July 21, 2015 Robin Chase was giving a book talk
about her newest book "Peer Inc." fascinating talk about
collaboration and the future. My favorite slide was the one
with Superman "The Right Person Will Appear"!
She is one of the co-founders of ZipCar.
June 28, 2015 Fancy Food Show: I forgot my Tums.
This is a where you go with an appétitate, but then again it
becomes so overwhelming to say the least. You
would go from eating ham to chocolate to pizza to cheese,
pate you name it it was on the floor. All I could
handle was one day out of three and never made it to the
fancy fancy foods. Lots of new products and soooo many
of the same. One thing I learned was that coconut
sugar is supposed to be healthier for you especially if you
are diabetic. Need to check this out as I am learning
more and more uses for coconut oil. The one thing you
have to learn when attending these type of shows is to only
eat that which you really could possibly like and have only
June 20, 2015 I ventured to Brooklyn where The
SEED held its conference and fair geared to all things
organic. What a fun time I had trying out so many
delicious foods and products.
April 28, 2015 The SHE product event. All the
products are geared towards women. It is just amazing how
many new idea's seem to keep popping up and come to market.
I love my Tara style Cobb Hill shoes that I have worn all
summer just like a pair of slippers. They have New
Balance technology and all I can say is WOW when walking the
streets of New York or trade shows.
April 27, 2015 Invited to the New York Film
Gala honoring Robert Redford. How special that was and
to be taken on a journey through all of his films and
accomplishments. Jane Fonda, spoke, however, it was
Barbara Streisand who presented the Chaplin Award to Robert
Redford. The man has done so much: actor, producer,
created the Sundance Festival and still makes movies.
Mutli-talented and seems so humble; while I was sitting
third row center I didn't actually speak with him. It
was a fun time.
April 22, 2015 What a fascinating day about the
future held in conjunction with the Tribecca Film Festival.
Learned about companies without walls, AOL Tom Armstrong
spoke about collaboration, advertising and eye balls (and
shortly thereafter bought Huffington Post), how robotics are
playing a role in our lives now and in the future. But
the most enlightening was a presentation about 3D printing
and how it well even change the food we consume.
March 3, 2015 the Consorzio Della Denominazione San
Gimignano wine tasting. Every time I attend one of
these wine tastings I always learn something new. For
a reserve wine it has to be identified at harvest....how
difficult can that be. Wines from this area are a
little jewel box. The grapes have to cool off at night
and the soil is either an ocean breeze or hill side where
the frost sinks to the bottom. There are 350 DOC's in
Italy which can be confusing especially if you are trying to
break into the wine business. The wines from this
tasting are family owned and run. Interesting
side note that the area surrounding produced acclaimed
saffron with documents dating back to 1321(certainly prior
to the founding of the USA). Found a wine from Casa
Luch that does organic growing. I stayed in San
Gimignano and wish this tasting was held prior to my visit,
well it gives me an excuse to return.
December 2, 2014
with all the wonderful wine tasting events I attend you
would be amazed at how often I consume wine otherwise.
Don't get me wrong I love a good bottle of wine to share
with friends and even then sometimes I will pass. It
was so great running into an old friend Winnie Burwell
(Where There's Wine There's Winnie) at this tasting.
Although wines were the reason we were in attendance and
they were wonderful they also served Risi & Bisi
(Venetian-style Risotto with peas) courtesy of Molto
Italiano by Mario Batali YUM
brings out the Nutcracker at the Koch Theater at Lincoln
Center. I was thrilled to be invited as I have never
seen this ballet and it is a must at least once.
Curtain time is early and I couldn't figure it out until I
saw all the young children attending. It was a
beautiful way to start the holiday season. My biggest
surprise came when the conductor came on stage...it was a
November 3rd, 2014 American Express held a CEO Open
Forum boot camp. This was quite a day of learning and
sharing with sessions like: "Standing Out in a Crowde
Marketplace with Amanda Hesser of Food52, Lili Lynton of the
Dinex Group and Danielle Gould of Food+Tech Connect.
Next up from a choice of three workshops i.e. Lean Startup
Strategies of Small Business with Kathryn Finney,
digitalundivided. Then it was Social Media Power Hour
featuring heavy weights like Brinn Sanders of Twitter,
Vikram Bhaskaran of Pinterest, Stacey Aronstein of LinkedIn,
Caroline Ghosen of Levo League and Carrie Kerpen of Likeable
Media. The day just kept getting better with
more and more information to digest. Then there was
the fireside chat with
Diane von Furstenberg. WOW to listen to her speak
about her early days and being so frank/blunt was
refreshing and not a canned interview.
Which she goes into more detail in her book "The Woman I
wanted to Be"
According to the
American Express OPEN 2014 State of Women-Owned Business
Report, New York State is home to 682,200 female-owned
firms, the third most of any state. The number in NY
grew by 73% from 1997-2014 and more specifically, NYC alone
grew the number by 30.4% since 2002.
