Modern Salon for Women: The Money Edition


On March 27, we're hosting a conversation about how to equalize opportunity and support the ideas that help us build the world and the lives that we want. We're going to talk about money.

Whether you’re ready to start the business you’ve always dreamt of, you're in the “always be raising” phase, or you’re ready to invest in someone else’s brilliant idea, we'll cover all of it. Investing in ourselves, in a startup idea, and how to put your resources to work to support the causes and organizations you care about. Bring your questions, your ideas, and your voice to the discussion.

Guest Speakers

Karen Cahn, founder, iFundWomen and has dedicated her career to closing the funding and the confidence gap for women entrepreneurs. Named on NASDAQ’s “10 Best Sources of Funding for Women Entrepreneurs”, iFundWomen is a crowdfunding ecosystem providing female entrepreneurs access to capital, coaching, creative, and connections critical to starting smart businesses.

Melissa Moore, entrepreneur and co-founder of Lean Startup Company, has partnered with Eric Ries on Seneca VC, a new venture studio that helps exceptional women and minority-led startups get funded.

Wednesday, May 27, 6:00pm

at Norwood Club, 241 W. 14th Street

Save the Date: Women and Money

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On March 27, we’re hosting another salon for women. It’s been a year (!) since the last one, and we’re excited to get things going again. This month’s event is focused on women and money — what we can do with it, how to invest in ourselves and the people / projects we believe in. The event will include a featured conversation with Melissa Moore and Amee Mungo, along with a special guest - to be announced soon. And as is our style, we’ll open it up for everyone to share thoughts, ask questions, add her voice to the discussion.

More details posted shortly. In the meantime, please reach out if you want to learn more.

2019: The Latest


It’s official: we are co-founders of Revoice Media, a digital media company that focuses on music and entertainment podcasts. We began with Andy Grammer’s podcast in mid-2018, and recently launched “Wheels Off”, a podcast created and hosted by musician Rhett Miller. Rhett interviews Rosanne Cash, Fred Armisen, Rob Thomas, Will Forte, and other notable personalities. Episode 5, an interview with graphic designer Aaron Draplin, was published yesterday.

Meanwhile, over at Studio Kairos, we’ll increase focus on the live experience. Our next event is Tuesday, Feb 26 in partnership with GoKartLabs. We will be discussing digital transformation over food & drinks at Norwood Club. In March, we’ve got a women’s salon event on Tuesday, March 19 that will feature women in finance and funding (founders, take note). And, Revoice will produce some live podcast shows later this year.

Feel free to email if you’re interested in attending or want to learn more.

A bend in the road is not the end of the road…Unless you fail to make the turn.
— Helen Keller

The Road Ahead

I like this image because it’s clear and focused, however you can’t see what’s around the bend. It could be more of the same or total chaos. And that feels very similar to how business has gone this year.

As 2018 winds down, there’s finally time to reflect. To begin, I haven’t posted an update or sent a newsletter since July. I recognize that this is not good for business and I don’t really have an excuse other than the unoriginal “business has been overwhelming, leaving little time for anything else”. (takeaway - delegate, or hire someone to manage your news/media/business updates for you. #2019goals).

Studio Kairos began as a company that produced events and speaker series, or speaking gigs, for executives and media clients. In an effort to build professional profiles, we looked to podcasting as a way for clients to communicate ideas and expertise to an audience. We partnered with a company called Revoice in 2017 and at the time, they were focused on building a podcast network for musicians. It was an easy partnership, as we’d already been producing a tech podcast called “Fast Forward” (with Dan Costa, editor in chief of PCMag). The partnership also allowed Studio Kairos to expand its capabilities, and potentially start a new line of business. (+ full disclosure: I personally was eager to get back to the music industry, where I began my career.)

Over the last 15 months, the partnership with Revoice has pushed Studio Kairos in the direction of producing content as a primary service. We are letting go of managing speakers (though we keep our select group on the site because we continue to promote their talent and remain partners). And we still produce live events and conferences, though are moving in the direction of producing events that relate directly with the audio & video content we produce.

It’s an exciting time. The first music-related podcast we produced was with multi-platinum recording artist Andy Grammer called The Good Parts. The show launched in June 2018 and was originally meant to be a limited series to promote his summer tour. It’s so good and so popular that we kept going. We’ve just published episode 11, which was recorded live in L.A. We’ve now got several new shows in development, one that will will launch in December and the others in early 2019.

Studio Kairos, in partnership with Revoice, can now offer in-house content development, production, distribution, and marketing services to clients that are interested in exploring a new way to tell a story or engage an audience. Watch this space to see where we go from here.

Take a Mental Health Day. Or Three.

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We're deep in the throes of programming Techonomy '18, the flagship conference for Techonomy Media. It will be 3 days of intense discussions about the impact of technology on business and society and given the current state of things, some of the conversations are taking a dystopian turn. But that keeps it interesting, right?

