CHRISTINA WALLACE regularly speaks, writes, and consults on a wide range of topics, ranging from failure to an interdisciplinary lens on innovation. She contributed a chapter to Passion and Purpose published by Harvard Business Press in 2011, and one to Go Against the Flow, published by Urbane Publications in 2016. Mashable called her one of “44 Female Founders to Know” and Refinery29 named her one of the "Most Powerful Women in NYC Tech." She has been profiled in Elle, Marie Claire, the Wall Street Journal, and Fast Company, among others.
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Teaching business within the liberal arts could help avoid the next Uber or Harvey Weinstein
When you're feeling stuck and not sure where your strengths lie, use these three simple questions to get out of your head and see yourself from a new perspective.
The MBA was a perfect fit for entrepreneur Christina Wallace, who trained in the arts and wanted to pivot into something broader.
Christina Wallace makes a case for the Portfolio Career as the future of work: it de-risks a volatile and unpredictable job market, adapts to changing life stages, and builds skills and expands networks better than a singular "day job."
When the request came through her website for Luvvie Ajayi to speak at The Next Web conference, she forwarded it to her agent, as she always does. But when the response came back that TNW doesn't pay speakers nor cover travel costs, she did something new: she asked her network if that was true.
The Fearless Girl is a beautiful piece of art and I hope she becomes a permanent part of the financial district. I just wish she could have been Fearless Woman.
Christina Wallace takes Marie Kondo's "KonMari Method" for decluttering a home and applies it to her calendar. The result was a "Summer of Joy" that gave her more time for things that sparked joy and the permission to say no to things that did not.
Christina Wallace goes inside the jail on Riker's Island for a day of volunteering with Defy Ventures, a nonprofit with an entrepreneurship, employment, and character development training program for incarcerated men and women.
I’ve always known that I’m addicted to achievement. But it’s only in the past few years that I’ve realized that can be a bad thing.
The stereotype of the tech founder as a hoodie-wearing, computer-hacking, Silicon Valley-based dude is at long last losing its stature in pop culture. With founders like Meredith Perry, Jessica Matthews, and Melonee Wise building powerhouse companies in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco, respectively, the image of the tech CEO is cracking wide open.
Nonetheless, Trill founder Kathleen Stetson still stands out. You realize this long before you discover she has a Master of Music degree in opera performance and a Master of Science degree in architectural acoustics (she also has the more common Master of Business Administration degree as well). Spend ten minutes with her and you'll hear her vision for the role of the performing arts in modern society and how she can leverage technology to ensure the arts have a robust future.
In December many people turn toward self-reflection: reviewing and evaluating their lives, their jobs, and their happiness as the year winds down and considering what changes (if any) they'd like to make in the new year. But none of the usual methods ever felt like they really allowed me to both quantitatively and qualitatively reflect on the entire year in a way that informed my priorities and goals for the year ahead. So I decided to create a tool for myself.
That overlap of theater and tech is how Dan Maccarone and I first met two years ago, when I was a guest on his podcast, Story in a Bottle. It was the first time I met someone else in the tech world who knew my secret: that creating startups is basically the same process and skillset as creating theater. So I invited him to co-author this piece on the things we learned while studying theater that give us an unfair advantage in tech.
The share of women in computing jobs is on track to decline from 24% to 22% over the next 10 years. That's the stunning news coming out of a new report from Girls Who Code and Accenture, released today. According to Cracking the Code: Get 3x More Women in Tech, despite increased interest from policy makers, business leaders, and tech activists, the ratio of women in technology is getting worse, not better.
Nick Taranto, co-founder of Plated is one. Paige Craig, managing partner of Arena Ventures is too. So is Ann Weeby, director of workforce innovation at Salesforce. They look just like any other person in the the startup world. But the truth is that they are part of a small but growing population in tech: veterans. And if Harvard grad and former Navy EOD Officer Mike Slagh has his way, there will soon be a whole lot more of them.
What exactly was my responsibility as a daughter? Is anyone so terrible that they deserve to die alone? And what would it say about me if I were willing to let that happen?
