Posted By Emily Hope,
Friday, May 20, 2016
Updated: Friday, May 20, 2016
On Thursday, May 19, we welcomed panelists: Freya Estreller of Coolhaus & Ludlows Cocktail Co., Adam Szajgin of 72andSunny, Vishal Lugani of Greycroft Partners and Ann Wang of Enrou to discuss their careers, passions and balancing the two. The panel was moderated by Natalie Robehmed, a staff writer at Forbes. Here are some of the highlights. #thinkStars
On Being a Leader…
"Understand what motivates someone then reward and incentivize their progress". – Freya Estreller
"The verticals that make us success: ambition, talent, dedication and hard work. Each warrants a different kind of reward." Adam Szajgin
"If you're going to start a business, you have to find a way to pay yourself, otherwise it's a hobby." - Freya Estreller
On Finding Balance…
"Everything can seem urgent, but it's really not. If you're not going to be effective, take the day off and don't feel guilty about it." - Freya Estreller
"To unplug, spend time with people that are doing different things." - Vishal Lugani
"It's okay to say 'I need a break.'" – Freya Estreller
"You work 24/7 when you've started a company, so you have to find balance where you feel inspired. Give yourself time to be curious in your own space." – Ann Wang
"How to make networking not boring? Don't hang out with people you don't want to be around." - Adam Szajgin
On Finding Your Passions…
"Throw yourself into uncomfortable situations. That will help you find out what you're passionate about." - Freya Estreller
"Know what gets you excited most about your day. You probably already know, just dig deeper. And build an incredible network. Say yes to every opportunity when you're searching and take wonder around you." – Ann Wang
"Sometimes it's right in front of you. Cut through the noise and be honest with yourself." - Vishal Lugani
"Try stuff and see if you like it. It's like finding your way in a forest - figure it out fast or you may die at some point. But in life, you have more time." - Adam Szajgin
ThinkLA has done it again, putting on its first quarterly YoungStars event! This is a brand new event put on by the Young Professionals of ThinkLA. Its goal is to educate and inspire with a Q&A panel of creative, intelligent, and successful entrepreneurs under the age of 35.
This first event was hosted at OMD with a great turnout. The moderator, Liz Plank, Senior Editor at Mic.com, did a phenomenal job leading the panel. She was accompanied by three speakers: Natasha Case, Co-Founder of Coolhaus, Brian Wong, Founder & CEO of Kiip, and Kai Wright, Director of Communication at Atom Factory.
Liz began the event by asking each speaker where they were 5 years ago, and if they ever imagined where they would be today. Right off the bat, it was amazing to hear the panel discuss the completely different paths they took, which truly makes the point that there is not just one right way to become successful. Natasha spoke of how it was helpful to have the security of more typical employment, which allowed her to feel comfortable developing Coolhaus in her spare time. Brian, on the other hand, had been laid off and it was this lack of security that allowed him to explore and develop his ideas for Kiip. Finally, Kai was in a transition period and spent it travelling the world – the result of which was exploration of both self and ideas for the future.
Though these three had completely different paths that led them to where they are today, they share a common thread: the importance of curiosity and creativity, finding something you believe in and going with it.
A couple of key points included Brian's idea of generating one's own serendipity by putting oneself in situations that hold the potential for good things to happen. In addition, he strongly believes in going to museums and art galleries as they are "brain vitamins" for our creativity. Kai truly believes in having a work/life balance. He finds for himself that it is important to be able to know when to go into overdrive, and equally important to know when to turn off. Finally, Natasha believes that there is no reason that work shouldn't be fun.
Overall, YoungStars was an awesome and successful event and I'm thoroughly looking forward to the next one in January!
Assistant Digital Media Planner
Thank you to our speakers:
Natasha Case, Co-Founder, Coolhaus
Brian Wong, Founder & CEO, Kiip
Kai Wright, Director of Communication, Atom Factory
Liz Plank, Senior Editor, Mic.com (moderator)