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Food for Thought: Level Up

@BFPLNY Instagram Live

The year 2020 was like no other, and we found ourselves pressing pause, pivoting, disconnecting, and disengaging. Moving forward in 2021, we are coming up for air and figuring out how we press play on our lives.

This year’s Food for Thought digital series will focus on topics in pursuit of three goals – to restart, revive, and reconnect. We’ll kick off the series with three conversations aimed at helping you restart. On Thursday, February 18 at 12:30PM ET we’re thrilled to have Claire Wasserman (@clairegetspaid), author and founder of career development organization Ladies Get Paid (@ladiesgetpaid) join negotiation expert Fotini Iconomopoulos (@fotiniicon) to discuss how you can level up in 2021, in the form of negotiation lobbying for career and financial advancement, self-promotion, career pivoting in these tough times, and being empowered to achieve one’s goals.

Similar to last year, the Food for Thought series features influential voices from various fields and the public is invited to directly engage in the conversation by submitting a question anonymously in advance of the event.


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The event will take place on @BFPLNY’s Instagram Live, as part of #BFPLatHome digital programming.


Claire Wasserman is an educator, author, and founder of Ladies Get Paid, a global community that champions the professional and financial advancement of women. She is also the host of John Hancock’s podcast, Friends Who Talk About Money. Claire has traveled the country teaching thousands of women how to negotiate millions of dollars in raises, start businesses, and advocate for themselves in the workplace. Claire was named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women and is a highly-sought-after expert for Fortune 500 companies working to improve diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging within their organizations. Her book, Ladies Get Paid, which helps women advocate for themselves so they can get recognized and rewarded, is available wherever books are sold.

Nicknamed “the negotiator” as a child, Fotini Iconomopoulos has been honing her skills her entire life. For the last decade, she’s been empowering Fortune 500 executives and their teams to achieve their objectives through her expertise in negotiation, communication, and persuasion. She guides companies through high-stakes scenarios and creates tailored intensive negotiation workshops for clients across the globe in all industries who want to develop their teams. When she’s not strategizing with clients, Fotini is a frequent guest on CBC & CTV Television and an instructor of MBA Negotiations at the Schulich School of Business in Toronto. She also offers her experience to non-profit initiatives including an empowerment programs for young girls, an attempt to close the gender gap before it starts. Fontini has been recognized with the Network of Executive Women’s national Inclusion award as well as the Greek America Foundation’s Top 40 under 40 award for her achievements and philanthropic work.


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