The Future is Female, and I’m Here to Help Push That Reality

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I’m a little pissed off.

But you see, I’m not an angry person – I’ve been called bitchy or bossy before (which I don’t mind), but not angry.

After raising my three girls in what I thought was a post-feminist era, having the good fortune to enter the tech field in the late nineties with a group of men and women who worked together without barriers, now – now in the 21st century, I’ve been awakened again to the ugly reality of sexism’s far reaching tentacles and finding out that we’re not where I thought we were.

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Succeeding in a Boys Club

I’m fresh off one of the best hours or so I’ve spent in months. Maybe years. I want to believe I’m an advocate for women succeeding in their careers, business and life – but I don’t often get to see the energy of several hundred women in a room together expressing their successes, frustrations, hopes and dreams.

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Weighing in: My Ticketing Predictions for 2016

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I’m not sure that anyone could have accurately predicted all the action in ticketing in 2015. Just to jog your memory:

AXS buys Veritix. Shubert buys Choice. Ticketmaster buys FrontGate. Vendini buys CrowdTorch. Pandora buys Ticketfly. Etix founder returns to CEO position and Joe Kustelski is out. Brian Arnone is out at TicketFly and in at ShowClix. Fred Mangione is in at TopTix.

I’m pretty sure I missed some but even so – the theme seems to be shifting sands.

Meanwhile, what did we do as an industry to serve the fans and venues? What new technologies came to the market to really make things better?

Sigh. Nada. Nix. So we go marching on to 2016, where this is what I think will happen – or in some cases, wish. Continue reading

On life and work and restlessness

IMG_0125.JPG (3)I’m on a 28-day exploration of a different way to work. My husband and I have dreamt about this since reading the daily schedule of theologian, writer, and professor, CS Lewis. Running the daily operations of a growing technology company, along with heavy travel demands makes it seem impossible for much of the year. But for #28daysinMexico we are giving it a shot.

Here’s the skinny. It works.

We’re working less hours per day. Relaxing more. Sleeping a full 8 hours. And finding clear minds, higher productivity, and creativity are the result.

Something unexpected that is unique to me in our little group of three (our oldest daughter is along) is a feeling of restlessness I’ve had on a least a couple of days. As best as I can figure – it’s a lack of a certain kind of stimulation that may be addictive for my brain, but not good for my soul. What’s missing here? We have the dogs. Internet. Music. Restaurants. There’s plenty of people around – we’re not sitting in isolation. Continue reading

Indulging in Rest(oration)

rest-areax-largeI am the first to admit I live a pretty dreamy life. I’ve been married to my best friend and soul mate for over 30 years. I have 3 amazing daughters who love me, allow me to be part of their lives, and continually amaze me with their strength and beauty. I love my work, travel frequently, have a lovely home, garden, a strong family, and incredible friendships.

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“Lifesavors”

Yesterday I did an annual review with an employee – I was a bit distracted by an upcoming doctor visit and we ended up talking more about life than anything. She’s a single mom, deals with the usual anxiety (as do many of us) and has been thinking about returning to school…but as we chatted, she said, You know, things are just kind of calm right now, and I’m not sure it’s the right time to add school to my life.

Now, while I truly believe in education, bettering oneself, and moving ahead in life (whatever that means) – I completely got what she was saying. Continue reading

The sound of silence

Lately, I’ve been finding myself drawn towards meditation. For a person who loves to talk, narrates every story multiple times, and writes what words I have left in the day, this has been a surprising discovery.

I’ve found that just the word meditation carries a lot of varying ideas, and for some is more than a bit scary. Is it spiritual? Complicated? Does it require candles, incense, readings, and a theme? (No, no, no and no.)

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Beginnings…

With one of our Arizona clients, Kara Osburn, at the amazing Tempe Center for the Arts

Sometimes it’s good to look back and remember how things began. I often get asked the question, “How did you get started in ticketing?” And some days, I certainly ask myself the same.

There are times I feel almost like it’s not fair that we stumbled upon the business plan and opportunity. But isn’t that how it happens most of the time? Very seldom are we hit with an idea in the shower, out of the blue, that becomes a real entity. Rather, it’s  seeing the opportunities that are there because of what you’re already doing. Continue reading

Hey, Grumpy Pants!

Got a call this morning from a theatre manager who had just lost her front end/box office manager – and has a heavy show schedule in October. She’s going to have to scramble, do a lot of the work herself, and try to find someone who has experience, availability and the right personality to be a part of her team. No easy task.

I told her tongue in cheek, “Staffing will be the death of us!” I’m fortunate to have a majority of our staff that’s been with us for more than a few years. That gives a sense of stability to everyone – but right now, we’re shifting responsibilities for a few, had to let a new hire go a few weeks ago, and are always retooling and refining. And until the dust settles, we all feel it.

Last week, I followed some sessions from  Inc Magazine  (@incmagazine ) and #INC500 and the recurring theme was getting the staff right. It’s the thing that keeps us awake at night, can ruin a small business, or – when you get it right – makes a company hum along and seem easy to run. Continue reading

Feeding a village

I called my mom on the way home from work this week after a particularly challenging day at work. I was feeling the weight of having to make the difficult decision to let an employee go, one which I always wrestle with, and never quite feel comfortable doing, no matter the situation. But the right staff, or as I say, team – is key to it all.

My mom is 76,  still easy to talk to, and always calming for me. She said, “Oh, I was just getting ready to compose an email to you!” As it turns out, she wanted to tell me about a sermon Sunday she thought might mean something to me. She was right.

In short, the message by John Murray raised the question: Do you ever think of entrepreneurship as a spiritual gift? And then added:  Continue reading