An Appetite for Instagram

An Appetite for Instagram

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in Event Recap, Social Media | One Comment

I’ve been searching for the words and sentiments to convey my passion for Instagram over say… Facebook. I thought it was just a personal preference until I started voicing what I enjoy and value about Instagram to clients and friends. I intentionally booked my reservation to Social Media Breakfast MSP 93 (#SMBMSP93) to learn and […]

MN on the National Non-Flyover Radar During TCSW

MN on the National Non-Flyover Radar During TCSW

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Event Recap, Technology | No Comments

When I attended a few tech events during Twin Cities Tech Startup Week (#TCSW) in 2014, I sort of deduced on my own that the events were part of the larger #TCSW. I signed up for startup week events that year through those communities’ websites like 1Million Cups at James J, Hill, MN Cup through the University of Minnesota and […]

Socking it to the Common Good

Socking it to the Common Good

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Blog, Event Recap | No Comments

Purple. It was Elizabeth Taylor’s favorite color and when Kathy Ireland stepped into an ambassador role in Taylor’s foundation, The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, the color was a fit for her too. Ireland wore it well in a recent visit to the University of St. Thomas’ downtown campus, Schulze School of Creative Entrepreneurship, where the reigning color is […]

Women Connected Graduate with Major Growth

Women Connected Graduate with Major Growth

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Networking | No Comments

We almost made graduation caps and tassels out of pizza plates and ribbon. I am not disappointed that we didn’t. I am happy we had the idea. On our May graduation date a group of eight women, completed our Women Connected sessions. With a nod to the extreme busy-ness leading up to each 3:30-6:00p.m. last Wednesday of the […]

Oh The Digital Places You’ll Go

Oh The Digital Places You’ll Go

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Social Media | No Comments

In its infancy, social media was all about the “like.” In November 2008, I blindly created a Twitter account @jengilhoi to follow and observe as a then 38 year-old what this communication channel was all about (I now have @sparktracker, @edamomie and @emcapacity as well — apparently I just cannot get enough). I remember receiving the invitation […]

Power to the Pollenite

Power to the Pollenite

Posted by on Apr 9, 2016 in Event Recap, Networking | 3 Comments

Earlier than I would have liked on a chilly Minnesota spring morning, I ventured over to a neighborhood I don’t believe I’ve set foot in before. No one was holding me accountable to show up. No one would have noticed my absence. But I showed up at The Neighborhood House on Robie Street in East St. […]

WE+ Can Be Bossy

WE+ Can Be Bossy

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Blog, Event Recap, Learning | 2 Comments

Yesterday was a day of women and entrepreneurship in Minnesota. WE+ stands for Women Entrepreneurs and the plus sign in the logo version is the North Star, lest we forget the Minnesota culture that informs the business environment women navigate here. The conference, in its third year (see my recap from last year here), brought […]

Real ROI for Events

Real ROI for Events

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Event Recap | No Comments

Consider the time, resources and energy tied up with one event. Whether it’s a company-hosted and produced event, an event you simply sponsor, or an event or conference your employees attend for learning or networking, it’s a HUGE investment. When you review or report your event results, how confident do you feel that it yielded […]

CircleUp! It’s Not Selfish

CircleUp! It’s Not Selfish

Posted by on Oct 4, 2015 in Networking | One Comment

In what might be called a selfish act, a group of nine women have been scheduling a full 2.5 hours each month to come together to work solely on themselves. Gasp! Yes, 2.5 hours of uninterrupted time during the late afternoon (3:30-6:00) — time which is typically reserved for real, paying work. We don’t call […]

Social Media for Schools: The Hashtag Prevails

Social Media for Schools: The Hashtag Prevails

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Learning, Social Media | One Comment

I noticed something quite different when my fourth-grader returned to school this fall. An energetic, new principal was high-fiving all of the kids upon their entering the school doors each morning (sometimes even an occasional parent). Something had shifted. Things were a buzz. The first piece of business was teaching the kids the school song, […]