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Trailblazer Claire Shorall on coaching, competition and the classroom

Calling Claire Shorall a lifelong learner is an understatement. Her passion for supporting individual and collective learning, growth and success has been a constant across her days as a student-athlete at Rice University, to more than a decade teaching high school, working in venture capital and mentorship and now as the co-founder and CEO of …

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10 Trailblazers That Are Building Communities for Women

#HowSheDidIt is our series highlighting different paths of women with similar experience or passion as shining examples that there’s no one right path, just the one you’re blazing. The world of women building communities for women is collaborative, not competitive — the more focus there is on supporting the many identities and experiences that make …

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Learning, teaching and trekking with Upasna Gautam

Upasna Gautam exemplifies embracing the journey. While that experience looks different for everyone, the intention, awareness and iterative approach in the trail she’s blazing paints a clear picture of the life she’s building. The TEDx speaker, CNN product manager, hiker and lifelong learner shared more about her journey with us, including lessons from mentorship, advice …

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Authenticity as a Measure of Product-Market Fit

A circle of white-frosted cherry-topped cake slices with one missing and the word 'authenticity' in the empty space

There’s a lot of talk in the startup world about product-market fit. Broadly defined, this means that there is a meaningful market that a product is targeting, and that the product is able to satisfy the needs of that market. Entrepreneurs and investors often use metrics around retention, engagement and lifetime value to define this …

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The power of the pivot

Collage of photos of Jennifer Fischer across different pivots in her life

Jennifer Fischer is an entrepreneur, filmmaker, writer, mom, and lover of travel, books and coffee . We’re honored to share her insights on the power of the pivot with the OwnTrail community. View her trail to learn more about her journey and to connect with this total trailblazer. I grew up playing basketball. One of …

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Ochuko Akpovbovbo on confidence, college and redefining success on your own terms

Ochuko Akpovbovbo smiles at the visualization of her trail through life

Founding and launching Parachute Media. Landing a prime role at a top sportswear brand. Graduating from college. Ochuko Akpovbovbo hasn’t let the past year and a half stop her aspirations. In fact, the Lagos native currently based in Portland is just getting started. She took a few moments out of her purpose-packed schedule to share …

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Getting authentic and awkward with Frances Tang

Frances Tang and her trail on OwnTrail

Some ‘aha’ moments are mundane, some are miraculous and some can be plain awkward — and Frances Tang‘s company Awkward Essentials is living proof. Personal experience led her to create the company’s signature after-sex cleanup product, then she brought the often awkward bedroom conversation to the boardroom to successfully raise $2.3 million to expand. It’s …

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Creative trailblazers talk creativity and stress

Stress and creativity: we’ve all got ’em both. Thankfully, four creative trailblazers from the OwnTrail community— Kaitlin Maud, Brandi Nicole Payne, Susan Lieu and Jen Fischer — came together for a frank conversation about stress, creativity and the relationship between them. Here are some key takeaways from the discussion: 1. Being an artist or creative …

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