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Investing & Fundraising
Investing & Fundraising
Receiving and Deploying Impact Investment with Bulbul Gupta
This Dreamers & Doers Office Hours is relevant for anyone interested in impact investing (receiving or deploying investments). Topics covered include: - Receiving / deploying impact investment for diverse small businesses - Impact investing as a tool to to advance equity, social justice and environmental priorities - Impact investing in the current economic crisis - What impact investing can look like from philanthropy to market returns investment This Office Hours features Bulbul Gupta, President & CEO of Pacific Community Ventures. Her organization is helping to shape impact investing best practices and public policy on impact investing. Previously, Bulbul led Entrepreneurship & Impact Investing at the Clinton Foundation and helped launch the White House National Advisory Board on Impact Investing. She began her career in microfinance in emerging/frontier markets, then pivoted to the US after the 2008 financial crisis. She has taught impact investing at NYU since 2015, and now at Berkeley starting January 2021.
How to Raise Your Seed Round with Lona Alia
This Dreamers & Doers Office Hours call is for anyone who is ready to start raising capital for their company. This call will: - Highlight the documents you need for your investor data room and how to structure your fundraising - Show you how to determine how much to raise, at what valuation and how to close a round - Provide a guide on determining who to raise from and how to get introduced to investors Lona Alia spent the last 10 years between Silicon Valley & New York creating, running and advising startups in the consumer space at the intersection of technology/direct to consumer and social impact. She has been part of 3 accelerators/incubators including Y combinator, Women Startup Labs and Fashion for Good and has raised $2M in funding for her startup from investors in Silicon Valley, New York, Europe and Middle East.
Investing Your Money w Rose Shafa
This D&D-hosted Office Hours call is relevant for anyone who may be intimidated by investing but knows they need to put their hard earned $$$ to work. Here is what's covered on the call: - What investments accounts to open and where (especially as an entrepreneur!) - How to think about risk (so that investing doesn't feel so damn scary) - How to pick good index funds (what factors to consider - Rose also provides a handy cheatsheet of the best funds!) - How much to buy of each index fund, and when to buy/sell - Basically everything you'd pay a financial advisor to do, but how to DIY and take your financial future into your own hands! This call is hosted by Rose Shafa, a YouTuber and online educator on investing (for women!).
Investor/Angel Fundraising Workshop w Nancy Hayes
This is a D&D-hosted Office Hours call that is relevant for anyone who is in the process of fundraising/has a plan to fundraise - or who has a general interest in the pitching process. This is an incredible opportunity to hone your skills and get an inside scoop on both the angel and VC fundraising process and landscape. This call is hosted by Nancy Hayes who is an active angel investor with a portfolio of 22 investments in companies with female founders. She was a senior executive at IBM Corporation for almost 20 years, CEO of two social services nonprofit organizations, Dean of the College of Business at San Francisco State University, CFO of that university, cofounder of a rewards-based crowdfunding site and Managing Director of Golden Seeds angel group Silicon Valley chapter. Nancy has an MBA from the University of Chicago and lives in San Francisco.
Non-Profit Fundraising Workshop w Lauren Burke (10 Ways to 100K!)
Along with making my first foray into the for-profit sector I'm consulting and sharing my experience raising more than 2.5 million for a non-profit I founded and built a few years back. One of my offerings is a training called "10 Ways to 100K" which is a quick and dirty overview of TANGIBLE ways to get you $$$! It's geared more towards smaller/more start up organizations but is a great refresher/ideation/get your juices flowing workshop for even those in later stages. ALSO great for board members and advisors of non profits and even some hybrid/for profit folks in the social enterprise space have said it was useful.
How to Raise Capital with Confidence w Maria Springer
This is a Dreamers & Doers Office Hours call hosted by Maria Springer about how to raise capital with confidence. Here is what is covered on this call: - How to benchmark and validate the investment offering - How to build a pipeline of 50 potential investors, NOW - How to get strong introductions to investors - How to use a teammate as a “Fundraising Chief of Staff” - Maintaining personal balance while you raise capital - Any additional questions you may have This call is hosted by Maria Springer, who, to date, has helped raise $5MM+ for various enterprises (social impact, blockchain, film, consumer brands, etc.) via angel investors, foundations, venture funds, crowdfunding platforms, etc. She has an MBA from Oxford and started LivelyHoods, a last mile distribution network that sells clean energy technologies across Kenya, and Observatory, a non-fiction film company whose latest film was acquired by Hulu and VICE.
How to Find the Right Investors for Your Business w Alex Batdorf of Get Sh!t Done
This is a D&D video office hours call for those of you who are considering fundraising, or are currently fundraising, but facing challenges. This call is hosted by Alex Batdorf, a venture-backed serial entrepreneur who co-raised close to $3M from both angels & VC’s. Her company, Get Sh!t Done (shegetsshitdone.com), helps female founders understand how to grow their companies. In her former company, she learned what works and doesn’t in fundraising and in her current company, she works with investors to understand how female founders can lock down funding. Here's what she covers on the call: 1. #why: Whether or not you should fundraise. 2. #networking: Where to find investors regardless of whether or not they are already in your network. She'll walk you through how investors prefer to be connected with and alternative ways around their preferences. 3. #pitching: Many female founders tend to focus on all of the details and forget to go back to the big picture. She'll give you top tips on how you should be pitching. 4. #opportunities: How you can turn a no into a yes, even if it’s not necessarily cash but ensuring that you're maximizing every opportunity you can out of investor meetings and relationships. 5. #nurturing: The majority of investors DO NOT invest after the first meeting (she's only had that happen once). Therefore, nurturing those relationships over time is vital! She's had investors say no and 2 years later put in $ because they nurtured the relationship.
