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3012, 2016

Forbes | Wondering What To Do With Your Law Degree, Consider Cybersecurity

December 30th, 2016|Categories: Other Publications|

Courtesy Shelley Westman

Your career may not turn out as you imagined. But what you learn in the process can springboard you to new opportunities.

Just ask Shelley Westman.

As a girl, her cousin would tell stories about his legal clients. She decided to become a lawyer. The fact that he was quite wealthy didn’t hurt either.

She loved law […]

2912, 2016

Bernie Swain–Sometimes You Can’t Justify The Risk, But You Do It Anyway

December 29th, 2016|Categories: Podcast|

Bernie Swain, Chairman and Founder of Washington Speakers Bureau, is my guest on episode 8 of the Disrupt Yourself Podcast.

He is a little older than my previous guests. Retirement age, in fact. He has weathered the ups and downs of a long career. Now old enough to offer real insight.

Bernie launched his career before shelves […]

2012, 2016

How to Disrupt Yourself — 5 Lessons from People Who’ve Done It Themselves

December 20th, 2016|Categories: Other Publications|

I recently launched the Disrupt Yourself Podcast, a companion effort to my book Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work.

In the podcast, I have conversations with fascinating people—some famous, some not—who all have in common that they are disrupting the status quo of a business or industry via the disruption of their […]

2012, 2016

Forbes | To Succeed In Tech, Be Willing To Do Hard Things

December 20th, 2016|Categories: Other Publications|

Courtesy Vanessa Alvarez

Vanessa Alvarez, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft, is the daughter of immigrants and the first college graduate in her family. She has firsthand experience with the challenges of blossoming out of poverty, working herself through school and leveraging the support of numerous mentors to reach her current situation. In her professional role she […]

1412, 2016

Sarah Feingold: Disrupt at the Intersection of Your Creative Passion

December 14th, 2016|Categories: Podcast|

One thing! Find ONE thing you love to do–and do it! That’s the secret to a successful career.

But what if you can’t decide? You love to do two or three things? […]

1412, 2016

Forbes | If You Want To Be Fortunate, Be Brave

December 14th, 2016|Categories: Other Publications|

Tina Fordham, Citi’s Political Analyst, Courtesy Citigroup

Tina Fordham is a true trailblazer. She has the distinction of being the first person to hold the title of Managing Director, Chief Global Political Analyst at Citi Research Citigroup. Until she persuaded Citi that they needed to create such a role and slot her in it, there wasn’t […]

612, 2016

Forbes | She Helped Shape U2 And Now She’s Fighting AIDs

December 6th, 2016|Categories: Other Publications|

Sheila Roche at Tribeca Film Festival, Courtesy Sheila Roche

Sheila Roche is a creative and communications consultant to (RED) which she helped its founders Bono and Bobby Shriver set up in 2006 as a mechanism to engage the private sector and consumers in the fight against AIDS.  She has been integral to (RED)’s major campaigns, including […]

112, 2016

James Altucher: Disruption in the Face of Failure

December 1st, 2016|Categories: Podcast|

What do you do when you fail and fail again? […]

3011, 2016

Forbes | Moving From Your ‘Moment Of Reinvention’ To ‘Your Moonshot Goal’

November 30th, 2016|Categories: Other Publications|

Christine Garde with Gumbane Village Leader in Mozambique, Summer 2016 (Courtesy Christine Garde)

In 2007, Christine Garde, a career-long participant in social good organizations, founded CouldYou?, a non-profit of which she is still CEO. CouldYou? connects influential people in the West with influential African individuals and institutions in African-led partnerships developing home-grown solutions to African problems.

Pivotal […]

2811, 2016

Forbes | This Entrepreneur Is Learning From Nature How To Design A City

November 28th, 2016|Categories: Other Publications|

Melissa Sterry (Courtesy Interface “Beautiful Thinkers”.)

Melissa Sterry is a Design Scientist and founder of Bionic City, a creative platform connecting those who research and practice biodesign, which seeks to better adapt human life and solve problems through the application of patterns and strategies observable in nature. Sterry’s passion for the preservation of biodiversity, informs her quest to learn […]