16 Sep September 21, 2018 – Leapfrogging Nathalie Niño, Productivity Chris Bailey and Well Designed Biz LuAnn Nigara
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Nathalie Molina Niño – CEO at BRAVA Investments & Author of Leapfrog: The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs
Nathalie Molina Niño is an impact investor focused on making a catalytic impact on women in the world. A technologist and coder by training, she’s a consummate entrepreneur, and a storyteller at heart, passionate about telling the often untold stories of women change-makers. Keith Ferrazzi called her a “super-connector” in his updated best-selling classic, Never Eat Alone. Nathalie is the “fuel core of a network that makes it easy for her to tap the resources to get stuff done, and done quickly.” In 2015, Nathalie stepped in as interim Chief Revenue Officer of PowerToFly, a startup aimed at closing the gender gap in tech. In 2016, she stepped in to lead the launch of SELF MADE by Nely Galan, with the goal of enabling more women to become entrepreneurs. Nathalie launched her first tech startup at the age of 20, she later graduated with a degree in playwriting at Columbia University. In 2012, Molina Niño co-founded Entrepreneurship@Athena at the Athena Center for Leadership studies of Barnard College, with the mission of leveling the playing field for women entrepreneurs, where she remains a founding advisor. Prior to Athena, Nathalie was involved in launching and growing a multinational business with Lionbridge (NASDAQ: LIOX) into a $100M operation in 30+ countries. At Lionbridge, she helped lead the growth of its largest business from approx $5M in 2003 to nearly $100M in 2009, including the inception of the strategic relationship with Microsoft Bing. Nathalie has advised industry leaders in both the for- and non-profit sector ranging from multinationals (Disney, Microsoft, MTV, The Discovery Channel, Mattel), early-stage startups (Cranium, Onvia) and non-profits (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Affairs Council, Seattle International Film Festival, Athena). She writes and is quoted widely in the media, from best-selling books like Tim Ferriss’ 4-Hour Workweek to diverse media outlets and is the author of LEAPFROG (Tarcher Perigee, Random House).
Chris Bailey – Productivity Expert and Author of Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction
Chris Bailey is a productivity expert, and the bestselling author of two books about productivity: Hyperfocus, and The Productivity Project. Chris writes about productivity at Alifeofproductivity.com, and speaks to organizations around the globe on how they can become more productive, without hating the process. When Chris graduated from business school in May 2013, he was offered two great full-time jobs, both of which he turned down because he had a plan of his own. For exactly one year, Chris would devour everything he could get his hands on about productivity, and then write about what he learned every day. Over the span of my project, Chris conducted dozens of productivity experiments on himself, interviewed his favorite productivity gurus from around the world, and read hundreds of books and academic journal articles on productivity—all in an effort to dive as deep into productivity as he could and write about what he learned. When all was said and done, his website received more than one million hits from almost every country around the world, and Chris wrote more than 200,000 words on the topic to help people like yourself become more productive, too.
LuAnn Nigara – Podcast Host, 30 Year Owner and Author of The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action
LuAnn Nigara is a podcast host, speaker, entrepreneur and window treatment expert. LuAnn began her career more than thirty years ago as a co-owner of Window Works, an award-winning window treatment and awning retailer in Livingston, NJ. She’s also the host of the top-rated interior design podcast, A Well-Designed Business®, which airs two times per week on iTunes, Stitcher and iHeart Radio. Her podcast is the definitive resource for interior design professionals interested in operating a profitable and productive business. LuAnn is a sought-after speaker on topic ranging from work-life balance to making decisions that make a difference. She recently appeared as the opening ceremonies keynote speaker at the 2017 IWCE (International Window Coverings Expo) in Charlotte, NC, and as a featured speaker at the 2017 Design Blogger’s Conference in L.A. These days, her expertise is in high demand online and on television. She has recently appeared on the Blissful Bites podcast, Business Building Rockstars, and HouseSmarts.