Interested in what choreography had to do with innovation, I reached out to dancer, choreographer, and Brown University professor Sydney Skybetter with a few questions. Our conversation bounced from the etymology of "choreography" to why he thinks the Apple Watch is as performative a technology as the pointe shoe to why he focuses his change management work around "chasing the silences."https://www.forbes.com/sites/christinawallace/2016/08/30/meet-the-choreographer-shaking-up-organizations-by-chasing-the-silences/#3f77c30158de
As the founder of Elevate Ensemble, Chad has taken his classical training as a professional trumpet player and combined it with the entrepreneurial spirit of San Francisco, where he moved in 2011 for grad school at SF State. The result is a truly innovative approach to building and sustaining an arts nonprofit that many larger organizations (as well as any startup that is trying to think diagonally about innovation) might want to take a look at.
The intersection of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and creativity is where I have found my superpowers. In addition to math, I studied physics and computer science; in addition to my theater training, I am a classically trained musician in three instruments. And I have long-argued that the intersection of these disciplines is where things get interesting.
It is always crushing to lose a friend. Even more so when it is sudden and completely unexpected. How does a completely healthy man in his 20s just not wake up one morning?
Not only do we tend to assume that all scientists, technologists, and mathematicians have poor posture—our go-to image of STEM professionals is typically white and male. Ada Lovelace Day is the perfect opportunity to change this picture.
Business Insider recently published a piece on the dark side of founderism that is rarely discussed: depression and other mental health issues.
Good. We need to talk about this.
Three years ago, Jordyn Simmons enrolled in an Advanced Placement computer science class in her Houston public high school. She was the only girl and the only African-American student in the class. When Jordyn aced her midterm exam, her teacher responded not with praise, but with accusations of cheating. What's most surprising—and inspiring—about Jordyn's story is that she stuck with studying computer science. Many teenage girls don't.
It’s my answer when friends and family inquire about my trek to Everest Base Camp. And it was, of course. But it’s a somewhat deceptive answer, because it’s not an easy question.
Over the last few years, the increasing visibility of high-tech startups has spurred an interest in early childhood fluency in the STEM disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. I fully support initiatives like the Hour of Code and the integration of tools like Codecademy into curriculum as Chicago Public Schools recently has done.
But STEM education isn’t enough. We need STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.
I was scheduled to turn 30 this year, and in an effort to stave off this doomsday birthday I decided to fabricate a fitness challenge: I’d run 13 races in 2013. But not just any races: 13 half marathons. I’m a slow runner and half marathons take me forever so I figured this was a way to prevent my 29th year from “flying by.” I even created a hashtag to track my progress on Twitter: #13x13.1in2013.
I often describe myself as fluent in three languages: English, math, and music.
Alex and I became friends in the fall of 2008, when we were classmates at Harvard Business School. She was rocking some fantastic skinny jeans that were somehow long enough for her 36-inch inseam, and I rushed over to find out where she’d gotten them. We bonded that day over our shared struggle as “misfits” in the fashion industry’s approach to sizing, and that set in motion a relationship that progressed from classmate to friend to business partner, all in the course of three years.
But, of course, it takes more than the elusive perfect pair of tall-girl jeans to pick the right partner in crime for your business. Now, as co-founders of fashion company Quincy, here’s what we figured out along the way about finding a match made in heaven.
Undergraduate women at NYU Stern are facing the same difficulties that women at many top business schools face - they are underperforming their male peers, in large part because they hold back in classroom discussions.
When digging deeper, they realized that female students prefer to speak only when they are absolutely confident in their answer or when they feel completely prepared to enter the debate. They tend to take longer to raise their hand, have shorter and more concise comments, and often self-edit to manage their out-of-classroom image. As a result, these totally awesome women are losing ground before the game even starts.
Globalization. Sustainability. Technology. Diversity. Learning. Convergence of the public and private sectors. These are the big issues on the minds of young leaders today—the challenges they most want to, and must, pursue.