The Switch to Samsung

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

The secret's out! 

As you may know, for the past year, I’ve been Samsung’s Video Correspondent (happy one year, Samsung Business USA)!

But, what you probably don’t know is that my personal phone... is an iPhone. 

You read right.

I’ve been an iPhone user for 10 years – so the idea of switching galaxies (see what I did there!?) has been intimidating.

But, I need a phone that won’t die on me in the middle of the work day. I want to be able to take important business calls and charge my phone at the same time (I don’t think that’s asking too much!) That’s why I'm finally making the switch.

Learn more about why I finally made the switch here

Uber x BBMAs

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

As a female entrepreneur with an all-female team, it's no secret that I'm obsessed with helping women succeed.

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But like most of us, my weekdays can often become consumed with work - making time to help others scarce.

That's why I strive to spend at least my weekends helping other women - whether I'm carving out an hour to help a friend fix her resume or giving feedback to a colleague rehearsing for her big presentation.

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You may also recall that my first job was writing about music for Rolling Stone, which is another reason why I couldn't have been more excited to support women's entrepreneurship and empowerment with Uber at the Billboard Music Awards!

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Leave me a comment below sharing how you're driving your business forward.

#BBMAs #WhereTo

Want to be part of the New NFLX Series?

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

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

Lights, camera, football. 

Want to be featured on the NFL Experience Instagram?

Just snap a photo or video and share it to social media by tagging NFL Experience Times Square and #MyNFLX and they may share them! 

Learn more here

Blockparty Launch Party

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

The ticketing revolution is here. 

Shoutout to LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy (pictured above), A-Trak, Topaz Jones, Playboi Carti and everyone else who came through for Blockparty's launch party this week at Catch NYC. Couldn't be more excited to be a part of the future of ticketing.

Learn more about how Blockparty is changing the world of ticketing by preventing fraud and unfair prices here.

#GoBlockparty

Modern Marketing Summit NY 2018

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

Content is... queen. 

I had a great time at the 2018 Modern Marketing Summit in New York, where I had the pleasure of interviewing execs from American Express, Bank of America, Coca-Cola and more about the business of content. 

Check out my interview with Andy Goldberg of GE, and learn about how the company is using experiential marketing to create more authentic connections with its customers. 

#MMS18

Live from the Tribeca Film Festival

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

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

This year's Tribeca Film Festival was one for the books (or screens).

First, I spent an unforgettable night playing with Samsung's new #360Round VR camera (and Rihanna's childhood piano)!

I then spent a day live-Tweeting about women in film, technology and business with Dell, WE TALK and director/producer Ondi Timoner! (To see some of our posts, check out hashtags #PoweredbyDell and #WeTalkCulture).

That's a wrap!

Grand Cayman Island Tourism Talk

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

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

Over the summer, you may recall that I took a Euro-trip with Samsung Business to showcase how Samsung's Bixby Vision helps me identify landmarks (and translate foreign menus). What you might not have known is how instrumental the tourism boards of Austria and Germany were in helping me gain access to the landmarks, sites and sounds of both countries.

That trip was one example of the power of unlikely partners (in this case, Samsung Business and the Austria Tourism Board).

I was honored to speak further about the power of partnerships at Cayman Islands Department of Tourism Annual Conference (where I appropriately got photo bombed by a sun beam)!

Thanks Cayman for inviting me to speak! Excited for round two in Cayman Islands! ;)

I Feel Pretty New York Screening

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

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

  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.

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 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 share 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

Freelancers: For more about how Fiverr helps me build my business, check out this video, and learn how to set your rates here

Businesses: Learn why you may want to consider hiring a freelancer here

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

  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.

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

  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

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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

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

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.