Dream Big

After a restless night fueled by an unhealthy amount of coffee/chai tea, I had an epiphany. It was time to re-evaluate that sweet spot between my personal and professional interests.

Building off my last post about women in technology, I’ve decided to embark on a new mission.

Mission: Meet the following women and learn from them.

I’ve chosen a wide range of industries because I don’t want to be pigeon holed into only tech/social media. As @jon_100 would say – innovation comes from collaboration. I would consider some on the list “reach” targets, but you have to dream BIG or go home.

But, I can’t do this alone – and need your help – if you have less than six degrees of separation from any of the following, PLEASE let me know. (PS: They are not listed in any particular order). Know this will take time, some killer networking skills and an open mind, but I’m excited and up for the challenge!


  • Connie Reece
  • Melinda Gates
  • Candy Sidner, AAAI fellow and a member of the research staff at Digital’s Cambridge Research Laboratory
  • Chris Shipley, Guidewire Group
  • Carolyn Leighton founder of WITI
  • Eileen Smith, Editor of In the Pink Texas


  • Michelle Obama
  • Cate Edwards
  • Dana Perino
  • Bettie Naylor, Austin Activist


  • Kristin Armstrong
  • Erin McKean
  • Kristen Byrnes of Ponder the Maunder fame
  • Arundhati Roy
  • Isabel Allende
  • Brandi Clark, Austin EcoNetwork
  • Amy Simmons of Amy’s Ice Cream
  • Sara Rathgeber, Austin Philanthropist
  • Tiffany Taylor of Tiff’s Treats
  • Susan McDowell, LifeWorks Austin

Also, I’m open for suggestions!


4 Responses

  1. This is awesome. I love that you guys are writing about your goals and the people you’d like to meet. I’ve had a draft for a long time about something I’m calling The Gladwell Project. I’m gonna have to finish it now.

    As far as help is concerned, Connie Reece, easy. Brandi Clark, done. And hook it up when you sit down with Michelle. Want to be able to congratulate her and her s.o. on winning. 😉

  2. I’m still curious as to why the idea of collaborative innovation that incorporates copying/repurposing/rebranding makes you feel like you want to create less? When you said that, and then you couldn’t answer for being busy, it seriously piqued my interest! Maybe I just love the chase. In fact, don’t ever tell me ; ) it’ll be more fun that way

    I like the list. Lists are great and writing something down is almost like making a pact with the people who read it, and with yourself. Now its out there, and don’t think in a few months I won’t be asking you about it. Keep you honest

  3. Scratch my name off your list. 🙂 hey, I’m honored I was on your list in the first place, and it was great to meet you on Friday. I look forward to getting to know you better.

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