Morgan Stanley's Multicultural Innovation Lab Q&A w Meera Clark
This is a D&D-dedicated office hours to learn more about Morgan Stanley's Multicultural Innovation Lab, focused on building a community of early-stage technology and technology-enabled startups led by women and multicultural entrepreneurs. During this Q&A session, Meera, an associate within the Lab, gave us an overview of this amazing program + answered all the burning questions that were submitted. For more information about the Multicultural Innovation Lab, visit this website: https://www.morganstanley.com/about-us/diversity/multicultural-innovation-lab
Equity Crowdfunding w Caroline Hofmann✨
This Office Hours call is moderated by Allie Felix, Community @ Work-Bench. +About our Dreamy Expert: Caroline Hofmann has run Strategy, Operations and Investor Relations for Republic since the beginning of 2017. Before that, she spent 7 years at McKinsey & Company in London and New York and earned her MBA from Harvard. She is French and German and calls New York my home, where she lives with her husband and 2-year old son. She is especially passionate about equity crowdfunding, because it democratizes fundraising and investing; startups have a new accessible source of capital and all of us can now invest in startups, regardless of income.
Marketing & Branding
Marketing & Branding
Creating your Badass Bio with Genevieve Kim
This Dreamers & Doers Office Hours is relevant for anyone who is in need of a bio update. Topics covered include: - Learning the core elements of a bio - Brainstorming experiences and target audiences - Writing out a bio through targeted questions and responses - Receiving feedback from peers to refine your bio This Office Hours features Genevieve Kim, the Founder + Creative Director of Triangleflash Media. She’s taught this workshop about crafting a badass bio to over 2,000 people since it was launched in April 2020, including at The Wing, where it was the highest attended workshop of all the conference workshops. Genevieve has successfully pivoted careers multiple times from opera singer to management consultant to entrepreneur by utilizing her knowledge of how to tell a great story.
Building a Personal Brand with Thought Leadership with Jenny Foss
This Dreamers & Doers Office Hours is relevant for anyone who is ready to establish their personal brands. Topics covered include: - Why building thought leadership is so valuable - What, exactly, it means to be a thought leader - How to determine your core messaging/brand - How you can socialize your brand - The importance of authenticity This Office Hours features Jenny Foss, longtime recruiter, career consultant, and the voice behind the career blog JobJenny.com. She's also the author of several LinkedIn Learning courses on various aspects of job search and professional development. Jenny not only coaches clients on how to build or affirm their own personal brands, but she's also leveraged similar strategies to become an internationally known personality in the career space.
Influencer Marketing Deals 101 with Jamie Lieberman
This Dreamers & Doers Office Hours is relevant for anyone who is ready to uplevel their marketing with influencer deals. Topics covered include: - How influencer marketing deals are structured - How brands/influencers connect - Common issues that arise in the relationships - Common payment terms This Office Hours features Jamie Lieberman, owner and founder of Hashtag Legal, and practicing lawyer for nearly 15 years. As an experienced entrepreneur herself, Jamie understands the unique needs of business owners at different stages in their organization’s growth. Today, she partners with clients across verticals including influencer marketing, creative services and e-commerce. She has a deep commitment to making legal accessible and regularly speaks about legal matters, the art of negotiation and entrepreneurial topics at leading industry events such as Alt Summit, Podcast Movement, and FinCon, and as an expert source for media like Digiday and Forbes.
Using Canva Like a Pro with Jessi Greenlee
This Dreamers & Doers Office Hours is relevant for everyone who doesn't have a design background but needs to create marketing assets. This session covers how to: - Use and customize templates - Set up your brand necessities - Create folders to organize your assets - Make use of all the tools that exist on the platform This Office Hours is hosted by Jessi Greenlee, a changemaker, impact innovator and the founder of the Good Impact Network. She has worked in a variety of roles from HR to CSR to running and serving on the board of nonprofits. As someone who sees the world through a marketing and branding lens, she’s worked in Adobe products, but favors Canva as an integral part of her business with its ease of use and new design features that help elevate any brand.
Email Deliverability Best Practices with Megan McCulley
This Dreamers & Doers Office Hours is relevant for everyone who is connecting through email. This session covers: - Proper Domain Authentication - IP Addresses and the difference between shared or dedicated IP addresses - Sending strategy and deliverability monitoring - Common issues and fixes for a good mail program reputation This Office Hours is hosted by Megan McCulley, the owner of Mixed Media Consulting who has nearly 8 years of experience in the email industry. She has worked on every aspect, from building basic HTML templates to negotiating contracts with Email Service Providers (ESP) for C-level executives. She has worked with 40+ ESPs across multiple systems, and has a deep understanding of email programs on both the client and technical side.
Supercharge Your Email Marketing w Olivia Bowser
This Dreamers & Doers-hosted Office Hours is relevant for everyone who is ready to leverage this powerful tool to supercharge their marketing. This session: - Provides an overview of different email service provider options and automations - Guides you through the best practices for creating content and writing email copy - Teaches the best tips and tricks to grow your email list and capture new emails This session is hosted by Olivia Bowser who spent 5 years managing digital marketing for brands across a variety of industries, with a specific focus on email marketing. With her most recent venture, email is a key channel for growth. With her background in everything outdoors, indoor cycling and “better for you” startups, she ties together her deep knowledge of mind-body connection with open energy and a positive attitude to lead Liberate, a new kind of wellness studio with an emphasis on mental health.
Ebooks & the Content Lifecycle w Ada Chen
This Dreamers & Doers-hosted Office Hours is relevant for anyone who is ready to leverage the power of content to bring their marketing to the next level. This session answers the following questions: - What is content repurposing and how do you do it? - What's the best way to distribute your content? - Should you pay someone to write an ebook for you? Should you write it yourself? - How long does an ebook have to be? - What's the best format for an ebook? - Should you pay to promote my ebook or other content? This session is hosted by Ada Chen, who, as Product Marketing Lead for Atlassian’s Confluence Server and Data Center products, worked closely with her product, engineering and design counterparts to help them focus, prioritize and set better goals, throughout the entire product lifecycle. Now, her mission is to make the world a better place through leadership, empathy and driving cultural change. As a product strategist and team leader, she thrives on delivering an impactful customer experience that drives positive business outcomes.
