Speaker: Karen Cahn, Founder, IFundWomen
Happy Women’s History Month/International Women's Day - How are you celebrating?
Karen Cahn: What's up, Google Land? How are you? Happy Women's History Month. What am I doing to celebrate? Such a good question. I am doing whatever brings me joy. That's what I'm doing. I've been seeing a lot of live music. I turned 49 about a month ago and I realized that like, I'm at half my life so I better start like really enjoying it. So, in celebration of Women's History Month 2023, I'm doing whatever I want. And that's the truth. It's literally the truthful answer ever.
2023's International Women's Day theme is #EmbraceEquity. How do you think (the collective) we can work together to impact positive change?
Karen Cahn: Great question, Google, how do we work together to make positive change as a collective? And generally, when I want to make a change, whether it's a small change or seemingly a large change, I do something about it. I actually just like take action, physical action, I don't know, there's a lot of people that like to talk about change or complain about stuff, or hope and pray for change. But unless you actually do something, physically do something. Like if you want to change your local electorate, make phone calls, knock on doors, you know. There's lots of ways people can actually do something regardless of your physical abilities. So, yeah, I would just say stop talking about it, stop thinking about it and actually do something. We got this collective potentially.
What advice would you give to the next generation of women as they begin their careers?
Karen Cahn: Women of future generations, hello. They've asked me to give you some career advice and I'm gonna give you the best piece of advice that you're gonna ge. You ready? Great. Work really, really hard. Bust your butts. Nothing's gonna be handed to you. And if it is handed to you, then your boss is a loser. Essentially, if you want to be successful in whatever you're doing, whether you are teaching, whether you are a scuba diver instructor, whether you're a dog walker, whether you're an executive, whether you're, doesn't matter what you end up doing. And by the way, like you're probably gonna switch careers like two or three times during your life. Career-hood. I might have just made up a word. The net net is work super hard. Go the extra mile. It's ok to work on a weekend, it's ok to work at night. Screw your boundaries. Honestly, this may be a very unpopular piece of advice that they may not print or publish or put on YouTube, whatever. But truly, if you wanna be successful and you want to be rich, I know that this generation may not really care about that...rich in your heart, rich in your brain. You gotta work really hard. Nothing good comes easy.
Bonus question: Share a favorite Google Workspace hack/tip for running your business or your personal life?
Karen Cahn: Here's a life hack using a Google app that you can enjoy or throw it in the garbage. OK. So I'm someone that has an inbox that's around 4000 or so. It's gotten up to like in the 10000s. It's really bad. It gives me terrible anxiety. I've seen a therapist before about it, which was not helpful. Shout out to my therapist, love you but not for my Gmail problem. My email problem. What I have learned that works is when it gets really bad, I simply archive literally every email except for a month from today. So today is whatever it is in March. So I'll go back to February and from February way on back to the last time I archived everything I will select all and I will archive it and it feels so good. It feels so good. And then I can go through like the couple 100 emails in my inbox and I can get down to like inbox 32 which for me is like inbox zero for like normal people. So yeah, that's my life hack. Just archive everything. And the good thing is if you ever need to look for it if you're ever like, oh, where was that hotel that I stayed at in Sicily? Because so and so is asking about it, just search it up. It's not like it's gone forever. So that's my life hack. Archive all your emails. if it gives you anxiety. Good luck.