Samira Salman Talks Entrepreneurship, Fearlessness, and Living Life to the Fullest

Photo by Julie Soefer
Photo by Julie Soefer

“Entrepreneurship” is a popular buzzword and although we’ve all thrown it out there in various contexts, it’s important to understand what it really means. We are thrilled and honored to have entrepreneur Samira Salman joining us on November 11th for an interactive talk about her journey to success. It’s going to be an unforgettable learning opportunity for budding entrepreneurs, as well as anyone curious about building a fulfilling life personally and professionally.

Samira is CEO and founder of Salman Solutions, LLC, a strategic planning and business development company; co-founder and Managing Director of Global Access Partner, LLC, an international business development firm; and a senior advisor to Think Global Institute, an advisory firm for women entrepreneurs. She also has a wonderful lifestyle community called Samira’s Table.

Below, Samira gives us her perspective on being action-oriented, eating great meals, working through obstacles as an entrepreneur, and more. Make sure to sign up for her interactive talk to glean even more wisdom from Samira: womenleadingthefuture.eventbrite.com.

From your time in corporate tax law to helping businesses achieve their full potential with Salman Solutions, which elements of your career have most inspired and motivated you?

I’m most inspired and motivated by my fearlessness and proactivity. I was always one of the first people to raise my hand for a new project, opportunity, or experience. I live my life by the Nike motto: Just Do It. You’ll never know unless you try, and to try, you have to make a committed action. I am super organized, and I plan and develop clear, pointed strategies. And once I’ve made a plan, I implement it full-steam ahead tweaking as necessary along the way. Success is a balance of planning and action. But action is the key ingredient.

What are the primary challenges women tend to face on their path to entrepreneurship?

The overwhelming challenge women entrepreneurs face is allowing gender to define us. We are entrepreneurs. As women, we need that visceral feeling of knowing we have all the tools, capabilities, training, and access for success. This means we can and will do whatever it takes to build the company and environment we envision. We will build a team using the right tools and  resources for success while understanding that limitations come in all shapes, colors, experiences, and sizes. Our job as entrepreneurs is to identify and move past any limitations, regardless of their origin.

Our motto at Ladies NYC is “women helping women.” What role has this concept played in your career, both when you were a rising entrepreneur and now as an established business owner?

​I believe we have a duty as successful entrepreneurs to mentor and sponsor other female entrepreneurs. Early in my career, as a corporate tax lawyer in the energy industry, I was challenged to find engaged, committed female mentors or sponsors. Now as an established business owner, I actively make time to mentor those around me including peers. As women, we need to support one another in a committed way and to that end, I’m actively involved in groups such as Think Global Institute, Ladies NYC, the ACG Women of Leadership, and Louisiana Women’s Leadership Roundtable.

In your many speaking engagements, what are the most common questions asked?

  • How did I quit practicing law to start my own business?
  • How do I effectively manage the variety of companies and projects in which I’m involved?
  • How do I eat all the delicious food I post on social media and maintain my health and wellness?​

When you’re not working, how do you enjoy spending your time?

I love to travel, anywhere and everywhere. I love to explore the culinary world by eating, cooking, foraging, discovering new restaurants, food markets, etc. I love sitting and connecting with friends, 1:1 and in small groups.

I love the beach, any activity that involves the water. I love to be still, by the water, with my journal, or a solo walk. I love the ballet and all performing arts. And I truly love being engaged in life, getting out there and exploring my surroundings. I feel blessed and grateful to be part of this experience we call life. I want to soak up every morsel, every day, and share with others as often as I can (hence my website: www.samirastable.com.)

Follow Samira on Twitter @samira_salman, and on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram:

Sign up for Women Lead: Interactive Talk On Entrepreneurship today: womenleadingthefuture.eventbrite.com

Learn more about Ladies NYC here: http://www.ladiesnyc.org/ and follow us on Twitter @Ladies_NYC

Author Mary Geneva On “Nicknames” and Dating in NYC

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At Ladies NYC, we are all about supporting each other through both professional and personal advancement. In a work-centric city like New York it’s easy to neglect that personal component, but we’ve got you covered!

This Sunday, November 8th, we are very excited to have the hilarious author Mary Geneva join us for bottomless brunch and a reading from her new book, Nicknames: Tales from the Shallow End of the Manhattan Dating Pool.

Mary’s book chronicles her unbelievably funny but very true dating experiences in New York after her divorce at 26. If you’ve ever been single in New York, you will definitely identify with some of the weird and wonderful dates she’s been on. We took a moment to ask Mary a few questions about writing the book and life in NYC. Enjoy getting to know this wonderful author, and see you all on Sunday at The Crooked Knife!

After being in a serious relationship, a lot of people can be timid about jumping back into the dating pool–what inspired you to pursue dating with such gusto?

It took me about a year to start dating after my divorce. I was only 26 years old and I guess I felt like I missed out on my early 20s having seen my friends going out, dating, living up their 20s, etc. Online dating had just started to become popular back in 2007 and when I logged on I was flooded with all of the different dating sites! I almost felt like a kid in a candy store! I could pick how tall, location, interests, and check out! It felt like shopping on amazon- joking- sort of! It became quite the journey and still is.

When did you first feel that these hilarious dating experiences could become a book–were you always a writer?

I would come home after a date and think to myself, “wtf just happened?” It started out with one first date per week, then two, then sometimes up [to] three first dates per week. I got totally sucked into this online dating vortex and with all of the dates I was racking up came some unbelievable I-cant-make-this-shit up stories. I started writing down the evening’s events. After a few years of many first dates and short-term relationships, I had a binder full of emails, text messages and stories. With each story came a different nickname for the guy. A couple of years ago my friend joked around and said I had enough stories to write a book- so I did! I can’t make this stuff up and have met many many women with their own nicknames. It just felt natural to write a book. I conclude that the guy I don’t nickname will be the one I marry.

