Hacks Newsletter – Week 10 – New Year, New You


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New Year, New You.

Now that you’ve celebrated and rung in a new decade, I’ve compiled a list of hacks to help you stay on track with your resolutions—and perhaps get inspired to add a few more to your list. Cheers to a radiant, rejuvenating, challenging, satisfying and love-filled 2020!

Hacking the New Year

  1. Leadership Hack #19: If You Want to Learn, Teach. Be a great, consistent, persistent mentor to someone this year (personally or professionally).
  2. Life Hack #100: Don’t Let Perfectionism Be the Death of Progress. 
  3. Life Hack #93: Tape your favorite quote to the bottom of your laptop. See the picture of mine below, courtesy of Jacki Rigoni
  4. Leadership Hack #48: Showing. Up. Matters. Be an awesome friend. Engage/activate civically —whatever that means to you.
  5. Life Hack #73: If you feel beautiful, you are beautiful. And don’t forget to use your Superwoman Suit. 
  6. Life Hack #83: Write More Love Letters. 
  7. Life Hack #65: Seek Episodic vs. Daily Balance.
  8. NEW: Read Books by Your Mentors. See my Reading List here.
  9. Eat More Quinoa.

      P.S. NEW (ANNUAL): Visit at least one new city, state or country each year. 
      P.P.S. NEW (PER DECADE):  Do something that scares you each decade.

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In conversation with advisor and activist Christie Hefner, Alyssa will share insights from her book and provide strategies for everything from managing a household to taking colleagues to rock concerts. To RSVP, please email Irina Gavrilova at info@ajrventures.com.

  • Chicago, IL | Brookfield Zoo Discovery Center | January 22 @ 11:30 a.m. 

Alyssa will be in conversation about #hacksthebook with Cherryl Thomas, Vice Chair, Chicago Zoological Society at the Brookfield Zoo later this month. To RSVP, please contact Elaine Sundberg (708) 688-8307 or elaine.sundberg@czs.org.

Alyssa will be joining YaleWomen Chicago for a talk on the book. To RSVP, please email Irina Gavrilova at info@ajrventures.com.

In partnership with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Alyssa will speak with the University of Chicago’s Women in Business Group at the Charles M. Harper Center (5807 S. Woodlawn Ave.). Please secure your tickets via this link.

Alyssa will be headlining a Viewpoints Event at the Center Club of Maryland. If you want to RSVP now, you can contact Janine Lis at the Center Club at jlis@centerclub.org. 

Alyssa will be discussing #hacksthebook at the Women’s Athletic Club of Chicago. To RSVP, please email Irina Gavrilova at info@ajrventures.com.

The Stanford Chicago Alumni Association will be hosting Alyssa for a book talk in March. More details to follow soon!


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