Supercharge Your Brand Positioning w Lori Abichandani
This Dreamers & Doers-hosted Office Hours is relevant for everyone from early stage founders who are just getting started, to established brands rethinking their positioning. This Office Hours: - Covers a brief brand positioning overview - Gave those who tuned in the opportunity to pose questions related to their brand and had them answered by an expert live (which was recorded for you to listen in on!) - Ultimately provided a space where you can learn from the experience of others This Office Hours is hosted by Lori Abichandani, the founder of a big idea, a brand strategy studio in LA that works with founders, early and growth-stage startups, and social enterprises looking to find community in the lifestyle, hospitality, wellness, media, and impact spaces. She has over 8 years of experience working with large brands, media companies, startups, and social enterprises working to craft, execute, analyze, and optimize marketing strategies.
Marketing Strategies for Online Businesses w Brielle Friedman
This Dreamers & Doers-hosted Office Hours is relevant for anyone who is looking to grow an audience from scratch and/or scale with a new digital offer. This Office Hours covers: - How to grow an audience online - What the heck is a “funnel” and why do I need one? - Which technology should I use for my online products/services? - The biggest mistake Brielle see soloprenuers + big companies making when it comes to content marketing (and building their marketing strategies in general) - Which social media platforms should you use for your business (and which ones can you ignore) - Misconceptions about building email lists/email marketing - How to analyze lead channel performance (she’ll also explain how to find the hardest-working lead channels for your unique industry, audience, and offer) - The importance of messaging and storytelling in your marketing strategy - + any specific questions you have! This Office Hours is hosted by Brielle Friedman, who worked in corporate marketing during which she built and implemented a digital marketing strategy that helped grow annual revenue from $10m to $36m. She's directed creative and growth marketing teams, and has both the big-picture strategy and small detail execution experience.
Supercharge Your Content Strategy w Adrian Granzella Larssen
This D&D-hosted Office Hours call is relevant for thought leaders (especially women in the career/leadership/business/personal development space) who want to tell their stories through compelling content. Here are a few areas that will be covered on this call: - How to come up with SPARKLING story ideas that will win over editors and readers alike - How to get started writing when you haven’t done so in a long, long time - How to create a content strategy for 2020 - How to write an irresistible and infinitely shareable article - How to decide where to publish your work - How to write incredible quotes that get you featured when you submit to D&D, HARO, or reporters This call is hosted by Adrian Granzella Larssen, D&D's Head of Content & the founder of Sweet Spot Content, helping entrepreneurs and early-stage startups tell their stories through delicious content.
Brand Positioning w Arielle Shnaidman
This is a D&D-hosted Office Hours call relevant for anyone who is an ambitious, entrepreneurial, career-driven woman who has so much to offer, but feels really stuck when it comes to building their brand. Here is what is covered on this call: - Your vision and mission - Your audience, the problem you solve for them, and how to connect with them - Your core values and unique story - Tapping into your unique voice and point of difference - How to get started before you're "ready" This call is hosted by Arielle Shnaidman, a brand & messaging expert and coach for entrepreneurial women.
Brand Video Ins & Outs w Patrice Poltzer
This is a D&D-hosted Office Hours call that is relevant for anyone who knows they need to start implementing video into their business, but may be overwhelmed, scared of the investment, not convinced it's necessary, or not sure what type of videos they should start with. Here is what's covered on the call: 1. Why you need to start thinking about video in some capacity for your marketing toolkit. The data shows.....video is a must-have if you want to compete in your industry. Don't fear it...because most people do so there's nothing to be afraid of. Why the investment is worth it. 2. DIY. vs Professional. What type of videos you should do and when it make sense to bring in professionals. If you go DIY some equipment to consider. 3. What makes a great brand video and what makes a bad brand video. Showcase one of each and discuss. 4. What the process is for making great video. Patrice will take you through the plan she takes clients through. 5. Ideal length of video for diff. social platforms. 6. Leave room for questions This call is hosted by Patrice Poltzer, an award winning former TODAY show producer who left to start her own video company almost 3 years ago. She now works with founders, marketing teams, startups and some bigger brands & helps execute on brand video or advises on what type of content would translate best for the brand.
How to Look Great on Video from Home with Kristin Jekielek
This Dreamers & Doers Office Hours is relevant for everyone who is looking to level up their video presence. Topics covered include: - The 6 key factors to looking great on video - The basics of using laptop and smartphone cameras - Setting up proper lighting and the best angles - Gear guide for an at home set up and clear audio This Office Hours features Kristin Jekielek, the founder of Value Video Marketing, which specializes in video SEO content. She spent 10 years consulting on software development at Comcast, a Fortune 50 company. Kristin began making her own marketing videos to launch a new endeavor. Within just a couple weeks of posting her videos online, they quickly brought in leads. But even more business owners interested in her marketing videos than in her offering. Being an entrepreneur, Kristin quickly jumped at the opportunity to serve founders by delivering videos designed with business growth in mind.
How to Create a Signature Workshop w Stephanie Thoma
This Dreamers & Doers-hosted Office Hours is relevant for anyone who is interested in creating a signature workshop to establish thought leadership in their niche. This call is hosted by Stephanie Thoma, who created a signature workshop, Networking for Introverts, in Q4 2018, and toured it across the US and internationally in 2019. This workshop opened doors for additional paid speaking, press mentions, networking, growing her email list, and was the inspiration for her book, Confident Introvert.
Building Connections & Trust Virtually w Casey Clark & Julie Fogh
This D&D-hosted Office Hours is relevant for anyone who is ready to leverage their voice for powerful communication and expression. This Office Hours will: - Show you the underbelly of how communication works, with the nuance and complications of the systems we function in - Teach you about basic techniques in approaching all conversations with empathy and compassion - Guide you on how to build trust and connect virtually, especially in light of the unique challenges of selling and working virtually This call is hosted by Julie Fogh and Casey Clark, voice, speech and communication consultants who spend most of their waking moments thinking about connecting and communicating. They are both trained as actors and voice teachers, and have been working with companies and private clients for six years living the questions of communication.