Techonomy founder and host David Kirkpatrick  has been writing about some of the things you can expect while you're there and the variety of voices you will hear. I'm excited that Manoush will be joining the program to talk about her revolutionary journalism experiment (if you haven't started listening to her new podcast ZigZag, you should probably go ahead and catch up now). We've also got Marissa Mayer joining us - can't wait to hear what she's working on these days; and, Tim Berners-Lee, who will shed some light on what the internet has become. There will be a live debate, hosted by the Intelligence Squared folks (and the topic they're developing is super provocative) and a live musical performance by a special guest (we're debating internally - so many bands!). 

And, it will be at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay, CA. Without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places in the country (see photo!). So, yea -- you should probably find a way to join the program. Your brain and your body will thank you for it. (and if you want to learn more about how to participate, email me)




From the Stage to Your Ear(buds)

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Last year, we took on a new project to build a podcast network. The project was called Revoice, and was intended to be a network of podcasts created by and for musicians. The idea was sparked by Nick Ruffini, founder and host of the successful Drummer's Resource show - a podcast about, you guessed it - drummers. For a year, Nick, Dave (our other partner), and I worked thorough various business models, story ideas, interviews with stakeholders and creative partners. We spent a lot of time figuring things out and changed direction several times. The world of podcasting is new and exciting, but it's also the wild west of media and content. How do you monetize it? And now, the landscape is so full of excellent podcasts to listen to, how do you compete? (to go deep on this, Manoush's new podcast details how she and her producer, Jen Poyant, are navigating the world of building a show from scratch)

In the end, we decided to keep things simple. We'd begin by working directly with musicians who already had ideas - or recorded content - ready to go. Our project has turned into Revoice Media and our first client is award-winning pop singer Andy Grammer. His podcast, called "The Good Parts", will be live in a week. And it's really good. 

It took more than a year, but we're finally getting this thing off the ground.

A New Vision for Ford and the city of Detroit

This week, the Techonomy team and I went to Detroit to meet with Ford to learn about their vision for the future. Part of that future includes bringing the company back downtown. They've purchased the Michigan Central Station, the iconic building that has been vacant since 1988. Ford will take on the massive task of renovating the building to create a new workspace in Corktown. 

We also hosted a community event at Gold Cash Gold, a fantastic local restaurant in a former pawn shop. Chef Brendon Edwards is a super cool, low-key guy who made his famous fried chicken for us (even though it wasn't on the menu) and spent time chatting with everyone who attended.  

Here's Techonomy founder David Kirkpatrick's report from the trip

I've been to Detroit regularly over the last few years (as I've written about before) and each time, it's striking to see the change happening in the city. See below -- two photos of the same house, taken 5 years apart.

Photo taken in 2013

Photo taken in 2013

Undergoing renovations in 2018

Undergoing renovations in 2018

Techonomy New York

This week, the Techonomy team hits New York in what promises to be a provocative, informative, action-packed conference. Former WPP CEO Martin Sorrell will open and iconic NY chef Eric Ripert will close day one, May 8; and celebrated environmentalist Jeffrey Sachs gets things going on day two, May 9 - which wraps up with discussions about AI, robots, blockchain, and inevitably, Facebook (co-founder Chris Hughes is our final speaker). 

If you're interested in attending, head over to our events page

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For Women Only (a new event series)

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Long before #metoo and the recent awareness about women's issues, I was having conversations about how to create something for women - an event, a media platform, a company. A platform for diverse female voices to talk about real issues, solve problems, and just have a comfortable place to hang out with like-minded women. 

As an event producer and programmer, I find the lack of female representation at conferences appalling, and have worked to correct it where possible. It is more difficult than it should be to get a company to put forward a female speaker. I've heard many ridiculous excuses and have often been ignored when requesting a female speaker, even when pressing to hit a 50/50 gender balanced stage. The recent call out of lack of female presenters at CES by the Advertising industry is a step in the right direction, for sure; but we still have a long way to go. 

In response, I'm starting an event series for women. It's not the most original idea, of course, but I have been thinking about doing it for a long time. There's no reason to wait. I have two amazing partners in this effort - Manoush Zomorodi, who is a co-founder and host; and, Amee Mungo, a digital strategist and entrepreneur who has been scheming with me for years. 

Our first event is on January 25 in NYC. Our mission is to build a strong, vibrant community of women who don't need anyone's permission or promotion to speak. We will cover issues that we grapple with every day, and provide an open, supportive network from which to pull inspiration, ideas, and energy. Away from the internet, IRL. 


Thursday, January 25
5:30PM at
Norwood Club

Our first event features Manoush in conversation with Azita Ardakani about how our unconscious world shapes our career more than we know; and that by having a relationship with our inner world, we can empower what we create in our outer world.

If you're interested in learning more, please get in touch


Commit to 50/50, at minimum.

A few days ago, a number of high-powered executives called out CES for the lack of female speakers on the upcoming 2018 program. The Drum brought the story to life and asked for comments. So we contributed, glad to see this become part of a larger conversation. 

This is an issue we've grappled with for years, not only for major industry conferences and events, but on projects where diversity of thought is a key component of changing direction, shifting culture, and driving innovation. And even though they recognize the need to change things up, there are far too many leaders who prefer to stay comfortable with things as they've always been.
Gender balance, diversity of perspective, and inclusion should be imperatives for anyone who produces and programs an event. Any organization that doesn’t recognize the importance of this moment is simply not progressing at a modern pace.