These are my notes from a webinar by Mada Seghete at Branch, which you can watch first-hand here. She shared some great insights that I thought a lot of my clients could use, but the webinar is about an hour long, so I thought I'd publish my notes here to save you some time. I apologize for lack of footnotes on some of this data. Check out her slides for that.
Amy and I pitched our app, pumpspotting, to a panel of celebrity judges on the first season of Apple's Planet of the Apps. We lost.
It is deeply freeing to let go of the belief that we are supposed to be ever productive, always advancing, accumulating, accelerating. While our culture of work and education may have handed us this ideal or expectation, our lived experience, our mythical traditions, and nature itself, speaks to a different truth.
I often get asked why I work with women in Lebanon. The answer is that I’m not totally sure. I can tell the story (I will), but like just about every other significant turn in my life - meeting my husband, working in tech - it was kind of an accident.
Flat fields of Ohio corn and apple trees as far as the eye can see and the spire of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church beckoning to followers for miles. It was 1917 and Frances Catherine was newly married.
1918, no children.
1919, no children.
1920, still no children.
Resigned to childlessness, she and her husband Edmund built a beautiful new house in the country and had living room furniture custom-made in luxurious, deep, dark purple velvet.