Creating your own Opportunities: Summer Internships

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Creating your own Opportunities: Summer Internshipscareers, education, jobs, networking, opportunity, summer

by vanessaalexandra on March 31, 2014 with 0 comment

People are gearing up for the summer and many people reach out to me for summer internship requests for New York Angels or any startup looking to hire.  In recent weeks, my network has been inquiring about such internships for the younger generation of Freshmen to Juniors in undergrad that are their nieces, nephews, sons, …

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Perfect your Pitch Workshop

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Perfect your Pitch Workshopcareers, change, networking

by vanessaalexandra on March 4, 2014 with 0 comment

I recently gave a Perfect your Pitch workshop at the NYC Tech Latinas Meetup Group.  Given the mixed membership, people in startups, people wanting to change their careers or people in the early stage of thinking of starting their own business, I figured a higher level discussion of how to prepare, mold and shape your …

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@Coursera: Tool to Support Professional Growth

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@Coursera: Tool to Support Professional Growthcareers, code, developers, education, growth, improvement, learn, meeting goals, online courses, Women

by vanessaalexandra on September 5, 2013 with 0 comment

In planning and revising your short term and long term career goals, education is key.  For career education, I read books and have taken courses at General Assembly.  Everything else related to my career learning is work experience based and from attending talks/meetups/panel discussions/etc.   Coursera is an exciting tool that provides free access to …

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Goals and Career Growth: Explore, Plan, Do!

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Goals and Career Growth: Explore, Plan, Do!careers, growth, Lean In, learn, meeting goals, plan, Women

by vanessaalexandra on September 3, 2013 with 0 comment

New Year Resolutions are common and I never understood waiting until the end of the year to revisit your goals.  I revisit goals for personal and professional growth regularly.  Luckily we have Labor Day to make us New Yorkers feel like we are all going back to school and we can revisit what we want …

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Leaving Corporate: Before taking the Big Leap

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Leaving Corporate: Before taking the Big Leapcareers, change, ERA, jobs, Lean In, networking, opportunity, startups, VC

by vanessaalexandra on August 16, 2013 with 0 comment

Leaping from corporate, where your world is comfortable, is tough to do.  I had a dinner with former colleagues recently and I asked one if he felt challenged at work and if he was learning, he became very tense and rigidly responded, “No comment.”  Apparently I hit a nerve, but I had not seen this …

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Value of Thank You emails

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Value of Thank You emailscareers, opportunity, pitching, value

by vanessaalexandra on June 13, 2013 with 0 comment

The power of thank you notes and follow ups is substantial.  If someone takes time to meet with you for your startup, career, or anything else, a quick thank you email goes far.  I have met investors that use the thank you follow up as a measure of how this person treats future potential clients, …

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Four years later… Tech Business Consultant – Art Gallery Professional – Director at New York Angels

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Four years later… Tech Business Consultant – Art Gallery Professional – Director at New York Angelscareers, change, growth, jobs

by vanessaalexandra on June 3, 2013 with 0 comment

It was four year ago this week that I left my safe corporate gig during the 2009 post-financial crisis meltdown and record spikes of unemployment.  I wanted something more, something interesting, something challenging.  The role I had felt limited and not challenging enough.  When I reached for more challenges, I felt a culture of “do …

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Get it done.

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Get it done.careers, plan

by vanessaalexandra on April 7, 2013 with 0 comment

In an effort to make a more accomplished blog, I took a class and was ready to find the best template, plugins, pictures, structures, etc.  In the weeks to months that I was trying to find all of these elements, I learned that the time to research these things was short to non-existent.  People (colleagues, …

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