Becoming a TEDx Speaker w Sara Dahan
This D&D-hosted Office Hours call is relevant for anyone who is interested in getting on the TEDx stage and sharing their ideas worth spreading. Here is what is covered on this call: - How TEDx works and why this is different from other conferences, and how TEDx events can differ from each other - How to come up with an “Idea Worth Spreading” - How to find conferences to apply to - How to write a solid pitch, bio, and other application elements - How to write the talk itself & general speaking tips - What is and isn’t allowed by TEDx - The non-verbal elements to consider when practicing and performing - What to wear and other day-of logistics - How to leverage TEDx in career advancement This call is hosted by Sara Dahan, the Founder & CEO of Catalyst, which is a community strategy agency, D&D’s very own community & events guru, and a 3x TEDx speaker.
Becoming a Grace Hopper Speaker w Irene Ryabaya
This D&D-hosted Office Hours call is relevant for anyone interested in speaking opportunities and getting paid to speak, specifically as it relates to becoming a Grace Hopper speaker. Here are a few things that are covered on this call: - Irene's original experience applying to the CFP. - How the process actually works and what reviewers look for when selecting talks. - Who the audience is and what gets them excited (Irene was asked to repeat her talks b/s they were oversubscribed) . - How the 'tracks' work and which is right for you - Things Irene wish she knew before applying - How to make the most of the opportunity and what the conference is about once you are there. This call is hosted by Irene Ryabaya, a professional, paid speaker who got her start doing a talk at Grace Hopper Seattle and then four talks at the main Grace Hopper event. She also was one of the six people who helped the amazing GHC team organize last year's Grace Hopper NYC event and reviewed hundreds of applications across tracks. Ultimately, she is in a unique position to have insights into both sides of the process. P.S. For more information about how to build a paid speaking business, you can check out this past Office Hours recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxL4Ab6wuUw
Stop Asking for Permission w Christina Blacken
I struggled for a long time with feeling like my story is worth listening to. Who the hell am I to speak on certain subjects or to have the gall to build a business with my broke (other negative adjectives) self? One of the most powerful things any person can do is share their story vulnerably with the world and so many of us struggle with how and if we should. Over the years I've picked up strategies and tips that have helped me not only shift this negative thinking but improve my creative outputs and storytelling - getting me opportunities to speak, building an audience to 1MM social impressions on my platform solely with my own writing and marketing, and connecting authentically with people every time I shared my story. __ We'll cover a few things: + How to shift your own inner narratives to have unquestioning confidence when pitching yourself and your work to potential clients, funders, partners and more + How to persuade with your messages in an authentic and impactful way + How to craft messages + stories that will resonate with your audience __ If you want to know more about my background, grab a tea and check out my story here: http://www.thenewquo.com/meet-christina/
How to be Your Authentic Self on Camera w Elissa Weinzimmer
How to be Your Authentic Self on Camera = is a topic that is so relevant for so many of us in the age of influencers and personality-driven marketing, when we're expected to connect authentically through video. In the workshop we'll cover why we all have tons of presence, and how to access yours if you feel like you don't know how. Being on camera is so awkward for so many of us, but there are absolutely mindset tools, exercises, and techniques to help you be comfortable so you can be the face of your brand in an easy, joyful way. I'm so excited to share with you!! For those of you who don’t know me, I am the founder of Voice Body Connection and work with leaders, organizations, speakers, and performers on presence, delivery, vocal health, feminine embodiment, and self love 💕💖✨. Just a few of the things we might dig into: *Why loving yourself is actually the first step to confidence *Exercises you can do to build your presence and confidence *How to start gently with insta stories/fb live to build your brand etc! http://www.elissaweinzimmer.com/
Supercharge your Speaking / Conference / Sponsorship Game w Katie Livornese
If organizing events OR speaking at more conferences is one of your dreamy #goals for 2018, our upcoming office hours will start you off on the right foot! On this Zoom video call, we’ll learn from the experiences of Katie Livornese, the Director of Events & Global Partnerships at S.H.E. Globl (the company behind the renowned global women’s conference, S.H.E. Summit). In just 3 years, Katie has helped S.H.E. Summit become a globally-celebrated women’s leadership & lifestyle event, bringing together women and men in over 100 countries (#WOW). She focuses her time on developing strategic relationships with organizations committed to women's empowerment to amplify the company's mission. As a bonus, you’ll get to know our dreamy host—Alexandra Harper of Women of Culture—as well as other D//Ders on the call. #bettertogether Just a few of the things we might dig into: - Developing brand partnerships & closing event sponsorship deals - Executing on events, incl. securing speakers & crushing logistics - Increasing your appeal as a coveted conference speaker - Managing & building teams, incl. supercharging productivity of small teams - Trends in the gender equality / female empowerment space - PLUS any other Qs you may have related to her background!
How to Build Your Paid Speaking Business w Smiley Poswolsky
Smiley Poswolsky, is an renowned author / speaker: http://smileyposwolsky.com/ -- I'm a millennial workplace expert and the bestselling author of The Quarter-Life Breakthrough. -- I empower millennials to find meaningful work, and help companies attract, retain, and engage their employees. -- I speak at Fortune 500 companies, conferences, associations, business schools, and leadership retreats. One of his missions is to especially empower + educate more women to get paid (more) for speaking. --- +more on Smiley's Women's Speaker Initiative: http://smileyposwolsky.com/womenspeakerinitiative https://www.facebook.com/adam.s.poswolsky/posts/10154828846364819 +more on Dreamers // Doers: http://www.dreamersdoers.me/
Visibility & Press
Visibility & Press
Getting Your Business Media Attention with Lori Sussle Bonanni
This Dreamers & Doers Office Hours is relevant for everyone who is seeking media attention and covers: - Why press is beneficial for your company - How to build you media list and target the right audience - How to get a reporter’s attention, as well as other places to find press - What to do when your company is in the news This session is hosted by Lori Sussle Bonanni, the founder of elssus, LLC, a multi-disciplined communications consulting firm. She builds and grows reputations by increasing awareness, business results and credibility for companies as early as startups and as established as Global 500s. Prior to launching elssus, Lori held senior-level marketing, communication and business development roles at companies such as Verizon, World 50, NBCUniversal and DDB. Her writing has been featured in U.S. News and World Report, Huffington Post and The Muse.
