I Feel Pretty New York Screening

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

Pretty excited to have hosted the I Feel Pretty advance New York screening powered by LUNA Bar!

Thanks so much to everyone who came out, and shoutout to Peerspace for the stunning party venue, Layer Cake Wines for our delicious drinks and Ted Baker for my new favorite dress!

#FeelPrettyNYC

NAB 2018 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.

Thank you VRy much to everyone that stopped to chat with Samsung Business and yours truly at the NAB Show in Las Vegas last week!

I attended the show with Samsung Business to discuss the latest innovations in media, entertainment and tech (including Samsung's new 360 Round).

And while the future of tech is bright, your past digital life may be a little less so.

Check out my tips in this New York Post article about what to do if your old social media posts come back to bite you.

Kate McKinnon and Beth Kobliner Talk Money With Kids

It's no secret that financial literacy is so important to me.

Last year, in honor of Financial Literacy Month, I partnered with the Council for Economic Education for a #MySavingsStory campaign, where we invited innovators to share their top money-saving tips.

And this year, I had the pleasure of working with the brilliant Beth Kobliner to promote this hilarious video of SNL's Kate McKinnon showing why it’s so important for parents to talk money with their kids.

Take a peek, and happy Financial Literacy Month, everyone!

Freelancing with Fiverr

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

It’s not everyday I get to be on a panel with people I’m lucky to call friends. Thanks Fiverr for powering last night’s candid discussion about building a business... And thanks L.A. for coming through! 

Joining me on the panel at General Assembly were tech journalist Jessica Naziri Sabet, financial advisor Winnie Sun, career expert Lauren Berger, music artist Shanee Pink, and music executive and producer, Aton Ben-Horin

For more about how Fiverr helps me build my business, check out this video

SXSW 2018 with Dell

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

Don't mess with tech!

Last week, I flew to Texas to hang out with with some of my favorite Austin-based companies at SXSW, including Dell, bumble and Kendra Scott. I also spent an unforgettable day with old and new friends (i.e. the powerhouse women in the photo above) at Dell and Create & Cultivate’s #SXSW18 brunch. 

Speaking of influential people, it's an honor to be listed among some pretty cool freelancers in this Fidelity Investments IndyLife article. Thanks Fidelity!

Health and Tech at HIMSS 2018

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

Samsung recently unveiled its Galaxy S9, a phone that's reimagining the way we live and work.

As a business owner, I'm especially excited about this phone, which offers more security, intuitive design, multitasking capabilities and a better and larger display when I need to work on the go. 

Speaking of innovative tech making a difference in people's lives, I got a look at the latest in healthcare at #HIMSS18 in Vegas last week, where Accendowave CEO and Co-Founder Martha Lawrence talked to me about the new ways to manage pain. Watch our interview here. For more on health and tech, check out my segment on Fox5 Las Vegas, where I shared my top healthcare apps. 

And while tech clearly has a positive impact on our lives and health, safety and security are growing priorities. Check out my interview with NBC Tampa about how to make money while also staying safe on social media, my segment on CBS Nashville about privacy, and my tips for parents when it comes to online safety for kids, for the Today Show

Ted Baker x Nordstrom Live

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

Lights, camera, fashion!

I've been working with Ted Baker for nearly four years, so it was an honor to host this week's Nordstrom Live at Milk Studios in celebration of Ted Baker's new collection — and 30th anniversary! 

Click here to watch our Facebook Live, and congratulations to one of my all-time-favorite brands on their milestone!

Meet Jess Ekstrom, My Nomination for Intuit's #GirlonFire

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

When Intuit asked me if there was a #GirlonFire I might want to nominate for their SXSW contest, the answer was an easy JESS. ;)

In 2012, while still in college, Jess Ekstrom founded Headbands of Hope, an organization that gives a headband to a child with cancer for every handband sold (200K globally).

I met Jess two years ago when she interviewed me for an Entrepreneur article about building authentic relationships, when I also learned that Jess and I had a common belief.

Jess and I both believe that you shouldn’t have to choose between making a living and making a difference.

For that reason (and many, many others) I’m proud to nominate Jess for Intuit’s #GirlonFire contest!

Nominate a #GirlonFire in your life (for a chance for you to both go to SXSW) by posting a photo on Instagram with #GirlonFire, @Intuit and #Contest. More details here and below... Good luck!

