What an amazing chat! We laughed, learned, but most importantly had a great time with our October speaker Amanda Lannert, CEO of Jellyvision. Thanks to those of you who joined us, in case you missed it, the recap below.

Perfect is not a human condition…
With an entrepreneurial nature, Amanda has grown Jellyvision from a staff of forty to a staff of nearly 500 . But it wasn’t always easy. When she was only 27, and President of Jellyvision, she had to write her own severance letter and lay-off most of the staff. Jellyvision is a different organization than when she started, but with a combination of hard work, luck, a great team and investing in her colleagues she turned the organization around.

Small things bring romance… 
Amanda shared a story of a time when her husband left a single rose in her morning newspaper. He still gets credit for this small act of kindness nearly 20 years later. She encouraged us to seek out ways to celebrate kindness and bring intrigue into work and at home. She also encouraged us to find simple tasks that give us energy – such as writing a note telling a colleague how inspirational they were in the meeting. This small action will give you more energy than you know.

Have more audacious dreams…
Dream big! Amanda shared a time when she heard someone say ‘one day I will be a billionaire.’ She thought, wow, I don’t think that way, but maybe I should. Amanda told us that she wished that she had more audacious dreams when she was in her twenties. Instead of hoping for the big promotion in a year, find a way to do the job now.

Three pieces of advice when it comes to finding mentors and building relationships… 
Amanda shared with the room three pieces of advice for finding mentors and building professional relationships. First, instead of asking what you can get from a mentor, think of what you can give/add to the conversation. Second, people want to be helpful, but you have to make it easy by having specific asks and knowing what you want. Finally, start now. Find peers in your field and set-up meet-ups, rotating who pays and whose professional obstacles you tackle.