Publishing a Book that Sells with Lyda Mclallen
During this D&D Office Hours, Lyda shares all the tricks of the trade in book publishing that have resulted in immense success for her authors. A few topics covered in this call are: - An overview of publishing options, such as traditional, hybrid and self - The benefits and disadvantages of each route - Differences in publishing between genres - The production process for publishing a book - What to look for and what to be wary of in a publisher - How to sell your book after publishing Ultimately, this call sets you up for publishing your own book -from writing, to production, to selling- from an industry expert. Lyda Mclallen is a seasoned book marketer and publicist with over ten years of experience and has successfully promoted close to 100 books. In 2017, Lyda left the corporate world to start Talk+Tell, a self-publishing company that works with authors to bring out the best versions of their books. Every book Talk+Tell has worked on has become a bestseller and in the past year has sold over 100,000 books and has helped authors get featured in BBC, Vogue, Huffington Post, and more.
PR & Fundraising (during COVID-19 & beyond) w Holly Jacobus
This D&D-hosted Office Hours call is relevant for anyone who is actively fundraising (or will be very soon) and is interested in getting a behind the scenes look into VC fundraising. Here are some topics that are covered on this call: - The ins & outs of VC fundraising (doing a deep dive on raising your very first round of VC funding) - Fundamentals of PR for startups (a training Holly normally does just for portfolio company CEOs - based on her work at Launchsquad helping early stage cos launch cos launch in NYC) You can access the resources & deck Holly used/mentioned in this call here: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/13urIra5Zmrxhlx2NBA5VNWUnyT4UEImX This call is hosted by Holly Jacobus, an Investment Partner at both Joyance Partners/Social Starts VC. You can learn more about her background here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hollyjacobus/
Become a Published Author w Greta Eagan
This is a D&D-hosted Office Hours call for anyone who is currently writing a book or has always wanted to do so. This call is hosted by Greta Eagan, who is a published author with a best-selling book. She is also the Founder of Beauty Scripts, the first digital monetization platform for beauty professionals. Here is what Greta covers on the call: 1) First-hand experience & insights on working with a traditional publisher 2) How to make your book writing & sales process successful Ultimately, you'll walk away with an insider account of the book publishing process and how you can also supercharge your journey today.
How to Publish Your Book - Q&A w Marquina Iliev-Piselli of Authorpreneur Launch
This is a D&D video Office Hours call for those of you who are interested in finding your audience, publishing a book, and selling more copies. This call is hosted by Marquina Iliev-Piselli, a book marketing consultant who has been turning books into best sellers for 8 years. Throughout her career, she's worked with the Big 5 Publishers as well as thousands of authors to help them build their platforms and increase their book sales. Here's what she covers on the call: (1) #booktopic - What should you write about? What topics work well in self-publishing vs. approaching a traditional publisher? What works well for entrepreneurs? (2) #typeofbook - Should you have both an Ebook + Paperback? Both? What about an Audiobook? (3) #bookcover - How can you make sure to get a high-quality cover without breaking the bank? (4) #marketing - How will you find people who are interested in your topic so they can find your book? (5) #pricing - Put simply, how do you price your book appropriately? How would you price the paperback vs. the ebook? (6) #general - Anything and everything else that pertains to Independent or Traditional book publishing!
Getting Press w Sara Reistad-Long
This is a D&D video Office Hours call and Q&A on how to gain high-impact exposure for your company and personal brand with a strategic approach to media. This call is hosted by Sara Reistad-Long, D&D's new Head of Community, Membership & Partnerships. Prior to working with D&D, Sara amongst others spent over 15 years as a print journalist, writing for publications like Glamour, Esquire, O: The Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. More recently, she worked as a content strategist, not only developing proprietary content programs for companies, but also helping them tell their stories and get wide exposure in the media—which is (not coincidentally!) exactly what she will be covering on this call. Specifically, the topics she covers on this call are: -- How to come up with pitches and storylines that will appeal to journalists and best highlight your work. -- What to expect from an editorial process, how to effectively engage, and how to maximize the impact of your press. -- How to stay top-of-mind for future press and editorial opportunities. -- The right stage in a project/company lifespan to engage outside PR and whether it's ever wise to hold back on press.
Leadership & Strategy
Leadership & Strategy
Supercharging Your Community Strategy with Danielle Maveal
This Dreamers & Doers Office Hours is relevant for everyone who is looking to build a new community or increase engagement in an existing one. Topics covered include: -Coming up with a 'community mvp' -Building an event-first community strategy -Optimizing online events for deeper connections -Increasing community engagement This Office Hours features Danielle Maveal, a startup founder working on building purpose-driven communities with 15 years of experience launching, supporting, and scaling brand and marketplace communities. She was the 10th employee at Etsy, where she built community and education programs for 5 years. She then was on the founding team at Barkbox, and went on to work at Airbnb and Lyft, scaling global community strategies and operations.
How to Fast Track Your Career as a Woman Leader with Lee Crockett
This Dreamers & Doers Office Hours is relevant any womxn who want to grow in their organization. This session covers: -How to grow and become a leader in your organization -The ‘unwritten rules’ that companies don’t want you to know about -A 4-step framework to check all of the boxes for advancing your career This Office Hours features Lee Crockett, who has been successfully leading teams for over a decade. She is passionate about forming genuine connections with people and working with them to achieve their goals. She has created and implemented formal training programs for employee development and career progression at each company she has worked at and has built a system to develop leadership skills, skills of teams, and paths to promotion. Lee Anne has since launched a consultancy to make a larger impact with womxn leaders who feel that their organization has not invested resources into their training and development and that they are capable of more.
