We run AND save the world
Obsessed with these women making waves and building wealth 🚀
Welcome to issue 9 of The Upgrading Women Newsletter 🔥
I’m your editor, Rebecca Leppard, a feminist and communications nerd who used to play football (this ⚽️ not this 🏈) in high school in equatorial Indonesia ☀️.
So I can’t imagine playing in the winter like much of the world does! 🥶
Sending love and virtual hot-water bottles to my girls Down Under 🏃🏽♀️
I’m curious: are you following the 🏆 Women’s World Cup? Or Wimbledon before? LMK, reply to this newsletter.
I’m genuinely hoping for responses because there is much chatter about how women don’t care enough to watch women’s sport, and therefore streaming services are not invested in broadcasting events 😡 , which means they will be less attractive to sponsors!
Anyway 😬 enjoy the episode, ladies 🎉
What happened last week:
it’s a great day to save a life (or five)!
This is how you smash a first day on the job: Noemi Marangon saved the lives of five swimmers on Sabaudia beach, Italy. If you’re like me and have never heard of that place, here’s a Pinterest board for you!
Photo from The Times.
Haiti nearly drew against England!
The Lionesses won 1-0 from a penalty kick awarded after a handball. Another reason for them to celebrate is their new jerseys, which are period friendly. Our sisters in Wimbledon are also now can be more relaxed with the “tennis whites” dress code. Not that there’s anything to be embarrassed about by hitting and kicking the ball while menstruating but if it gives the players more confidence then we’re all for it! 🩸
Photo from Nike
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How she’s done it ✅
The director of Barbie made history with the biggest opening weekend for a film directed by a woman. Before that, she directed Academy Award-nominated performances by Saoirse Ronan (twice), Laurie Metcalf and Florence Pugh.
Photo from AP News
What we can learn from the great Greta Gerwig:
🌸 Being neurodivergent does not mean you cannot lead a major production. Greta has been diagnosed with ADHD. 🤩
🌸 Being a female boss does not give you permission to be a mean girl. Greta went to an all-girl Catholic school (just like me 😚✌🏽) and she’s known what female leadership looks like since a young age.
🌸 Being discipline and having focus doesn’t mean you’re a dork. Greta grew up in a household without television, and when she's directing Greta forbids all cellphones on set. 🤓
A message from a communications nerd:
stop chasing five-star-review status!
Because nobody is perfect and having every single customer leaving you a five-star review is fishy. So aim for that 4.7 ⭐️ because if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. What you want to signal to your potential customers are:
⭐️ You are good but not complacent (you go fast and break things)
⭐️ You are made and operated by humans (have some sense of humour)
⭐️ You are open to feedback (reply to every negative comment you receive!)
Text is not dead
Not only was the Thread launch successful, Twitter X remains strong despite, well you know 🤡. And now TikTok, the queen-maker of video creators, has announced that you can now post text only a la Instagram Stories.
The moral of the story: there is a place for everyone. You just need to be self aware whether you’re a great writer or a smooth talker or a fabulous performer. And keep showing up as your best authentic self!
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Inspect her 📲 gadget
Something to add to your tech stack: 🌴 WorkTripp, the AirBnB-like platform to book and organise your team retreat 🏔
🍕Because pizza and beer night is not going to cut it when you want to build solid team culture
🍕Because as a leader, you need to focus on nurturing, not juggling vendors and vetting venues
🍕Because you also need to enjoy the trip, not ironically burnt out from weeks preparing for it
On WorkTripp, you can browse selected venues, coaches, facilitators and caterers that fit the bill of your sustainability goals. It is built so you can streamline your process in organising your next retreat. More time to work on what matters and more space to enjoy the offsite itself.
🏄🏼♀️ Psst! Yes they are a client of ours and we are totally biased because their two female co-founders are the antidote that we need against the “tech bro culture”.
That’s it. Thanks for reading.
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