GREAT ADVICE

 

TBF MENTORS | June 2013

Missed our mentoring event? Read some great advice our mentors shared during round-table discussions with women entrepreneurs.

 

 

 

Anne Fulenwider

Anne Fulenwider

Editor-in-Chief, Marie Claire


"Learn how to tell your story. Get your elevator pitch down. If you’re pitching an audience, get it under three minutes. And if it’s an email, get it in the first graph. If it’s a magazine editor, better get it in the subject line or the first line. Tell it boldly and confidently and well with no jargon."

Dave Gilboa

Dave Gilboa

Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Warby Parker


"Stay focused. If you’re walking down a path toward a pot of gold and you stop to pick up every shiny object along the way, you’ll be too distracted to make it there. Remember why you’re doing what you’re doing. Don’t get distracted by naysayers or opportunities that take you away from your goal."

Anne Fulenwider

Cathie Black

Former Chairman & President, Hearst Magazines


"Gerry Ferraro said, ‘Women assume office with the burden of proof; men assume office with the expectation of confidence.’ Build on your own self-confidence. Believe in you, believe in what you want to achieve and know in the end it has to be your life and
nobody else’s."

Meredith Whitney

Meredith Whitney

CEO, Meredith Whitney Advisory Group LLC


"Be nice. It feels better, and people remember. If you kick people on the way up, everyone is going to enjoy kicking you on the way down."

 

 

 

Deborah Jackson

Jaqui Lividini

Founder & CEO, Lividini & Co.


"Under-promise and over-deliver. Have humility in all things you do always and it will serve you well."

 

 

Claire Chambers

Claire Chambers

Founder & CEO, Journelle


"Let yourself shine through. You are the reason your business will succeed."

 

 

Deborah Jackson

Deborah Jackson

Founder & CEO, Plum Alley


"You have a very, very long career. You don’t have to do everything immediately."

 

 

Doug Jacob

Doug Jacob

Partner & CEO, JWALK & Left Lane Capital Partners


"Surround yourself with really good people."

 

 

Julie Gilhart

Julie Gilhart

Fashion Consultant


"Something I heard from hearing the Dalai Lama speak: ‘You must create beauty to preserve culture.’ That applies no matter what your business is."

 

Thea Pagel

Thea Pagel

Managing Director of Event Marketing, NYSE


"Unity and diversity. You create a sustainable business by working together."

 

Avani Patel

Avani Patel

Founder & CEO, TrendSeeder


"Always aim high. Don’t be afraid to ask for something. Make sure you’re ready, and, when you are, don’t be afraid to take that chance."

 

Celeste Rodgers

Celeste Rodgers

Senior Banker, J.P. Morgan Private Bank


"Be present in the moment when you’re in a conversation. You never know where the next great idea will come from."

 

Jay Hass

Jay Hass

Partner, RRE Ventures


"While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other person is busy making mistakes and becomes superior. You’re going to make mistakes. Learn from them and make your business stronger."

 

Ken Seiff

Ken Seiff

Executive Vice President of Direct & Omni-Channel, Brooks Brothers


"Listen to the customer."

 

 

Peggy Wallace

Peggy Wallace

Managing Director, Golden Seeds


"As you grow your business you must be able to work with people who are different from you. A great leader creates an organization with people of all kinds of skills and talents and enables them to succeed."