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This is Meagan Hooper's public mentor group! Join to ask her questions, share your advice and connect with other bSmart...

This is Meagan Hooper's public mentor group!

Join to ask her questions, share your advice and connect with other bSmart women!

Meagan Hooper, bSmart's founder, leveraged an arts degree and professional theatre and film experience into a decade long career on Wall Street, working her way up from Administrative Assistant for the founder of a premier hedge fund, to the firm's Chief Operating Officer. Self-taught in the world of finance, her prowess and expertise was quickly recognized, as she then became Director of Operations for a global wealth management firm, overseeing $4 billion in assets across multiple asset classes. Through her journey, Meagan discovered a need for advising, supporting, and connecting aspirational millennial women. This motivated her to launch bSmartGuide.com to serve as a platform for women to learn, connect and promote their brands in order to achieve success and obtain their goals.  

While building on her business savvy and entrepreneurial spirit, Meagan continues her pursuit of the arts, from performing stand-up comedy to appearing in film, television, and theatre. A graduate of Wake Forest University, Meagan lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with her husband, Joe, and pug, Stella.

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  •   Molly Goodspeed reacted to this post about 2 weeks ago
    Please join us!
      Reposted from Meagan Hooper
    Hi Friends!

    We're having a conscious fashion designer's panel and trunk show in Soho on Saturday (12/1) from 3-5!

    You're all invited to join. Link to RSVP is below!

     https://bsmartguide.com/events/267-a-conscious-designers-trunk-show-and-panel.html
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  •   Joanna Gaden reacted to this post about 2 weeks ago
    Hi Everyone!

    Regarding our NYC monthly meet-up from last night - In general, people shared what they need most right now is guidance for how to spend their time (personal, professional, which projects to pursue, or how to create structure as an entrepreneur.)

    What I've benefited from learning, is that it comes down to time management (specifically, what your calendar looks like.) The book that impacted me the most on this topic was 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

    1) Block off your calendar in advance

    In short, you take a few moments at the beginning of every day, week, and month to block out time on your calendar for your priorities (roles and goals). This way, you're living a proactive life versus reactive (letting others, emails, boss, or clients determine how you spend your time.)

    2) Schedule your time in accordance with your values and priorities

    How do you determine what to block out on your schedule? This comes down to your values and personal / professional mission statement. It's how YOU decide you want to spend your time based on what's important to you. They provide this tool for developing a mission statement.

    3) Do less, require those around you to help more (like men do)

    Practically, how much time should you spend on work, fun, friends, rest? The book is divided in two parts - managing yourself and managing others. In both sections, it talks about scheduling time to 'sharpen your saw' or 'feeding the golden goose' of production. As women, we've been socialized to give and serve WAY MORE than men have been socialized. This results in a calendar that is filled with work and doing because we believe that's the only way to get ahead with our careers and maintain friendships.

    The truth is that we need to schedule far more time resting, relaxing, enjoying our meals, spending time by ourselves and with our loved ones than our calendars typically reflect. YES - it is possible to become the boss lady of your dreams if you do this. You will have to allocate more, demand more, draw more boundaries, and require more help from those around you (employees, colleagues, investors, friends, and family, etc.)

    Simply put, women do more and expect less. Men do less, and require everyone around them to help them with their personal and professional goals.

    You will have to do less if you want to enjoy your life, but you will have to require those around you to do more for you to accomplish your personal and professional goals (especially if you run your own business and/or have children.)

    4) Ask your inner wisdom for direction and clarity as often as possible.

    And finally, where does the direction come from as to how you spend your time working, resting, choosing projects and so forth? You inner wisdom that operates with joy (the quiet voice inside that speaks intuitively) and not your mind / ego that operates out of fear. Listening to this voice can come in many ways, but it takes practice and it's a skill that's cultivated. Headspace is a great app for learning to listen in the silence, journaling, walking in nature, and meditation all can help.

    *But the most important step is to ASK your inner wisdom every day (and as often if you like) for clarity and direction as to how to spend your time, cultivate your passions, and to know what projects to pursue and how to manage them. The voice of your inner wisdom will increase in volume the more you turn inward and ask those questions. The answer will always come.

    Much love,

    Meagan
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  •   Meagan Hooper commented on this post about 1 month ago
    Hi Ladies!

    Every month we feature 3-5 women in various industries for you to 'ask them anything.' In addition, as the founder of this community I always participate. I can speak to entrepreneurship, women, business, leadership, finance, comedy, being a new mother, and many more.

    So, ask me anything!

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  • Hi bSmart women!

    How are you all doing this week? I want to know - what do you NEED most right now?

    Share with me and I'll see how I or the bSmart community can help you!
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  • Hi All!

    We're having a bSmart monthly meet-up for mentorship + networking at my apartment in Soho Wednesday 10/24 from 6-8! Come prepare to share what you need most right now. It's BYOB and BYOFriend.

    Let me know if you'd like to attend.

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  •   Reposted from Meagan Hooper
    Hi bSmart ladies and women who are new to this community!

    I wanted to share my own follow-up to "Chapter 1: The Inner Critic" from 'Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create, and Lead.'

    For years, my inner critic was:

    3. Ostensibly, the voice of reason.
    4. The voice of 'You aren't Ready Yet'

    And to be honest, I'm still not sure if I'm being strategic or with taking additional and thorough preparations with my goals. For example, with bSmart, I didn't go out...
    Hi bSmart ladies and women who are new to this community!

    I wanted to share my own follow-up to "Chapter 1: The Inner Critic" from 'Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create, and Lead.'

