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Newsletter 6.21.19


People often ask me if the majority of my female role models are in the industry I hope to pursue a career in. I definitely look up to a good amount of women in technology from design and product to entrepreneurship and VC. Being in the Bay Area this week reminded me of how the tech industry is made up of such an interconnected community of people. I've met incredible women just as a byproduct of being in such the industry's most saturated area.

However, I'd say the best insight and inspiration comes from a dispersed group of women from various industries. Hearing from women in different backgrounds like politics, entertainment, media, and fashion make me more knowledgable not only about the different problems women face, but also on how to approach them using strategies that apply to any field you're in. 

This week's newsletter features author Annie Duke, actress Fran Drescher, director Greta Gerwig, and brand officer Raissa Gerona, who along with many other women, have insightful stories and experiences to share.

To finding your next role model,
Maya Frai, Founder of Let's Hear It

The latest news on women.
Five female anchors file age and gender discrimination lawsuit against NY1
“The lawsuit was filed by Roma Torre, 61, who was the first on-air talent hired by NY1 and one of the station's most recognizable faces. She was joined in the lawsuit by Jeanine Ramirez, 49, Kristen Shaughhnessy, 50, Vivian Lee, 44, and Amanda Farinacci, 40. The five women collectively have more than 100 years of experience at NY1.” CNN, June 19, 2019

Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan’s Little Women
“Little Women is one of the most popular books in the history of American letters. Now, Gerwig has created her own Jo for the screen in Saoirse Ronan, who also starred in Gerwig’s debut as a solo director, 2017’s Oscar-nominated Lady Bird.” Vanity Fair, June 19, 2019

We Put the 2020 Democrats on the Spot. Here’s What We Learned.
On corporate power: “When kids are struggling with a trillion and a half dollars in student loan debt, then I’ve got a problem with billionaires who are not paying their fair share,” said Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

On policies abroad: “I believe that we should bring back our troops in Afghanistan,” said Kamala Harris, “but I also believe that we need to have a presence there in terms of supporting what the leaders of Afghanistan want to do in terms of having peace in that region.”

On comfort food: Ms. Klobuchar named baked potatoes as her comfort food, while Ms. Harris confessed, “I love a good French fry.” 

NYTimes, June 19, 2019
Publication features on women and their careers. 
Interview with Fran Drescher on a Career in Comedy

“We believe that advertising has the power to change mindsets. In many cases, it really influences popular culture because it’s seen so many times and with such frequency. And so a very big part of our gender equality effort is really focused on leveraging our voice in advertising and media."

You might remember Fran from the classic show "The Nanny." Fran has become a style maven and her character has even inspired Instagram accounts that are dedicated to archiving the couture looks she wore on The Nanny. She talks to W Magazine all about the potential of a Nanny spin-off, her environmentalist pursuits, and the "religious experiences" she's had while listening to live music. W Magazine, May 4, 2019
Interview with Raissa Gerona, Chief Brand Officer at Revolve Clothing

“The influencers that we work with are incredibly entrepreneurial, super smart, so savvy, and they have their finger on the pulse on what is working and what's happening."

Hilary Kerr of WhoWhatWear interviews Raissa, who is the brains behind Revolve's innovative brand strategy. She has spearhead the launch of brands like Tularosa, Lovers and Friends, NBD, and Alliance Apparel. She was also instrumental in launching the influencer program, known for Revolve events like #RevolveAroundTheWorld. WhoWhatWear, Feb 18, 2019

Related: Millennial Online Fashion Retailer Revolve Trending in Wall Street Debut
a16z Podcast Episode with Annie Duke, Author of "Thinking in Bets"

“When analyzing a decision always look up, down, and orthogonal - ask: Could I have lost less? Should I have lost more? Should I have even been in this position at all? Once you know the outcome of a decision, it’s hard to look back retrospectively to determine its quality (this is known as resulting). Getting even a little better at the art of decision-making by removing biases and thinking more probabilistically will prove very worthwhile."

Annie Duke — one of the top poker players in the world (and World Series of Poker champ), former psychology PhD, and founder of national decision education movement How I Decide — talks to Marc Andreessen and Sonal Chokshi about decision-making and the complexity behind not only getting good outcomes, but promoting good process. a16z, May 7, 2019
Op-eds and letters on advice, experiences, and inspiration.

According to a recent Forbes article, the Libra blockchain is “a hybrid public-private blockchain, where anyone can build on the technology, but only invited members can participate in helping the network reach consensus by running software, called a node.” Yet even with the obvious concerns, it seems as if most industry leaders agree that Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency will help drive mainstream crypto adoption, while validating the need to use blockchain technology.

Rachel Wolfson, "Facebook's Cryptocurrency Libra Validates Blockchain, But Industry Experts Voice Concerns" –– Forbes

Related: Our LHI Interview w/ Aanchal Gupta, Head of Security, Blockchain at Facebook

Yet these days, many women designers seem to be eschewing fashion for a simple, reliable look that they come back to day after day, week after week. As I spoke to designers and leaders of fashion companies, I found that many of them actually don’t actually like expressing their creativity through their own daily outfits. Many, in fact, have something of a uniform: a go-to look that they return to day after day, which saves them time and mental energy. 

Elizabeth Segran, "These 4 designers wear the same thing every day. Here’s how to copy their looks" –– FastCompany

Because Elaine is a mentor to many young women.  
Photo: Featured Business on Dough.
More Than Enough by Elaine Welteroth

“If everyone in the US spent $20 a month at a woman owned business we’d drive nearly five billion dollars towards female led companies monthly."

Throughout her life, Elaine Welteroth has climbed the ranks of media and fashion, achieving the Editor in Chief role at Teen Vogue, making her the second African American to do so and the youngest in Conde Nast history. In her new book, she unpacks lessons on race, identity, and success through her own journey, from navigating her way as the child of an unlikely interracial marriage in a small-town in California to finding herself on the frontlines of a modern movement for the next generation of change makers. Thoroughly enjoyed reading about Elaine's story and how she took on a role with immense responsibility with such poise and ambition.

Read more about it here.
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