Embracing Your Work for a Fulfilling Career with Fran Hauser

May 12, 2022

Fran Hauser is a start-up investor and keynote speaker, as well as the author of Embrace the Work, Love Your Career, a book that’s becoming the go-to for women who are seeking more joy and fulfillment in their careers. She is also the author of The Myth of the Nice Girl, which was named “Best Book of the Year” in 2018 by Audible. As an investor, Fran has invested in over 30 women-founded companies across consumer packaged goods, media and publishing, and wellness. Fran is a media executive with over 15 years of experience in the field—including serving as the President of Digital at Time Inc., where she led innovation, acquisitions, and digital expansion for brands such as People, InStyle, and Entertainment Weekly.

Fran joins us today to discuss how and why she pivoted from the corporate world and started her own business. She highlights the importance of storytelling and outlines her best practices in pitching to an investor. She reveals the inspiration behind Embrace the Work, Love Your Career. Fran also underscores how to love your career and provides essential tips for a happy and healthy career.

“To love your career, it’s important to do the work.” – Fran Hauser

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This week’s takeaways from Entreprenista:

  • Fran’s first careers in the corporate and start-up worlds
  • Why Fran decided to leave the corporate world and how she started investing in start-ups
  • Fran’s advice on pitching to venture capitalists and angel investors online
  • The power of storytelling and its role in pitching
  • The most memorable pitch from a business that Fran invested in
  • Fran’s most successful investment to date and her biggest investment mistake
  • What inspired Fran to write her new book, Embrace the Work, Love Your Career
  • How self-discipline helped Fran juggle writing a book and raising her kids
  • “The Smile File” and figuring out how to love your career
  • The inspiration behind The Myth of the Nice Girl
  • Fran’s advice on being empathetic as a leader and tips on work/life balance and maintaining focus

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Our Favorite Quotes:

  • “The most successful pitches are usually very compelling stories that paint a picture of a big pain point, big market, and the founder’s unique position or competitive advantage to solve that pain point.” – Fran Hauser
  • “There’s this myth that if a woman’s too nice, they’re not going to get ahead at work. It’s always been my leadership style to be nice and strong—you don’t have to choose between the two.” – Fran Hauser
  • “Being an Entreprenista means I get to choose the initiatives I work on and the people I work with—and it’s such a gift to have that choice.” – Fran Hauser

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PNC Celebrates Women Business Leaders

Each year, PNC celebrates women business leaders by hosting Women in Business Week. As co-founders of SocialFly and Entreprenista, Courtney and I were invited to join the lineup of this year’s keynote speakers!

Join us on Thursday, May 12th at 1p.m. Eastern Time for our keynote event, but you won’t want to miss any of the webcasts. This year’s all-virtual line up is absolutely inspiring.

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