October 8, 2014 this was the year of the 20th Annual
Women on Wall Street Conference: Collective Wisdom hosted by
Deutsche Bank. It has truly been a conference of
growth for women on Wall Street. It was interesting to
listen to Maria Bartiromo speak about women in the work
force. It was especially enlightening to listen
to Shonda Rhimes (Creator and Executive Producer of "Grey's
Anatomy" and "Scandal" and also Executive Producer of "How
To Get Away with Murder" One powerful talented woman
who has won many awards and has been listed as one of the
"50 most Powerful Women in Business by Fortune Magazine.
So where are my photos?!!!
September 30, 2014 attended a Global Spa & Wellness
Summit (Globalwellnessinstitute.com)I never realized
that it's a $3.4 trillion dollar global wellness market and
is now three times larger than worldwide pharmaceutical
industry, seeing the most significant growth since 21010.
Among the top growth areas are "Healthy eating, nutrition
and weight loss" The spa industry grew 58% from $60
billion in 2007 to $94 billion in 2013 with 47% increase in
spa location from 71,762 to 105,591. spafinder.com tag
line is that it is not luxury but a necessity.
Waiting for what is in store for Seniors. Here is a
free resource to inform and empower:
wellnessevidence.com let me know how it works for you.
September 21, 2014 we had the Earth Day March.
While it was peaceful it reminded me of the old protests of
September, 2014 Time Warner Center
had models out of what the new Hudson Yards would look like
when completed over the train tracks. Lots of glass!
August 12, 2014 invited someone to join me
at the Sea Grill Riesling Wine Dinner hosted by David
Rosengarten & Toni Jost. Riesling is one of my all
time favorite wines; so I was in heaven. We started
with appetizers and of course champagne to match. But
the rest of the pairings for dinner where Riesling's.
It was one of those times you just couldn't get enough of
each dish. We had four courses plus dessert and my
guest wanted to lick the plates. It was sooo delish!
June 9, 2014 I was invited (and you didn't have to
ask me twice) to the Annual Wine Media Guild Dinner at Cafe
Evergreen Chinese restaurant. Being the annual dinner
for those who write about wine you just can not imagine the
wines I tasted. We were greeted wih a glass of Mionetto
Prosecco to start the evening off with. Since it was a
BYOB, the members brought out the best from their cellars
and let me tell you it was just awesome (2009 Ferrante Grand
River Valley Cabernet Franc Ice Wine, 1993 Rivendell, Tear
of the Clouds Late Harvest Vignoles, 2000 Quinta do Vale
Meao; just to name a few). I was able to take a couple
of bottles home that were not guzzled down. One Port I
went to buy and I said upon learning of the price "That's
very nice". Saving the bottle has given me terrific
memories. Thank you Shirley Alpert of inviting me.
April, 2014 There is nothing like Macy's
flower show to get spring in the air no matter what the
weather outside is.
March, 2014 thought I heard that the famous Katz's
delicatessen was about the close so Coleen Fitzgibbons and
me headed over for a last cornbeef sandwich. Well it
turns out they weren't closing so soon. But what the
heck had fun and a good lunch.
February 4, 2014 invited to attend the Les Dames
d'Escoffier private 50th Anniversary Luncheon at Le Perigord.
What a treat with special dishes served up especially for
this event with wines to match of course :) provided by
House of Burgundy.
February 3rd, 2014 brought the first of the year's
wine tasting. I have not leaned the art of spitting.
:) A few of the women vintners.
January, 2014 NY Times Travel show
makes me want to get on the next plane out of here.
We watch cigars being made, Foie Gras owner Ms. D'Artagnan
who started this wonderful company which has expanded into
so much more,
cook up something special. While traveling you happen to be looking
for the Loo you might want to try one of Live Leaf's
solution which they harness the healing power of nature.
December, 2013 the holiday party at Les Dame Les
Escoffier. What fun meeting some incredible chefs
November 15, 2013 Women in Whites: The
James Beard Foundation Gala hosted at the Four Seasons Restaurant in
New York City. What a fun experience witnessing
these amazing chefs win an award and sampling some of the hors
d'oeuvres back stage in the kitchen. Yum. Even Martha Stuart
got in the act.
Sherry Yard (Helms Bakery, Los Angeles, CA), Melissa Kelly (Primo,
Rocklans, ME), Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn, San Francisco),
Kristen Kish (Menton, Boston, MA) Barbara Lynch (No. 9 Park, Boston,
Mystery Man and Woman with Gail Simmons, Tyra Banks and Martha
October 19th, 2013 I dropped in at Best Buy where the Chief Baking
Officer, Bobbie Lloyd, of Magnolia Bakery was demoing some products.
