Best way to get me excited about something
Tell me how it helps us achieve a bigger goal and what hasn't worked before
I also love to see the data! I want to be able to connect all the dots from existing knowledge and help us move closer to the goal.Full story
You can ask me about
I love to connect and scale tools to make people's roles easier. For example, I created a zap using Zapier to easily create a personal feedback database in Notion so at the end of the year during performance reviews, you have a complete catalog of feedback to reference.Full story
Things I'd love to learn
I continue to be curious about creating authenticity in communities.
Here's a presentation I did on some of my research in this area for my On Deck cohort: https://www.notion.so/as1313/Creating-an-Authentic-Community-Environment-A-Workshop-by-Alyson-Stemas-a901990dded44428aebe3ec5b8ada02fFull story
People who have impacted how I see the 🌍
Each of these people have shifted how I see myself in relation to the world around me. For example, Matisse changed how I see color and how I paint. Gladwell changed how I talk to strangers and interpret the behavior of others. Serena taught me about the power of tenacity, grit, and self. Kendra Scott showed me what women with an idea can build, create, and give back to other women. Taylor Swift continues to keep me on my toes as she creates a digital community like no other. Stacey Abrams' work helped me add to my knowledge on inequality in America. ...I could go on. They're all great in their own work and expertise and I'm grateful to share the world with them.Full story
Epic work fails
My program for women in entrepreneurship...looking at you VCs.
Disclaimer: I am not the reason this effort has failed. Read on --> I designed a program to accelerate the path to entrepreneurship for young women. It is uniquely designed to tackle some of the biggest roadblocks they face on their journey including social capital, actual capital, the confident to go full-time, mentorship, de-risking by finding a co-founder and more... There's the infamous stat of <3% of VC funds going to women and that was my motivator for the program. Unsurprisingly, no one was interested in funding my program aimed at solving the lack of funding for women in entrepreneurship. 🙃 I still have the program designed, branded, and ready to build when the right person comes to the table to bring this program to life. I have hope!Full story
I'm energized at work by…
I even enjoy building Ikea furniture! I love any opportunity to take on a messy challenge, untangle the details, and make sense of it all to create a path forward.Full story
My happy place
Welcome to Roccantica, Italy! It's a place I visited when I studied abroad and it was a transformative moment for me. It brought me peace, clarity, and inspiration.Full story
When I created a mental health program that was intentional and impactful.
Mental health month awareness campaigns can often feel performative and check a box, so creating something lasting felt important to me.Full story
My biggest fear
The best environment for me is:
I like to prepare for my day in the morning and get ready for all meetings at one time. But I'm also a flexible person, so I often switch up my working preferences to keep my WFH energizing.Full story
Most fulfilling project I've worked on
Creating a new DEI program for a community.
There was a lot of negative feedback regarding our DEI programming and missteps taken by previous leadership. Creating a program that had shared responsibility and connected the community together was so meaningful to me.Full story
I work best as a…
Something that drives me crazy 😵💫 🤬
Solving the wrong problem!
It is a waste of time, energy and resources. For example, if you're worried about event attendance, don't simple create more events, solve for the entire engagement model from prompts to motivation and ability. Do some research, iterate, learn, and then create a solution.Full story
I really admire teammates who are…
Creative thinkers, data wizards, technical experts
They often help me see or uncover what I missed or what's possible!Full story
I like to get feedback when its given…
When I'm stressed, you might notice me…
Skip small talk and become more formal in my communication style.
Help me make a list and hold me accountable to work through it!Full story
Outside of work, you'll find me...
Doing any of these things with my family makes me happy.Full story
I'm also an Enneagram Type 3! I know I'm a high achiever that aims to succeed and often sees the forest before the trees!Full story
How I relax
I love pilates, watercolor painting and time outdoors (on water preferably)
Binge watching all seasons of The Crown is my go-to activity when I'm sick and need to force myself to relax and recover.Full story
Things that deeply motivate me…
I once watched a TikTok about the need for executive gravitas and thought, "I guess I'm not an executive," but I had the title of VP. I find posturing (or forced gravitas) to get in the way of authenticity and connection which limits my ability to help others ...which feeds my soul. Helping others for me looks like mentoring or coaching my team through challenges or getting into the details with the team to build the solution together. The thing that motivates me the most is watching my own team succeed personally and professionally. It gives me such joy to empower others or help them on their journey.Full story
My areas for growth
How I stand out
My core values
Missing from this list is equity!Full story
You will make my freakin day if you…
I love being able to support my team -- so tackling a problem together is really rewarding for me. It often allows us to be creative together, share feedback, challenge each other, and develop a solution. I feel productive while creating connection.Full story
How I try to show up at work
The number one compliment that I get is that I'm thoughtful and intentional, and the great part? It's true. I am confident in my ability to built and execute in a way that is intentional and mindful of time/resources/purpose/outcome.Full story