Prize: 1 Grand prize winner:  - a 4 day/3 night trip for the winner and one guest to SXSW in Austin, TX.  Winner must be available to travel 3/12/18 - 3/15/18.  Trip includes:

· Two tickets to SXSW;

· 3 night's hotel accommodations;

· Round trip coach class airfare; and

· VIP access to Intuit's activation. 

Contest: Nominate an entrepreneur in your life by posting a picture on Instagram and sharing why you think they are a #GirlOnFire. You both could win SXSW tickets and VIP access to all things Intuit! Winner will be announced 3/5. 

To Enter:

· Post 1 picture to Instagram

· Tag @Intuit in the picture

· Caption includes

· Name of entrepreneur being nominated

· Story about why they are a #GirlOnFire

· Tag @Intuit

· Use #GirlOnFire hashtag

· Use #Contest hashtag

Samsung Flips the Script on 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.

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

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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. 

Whistler While You Work

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

If you can't beat the cold, join it. ;)

I spent last week on the slopes at Whistler Blackcomb with Delta Hotels — the fastest-growing service brand Marriott International history with 49 locations (and counting)! First, we chilled in the coolest (literally) restaurant Belvedere Ice Room, then hit the slopes at Whistler Blackcomb resort (they hit back)! I also enjoyed my favorite morning commute of 2018, via snowmobile. 

Thank you to Marriott, Delta Hotels and Whistler Tourism for having me! #OnlyInWhistler #SimpleMadePerfect

NRF 2018 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.

This week I joined Samsung Business in New York for the National Retail Federation!

After chatting with the pros, I had time to scope out the newest innovations transforming the retail industry (like this magic machine that lets me order 100 coffees #DoWhatYouCant).

Check out this interview with Deloitte Digital's Jay Samit about how AR improves the customer experience by enhancing customization, and don't miss my chat with Barrows' business unit director Steffen Schenk about personalizing content for customers to improve efficiency. 

I also had the honor this week of performing at the Hard Rock (for the fifth year!) at NRF's Rock in Retail with my friends and brilliant musicians Tracey Edouard and Tom Kanach

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When Business Meets Pleasure: IHG Rewards Club

  This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).  The opinions and text are all mine.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).  The opinions and text are all mine.

Work hard, play hard.

Following a busy week at #CES2018, I loved being able to extend my business trip and spend the weekend at The Venetian Las Vegas using my IHG Rewards Club points. 

From an unforgettable dinner at Wolfgang Puck's Cut to a much-needed massage at Canyon Ranch Spa, IHG helped take my trip from business to pleasure.

Thanks for the hook up, IHG! We'll see you again soon. 

Do Year's Resolutions with Fiverr

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Happy new year!

Many of you who have been following me for the last seven years have watched as I've built my business.

And if you've been paying attention, you know it's not always rainbows and butterflies. Building a brand on social media is hard work.

One of the companies that has helped me build my business and find great talent to hire is Fiverr.com.

A few weeks ago, the team at Fiverr came up with a campaign where they're asking us - their community - to share our Do Year's Resolutions.

You heard right - it's not a New Year's Resolution. It's a "Do" Year's Resolution... Something you're going to do in 2018 to take your business to the next level. Or move your career ahead.

So here are mine! (You can also check out my Do Year’s Resolution video here.)

In 2018, I want to work smarter, not harder. I want to strengthen my relationships with my clients and focus on quality instead of quantity. I want to be a better boss. I want to help more people - and I want to ask for help when I need it. And I want to give more back to my community.

Phew! That was a load off.

Now that I've told you my Do Year's Resolutions, I want to hear yours. Head to the Fiverr website to tell us what you're committing to doing for your business in 2018. You might even win a $500 Fiverr credit - which they're giving out weekly! 

Can't wait to see what you guys come up with... And shout-out to Fiverr for empowering all of us to take our businesses to the next level!

CES 2018 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.

CE-yes!

If you followed along Samsung Business' Instagram Stories this week, you may have seen some of my favorite CES moments, from Samsung's self-driving, 5G-connected car tech to the company's new digital whiteboard, Flip to chats with industry experts like Deloitte's Jay Samit and J. Gold Associates' President and Founder Jay Gold about the ways enterprises are adopting AR and other smart technologies. 

While in town, I stopped into to visit my friends at Fox5 Las Vegas to share my top five social media trends of 2018. (You check them out here.)

