Welcome to season 2, episode 45 of the Today is the Day Changemakers Podcast.
This week my guest is Fran Hauser, best-selling author and angel investor. Fran is passionate about leveling the playing field for women. She does this through her investing, writing and speaking. Fran has invested in over 30 female-founded companies across consumer tech, CPG, media, publishing, and wellness.
Fran is the best-selling author of The Myth of the Nice Girl: Achieving a Career You Love Without Becoming a Person You Hate. The book has been translated into six languages and was named "Best Business Book of the Year 2018" by Audible. Fran's new book, Embrace the Work, Love Your Career is quickly becoming the go-to for women seeking more joy and fulfillment in their career. Fran is on a mission to help women build careers they love while staying true to themselves.
Before becoming an angel investor and author, Fran worked 15 years in media, where she rose through the ranks at Time Inc. to President of Digital. People.com was a website that Fran and a few others built up to over 100 people working on. She worked with founders from organizations like Rent the Runway and many more. She talks about how her work at Time Inc. led her to being an angel investor.
A friend of Fran's called her out on how many times she said "sorry". We tend to apologize for things we have no control over or as just as a way of making conversation. There is a special program that Fran used called "Just Not Sorry" created by a female engineer to see how many times she was saying "sorry" in her emails. This Google plug-in has been downloaded over half a million times.
Another message Fran shares is, before you say "yes" to something ask yourself if you are saying yes because you feel bad saying no. Is what you are saying yes to aligned with your priorities or does it bring you joy? Being very intentional is important. Take a moment to decide why you are saying "yes". Fran shares that our time and energy is our greatest resource. If you are going to say no, keep it short and sweet.
Listen in to hear more of what Fran shares as her messaging about balance, career, how to become an author and more is enlightening. Also, take a listen to the footprint she is creating now that she wants to leave behind.
Next week my guest is Jes Ruzic. Jes is a Certified Personal Stylist and Image Consultant. Her commitment to sustainability and passion for textile recycling has led her to partner with organizations such as Dress for Sucess, Soles 4 Souls, and H&M. She has styled Covergirl models at NYFW runway shows, dressed keynote speakers, revitalized wardrobes, and more.
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