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As my career has taken shape from media executive to angel investor to author, the one constant has been my role as a mentor. I’m passionate about connecting with people and inspiring the change I know is within them. And I know I have gained just as much from these relationships. Because time is always a challenge, I’m testing two ways to help more people at once and answer the questions I get asked most.

First, workshops. For an entrepreneur, raising money can be terrifying. Randi Zuckerberg and I are hosting a 90-minute intensive online class on March 18th on how to fundraise like a pro, where we will share a step-by-step plan to raise money for your business. You'll walk away with the secrets of the best pitch decks (we've seen them all) and how to begin reaching out to investors. Also, for aspiring authors, my writing partner Jodi Lipper and I are hosting an intimate, high-touch, in-person workshop on March 26th that breaks down the book proposal process—if interested, email me, there are a few spots left. 

Second, Mentor Circles. I started these years ago as a way to reach as many women as possible. In this format, 10 women come together to make an ask of the group. We spend five minutes on each woman, and together generate thoughts on how we can be helpful. It’s amazing to see how many connections get made after the meeting and how everyone steps up to support one other. I encourage you all to start your own version of this (email me for more tips!). It’s so rewarding and incredible to be able to help each other and the next generation of leaders.

TIP / Create Your Own Rules 

Take it from someone who has advised dozens of business owners: Backroads Boss Lady is groundbreaking. Jessi Roberts built a multimillion dollar business and breaks the mold of what a conventional entrepreneur looks like, shattering every ceiling. But this book isn't just for entrepreneurs—it's for anyone who wants to build something great. Warning: It's hard not to cry. The pain Jessi endured in her childhood is unfathomable, and when I finished the last page I felt nothing but admiration and was inspired by the life she has built for herself and family. 

Win it: The first five people to respond to this email will receive a free copy of Jessi's book!

My Startup Life

Thrilling is your one-stop vintage and thrift clothes shopping destination (they've even partnered with Goodwill). Its founder Shilla Kim Parker, a former television executive, is driven by a passion for supporting local small business owners and the need to shop more sustainably. Start shopping; use FRANSFRIEND for a 20% discount. 

I recently invested in iFundWomen, a crowdfunding platform for women-led startups and small businesses. I am so inspired by founder Karen Cahn’s mission that no one should go into personal debt to fund a startup. Especially because less than 1% of companies, regardless of the gender of the founder, raise venture capital. This is a strong option for founders who haven't raised money yet—you avoid credit card debt and giving up equity, and, by pitching your product on the platform, you can quickly test demand. Also, if you're interested in funding female founders, this is a great way to start investing. 

On My Radar

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