I loved it when she took one of her cupcakes and spilt it in
half, thus putting the icing in the center making what I call a cup-wich.
Have to try that.
October, 2013 went to a friends annual "Tea Party" where her boyfriends
daughter made a special cake for the occasion:
Tea cups waiting to be filled
October 15, 2013: was invited once again to the annual event that
Deutsche Bank holds honoring women: "Women on Wall Street".
this years 19th Annual conference was on Game Changers. The
conference started with Olympia Snowe, Former US Senator and I was
thrilled to listen to her answer questions for forthright.
Wonder if it is because she is now out of office and promoting her
The panel included:
Vicki Fuller, Chief Investment Officer New York State Common
Retirement Fund, Sallie krawcheck, Owner, 85 Broads, Mary Schapiro,
Managing Director and Chairman of the Governance and market
Practice, Promontory Financial and Clara Shih, CEO and Founder,
Vicki being a woman of color talked about her being the only one
woman and having a double impact on what she has done in her life.
Sallie Krawcheck spoke about when she was at Citi and they invested
in bad investments. While she talked about doing the right
thing and returning money on the bad decisions the bank made she
also landed on the front page of The Wall Street Journal as she was
fired. With all this she turned the bad into quite a few
positive steps in her career.
The we had Mary Schapiro who is basically a D.C. government native
and shared her experiences on that side of the fence.
Clara Shih created her own business and was startled to find out it
was a hit as she kept on going. She decided to write a text
book which is now used at Harvard. Now she is one of the
youngest women to sit on a board directors (Starbucks).
One of the take-always is that: Networking is the most important
tool to grown your business. It is OK to stumble....it's how
you pick yourself up and carry on that matters.
This is so amazing: Housing within Reach of Most New
Yorkers By Linda Hoffman
It’s no secret that housing costs in New York City are among the
highest in the nation.
That is why we at New York Foundation for Senior Citizens, the only
non-profit, non-sectarian organization serving seniors throughout
New York City’s five boroughs, developed the intergenerational Home
Sharing Program, which eases financial burdens and provides
companionship for both young and old.
The only one of its kind in the city, our free matching service
pairs “hosts” who have extra private bedrooms in their homes or
apartments to share with responsible, compatible “guests” seeking
suitable affordable housing.
The service matches adults 18 and over; either the “host” or the
“guest” must be 60 years of age or older. The Home Sharing Program
also provides housing for individuals with developmental
disabilities capable of independent living. “Hosts” offering their
homes to these high-functioning individuals must be age 55 or over.
Learn How It Works along with Additional Housing and Services call:
212-962-7559, or visit: www.nyfsc.org
October 11th, 2013 Started off the fall season tasting some
fantastic wines during House of Burgundy's Annual Grand Tasting at
The Russian Tea Room. Here is a dear friend Shirley Alpert
(Previously the PR gal for House of Burgundy) with Mehmet Yorukoglu, President.
November 14th, 2013 Celebration of the life of Lou Reed with
a tribute at Lincoln Center where many of his friends/colleagues
attended along with his wife. They had music blasting from the
speakers and I was not able to stay long. A beautiful day as
people greeted people who they hadn't seen in decades but all had
Lou in common.
I've just started a page with TIPS to make
ones live simpler. Check it out and send me your tips.
Wendy Weiss, The Queen of Cold Calling™ shares how you can get an
email address with this simple search: "Title + @CompanyName.com".
For example, if you're looking for the email address of the CEO at
XYZ Company and their website is xyzcompany.com the search would be:
"CEO + @xyzcompany.com".
This is scary: From NaturalNews: The Healthcare.gov website turns
out to be a Trojan Horse that gathers emails, passwords, social
security numbers, private banking details and other information you
would normally want to keep private. This information is then
cross-referenced to your computer's IP address. From there, all your
web surfing habits are tracked by IP and recorded along with your
social security number. The Obamacare exchanges then promises to
take any information you provided them and "turn it over to law
enforcement" and IRS auditors. This is not a joke. This is how the
government has tricked millions of people into self-incrimination.
See the proof in my feature story:
September, 2013 is Fall Fashion Week in New York City.
Being at Lincoln Center the plaza has it's own vibe and fashion all
it's own. These are just some of the pictures I have taken to
share with you. Fun Fun Fun
July 17th, 2013 women get your game on for next year and check out
www.lorealwomenindigital.com to see how you could win. Great
prize of money and more important is the mentorship program that
identifies and provides opportunities to technology companies that
are run by women and have the potential to shake-up the beauty
The winners announced at the Ceremony Featured Guest Host
Star of HBO's ‘The Newsroom’ and Self Proclaimed
‘Hollywood Geek’ what a riot. So down to earth and quite witty with
her ad lib’s rocking the place. The three standout female-founded
and led digital companies, selected from a group of more than 1,600