Thursday, May 28, 2009

Leadership Breakfast Series: Fran Hauser

The AWNY Mentoring Program is introducing the Leadership Breakfast Series! These new exclusive events will feature a distinguished guest who will come in to talk about their leadership philosophy and experience. The one hour sessions are a great opportunity to receive career advice from a professional, as well as to interact with others in the AWNY mentoring program.

Our first event will feature Fran Hauser:

Fran Hauser serves as President of Digital for the Time Inc. Style and Entertainment Group, overseeing all business, sales, product development and production functions for the digital products of the PEOPLE Brand, Entertainment Weekly, In Style and Essence. She joined PEOPLE Digital as General Manager in February 2006.


  • When: Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 from 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
    Breakfast served at 7:45 am, program starts promptly at 8:00 a.m.

  • Location: Yahoo, Inc.
    1065 Avenue of the Americas, 12th floor (entrance is on West 40th Street)
    Times Square Conference Room

  • RSVP: These exclusive events are complimentary, but by invitation only to all 2009 AWNY mentoring program participants. Due to strict security and space limitations, no walk-ins will be allowed. Please RSVP by replying to your email invitation or contacting Lynn at the AWNY office at 212-221-7969.

What are you interested to learn at this event? What questions would you want to ask Fran Hauser? Post your thoughts now and we will feature your comments with answers in a follow-up blog entry!

Special thanks to Yahoo, Inc.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Grow: Mentor Q&A

Q. My Mentor is insightful but she is considerably older than I am and I wonder if someone in Middle Management might have a different perspective than she has as an Executive?

A. This is a very good question and you can ask this without fear of offending her. When one is interviewing it is a rather standard question to ask “If I am hired, what would success look like from 1. the boss’ perspective 2. the subordinate's perspective and 3. the President’s perspective. For instance your question could be framed as: "Since you have a number of different Middle Managers working for you, can you share what their criteria were for employees they recently promoted?"

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Grow: How to Perfect an Elevator Pitch About Yourself

Daisy Wademan Dowling, author of Remember Who You Are and contributor to the Harvard Business Review recently provided 5 easy, intuitive, and incredibly inightful tips that will lead to perfect a strong elevator pitch. Read the featured article here:

Share: Where to Meet

Now that the better weather is here you might want to set up your next mentoring meeting outdoors and explore some of the softer topics. Here are a few suggestions:
1. Midtown: Bryant Park 42nd/6th Ave -Pick up your lunch at the deli and meet here to discuss the pros and cons of mixing business with pleasure (take a share house with clients? date a peer at work?)
2. Downtown: South Street Seaport - Go for drinks after work and discuss how best to see where your industry is going and to stay current and play a leadership role
3. Midtown: St. Bart's outdoor cafe 51st/Park Ave. - Over an inexpensive lunch share best networking practices, sources and successes.
Mentoring should be a breath of fresh air. Enjoy and please share your favorite outdoor dining places with all of back!