An American Girl in Washington

#treplife is the good life- the girly version

Posted in #treplife by AGinDC on 14 August 2012

Today I had another of the many amazing experiences that reminds me of why being an entrepreneur in DC is so super awesome. I co-hosted a luncheon with about 20 amazing young women founders and more experienced founders and CEOs in the hopes of starting a mentoring and affinity group. It was awesome. I am constantly amazed by the incredible treps, and especially female treps, who are in DC and moving here all of the time. Every week we get more members of DCYE who are brilliant, creative, innovative, and excited to be in DC. Being in a room with 20 of the best was inspiring and exciting. And it was wonderful to get words of wisdom from the women who are where we’re hoping to go. Some of the best? See below:

  • Women often say they’re not ready to speak when they’re asked. Men never turn down speaking opportunities, no matter how lame they are. Don’t know what to say? Tink about your experiences and figure out what is teachable from them.
  • Nervous about how it sounds when you talk about yourself? Practice! And don’t worry about sounding arrogant. If you’re worried about sounding like a tool, chances are you won’t.
  • We need to support each other. Invite other women to speak and be featured. Support each other in social media (retweet, follow, like, etc.). Invite each other to great events and organizations.
  • Give value to the choices you make. Want to stay single and build an empire? Awesome. Want to work half time and raise children? That’s awesome too. As long as you value your choices, everyone else can kiss it.
  • STAND UP FOR YOURSELF. Trust me, no one else will.
  • Build the business you want to have, not the business you think you’re supposed to have. Words cannot express how important this is to someone like me who is in the process of figuring out what we want our businesses, and our lives, to look like. Women from past generations have built businesses that looked like those of men because they think they’re supposed to be exactly the same. But that’s not working for America, or for most employees. Our strength is that we can build better businesses, better organizations and a better world.

I can’t wait for the next time that we meet, but I’m also just thrilled that these women exist, and in my town, and that we’re working together to build businesses like nothing anyone has ever seen.



Weekend in New York

Posted in Travel by AGinDC on 9 August 2012

I’ve spent a lot of the summer in New Jersey and New York and I realized that I never write about it because it’s just so normal. But, I go to so many great places, it’s a shame that I don’t write about it more. So, last weekend while I was in NYC I was sure to take plenty of pictures of the great places I went.

I started the day at Milk Bar in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. It’s small, adorable and has great food but it’s cash only so I won’t be going back. In the days of Square, I firmly believe that if you don’t take cash, you don’t want to be in business.

After I saw my friend’s beautiful new apartment we walked to Park Slope and saw this fabulous little boutique.

Not only did this boutique have great clothes but the surprising thing is how affordable it all was!

Next we went to Trois Pommes for some iced tea and pastries. DC just doesn’t have the same European feel as New York and it’s so nice to be able to do the boutique and bakery scene sometimes.

I ended the night at Kaia Wine Bar in Manhattan. This South African themed restaurant reminded me a lot of when I lived there.

This is a terrible picture but trust me, there’s some really yummy SA sausage and chicken in there.

This was the best part of the night. Kaia’s AC was broken so they gave us these nifty little fans to use.

One of the best things about DC is how close it is to New York. For a $15-21 Bolt Bus ticket I can be in the city in just a few hours and enjoying everything that’s amazing about it, without having to live with everything that isn’t. Just one more reason that the District stays #winning.


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