After successful events in New York City and Los Angeles, emerging leaders in the W2O Austin office brought the Firing-Up Emerging Leaders (FUEL) Forum to Austin last month to explore how individuals and organizations can embody the entrepreneurial spirit. This spirit is a natural occurring phenomenon in Austin as the city’s culture fosters the elements needed to be a successful entrepreneur, such as diversity, purpose-driven work and fearless ambition.
While the entrepreneurial spirit may pave the way for innovation, it is often filled with lots of doubt, fear and risks, leaving individuals unsure of how to move forward. To address these very thoughts, FUEL brought together emerging leaders from around Austin who embody this spirit to share their successes, challenges and advice on how to succeed in this ever changing time. Check out the recap below.
Panel: Cutting Through the Noise
Moderator: Naimul Huq, Senior Director, W2O
David Fossas, Director of Brand of WP Engine and Britt Knighton, VP of Marketing of Camp Gladiator sat down to discuss the challenges and successes of their brands and how they navigate saturated markets – both in Austin as an innovative city and within their perspective industries. Additionally, they discussed how their companies empower their employees to raise the bar and foster the entrepreneurial spirit. Check out their panel below.
Panel | Am I Qualified? Looking Beyond the Degree
Moderator: Corina Kellam, Content Strategist, W2O
We had the opportunity to hear this panel discuss how their careers have evolved – and how their different experiences have led to their roles now – even if they didn’t necessarily go the “traditional route”. Nicole said it best, “It’s not about faking it to you make it. It’s about being up for stretch development opportunities.”
Panel | Side Hustle to Real Hustle
Moderator: Janelle Laqui, Analytics Associate, W2O
How do we transition a “side hustle” into a “real hustle?” Jane Ko, blogger at A Taste of Koko and Mica May, founder and CEO of May Designs, were there to answer that question.These women entrepreneurs discussed how they transitioned their side passions/ideas into full functioning businesses.
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Fireside Chat | From Introduction to Impact: The Importance of Building Your Personal Brand
Moderator: Blaire Clause, Senior Marketing Manager, W2O
During this fireside chat Justin shared his experiences that led him from graduating The University of Texas to his current role at Facebook. He touched on the importance of being intentional, authentic, curious and open to new opportunities. In our ever changing, digitally-focused world, he emphasized the importance of building true human connections and said it best with the follow up, “in order to be interesting, you have to be interested”.
Panel | Provider, Patient, Product – The New Prescription of Healthcare
Moderator: Steven Cutbirth, Product Commercialization, W2O
The healthcare industry has evolved so quickly due to the access to technology, data, and information. Dr. Clarke and Zac discussed how this evolution is currently impacting healthcare, what it means for the industry’s future and what role Austin will play in the future.
Fireside Chat | What Not to Do: The Entrepreneur Edition
Moderator: Maya Ollie, Marketing Associate, W2O
Being an entrepreneur isn’t an easy feat. There are challenges and victories along the way which ultimately means a plethora of lessons. Joshua Bingaman has founded 3 separate businesses and has a keen understanding of what to do and what not to do. He was gracious enough to share with us.
Thank you to all the speakers, attendees, volunteers and W2Oers who made this event possible!