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Diana Sonis and I had the pleasure of presenting Danielle LaPorte (of White Hot Truth) as our first speaker in 85 Broads Entrepreneurship Forum Spring Calendar yesterday at noon. The jam session was very successful; we had a great turnout online and many excellent questions were asked during the QandA session.

Danielle is truly one charismatic and inspirational speaker. What she has to say speaks volumes to the bare truths out there; her presentation was succinct but powerful, memorable and relatively easy to apply.

The Problem

Before she started with her presentation, she mentioned that the reason why most people are unhappy with their jobs is because:

We’re not being intentional with what we’re good at. We don’t focus on our innate and true strengths. These are things you do that strengthens you. Stop doing things we’re mediocre at. Our weaknesses are things that makes us feel drained.

I find that extremely true. I’ve always had this mantra that people can only contribute back to the community (in a creative and value-added way) if they do what they’re good at or what they’re passionate about for a living. Unfortunately, most of us are trapped in the path that we unintentionally set for ourselves ever since we graduated from college with that first job that we took. After 3 jobs in different companies (small, mid-sized and now large), I cannot say that I have a successful career so far and neither am I proud of what I do for a living right now (as a management consultant with a Big 4 Accounting Firm). And that’s because I feel like I am ‘faking’ it. I’m not doing what I’m naturally good at. I’m not even doing what I’m remotely interested in. And this is how I know that I need to pursue that “dream” job of mine and fulfill my entrepreneurial spirit and hunger.

Definition of an Entrepreneur

Sure, one could say that an entrepreneur is “someone who doesn’t want to be told what to do.” But really, it’s just anybody who just wants to start.

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E.Forum Spring Calendar

May 2010

May 6 – “Unlock the Potential of Your Ideas” Jam Session with the outspoken creator of the WhiteHotTruth Entrepreneur Danielle LaPorte.  From start-ups to established CEO’s who want to up their game, it’s a jam session-meets-lecture-meets tribal pow wow. Check out Danielle’s latest video & spark your genius:

Where: Global Webex
When: 12 – 1pm EST
Cost: FREE

May 11 – “Bootstrapping to Success” Jam Session with Rick Smith, author, innovator, serial entrepreneur and a Guy Who Rocks! As Rick launches another venture, he’ll discuss how to launch a business with limited resources.

Where: Global Webex
When: 12 – 1pm EST
Cost: FREE

May 25 – “Social Ventures. Celebrate Businesses That Give Back” Join New York Leadership members Diana Sonis and Susan McPherson as 85 Broads E.Forum brings together socially focused entrepreneurs in the network with members of Collective-E. We will be featuring two outstanding 85 Broads members on an interactive panel: Michele Kotler of Community-Word Project and NY Chapter Leader Susan McPherson, DIRECTOR of Bpeace, as well as publicly recognizing a list of members whose businesses give back to the community.

Where: Met Life 1095 Avenue of the Americas 23rd floor New York, NY 10036
When: 6 – 8pm
Cost: FREE for Members with code: 85Broads; $45 for guests

June 2010

June 22 – Crush It! Join NY Chapter Leader Diana Sonis and 85 Broads E.Forum for a high octane evening of entrepreneurial drive, business ideas, wine, social media, passion and hustle with Gary Vaynerchuk, author, entrepreneur, & wine expert.

Where: New York City Venue TBD
When: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Cost: $45 for Members; $75 for Non-Members; $80 for Member + Guest

85 Broads E. Forum Update

As we round out the first half of the year, we’d like to THANK you all for the great support 85 Broads E.Forum has received. We have a number of great events on the drawing board for the Fall of 2010. Stay tuned & stay up-to-date with 85 Broads E.Forum by visiting our dedicated Spotlight Page and LinkedIn 85 Broads SubGroup

About 85 Broads

85 Broads is an exclusive global women’s network whose mission is to generate exceptional professional and social value for its members. Through our regional events and online, password-protected community, our members engage in a rapid, high-powered exchange of ideas and information which is what makes 85 Broads so unique.

The women in 85 Broads are investment bankers, lawyers, educators, venture capitalists, hedge fund managers, philanthropists, athletes, scientists, doctors, engineers, artists, and entrepreneurs. 85 Broads was originally founded in 1997 as an exclusive network for women who worked for Goldman Sachs at 85 Broad Street, the investment bank’s NYC headquarters. In 2000, the network was expanded to include a more diverse group of women from a variety of fields and backgrounds, including the non-profit sector. Today, over 20,000 women who are alumnae and students of the world’s leading colleges, universities, graduate business schools, law schools, medical schools, and other graduate programs belong to 85 Broads. Learn more about our exclusive network and apply for membership.

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