Social Justice & Tech Panel @ 36|86

I’ll be in Nashville June 8 – 10 to attend the 36|86 Conference. 36|86’s mission is to bring southern thinkers, founders and investors together by hosting an annual event in Nashville and inviting a national audience to participate in the experience. This event gathers incredible startup businesses, proven business leaders and strategic investors for a celebration of entrepreneurship and southern culture. Ultimately, this event becomes a platform connecting the “doers,” the “makers,” and the “innovators” in the southeast, around the country, and across the globe.

I’ll be speaking on the Social Justice and Tech Panel, which will address the question: What projects are using data and technology to try to close gaps in various kinds of equality? I’ll be discussing MentorMe and my role as an Advisory Board member with 100 Girls of Code.

Our moderator will be Kate O’Neill, founder & CEO of KO Insights as well as a speaker, writer, startup advisor and consultant. Our other panelists are Bill DiPietro – Digital Reasoning and Jamie Pallot – Emblematic Group. As a social entrepreneur and a data nerd, I’m looking forward to a great conversation.

Check out 36|86’s website for more information on the schedule and how to register.


Regan Judd: From survivor to supporter

“A lot of women do not know that heart disease is their #1 killer, and often times, it’s a silent killer,” said Regan as she shared her story of survival with me. I was inspired by Regan’s decision to use her story as an impetus to champion the importance of heart health and education for women, first as a volunteer and now as the Director for the Kentucky Heart Walk.

Check out this short video to watch Regan share her story. Afterward, head on over to goredforwomen.org to learn how you can get involved.




National Stroke Awareness Month

IMG_2495This week, I was blessed to volunteer at the Louisville Go Red for Women Luncheon. As Miss Kentucky International, I have the honor of supporting the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign. Go Red for Women is the national philanthropic partner of the International Pageants system, and I work closely with the Kentucky chapters to support their efforts to educate women on the importance of heart health.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, yet only one in five American women believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat. As women, we are so often placed in the position of caring for others, that it can be easy to forget to take time out to care for ourselves.

Go Red for Women luncheons around the country allow women to take time out of their day to learn actionable tips that could ultimately save their lives. It also affords women with the opportunity to hear stories of women who have survived heart attacks and strokes. During the luncheon, I watched a group of amazing women walk the runway in their fab red dresses, as they shared their stories of survival. I was touched by their stories and in several cases moved to tears as I thought about my own story. Read more…


Lovin’ #forRMHC Social Media Contest

How to Enter:

Enter to win in just 2 easy steps:

1. To enter, visit your local McDonald’s and purchase a paper heart for $1, $3, or $5 (the amount of your donation will not impact your entry, but give what you can :-)

2. Post a photo of yourself with your paper heart on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtags #forRMHC and #misskyintl2015

The Prize:

I will pick 2 photos at random to receive a “Family Night” prize, which includes:

  • 3 $15 Fandango gift cards (can be used to purchase movie tickets for more theaters than any other movie gift card)
  • 1 $25 gift card, which can be used at any Chili’s, Macaroni Grill, Maggiano’s, or On the Border restaurant

Rules & Regs:

  • Anyone can enter
  • Only entries with the hashtags #forRMHC and #misskyintl2015 will be entered (I won’t be able to find your post without these two hashtags :-)
  • Entries can be submitted via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
  • Only one entry per social media account
  • The two winners will be announced on Monday, May 11, 2015 at 12 p.m. ET on my Facebook page. Once chosen, I will post the names of the winners and instructions on how to claim your prize
  • If a prize remains unclaimed after 7 days, I will do another random drawing to select another winner until the prize is claimed


Email misskyintl2015@gmail.com

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for supporting families during their greatest time of need.

Happy posting!


7 apps that make meetings easier

Time management is an important skill for startup founders. One of the biggest time drains I’ve faced as a startup founder is meetings. Scheduling them, running them efficiently, organizing follow up, etc. If you’re not careful, you can find yourself becoming what I like to call “faux busy,” the state where you’re spending more time meeting with people than actually getting things done.

Over the past year, I’ve worked to find ways to streamline meetings from end-to end. Some of this work has been incorporated into the way I’ve organized my sales process, but some if it has been accomplished by finding effective tools.  I’ve tested several apps to help me streamline scheduling and conducting meetings, below are a few of my favorites. To accommodate different budgets, some are paid and some are free. Where applicable, I’ve also provided comparable alternatives, because what works for me may or may not work for you.

Here are 7 of my top meeting apps… Read more…