AMA with Sarah Johnston

Sarah Johnston, the Briefcase Coach, has helped everyone from C-suite executives to new graduates on taking the next step in their careers. 1. What piece of advice do you wish you knew when you started your career? Life is a marathon and not a sprint. You will not have it “all figured out” right out of the gate. Your goals, priorities and definition of success will evolve as you evolve. 2. How do you define success? Success is doing a job where I can impact the lives of others in a deeply personal way while also having the flexibility to invest in my family 3. What is the biggest misconception […]

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AMA with Sherman Leung

1. What piece of advice do you wish you knew when you started your career? There’s never “one right door” different opportunities will always converge and diverge over time. In hindsight your path is never a series of decisions but more a dynamic narrative of why you do what you do. 2. How do you define success? For me, I want to devote the rest of my life to creating lasting and positive change for individual patients and our healthcare system. If I can look back on my career and see that healthcare as a system and patients individually have benefited from my work, I will have felt very fortunate […]

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AMA with Nicole Rae

Nicole is an enthusiastic career coach who supports, guides, and mentors those wishing to advance in or change their careers by balancing empathy with action to see results. 1. What piece of advice do you wish you knew when you started your career? That networking and connecting with other professionals is the key to growing in your own career – learning to reach out to others that you look up to career-wise and ask them about their experience, their career paths and how they did it, is CRUCIAL! No matter where you are in the world – developing a strong network of professionals will help you advance upon your own. 2. How […]

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Group Mentoring Feature: Lauren Griewski

Lauren has 15 years of experience in the corporate space leading business development and technology platforms for monetization outcomes, including 6+ years at Facebook. She currently runs her own business called Soul Expressed where she works to provide the exact blueprints to productize, attract valuable customers, automate and scale their business without overwhelm. 1. What piece of advice do you wish you knew when you started your career? Stay in the growth mindset always, which means always open to learning with curiosity. Sounds easy, but when my sneaky ego gets involved, it’s a huge temptation to want to “prove” that I have it all figured out. We never will have it […]

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Group Mentoring Feature: Warren Wan

 Warren Wan is a product leader with extensive experience at Under Armour, MyFitnessPal, eHarmony, Yahoo, and currently heads up Cleverest Labs, a product strategy consulting firm.  1. What piece of advice do you wish you knew when you started your career? The right manager is as or even more important than the company you choose to grow your career. Look to find a mentor who will allow you the trust to grow your skills, as well as someone who will guide you into the next role and level of growth suited to YOU, not just what the company needs. 2. How do you define success? I personally define success as the […]

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Group Mentoring Feature: Tae Lee

Tae is COO of ResortPass, an online platform for access to resort and hotel amenities. He was previously founder/CEO of Traveo, COO of ZEFR, and held various leadership roles at Microsoft and 3M. 1. What piece of advice do you wish you knew when you started your career? The best way to lead is to put success of others in front of yourself and even in front of the company which you represent. Take hiring for example. Many people try to sell themselves or sell the company to a candidate. But if you truly care about the other person’s success, you’ll be more interested in learning how this role is the […]

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The Unlikely Journey Of Becoming A Founder: From A Blue-Collar Upbringing To A Successful Exit To SoftBank (And Later, Warner Bros)

From Seung Bak, CEO and Co-Founder of Olmo. I was a late bloomer in many respects. Long before I became an “entrepreneur” and successfully exited my first venture (sold to Warner Bros.), I was just another kid trying to figure out how to be normal. See, I didn’t grow up in an environment of high expectations. I come from a very blue-collar, humble background, where everything for my family was a struggle. We didn’t have very much money. I was the first person in my family to go to college. And as I reflect back, as far as I can remember, there was always this sense of insecurity from my […]

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The Fallacy Of Networking In 2019 And 3 Big Challenges To Overcome When Imagining The Future Of Work

From Seung Bak, CEO and Co-Founder of Olmo. Back when I was in my 20s and about to step into the “real world,” there was no discussion about working remotely, or “wanting to be mentored.” I’m 41 years old now, but back in the 90s, there was a completely different set of expectations about work. You got smacked around. You paid your dues. You worked hard and didn’t expect your employer to give you “life advice” or guidance as to how you could climb the ladder faster. That’s what college was for — at least, that’s what employers expected it to be. But today’s workplace looks nothing like it did twenty […]

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Formal Mentoring Is A Thing Of The Past. Here’s Why Learning From Your Peers Is The Future Of Personal Development

I don’t know anyone I would consider a formal mentor. From Seung Bak, CEO and Co-Founder of Olmo. Over the course of my career, I’ve learned a lot of different lessons from acquaintances, colleagues, and peers — but I’ve never had a single person I would consider a formal mentor. I realize this isn’t a universal truth, but in my case, I always found myself learning more from the people around me. They didn’t need to be a startup veteran or a massively successful executive. They didn’t even need to be that much further along in their careers than myself. They just needed to know whatever it was I wanted to […]

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4 Ways Millennials Should Be Thinking About Networking In 2019

From Seung Bak, CEO and Co-Founder of Olmo. Many millennials entered the workforce expecting a very different reality than the one that they actually experienced. As a demographic, millennials grew up their whole lives being told they could be and do anything they wanted. And yet, most entered the current job market when it was at an all-time low. They couldn’t get their dream jobs because those positions no longer existed, weren’t hiring, or the companies themselves had been shut down due to the recession. As a result, this extremely educated generation has ended up drowning in debt — and more than that, unsure of what to do about their […]

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