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Ariane Hunter: She Went For Her Dreams

Let’s face it: the road to personal and professional success is not typically linear. Unlike previous generations, today’s workforce does not expect to hold one job for the entirety of their career. While this new-found flexibility may feel liberating for some, others may feel paralyzed by choice. With so many options, which one is the best? Especially in times of economic insecurity, the safest choice may seem optimal in the long term. But if you’re thinking about taking a bigger risk, how do you start?

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Career coach Ariane Hunter feels your pain and wants to help. In her previous career, Hunter wrangled data and information systems in the healthcare industry. But as she advanced up the corporate ladder, she couldn’t shake the feeling that something was missing. 10 years ago, she mustered the courage to take a leap. Today, she helps others align their careers with their values so they can build lives that they love.

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In addition to her coaching practice, Hunter launched a side project, #SheWentForHerDreams, as a way to take into the collective energy of other creative women. She interviewed entrepreneurs, teachers, artists, and strategists to pick their brains about their careers and glean advice for women eager to follow in their footsteps. Most recently, Hunter compiled these interviews into a free e-book. Want to get your hands on it? Visit the site and sign up for her e-mail list.

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If you’re in need of a confidence boost, She Went For Her Dreams serves as a quick mentoring session you can carry in your pocket. Each nugget of advice paired with Hunter’s own photographs provides actionable steps instead of nebulous platitudes. The impetus behind the interviews is to connect readers with advice they can apply to their own lives and examples of success in a variety of sectors. With an inspiring collection of guidance and imagery, Hunter’s book can help readers power through a rough day or completely transition into a new career.

Visit the project’s site and check in with Ariane to take your career to the next level.

Pipeline Fellowship: Changing the Face of Angel Investing

Peruse the staff profiles of a typical venture capital firm and you’ll likely find a sea of white men stretching for miles in every direction. According to a 2014 report from the Center for Venture Research, 26% of U.S. angel investors are women and 8% are people of color. These numbers left Natalia Oberti Noguera, a Yale grad with degrees in Comparative Literature and Economics, grossly unsatisfied. In this real-life episode of Shark Tank, where were the women sharks?

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In 2011, Oberti Noguera set out to change those numbers. Through the Pipeline Fellowship, she and her team aim to “increase the diversity in the U.S. angel investing community and create capital for women social entrepreneurs.”  The organization currently operates out of 24 major cities across the country.

From now until June 15th, the Fellowship is accepting applications for their Fall 2015 cohort. There are three criteria for consideration. Applicants must:

  • meet the U.S. government’s definition of accredited investor, i.e., earning US$200K in income or US$300K joint income with spouse for the past two years, or US$1M net worth
  • possess an interest in the group learning model and
  • have a passion for social entrepreneurship

The program meets twice a week for six months and combines education speakers, professional mentoring, and practical experience with the pitch process. Since the Fellowship’s launch in 2011, 100 women have graduated the program and 15 women-led for-profit social ventures have secured funding.

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Got an idea that you believe deserves funding? If you fit the criteria, take the plunge and sign up to pitch at an upcoming summit. Want to dip a toe instead? Keep an eye on Pipeline Fellowship’s calendar and attend an event near you. Finally, make sure to follow Natalia on Twitter; she regularly shares outstanding insights that stretch well beyond the realm of finance.