Representation; Outcome over Optics; Economic Wealth. If everyone else is taking advantage of life hacks, how can women utilize these methods to move further the fight for equality? That’s what this week’s discussion centers on as Tiffany Lanier and Nathalie Molina Niño discuss how to empower women (of all shades), prioritizing outcome over optics, and what it really means to claim your seat at the table.
Nathalie Molina Niño is the CEO and founder of BRAVA Investments, investing in high-growth innovative businesses that delivery a measurable economic benefit to women. A technologist and coder by training, Molina Niño launched her first tech startup at the age of twenty. Molina Niño is also the co-founder of Entrepreneurs@Athena at the Athena Center for Leadership Studies of Barnard College at Columbia University. She has served as a business and global growth advisor to industry leaders in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, including Disney, Microsoft, MTV, Mattel, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Most recently, she stepped in as CRO of PowerToFly and led the launch campaign for Nely Galán’s New York Times bestseller and company, Self-Made
What the F@%k?
Getting started, Nathalie explains how her WTF moment (the ways in which women who were supporting women at the time) is what sparked her work for the future.
Supporting Women in Office, Question Mark?
To clear up confusion, Nathalie takes the time to explain how her work getting women in elected offices does contribute to her overall mission of supporting women entrepreneurs, shifting power, and how that all ties together in the long run.
Embracing the Mindset Shift
The journey to real power is often short-cutted and hacked by the bigger players that we see today, which makes Nathalie want women to embrace that mindset shift, make those alliances, and get women together to take advantage of the hacks that others have so easily been able to do.
Voting With Your Wallet
Taking a stance with your wallet can be just as impactful as voting directly. There is power in where you put your money, and Nathalie urges that we take the time to be conscious enough of where we put that money, and thus further empowering the people who can benefit you on a local and national political level.
A False Dichotomy
After putting in work for the past 22 years (!), Nathalie admits that her connected work is relatively recent. But, now she realizes that there is a false dichotomy in having to choose between being in the powerful business person and embracing political revolution, especially for women, minorities, and women monitories. Even more,
170 Years is Bullshit
As noted before, Nathalie realizes that there have been fair and unfair methods that those who are in power, but at this point these methods are irrelevant. For Nathalie what matters is women having access to those same opportunities (or hacks), and feeling unashamed of moving in the same manner that their counterparts move.
Nathalie drops some real life statistics put into context should make you upset. We’ll let you figure out why.
Will She Run?
She’s knowledgeable and understanding of how politics effects women entrepreneurs, but does not believe that her time is right now to run for an office. However, she explains how she will continue to move in a way that allows people looking up to her to realize that, even though she is not running for office, there still does not have to be a one-or-the-other mindset in creating change—owning a business and being involved in politics are not mutually exclusive sets of work.
Outcome Over Optics
Using her company Brava Investments as an example, Nathalie shows the ways in which valuing outcomes (the way in which a move can actually impact a mission) over the optics of certain decisions can be controversial, but need to be done anyway.
Defining AMV by Defining Principled Leadership
Upon pinpointing the values for her company, Nathalie explains that traditional leadership was not what she was aiming for, but instead principled leadership. This involved thinking beyond what is surface level and acting in strategy, even if your steps may look contradictory. (See again “Outcome Over Optics”).
“I think that alliances are the key to solving any of the huge problems that we’re facing right now.”
– “Everybody that is currently in a position of power and influence and have access to
large sources of capital got there because they took a shortcut if not 12.” (27:28)
– “I want women to have access to all of these shortcuts.” (28:43)
– “170 years is bullshit.” (28:55)
– “We have to think beyond the symbols and the tokens.” (43:59)
– “Principled Leaderhship: The sort of leadership where you’re compelled to make the
tough, unpopular decisions because you’re thoughtful and looking below the surface
– “The complicated problems of the world are not solved in isolation, they’re solved by
– “The sisters that you’re looking for are there. You just have to find them.” (51:18)
– Leap Frog by Nathalie Molina Nino (preorder here)
Nathalie Molina Niño is the CEO and founder of BRAVA Investments, investing in high-growth, innovative businesses that delivery a measurable economic benefit to women. A technologist and coder by training, Molina Niño launched her first tech startup at the age of twenty. Molina Niño is also the co-founder of Entrepreneurs@Athena at the Athena Center for Leadership Studies of Barnard College at Columbia University. She has served as a business and global growth advisor to industry leaders in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, including Disney, Microsoft, MTV, Mattel, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Most recently, she stepped in as CRO of PowerToFly and led the launch campaign for Nely Galán’s New York Times bestseller and company, Self-Made
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