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About Joycelyn Chen

Hi my name is Joycelyn Chen and I'm a 19 year old Los Angeles native currently residing in Boston. Marketing and Advertising. Food and brunch enthusiast, photography and film, and tennis player.

Succeeding as a Woman in Finance and Investment Banking: Maria Kussmaul

Helping entrepreneurs and businesses grow today

Maria Kussmaul is the Founding Partner and Investment Banking Head at America’s Growth Capital (AGC Partners), a boutique Investment Bank that advises emerging growth companies or tech companies in merging, acquisition, and information security. In addition to finance, she is an expert in Information Security and Data and is her today to give us an inside look into her journey and advice she has for us. 

 
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Listen to Maria’s story on how she got into finance, her views on information security, and what she is looking forward to today.

 

 

Quote of the Day

Running is the classical road to self-consciousness, self-awareness and self-reliance. Independence is an outstanding characteristic of a runner. He learns the harsh realities of his physical and spiritual limitations when he runs. He learns that personal commitments, sacrifice and determination are his only means of betterment. Runners are promoted only through self-conflict.

3 Lessons from Interview

  1. Her first exposure to Wall Street and getting into the industry

  2. How she got into Wharton School as an undergrad

  3. As a startup, how to attract banks to invest in your company

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Wild 

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Getting to Know Maria Kussmaul

Who has been helpful person along this journey?

Charles, was great mentor for Maria and helped her developed the analytical skills she needed to do her job today.

Who are women to look up to in finance?

Her colleague, Linda Gridley, is very much invovled with the digital media scene in New York and helps out a lot with ACG Parnters. Margaret Johns, has helped several entrepreneurs set up their own advisory businesses.

What is your purpose on this planet?

Her purpose is to assist entrepreneurs and encourage them to move forward.

How to connect with Maria Kussmaul?

www.agcpartners.com

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Entrepreneurship Helped Me Overcome My Battle with Brain Tumor: Renee Fry of Making Care Easier

Providing care and overcoming hardships being an entrepreneur

Renee Fry is the founder and chief marketing officer of Making Care Easier , a care platform that helps you take action and care of your elderly loved ones. Despite facing many battles in her life, such as fighting off a brain tumor, Renee is dedicated to providing care for the aging with her job at Making Care Easier. 

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Listen to Renee’s story on how she overcame challenges in her life, learned to become an entrepreneur, and what she is looking forward to in the future.

 

 

Quote of the Day

There’s lots of bad reasons to start a company. But there’s only one good, legitimate reason, and I think you know what it is: it’s to change the world. Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote

3 Lessons from Interview

  1. How she got into Harvard Business School despite facing much adversity from her peers

  2. How she overcame the challenges of being diagnosed with a brain tumor

  3. Renee’s top tips on what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur

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The Bible

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Getting to Know Renee Fry

What is a helpful resource?

MyFitnessPal, is a great way to keep track of your health, fitness, and nutrition.

Who is a helpful person on your journey.

Her sister, Julie Fry, left her job in order to take care Renee when she was battling against her brain tumor.

What is your purpose on this planet?

Help people take better care and have the lives that they want to.

How to connect with Renee Fry?

www.makingcareeasier.com 

Twitter @MakingCareEasie

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How To Stay Motivated in Your Career: Paula Berg of Hewlett Packard

Making it in the PR & Digital Marketing World

Paula Berg is a PR and marketing expert and is the current Digital Media Manager at Hewlett Packard (HP). She initially thought she wanted to go into politics, but after accepting an entry level job at Southwest Airlines, she was able to work her way up in their communications department and eventually get her job at HP. 

 
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Listen to Paula’s story on how she landed herself a job in the communications and digital media industry.

 

 

Quote of the Day

Don’t be afraid to do more than your share. 

3 Lessons from Interview

  1. How her past relationships played a role in her career

  2. How she was able to get through a tough time with her dad being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

  3. Her top tips on work-life balance and what skills you need for communication and marketing jobs

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John Adams by David McCullough

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Getting to Know Paula Berg

What is a helpful resource?

Trip It is a great way to plan trips.

Who is a helpful person on your journey.

Linda Rutherford of Southwest Airlines saw the potential of social media before executives did and trusted Paula and the rest of the communications team to do a good job when it comes to handling the company’s social media plan.

What is your purpose on this planet?

Her purpose is to give back to the world.

How to connect with Paula Berg?

Linkedin

Twitter@paulaberg

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How I Launched A Successful Travel Startup: Blaz Jemc of TravelStarter

A Kickstarter for Local Tourist Businesses

Blaz Jemc is the COO of TravelStarter, a global crowdfunding platform for tourism businesses by helping them connect with the local community to raise funding for their projects–whether it’s a coffee shop that’s hoping to do renovations or a hostel that needs funding to have a more environmentally friendly facility.  It is never an easy task building a startup from the ground up, but through handwork and a great cofounder, he was able to run a thriving business.  

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Listen to Blaz Jemc’s story on how he got the idea for TravelStarter, the struggles he had to overcome, and where TravelStarter is heading today.

 

 

Quote of the Day

Don’t try, just do.Yoda

3 Lessons from Interview

  1. His experience volunteering in Jamaica at just 18 years old.

  2. How he dealt with a server crashing down when it was crucial time for his startup

  3. How to work successfully and get along with a co-founder

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Pipilongstocking  

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Getting to Know Blaz Jemc

What is a helpful resource for you?

Reddit is a helpful resource for Blaz to look up interesting discussions.

Who is a helpful person that helped you on your journey?

Anushka, his co-founder and his friend Alan has been a great help for his journey.

 How to connect with Blaz Jemc?

https://www.travelstarter.com/

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How I Run A For Profit & Non Profit Successfully: Jen Gurecki of Coalition Snow & Zawadisha Fund

Radically changing lives and elevating the status of women

It’s not easy running a snow gear company and a nonprofit organization simultaneously. Jen Gurecki, however, is doing just that. She is the CEO of Coalition Snow, the first high performance snow sports gear brand created for and made by women–which gained traction after its successful Kickstarter campaign. She is also the Chief Innovation Officer of  Zawadisha fund, a nonprofit that provides resources and opens opportunities for women in Kenya.

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Listen to Jen Gurecki’s story on how she got involved with Zawadisha fund, what it’s like to run a business after a Kickstarter campaign, and the opportunities she’s created with Coalition Snow.

 

 

Quote of the Day

When somebody tells me I cannot do something that’s when I do it. Unknown

3 Lessons from Interview

  1. How Coalition Snow is empowering women through their brand

  2. Her eye-opening experience helping out women in Kenya and elevating their status through partnership rather than pity

  3.  Advice on running a successful Kickstarter campaign

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The Generosity Network 

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Getting to Know Jen Gurecki

What is a helpful resource for you?

Fast Company’s email subscription sends you helpful tips and resources every week.

Who is a helpful person that helped you on your journey?

Rayona Sharpnack of Institute of Women’s Leadership has been an incredible resource and mentor for Jen.

What is your purpose on this planet?

To make sure that everything that she does is more helpful than harmful. She wants to be able to give back and make other people’s lives better.

How to connect with Jen Gurecki?

Twitter Handles:

@YoGurecki

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