I have a full time career in healthcare and Nicknames became my creative outlet. I would write in the evening or whenever my schedule would allow. I currently have a column in W42ST magazine, which highlights a different date [each time].

What are some of the unique challenges of dating in New York that you see a lot of young women facing?

It is challenging to date in New York because many people are looking for instant gratification. The many dating sites and apps have made it very easy to log on and check out the next “better” option. A woman can have chemistry and an amazing first/second date with a guy but often times it doesn’t go any further because the prospect is logging back on to see what the next woman who emailed him might bring to the table. Then the guy does what I call the “Vanishing Act”.

After having written the book, what is your perspective on dating in NYC now?

I have always been a hopeless romantic. I never give up hope that the right guy will find me! I remain optimistic and positive whether I’m flying solo or have a partner.
I believe a guy is attracted to a woman who has it going on in her personal and professional life so I just continue to be me but have been much more selective about who I choose to go out with. In my experience, many guys in the city are here for their careers and some are not serious about finding a relationship; however, I do believe there are nice guys out there (they do exist) and the key is to not get discouraged!

We hear you’re into scuba diving! How did this come about and where do you go to enjoy this amazing activity?

I have always loved the ocean! Growing up my father would take me to the beach, fishing and snorkeling. I’ve always had a very deep connection with the ocean.

I became scuba certified over two years ago before I went to Australia and haven’t stopped diving since. I’ve been diving in Fiji, Grand Caymans, Honduras, Antigua; and two weeks ago lived on a scuba diving boat in the Bahamas where I dived with a nine-foot tiger shark!

Hear more from Mary this Sunday over bottomless mimosas at The Crooked Knife by signing up here: brunchandbookread.eventbrite.com

You can follow Mary on Twitter @MaryGenevaNYC and learn more about the book at her website: http://www.nicknamesnyc.com/

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Join us for Speed-Networking on October 14th!

New York is one of the most exciting cities in which to build a career, with countless industries and some of the brightest minds in the world converging to excel. The sheer amount of people can be intimidating, however, particularly with such fierce competition and persisting gender inequality in workplaces.

At Ladies NYC, we believe that collaboration and support for other women are integral to building a strong career and a meaningful network. It’s hard out here, and there’s no reason we can’t help each other out!

Networking is not so easy for everyone and it continues to be the key to successfully growing your career or even starting a new one. A little bit of structure around the practice can take the pressure off, so please join us on October 14th for our fun and relaxed speed-networking event at Slate Restaurant & Bar.

Need some practice beforehand? Check out the Wall Street Journal’s recent article on the challenges, benefits and mechanics of networking for women.

We look forward to chatting with you at Slate! Sign up here: http://bit.ly/1hlyAkB

Cheers,

Ladies NYC

Celebrating Entrepreneurship, International Women’s Day & Coco Chanel

It’s been wonderfully busy month for Ladies NYC. We kicked off March’s full calendar with our monthly First Wednesdays Happy Hour at Sidebar in Union Square.

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On Sunday, March 8th we celebrated International Women’s Day at a brunch that was equal parts delicious and inspiring. We had some very special guests, including our amazing Ladies America founder Lindsey Mask and Business Consultant & Lifestyle Architect Samira Salman. Conversations, connections and inspiration were shared over The Crooked Knife’s fantastic food and bottomless mimosas.

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On Tuesday, March 24th, we partnered with Eventsy and Dolls of the City to give NY ladies a chance to relax and mingle at Ladies Night Out. An evening of appetizers, conversations and mini-makeovers, Ladies Night Out was hosted at Beautique Lounge & Restaurant, a gorgeous space inspired by Coco Chanel’s Paris home.

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This month’s national theme is entrepreneurship, and the opportunities have never been greater or more exciting for women entrepreneurs than they are now. There are still, of course, significant challenges, but women are as always finding bold and creative ways to surmount them. In particular, we loved this month’s Forbes article on “How Women Entrepreneurs Bypass Obstacles to Fund Innovation”. It’s one of many recent articles that showcase how women can create and sustain successful ventures despite troubling imbalances in access.

After such an energizing month, we can’t wait to see what April will bring. Follow us on Twitter @ladies_nyc to see what we’re up to!

Here’s to a sensational 2015!

Last Wednesday, Ladies NYC had the pleasure of celebrating our first Happy Hour of the year at Sidebar in Union Square. Over 30 women and a few men showed up to help kick a year of fabulous networking into gear. It was lovely to see all of the familiar faces and many new ones!

This January, Ladies America’s national focus was on negotiation skills. This is a challenging area for so many professional women who want to advance their careers. Tricky though it may be, the beginning of the calendar year is a great time to start thinking about how to be an advocate for yourself in your professional life. Thanks to social media, there are a plethora of helpful resources out there, from articles to videos to workshops. We have truly enjoyed learning about and sharing some of these resources throughout the month.

As we move into February, we look forward to hearing from all of you about your personal and professional goals for the year ahead. We hope you’ll be able to join us for our Creative Career Planning event on February 28th, hosted by career coach Jasmine Briggs. Visit this link to find out more and register: http://bit.ly/15LHIJR.

In the meantime, enjoy these photos from our Happy Hour at Sidebar!

Cheers,

Ladies NYC

Connect with us on Twitter @Ladies_NYC

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