Building Your Partnerships Strategy with Sarina Virk Torrendell
This Dreamers & Doers Office Hours is relevant for everyone who is ready to leverage brand and growth partnerships. This session covers: - How to identify the right partners for your business goals - Different partnership deal types: how to structure a deal that’s right for you - The basics on selling your partnership - Following-up, negotiating, and closing a deal - Post-partnership to-do’s This Office Hours is hosted by Sarina Virk Torrendell, who has more than 12 years of experience as an entrepreneur, builder, and professional pivoter, working in a variety of industries ranging from logistics, e-commerce, concierge beauty, and more. She began focusing heavily on partnerships during her time at Postmates where she led innovative partnerships with brands like Glossier, Harry’s, and Casamigos, while also leading the strategy & implementation of new category launches beyond prepared food. Most recently, she founded withSarina, a coaching platform designed to help millennials gain the skills they need to succeed in their careers and businesses.
Crisis Management & Business Continuity w Alexandra Hoffmann
This Dreamers & Doers-hosted Office Hours is relevant for businesses of all types and sizes. This session will: - Help unscramble crisis complexity and all its elements - Discuss how to establish leadership, understand their emotions and determine roles during a crisis - Teach the key role of intuition and how to manage stress efficiently This Office Hours is hosted by Alexandra Hoffmann, who's rich operational and multicultural experience has given her a strong expertise in corporate resilience, its boosting factors, and best practices to manage it. During her career with large corporations in France and abroad (Avon Products, Lafarge, Hewlett-Packard), and the French Government, Alexandra has developed an expertise in security, risk prevention and crisis management. She later became Director of Resilience at Philips Lighting (Signify today), where she was responsible for implementing the Global Resilience Program. In 2018, she launched Alexandra Hoffmann Consulting where she supports businesses on topics related to Resilience through Consulting and Training services.
Building & Joining a Board w Sarah Feingold
This Dreamers & Doers-hosted Office Hours is relevant for for everyone who is building their own board or interested in taking part in one. This Office Hours: - Provides a detailed guide into what a board is and the different types - Guides you through the process, reasoning and benefits behind building a board - Teaches you how to get a board seat, covering the steps from how to get started to crafting your board bio This call is hosted by Sarah Feingold, who is the co-founder of The Fourth Floor. The Fourth Floor brings vetted female founders and professionals together to increase the number of women on boards, be more competitive fundraisers, and create wealth.
Startups, Transitions, and Rebuilding w Helena Fogarty
This is Dreamers & Doers-hosted Office Hours call is relevant for anyone who may be considering shutting down their startup or currently navigating the process of transitioning and rebuilding. Here are a few things covered on this call: - Creating a company, raising money and communicating with investors - Lessons learned in scaling, taking on risks and accelerating growth - The process of shutting down and losing everything - Important considerations if you’re thinking of shutting down - Transitioning to a new role and learning a different industry This call is hosted by Helena Fogarty, is the founder of CocoMama, a woman owned business that imports fair trade organic cocoa. She is also the founder and former CEO of Mi Ola Surfware, which she had to shut down after 9 years of business, coverage in the NY Times, Harper's Bazaar, Elle and more, and customers in 38 countries.
Navigating Uncertainty with EQ w Amelia Kruse
This D&D-hosted Office Hours call is relevant for anyone who is in the midst of uncertain and challenging times and wants to learn to navigate them through emotional intelligence (EQ). Here are a few things that are covered on this call: - An explanation of the elements of EQ - How EQ impacts our individual and group wellbeing - How deepening EQ improves your ability to navigate uncertainty and stress - And, of course, the things you can do each day to increase your EQ This call is hosted by Amelia Kruse, a seasoned leadership coach who previously was the Director of Product Marketing and User Research at Refinery29. Her clients include executives from Calvin Klein, Sotheby's, Google and many other major corporations and startups.
Community Strategy & Engagement w Mariya Illarionova
This D&D-hosted Office Hours call is relevant for anyone who has always wanted to build their community online but has no idea where to start or who are knee deep into building a community but are looking for ways to supercharge it! Here is what's covered on the call: - The types of communities you can build and the architecture behind a digital community - How to save time (and money) using systems and templates to run your community while remaining authentic to yourself and your brand - Methods of engagement to spark conversation and keep your community thriving once you’ve brought in your first members. This call is hosted by Mariya Illarionova, D&D's Membership Experience Lead, who's expertise is in community operations and management.
The Secrets of Resilient Entrepreneurs w Mona Bijoor
This is a D&D-hosted Office Hours call relevant for anyone pushing towards big goals, including (but not limited to) entrepreneurs, and are ready to supercharge their resiliency. A few things Mona covers on the call: - Background on her non-linear journey and how she ended up doing what she did! - Beliefs all successful entrepreneurs hold. - How to mentally get through the low-points of the journey. - How she personally deals with loss, competition, hard projects, confrontation, imposter syndrome, etc. - Difference between intensity vs. competition. - Daily Habits, developing self esteem & confidence (hint: no such thing as will power). - Building your support system. - Thoughts on self care + cultivating happiness. - Q&A + actionable take-home exercises. This call is hosted by Mona Bijoor, whose startup JOOR raised double digit millions in funding, processed billions of dollars worth of transactions, and was named among Fast Company's 10 most innovative companies in fashion. In addition to being an entrepreneur, Mona is a startup advisor, angel investor, public speaker and most recently also author (Start-Ups and Downs: The Secrets of Resilient Entrepreneurs).
