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Going from inspiration to action with Help Beacons

We all need help along our journeys, but we don’t always know how to get it. Maybe we’re always the one doing things for others, and don’t feel comfortable prioritizing ourselves. Maybe we feel stigmas around needing help (thanks, social media) or see it as being transactional (looking at you, LinkedIn!). What we need is …

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A conversation with born helper Dr. Haydée Cuza

Writer, researcher, EdD, mother, friend, wife — Haydée Cuza doesn’t fit into only one box, and that’s a very, very good thing. She’s been an anchor in the OwnTrail community for some time, and it was an honor to talk with her more deeply about her journey through life. I couldn’t think of a more …

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Insights from chief inspiration officer Liana Fricker

Liana Fricker is a lot of things, but her very real title of Chief Inspiration Officer sums it up best. The UK-based, California-bred optimist is blazing her trail her way — bringing her creative flair for leadership and advocacy for women in business and underrepresented founders together as the founder of the Inspiration Space. She …

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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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