coalition to
advance women's entrepreneurship efforts nationally.
During that time, I grew a tribe of followers for our efforts and a
number of those talented folks stepped forward to start FWE chapters in
six other cities, including Paris, France. My new-found fame brought me
to the attention of the National Women's Business Council and I was
asked to co-found the first venture conference for women, Springboard
. I was also honored to receive several community service and leadership awards and was even featured in Fast Company
, Inc. Magazine
and quoted in the New York Times
As you can guess, it was a heady and exciting time...until it wasn't.
After the dot com crash, the amazing whirlwind came to a screeching
halt. Funding dried up, entrepreneurship was no longer 'cool' and the
press stopped calling.
When I look back, could I have predicted my meteoric rise from
obscurity to fame? Never. Could I have enjoyed it more? I'm not sure.
Could I have been better prepared and done more to leverage my new-found
celebrity to have a bigger impact in my niche and expand my access to
the next job or opportunity? To that question, I would answer a very
That's why I do what I do today - serving as an agent, coach, strategist and advisor to entrepreneurs and executives who are ready to make their own leap from leader to thought leader. I want to assure that others not only know how to become the go-to person in their niche, but that they understand how to leverage the opportunities that are presented and continue to scale their impact even if things go awry.
It is highly engaging and rewarding work and as I watch our amazing clients out changing the world, I celebrate the chance we have to make a difference. That is a legacy of which I am very proud.
What do you want to be known for?
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