Take Back Your Time w Whitney White
This is a D&D-hosted Office Hours call relevant for anyone who is ready to take back their time, get more out of their days, and achieve the life of their dreams without running themselves ragged (even if they're currently feeling overwhelmed and overloaded!). Here is what is covered on this call: - Define success on your own terms and focus on what matters most to you! (Even if you have colleagues, family, or friends pulling you in different directions) - Break free from your never-ending to do lists and dedicate crucial time to push forward on your passion projects. (Even if your work day is zapping all your energy and brain power) - Avoid busy traps and discover where to invest your time and energy to get the biggest return on your life goals - Develop a sixth sense for time wasters and a keen ability to avoid getting sucked into them. - Build the freedom to enjoy life now while knowing you’re living up to your full potential (without running yourself into the ground)! This call is hosted by Whitney White, who runs an innovation practice where she helps startups launch and scale new products. She also leads a coaching program called Take Back Your Time.
Career Clarity w Lindsay Gordon
This is a D&D-hosted Office Hours call relevant for anyone who is feeling stuck, aimless, or dissatisfied with where they are in their career. Here is what is covered on the call: - A few exercises to help you get clear about what you're looking for - How to have more confidence in your decisions - How to start communicating what you're looking for with colleagues, managers or interviewers. This call is hosted by Lindsay Gordon, a career coach for analytically minded people who are feeling uninspired or crushed by an ill-fitting job.
Business & Personal Finance
Business & Personal Finance
Financially Savvy: Bookkeeping & Accounting with Jennifer Yousem
This Dreamers & Doers Office Hours is relevant for everyone who is looking to level up their financial knowledge. It covers: - The difference between bookkeeping and accounting - What information the big 3 financial statements are telling you (income statement, balance sheet, and cash flows statement) - Accrual vs. cash accounting and why it matters - How to get paid quicker and manage cash flow better This Office Hours is hosted by Jennifer Yousem, who has over 20+ years of financial experience. She has worked with countless CEOs at large enterprises including Sony Pictures, Paramount Home Video and Complex Networks, as well as fast growing start-ups like Verizon Heart Media Partners and DailyMail, to help them drive the best decisions through simple accurate reporting while providing a full financial story behind the numbers. She has mastered the art and science of financial storytelling and helped countless business owners put strong operational finance backbones in place to help support their endeavors.
From Power to Partnership: Money in Relationships w Wendy Wecksell
This Dreamers & Doers Office Hours is relevant for everyone who is in the money-raising process, leading a nonprofit, or managing partnerships. This session will cover: - How to view your personal relationship to money - The root cause of the power dynamic and how to create an equal relationship - How to be emboldened in raising money when nerves get in the way This Office Hours is hosted by Wendy Wecksell, who has been dealing with power and relationships throughout her entire career. From starting out in VIP management and business development at a major film festival to leading an innovative nonprofit through hockey puck growth, and working with some of the biggest investors, philanthropists, and founders on making the world better, she has dealt with power and money. Wendy has a teaching fellowship at the Kennedy School's Executive Education program on this topic.
Financial Planning for Entrepreneurs w Kristy Runzer
This is a D&D-hosted Office Hours call that is relevant for any entrepreneur who wants to be more strategic with the numbers and use them to help guide decisions for her business and personal goals. Here is what will is covered on the call: 1. Laying your foundation: how to set clear financial goals, what numbers you need to know, and how to organize all this. 2. Creating your plan: designing your roadmap to get from where you’re at now to where you want to be. Kristy will go through specific examples here so bring your questions! 3. Implementing your plan: how to put your plan into action and make financial planning an ongoing process as you grow. This call is hosted by Kristy Runzer who is the founder of OnRoute Financial where she empowers female entrepreneurs to take action towards their goals when they may be finding themselves getting stuck with their finances or just avoiding them all together.
Navigating Couples Finances with Kristy Runzer
This is a Dreamers & Doers Office Hours call hosted by Kristy Runzer about how to discuss and further navigate finances with your partner. Kristy is the founder of OnRoute Financial, a financial planning and coaching company. Her ultimate goal is to make finance fun, increase education, and cultivate a community of support. Here is what she covers on the call: -Money conversations: common mistakes couples make and tips for effective communication in your relationship. -Money mindset: understanding and discussing your thoughts and beliefs about money, money personality, money stories, etc. -Setting money goals: creating both joint and individual goals, quantifying your goals, and setting a monthly savings goal. Getting clear on where you want money to go. -The numbers to know: what numbers are important, systems to get and stay organized, tools and resources that can support you. -Creating a money goal action plan: Breaking your plan down into simple, small, and manageable action steps that you can take over time. Creating habits to take action and review your progress.
Make Your Money Work For You w Veronica Horner
This is a D&D video Office Hours call for those of you who are ready to benefit from the FinTech revolution and make your money work for you. This call is hosted by Veronica Horner who has spent 9 years of her career working as an IT Strategy consultant for Fortune 500 financial services clients and is currently pivoting her career into the FinTech field. After discovering so many amazing disruptive financial products, she is thrilled to be sharing what she has learned with you. Here's what she covers on the call: 1) A number of award-winning Online Savings Accounts that help you to save more with no more unexpected/unwanted fees 2) Platforms that allow you to invest at lower cost whether you are a beginner or more seasoned investor providing access to investment strategies and products that were previously only available to high net worth clients 3) Tools that find you money and provide intelligent alerts so you can better manage your finances
How to Pick a Financial Advisor w Christine Su & Kristy Runzer
This is a D&D video office hours call about everything you need to know about picking a financial advisor. This video call is hosted by Christine Su, founder of the personal finance platform My Financial Counsel, and Kristy Runzer, founder of the financial planning and coaching company OnRoute Financial. Christine & Kristy offer a wealth of information on this call, and if getting a financial advisor is on your list for the new year, if you have no clue where to start, if you've had bad experiences searching for one but still holding out hope you can find one - then this call is for you. Here is what they cover: - What the heck a financial advisor does? - What are the different types of advisors (why are some salesy and why are some not?) - How do you search for advisors and evaluate them?
