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Celebrating Samasource at the Give Work Gala

November 4, 2011

Take note of the name Samasource as it’s one you should definitely know about. In short, they bring dignified, computer-based work to women, youth, and refugees living in poverty. There’s a huge trend of outsourcing work, no matter how big or how small the job is, but Samasource takes that trend and uses it for training and educating workers in Africa with Samasource account managers and QA professionals overseeing the work. In their words:

Samasource is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that connects people living in poverty to work via the Internet. In parallel, we provide high-quality content moderation, data entry, and other outsourcing services to clients including LinkedIn, Intuit, and the US State Department.

Samasource’s San Francisco-based sales and delivery teams work with clients to move large data projects to a proprietary online work distribution system, the SamaHub. Dedicated, full-time workers around the world access the SamaHub from delivery centers monitored by Samasource staff. Samasource account managers and QA professionals ensure quality, accuracy, and fast turnaround times.

Samasource derives its name from the Sanskrit word sama, which means equal, and was founded in 2008. The company’s board and management team includes experts in the fields of distributed work, economic development, and outsourcing.

I remember meeting Leila Janah, Founder and CEO, a few years ago and talking with her about ways we could work together. Things didn’t pan out much at that time, but I’ve followed the Samasource success ever since. I’m quick to share about them with others and have often suggested Leila as a speaker for social good events and conferences.

I’m very honored to have received an invite to the Give Work Gala this evening and am excited to celebrate the amazing work Samasource has done over the past year as well as what’s coming up in their future. If you’re interested in learning how to get involved by giving work, donating or volunteering, please check them out.

Super Bass brings super excitement!

November 3, 2011

I’m don’t usually watch videos that are shared via Facebook, but am so glad I came across this video earlier this week. It literally brought tears to my eyes watching how excited Sophia Grace is to meet her idol, Nicki Minaj.

Ellen first interviews Sophia and her cousin, Rosie. This girl is going to be a triple threat with her voice, dancing (you’ll see in the next video) and her British accent!

*I also love pink…and fluffy dresses!

And then Ellen brings Nicki to the stage. I love the message that Nicki gives to Sophia and Rosie.

This little girl just can NOT contain her excitement…but why should she? Let me just say that Sophia is inspiration for me to learn Super Bass to rock out at karaoke sometime soon.

Hoping you find something exciting this week that makes you jump up and down. 😉


What’s your sign?

November 2, 2011

I’m always intrigued by the makeup of a person’s personality and believe that we’re often influenced by those we admire. For instance, I am reminded of my ‘big sister’ Wendi often as I see parts of her mannerisms come out in me when I smile and laugh. There are words we pick up from being around others, habits we adopt, and quirks that we take on as our own….sometimes good and sometimes bad.

I’m also amazed by how much astrology signs play into personalities. Me? I’m a Gemini (June 16 if you want to  get me a present!) and it’s not uncommon for me to go from being super extraverted to a homebody for days at a time, showcasing the Twin trait. I started following @TheDailyGemini a while back and often favorite tweets from that account as I read and think “That’s TOTALLY me!”

Do you have any traits of your ‘sign’ that definitely describe who you are? Would love to hear more about you and your sign in the comments. Oh, and here’s a few more insights into me as a Gemini:

This DEFINITELY helps with being an event producer. I love problem solving and the stress of a situation to come up with a way to make it amazing.

This is an important one…as soon as I actually admit I’m stressed out, it’s usually 15 points above a regular level of stress.

I’m super duper independent. Interpret as needed…

Me…flirt?!? Never! 😉

Why do NoBloPoMo?

November 1, 2011

First off, let me answer the question “what the hell is NaBloPoMo??” To start, it’s short for National Blog Posting Month, a time when people commit to posting on their blogs at least once a day for the full month.

For me, it’s torture. I’ve promised numerous times that I would blog more, yet…I don’t update as often as I wish I did. I frequently say, “there’s a blog post in my head that I need to write” ™. There are multiple reasons as to why I don’t blog and the one I’ll admit publicly is that my ADHD is too severe to sit down and…LOOK! Shiny things!!

In all honesty, I get stage fright when I write.  I wonder if readers will fully follow my train of thought. But don’t worry, it’s not you; it’s me. It’s hard to get the thoughts from my head to my fingers fast enough and I think that more times than not, my thoughts end up being a mumbled mess of words that I totally understand because they’re MY thoughts, yet make no sense to those outside of my head. Does that make sense? I’m also the first to admit that my grammar is horrific. And even as I type that sentence, I’m refusing the urge to research if that’s the correct form of the word horror to use.**

Because of these roadblocks I create for myself, my routine is to draft a post and never publish it, for fear of it sounding unintelligent on multiple levels. Truth be told, I have a high IQ (I was accepted into Mensa)*** and enjoy deep conversation. It’s just easier to abandon my thoughts than finish a post and click the publish button.

So there you have it. Honesty…horrific grammar and all, as well as the precise reason as to WHY I’m doing NaBloPoMo. It will give me an opportunity to hopefully break through these roadblocks. I hope you’ll join me for the ride and as a bonus, I give you permission to call me a masochist as I kick off NaBloPoMo.




**I lied–I totally looked it up.


And here’s my big news…

October 12, 2011

I’ve been teasing for a while that I have some BIG news coming and it’s time to share more about what I’m doing. I’m very excited to announce that I’m starting an event production house with my business partner, Janetti Chon, who I deeply respect and admire as an event professional. Check out our new venture:

Golightly House

Professional experiences with a personal touch.

As Janetti and I had lunch together almost a month ago, we talked about what we were passionate about both in work and in life and it just clicked. We needed to not only work together, but PARTNER together to join forces to create and produce events.

It’s been a fast and furious four weeks, which should not surprise you at all if you know Janetti or me. We have a website, are getting our business needs squared away and are lining up clients. I’ve always thought about starting my own company; it just never felt like the timing was right…until now!

So what do we do? EVERYTHING! We can manage, produce, design and create strategy for a variety of events ranging from conferences, C-suite summits, offsite employee retreats, themed dinners and creative corporate events. Want to work with us? Email hello [at] golightlyhouse [dot] com to tell us more!

Gucci Gucci Girl Power

October 3, 2011

Only seems appropriate seeing as I’m spending some time in L.A. this week…


Interesting fact: I have those same ears, but mine are black. °o°

I need some BOOTIE!

September 26, 2011

**I had the chance yesterday to catch up on my Bootie and Mashup blogs and have decided to add a new category, Monday Mashup, where I’ll post something new each week. Hope you enjoy!

If you’ve never heard of Bootie, then you’re missing out. It’s mashups to the highest level, but not just for your ears as they also add in visual pleasure!

One of my favorite DJs who mixes seamlessly is DJ Earworm. If you’re not bouncing along to the video below, you may want to check your pulse.