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Are you in or are you out? Never in my lifetime has this question been more top of mind than in the social and political climate we face today in our country. I have reflected on the idea of inclusion more in the last year than ever before—as a parent, a leader, a human being.…

5-Minute Lightning Talk on Career Failure

ARA Co-Founder and McCann Partners’ CEO Megan McCann presented a five-minute lightning talk to a crowd of 200+ during a recent Women in Tech breakfast hosted by General Assembly. Each of five speakers were asked to answer a specific question. Here’s what Megan had to answer, along with her response. We hope you find it…

In Her Own Words: Brooke Steger, Uber

Brooke Steger, General Manager, Uber Inc It’s been said that if you find a path with no obstacles, it’s probably not worth walking down. Brooke Steger, a passionate thought leader in the Seattle tech community currently serving as a General Manager at Uber, can wholly attest to this fact. Her path has been anything but…

ARA Co-Founder and ClearEdge Marketing CEO Leslie Vickrey presented a five-minute lightning talk to a crowd of 200+ during a recent Women in Tech breakfast hosted by General Assembly. Each of five speakers were asked to answer a specific question. Here’s what Leslie had to answer along with her response. We hope you find it…

When two creative, powerful thought leaders at the top of their respective careers come together, you can wager that the outcome will be something incredible. That’s definitely true for Lisa Goldman and Kate Purmal, two Silicon Valley-based executives who have each spent their careers never backing down from a challenge or saying “yes” to an opportunity to collaborate on new endeavors. Their book, The…

The Confidence Game

Whitney Wolfe. Sophia Amoruso. Jessica Alba.  All of these women have one thing in common: confidence.  These women are tenacious powerhouses and thought leaders who each started with a small idea that, with dedication, hard work and vision, eventually turned into an empire. Each of their success stories only reiterate what we all know but oftentimes…

July may be the month for fireworks, but this year it was one of lightning strikes and lessons learned for the ARA New York community. On July 14, members and guests came together to hear a highly accomplished group of c-level executives explore the shifting digital landscape at an event we titled “When Lightning Strikes:…

How important is confidence to women looking to work, advance and lead within the technology sector? It may well be the leadership trait that matters most for female technologists determined to advance to the top of their industries and companies. How do I know? I heard it again and again from some talented experts in…

We were thrilled to welcome a powerhouse group of women to participate in a series of fireside chats with leaders in the business and tech communities who have found career success by charting their own paths forward at the first ARA Silicon Valley event of the year, sponsored by Harvey Nash and Intuit. The evening was filled with…

Celebrating Three Years!

Today marks the three-year anniversary of the official launch of ARA. While these years have flown by more quickly than any of us could have imagined, it’s important that we take a moment to reflect on the incredible journey we’ve shared. My personal journey with ARA started two years ago exactly and it’s been one…