Being an Entrepreneur

My life as an entrepreneur can get pretty interesting. Along the way I am chronicling my experience. - Joanne

Emily Torchiana wins Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Public Service


Today’s post is in honor of Emily Torchiana. Last night Emily Torchiana won the prestigious Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Public Service at the Jefferson Awards Foundation’s National Gala.  You can watch her win the award here. Emily was nominated for her work in suicide prevention through her non-profit, The Invisible Illnesses.  It hosts workshops to educate […]

Sold Out! #WITSPHL


#WITSPHL is the Women In Tech Summit – Philadelphia.  Today’s event was sold out months in advance! I had the honor of speaking again at the Women In Tech Summit, founded by the amazing Gloria Bell and Tracey Welson-Rossman. It is difficult to find the words for this blog to explain how amazing these women […]

Practice “The Power of Now”

the power of now

One of our healthcare portfolio companies was distracted and anxious this week over a potential issue related to cash-flow and so I reminded them about this quote from Lao Tzu: “If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace […]

8 Secrets to Success


One of the first and most important secrets to success is MAKING CONNECTIONS. No one teaches you this in school, but networking is critical because success can come from just one connection that believes in you, invests in you, or buys your product. I don’t enjoy traditional networking meetings where you have to approach complete […]

Persistence Pays Off


Because I’m a first-time entrepreneur, I’m always interested in learning from other, more experienced entrepreneurs. I follow several blogs that provide great tips and lessons-learned, but two of my favorites are written by Amy Rees Anderson and Barbara Corcoran. Being CEO can be lonely, so I especially like reading posts from these two women because […]