More big news…I’m joining the INFORUM Board of Directors!

A few months ago, Julie Crabill planted a seed that I ignored for a while. I decided recently that it was time to give some attention to that seed and see what it was all about. I had a meeting a few weeks ago with Caroline Moriarity-Sacks, Director of INFORUM at The Commonwealth Club of California, and am happy to announce that I am joining the INFORUM Board of Directors as the Programming Co-Chair. I’ll be focused on creating fun and engaging experiences YOU would want to attend. I mean, it’s what I do best, right?

If you’re not familiar with INFORUM, you should be! INFORUM is the fastest growing division of The Commonwealth Club, as well as one of the largest professional groups for people in their 20’s and 30’s in the Bay Area. The numbers this past year have increased significantly and I’m going to tell all of you ‘early adopters’ to check it out if you haven’t already.

INFORUM produces events across numerous verticals including business, culture, environment, food, politics, media, tech and science, so there’s something for everyone! Recent speakers include Spike Lee, Reid Hoffman, Jaime Oliver, Gavin Newsom, and Michael Minna. Recent topics that have been covered include Doing Business in China, Soldiers Back from Iraq, Urban Singles, Hot Young Chefs, Online Personas, The State of the Arts in San Francisco, and Middle East History 101. Surely SOMETHING on that list interests you.

To stay in the know about what’s coming up, you have a few options:

  • Become a member of INFORUM to receive discounted ticket prices, invites to member only events and be first to know what’s coming up!
  • Follow INFORUM on Twitter at @INFORUMsf for upcoming event info, quick tidbits and local highlights.
  • Friend us on Facebook at Check out who else ‘likes’ us, detailed info on events and share your thoughts on what events you’d like to attend.
  • Join our group on LinkedIn to professionally connect with other members.

You can also purchase tickets to the next event on December 1, How To Get Your Holiday Squeeze On: Sex & Dating in SF. Who’s bringing the mistletoe?



Starting a new chapter

Things have been crazy the past few weeks. And by crazy, I mean AWESOME! After being with Mashable for 14 months, it was definitely time for a change. I’m very thankful for my time there as I learned a lot about things to do and things NOT to do as well as had an opportunity to plan events like Mashable Connect at Walt Disney World and host the biggest event at SXSW. But that’s all in the past.

So what’s next for me?

I took a few weeks to think about what it is that I want to do. As word got out that I was ‘available for hire,’ I had multiple companies contacting me about work. I took a very selective approach and was honest about my thoughts with those companies. While I wondered if I was passing up what could have been very close to my ideal job at a dream company, deep down I knew what I needed to do and that was to venture out on my own.

That’s right, I’m doing my own thing and am amazed at the conversations and potential clients already in the works, not to mention the companies I’ve already signed on with for event work:

If you know me well, you know that I have some AMAZING things in the works that I can’t tell you about…yet. I will let you know that I’m super excited about the people I’m working with who are all people I admire as they are leaders in their industries.

And yes, I’m lining up new clients so definitely reach out if you’re interested in working with me.

Oh, and stay tuned for a BIG…I’m talking HUGE announcement in the next few weeks. One that’s sure to knock your socks off. </teaser>


Love My Life #LML

A few weeks ago, I went to L.A. for a mini-vacation mixed amongst a few work meetings. I definitely needed it as I got to catch up with my girls that I haven’t seen in a while and truth be told, my work meetings were fun as well. In fact, one meeting was bumped up a little so we’d have enough time to chat and be done in time so I could attend a private performance by GRAMMY winners, Train at The Recording Academy. Yes, I sat about 20 feet away from Train and saw them perform this:
As I sat in the audience, I truly realized how much my life rocks. Granted…I’ve worked hard and have even done some completely crazy things, like worked for free for 2 months, which in turn opened the door to get me to where I am now. Even last week, I received an invitation to Nashville to attend the GRAMMY Salute to Country Music honoring Loretta Lynn. I went back and forth about going…should I really go? Can I afford the travel time? There’s so much to do! I need to be on email…I shouldn’t go. 😦 And then it hit me…
These are the opportunities I’ve worked so hard for. Why not do it?
What really closed the deal was hearing from my best friend in Oklahoma that she was granted time off from work and could go as well. We booked our tickets (me on a redeye tonight so I don’t miss too much time being offline) and are set to arrive in Music City at 10am tomorrow morning.
It’s time to really embrace and appreciate these opportunities that are coming my way. #LML
And a huge thanks to the fabulous Beverly “Miss Jackson If You’re Nasty” for making my life even more fabulous. 😉