I also got to check out Dell and Nikki Reed's new line of sustainable jewelry made entirely from old-school Dell computer motherboards. Congratulations on the launch! (And shop the collection here.)

But my trip wasn't all work and no play. Shoutout to Google, Microsoft and Lenovo for throwing some stellar parties, and to Cirque du Soleil for another incredible The Beatles LOVE performance. 

The Future of Security with Samsung Business

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Are mobile devices changing the future of security?

Recently at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in Philadelphia, I learned how public safety officers are increasingly using smartphones and technology like Samsung's innovative docking system DeX in the field. 

I spoke with City of Post Falls Police Chief Scot Haug, law enforcement veteran Dale Stockton, Blueforce Development Corp’s Michael Helfrich and Samsung’s Jan Ruderman about whether smartphones would ever replace in-vehicle laptops. Hear their answers here.  

Check out some other applications of DeX in my interview with Steve Sieron, senior alliance manager, Citrix Systems, at Gartner’s 2017 Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, Florida.

And speaking of making a big difference in the field...

Back in New York, I joined Samsung to celebrate their partnership with Sprint and WeWork, who announced a new type of marketing called B2We (learn more here). Myself and other attendees (including a humanoid marketing platform named Pepper) were treated to a fireside chat hosted by SamsungNext, an organization that matches entrepreneurs with experienced founders to help startups reach the next level. 

Hey, Jibo!

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Have you met Jibo?

I had the pleasure of being there for this little guy's launch at Jibo headquarters in Boston on Sept. 26. 

Jibo is AI at its finest — the first social robot for the home, capable of doing everything from sharing the weather to playing your favorite music thanks to partnership with iHeartRadio (non-stop 90s pop over here). 

Powered by face and voice recognition, Jibo is designed to observe surroundings and engage with people in the household, building real relationships while serving helpful, practical tasks.

Did I mention he can dance?!

Check out #MyJibo vid here, and visit Jibo.com to learn more! 

P.S. Shout-out to my favorite robot for being named TIME's 25 Best Inventions of 2017!

Lightbulb Moment with Philips Hue

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

As a creative entrepreneur, I'll be the first to admit: Some of my best ideas come to me in the middle of the night. Enter Philips Hue.

Philips Hue is a personal, wireless lighting system, compatible with smart home systems like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. And with more than 16 million colors, Hue creates the perfect ambiance whether you're settling in for dinner or giving an important presentation

Learn how #MyHue helps when inspiration strikes here.

Now that's a lightbulb moment.

How WorkMarket Helps Me Work

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

As a freelancer for the better part of a decade, I can attest: There are a lot of misconceptions about freelance work.

And I'm here to tell you: don't believe the hype. 

One of my favorite things about freelancing is being able to design my day around what I need to be doing - not around what everyone else is doing - and companies like WorkMarket make it that much easier.

Learn how I launched my business here, built my team of fellow freelancers here, and how WorkMarket helps me stay organized as an #OnDemandWorker here

Oh, and if you're considering starting your own freelance business, here's my number one piece of advice.

Media Magnets in Israel

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It starts with women. 

I recently returned from an unforgettable trip with the Jewish Women's Renaissance Project, where myself and 31 fellow female Media Magnets spent an incredible eight days in Israel, exploring, documenting and sharing all of the things that make it amazing, harnessing the power of social media to do so. 

Myself and media maven Jeannette Kaplun shared our thoughts on empowering women to change the public perception of Israel for i24NEWS - and later took a meeting with Senior Foreign Affairs Advisor to the President of Israel David Saranga in Jerusalem.

“Before social media, the Israeli government couldn’t communicate directly with people or convey real life in Israel,” Saranga said.

“Now, we don’t need anyone to tell people what Israel is all about. People are seeing what their friends are posting.”

In Tel Aviv, we met up with WeWork to learn more about the tech scene in Israel (did you know tech accounts for 50% of Israel's exports?) - and I also had the honor of speaking at Yad Vashem: World Holocaust Center, where the archivists surprised me with research, photos and records of my grandfather's family, who was senselessly murdered in the Holocaust in Riga, Latvia in 1941. You can watch the video here

A sincere thank you to the Israel Ministry of Tourism and JWRP for including me on this once-in-a-lifetime trip. 

#ItStartsWithWomen #MediaMagnets #VisitIsrael