The Hustle brought its popular 2X event back to San Francisco for another night of female leaders telling stories about pivotal moments in their career in 10 minutes or less. BOCA draws a lot of inspiration from these ladies. Here are our top takeaways:
- The easiest way to overcome fear in your career is finding a problem that is so big and so urgent that it takes all your focus. You won’t have time to sweat the small stuff like fear of failure.
– Dawoon Kang, Co-founder of Coffee Meets Bagel
- Your biggest asset is your community. Think about what kind of community you want to join and what kind of community you can build. Plan to stay connected to mentors and other members of your community throughout your life.
Erin Archuleta, Awareness Initiative Leader at Square and Owner of Japanese restaurant ICHI
- Take any challenge or promotion that comes your way, regardless how prepared you feel. Think about what they see in you that you don’t yet see in yourself to draw strength and conviction.
Milena Talavera, Sr. Engineering Manager of Infrastructure at Slack
- We all have dreams and innate talents. No matter what happens to suppress those dreams and talents, they are in you and can never be taken away. You’re invited to try on a new belief about your capability to realize your dreams and use your talents— adversity was just testing you.
Tara-Nicholle Nelson, author, founder and CEO of SoulTour, and entrepreneur-in Residence at Lightspeed Venture Partners.
- Look beyond the Ivy league for new recruits. As an exercise, find the resumes of your top-performing employees and remove the personal identity info. Add the anonymous resumes to your pile. See if your recruiters would’ve chosen the employees. If not, what can they learn about ways they can create better criteria for screening candidates?
Erica Lockheimer, senior director of engineering heading LinkedIn Learning at LinkedIn
- The secret for being a master communicator is to include equal parts chutzpah, substance and tact at the same time.
Kamini Ramani, vice president of marketing at Mayfield Fund
- You are the luckiest person alive. You’re worth it. You are all there is.
Edith Yeung, Partner at 500 Startups
- Articular your vision for yourself and your life. Only you know you and what you can bring to the table; don’t let anybody else define you.
Sree Menon, Head of Strategy at Tophatter
Want to be inspired as much as we were? Check out HustleCon in Oakland June 22.