    For years, my inner critic was:

    3. Ostensibly, the voice of reason.
    4. The voice of 'You aren't Ready Yet'

    And to be honest, I'm still not sure if I'm being strategic or with taking additional and thorough preparations with my goals. For example, with bSmart, I didn't go out and tell the world I created an online mentorship and networking community. Instead, I've spent 5-6 years getting feedback on the technology and programs to figure out the best way to offer this to women.

    In some respects, this aligns with Tara's (the author) chapter on leaping, but at times I wondered if I've held myself back. For example, should I be fundraising instead of self-funding? Should I be paying for PR and marketing?

    It's hard to know whether you're being strategic or holding yourself back by requiring more preparation, more education, more crossing of t's and dotting of i's.

    What do the women in this community think is an appropriate balance for leaping versus being prepared and strategic?

    Are women in particular holding themselves back either from nature or nurture by being over-prepared for their goals?

    What "Inner Critic" voice do you identify with the most?

    1. Harsh, rude, mean
    2. Binary
    3. Ostensible, the voice of reason.
    4. The voice of 'You aren't Ready Yet'
    5. The voice of 'You aren't good at math / negotiating / technical stuff."
    6. The voice of body-perfectionism
    7. The tape.
    8. A broken record.
    9. Irrational but persistent
    10 The one-two punch.
    11. The inner critic may take inspiration from critical people in your life.

    To get the conversation started, I'm tagging Michelle Hoppe-Long Amanda McNaught Mary Bemis Anna Silverman Jessica Li Ursula Choi Diane Im Angelina Eimannsberger Amanda Sannella Gwendolyn Crafts Amanda Wowk Anne Whiting Yirou Yu Tracy Kim Jacqui Gabriella Bower Nina Wanda Schell Gonzalez Courtnie Weber Lilly Pianin
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  •   Meagan Hooper commented on this post about 2 months ago
    Hi bSmart ladies and women who are new to this community!

    I wanted to share my own follow-up to "Chapter 1: The Inner Critic" from 'Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create, and Lead.'

    For years, my inner critic was:

    3. Ostensibly, the voice of reason.
    4. The voice of 'You aren't Ready Yet'

    And to be honest, I'm still not sure if I'm being strategic or with taking additional and thorough preparations with my goals. For example, with bSmart, I didn't go out and tell the world I created an online mentorship and networking community. Instead, I've spent 5-6 years getting feedback on the technology and programs to figure out the best way to offer this to women.

    In some respects, this aligns with Tara's (the author) chapter on leaping, but at times I wondered if I've held myself back. For example, should I be fundraising instead of self-funding? Should I be paying for PR and marketing?

    It's hard to know whether you're being strategic or holding yourself back by requiring more preparation, more education, more crossing of t's and dotting of i's.

    What do the women in this community think is an appropriate balance for leaping versus being prepared and strategic?

    Are women in particular holding themselves back either from nature or nurture by being over-prepared for their goals?

    What "Inner Critic" voice do you identify with the most?

    1. Harsh, rude, mean
    2. Binary
    3. Ostensible, the voice of reason.
    4. The voice of 'You aren't Ready Yet'
    5. The voice of 'You aren't good at math / negotiating / technical stuff."
    6. The voice of body-perfectionism
    7. The tape.
    8. A broken record.
    9. Irrational but persistent
    10 The one-two punch.
    11. The inner critic may take inspiration from critical people in your life.

    To get the conversation started, I'm tagging Michelle Hoppe-Long Amanda McNaught Mary Bemis Anna Silverman Jessica Li Ursula Choi Diane Im Angelina Eimannsberger Amanda Sannella Gwendolyn Crafts Amanda Wowk Anne Whiting Yirou Yu Tracy Kim Jacqui Gabriella Bower Nina Wanda Schell Gonzalez Courtnie Weber Lilly Pianin
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  •   Zoë Kaplan commented on this post about 2 months ago
    Just wanted to share with you ladies that I have been writing a blog for an event/ career development company called Pathway X Events (founded by two women!!) and they linked bSmart as a resource for me to use in the article!! ... so of course I linked the site
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  •   Joanna Gaden commented on this post about 2 months ago
    Hello bSmart Women,

    Hope you are having a lovely evening. Just a quick reminder to download the bSmart app. If you have already done that, then do take a minute to submit your ratings and reviews on the Google Play Store/App Store. High ratings and reviews would make the app more popular and improve the search rankings.

    #bSmartapp
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  •   Meagan Hooper commented on this post about 2 months ago
    Hi Ladies!

    We're kicking off the #bSmartMentorship activity "Ask Me Anything!" We'll be featuring 3-5 successful women in various groups for you to ask them anything.

    In addition, I'd like to make myself available for the exercise.

    So....ask me anything!
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  • Welcome to my mentor group Mary-Catherine Canavan!

    Do you have any questions I can answer for you or comments? I love to talk about business, entrepreneurship, spirituality, finance, mentorship, and empowering women!
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  • Hello bSmart Women!

    We're doing our monthly #bSmartSupport competition!

    Share a photo, video, article, or podcast that inspires you on our core value theme of the month: Empowerment!

    What's our definition of empowerment? A bSmart woman lifts herself up and in doing so, lifts up those around her.

    The person with the most likes and comments by Oct. 19th will be featured on our social media and in our newsletter next month! Be sure to hashtag #empowerment and #bSmartSupport so we can count your likes and comments!
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    Hi Ladies,

    I'm about to make the move to NY and so far i'm not having a lot of luck finding a position that feels right. I'm looking for something in digital marketing/design/fashion/branding (I'd love to work in creative). I've had marketing experience at an agency as a content strategist and I've also been working remotely designing t shirt graphics for a company that covers tech. If anyone knows of anyone looking for an entry-level candidate like myself, please get in touch! I'll be in New York all next week and open to getting lunch/networking
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