Supercharge Your Personal Finances w Danielle Kayembe of GreyFire
Danielle Kayembe has worked as an investment banker, helped direct her family's investments, and used to read the tax codes for fun (don't even ask!). She have a wealth of information on the basics of personal finance and some common sense recs and books to get you started. You don't need to know anything or have any goals. Here's what she'll cover: 1) Basics of how to save a lot: (this is her specialty) how to save a nest egg quickly and painlessly without a budget (or cutting down on lattes). Great for those transitioning to full-time entrepreneurship, or who want to fund a side hustle 2) Basics of Investment: basics you need to understand about how mutual funds and 401Ks work; how to select firms and funds and what to pay attention to 3) Basics on stocks: how they move, what it means, how to learn more. Helpful even if you're investing in crypto and trying to figure out what it all means when you're HODLing 4) Taxes: how to prepare for tax season and generate reasonable write offs for your business, basic rules for entrepreneurs and side-hustlers (and I'll share my basic spreadsheets 5) Basics on how to pay off debt (if we have time)
Monetization, Ops & More
Monetization, Ops & More
Supply Chain Ins & Outs with Martha Segovia
This Dreamers & Doers Office Hours is relevant for anyone who is interested in learning how to navigate distribution. Topics covered include: - Providing an overview of how large companies manage their supply chain - Addressing common pitfalls of large companies that small businesses can avoid - Covering supply chain technology to be aware of - Tackling how to think through delivering your product and managing logistics This Office Hours features Martha Segovia, a supply chain professional with over 8 years of comprehensive experience working with small and large companies. Her past work in project management and business development ranges from Fortune 100 enterprises to consumer tech startups and spans industries including telecom, retail, and tech. Martha has managed digital transformations of operation systems and led the reserve and roastery logistics strategy at Starbucks. She knows first hand of the difficulties that occur when scaling too fast or too slow.
Ins & Outs of VA Management w Michelle Penczak
This D&D-hosted Office Hours call is relevant for anyone who is scaling their business and/or themselves & has considered bringing on a virtual assistant but may have some questions about where to begin. Here are a few things that are covered on this call: - How to find a VA - What questions to ask in the interview process - Different ways of support - Evaluating your needs - How to communicate & prioritize effectively Michelle Penczak has extensive experience within the virtual assistant industry. She is the co-founder of Squared Away, a team of trusted virtual assistants who span across the nation. They empower military spouses to build meaningful careers while working from anywhere. For a bit more background information on the work she does, you can check out this article dreamy Adrian Granzella Larssen crafted: https://www.businessinsider.com/how-squared-away-ceo-virtual-assistant-company-hires-manages-top-talent
Scaling Without Burning Out w Kate Carney
This is a D&D-hosted Office Hours call is relevant for any founder who is ready to scale but not sure how to do so while avoiding burnout. Here is what's covered on the call: 1) Time Management – one of the greatest challenges for women. Let’s talk about the reality and helpful tips. 2) Transitioning from Founder to CEO. How to lead effectively as you scale. 3) Engaging Talent. How to empower and motivate your team. 4) Designing your company structure to support growth. This call is hosted by Kate Carney, an experienced lawyer, strategic advisor, and senior executive who helps women entrepreneurs scale their businesses.
Producing Online Offers w Liv Behre
This is a D&D-hosted Office Hours call that is relevant for anyone who has thought about producing an online offering such as a masterclass, a course or a training (those are all very distinct products), or is thinking about upgrading the quality of their already existing course. Below are a few types of people this call is particularly relevant for, as well as approaches that are covered: - Public speakers that want to retain their audience not only by getting their e-mail address but by giving them an experience that will tether them to your brand. -Authors that have a book out that could benefit from a deepening of notions, skills and information through an online course -Executive or life coaches, therapists, health and wellness experts that want to make a positive and lasting impact on their client's lives or teach others their method -Anybody who works within a company that is looking to create an internal training This call is hosted by Liv Behre, video producer and owner of Liv Behre Productions. Through her work, she translates entrepreneur's and founder's visions to the world through media production, with a focus on video.
Design Thinking Workshop w Sara Weinreb
This is a D&D-hosted Office Hours call for anyone interested in learning more about the design thinking methodology in order to ultimately shift your mindset and effectively structure your business. Here is what is covered on the call: 1) What design thinking is 2) How to frame a design challenge 3) Using empathy to understand your community/audience 4) Radical brainstorming with empathy 5) How to prototype your ideas within this framework This call is hosted by Sara Weinreb who has been teaching the methodology for seven years & has loved sharing her knowledge with others and is excited to continue doing so with the D&D community.
Product-Market Fit w Lindsay Tabas
This is a D&D-hosted Office Hours call for anyone who wants to learn more about engaging customers in pilot testing, finding the niche that really wants to buy your product, and moving forward without investment or a CTO. Here is what is covered on the call: • Identifying your "early adopter" segment • Getting to the desired UX goal but intimidated by the amount of engineering • Bombarding customers but not really getting quality engagement • Trying to fundraise but investors want more proof This call is hosted by Lindsay Tabas who has worked with over 100 startups & investors, as well as teams across Fortune 500 firms throughout her 15 year career. Her education is in human-computer interaction and systems engineering, she built her career in user experience and product development, and her persistent passion has always been to design technology for people.
How to Create an Online Course w Elissa Weinzimmer
This is an Office Hours call for those of you who are interested in learning more about how to create an online course. This call is hosted by Elissa Weinzimmer who, over the past three years, has invested a lot of time and energy into creating successful online courses of her own. Here is what she covers on the call: 1) How to get clearer about the contents of your course. 2) Best practices for the length of each video/the entire program. 3) Technology options for how to host your content and how to engage with your students (She's been using Kajabi for 3 years and is a huge fan. She'll give you a back-end tour of why she loves it, including its easy-to-use content platform + Communities [which are like facebook groups], email marketing, websites and landing pages, etc. And if Kajabi isn't the way you want to go, she'll share info about other options too!). 4) How to market your course - Elissa is an advocate for free webinars and she'll share how she does them. 5) Why it's TOTALLY okay to build your online programs slowly.