We asked some of the brightest folks in the community to open up to us about the most important lesson their business or career has taught them. We’ve highlighted some of those responses below.

Scott Petersen | Editor & Documentary Filmmaker

Never stop learning. Stay current in your field, but don’t forget to read about topics outside your field in order to understand different perspectives. Read more>>

Casey Koppes | Product Manager & Outdoor Enthusiast

Always be versatile. As a Product Manager, you have to adapt to the unforeseen and ever-changing landscape. The ability to prioritize and stack rank each and every bug, feature, client request, and revenue earning opportunity is the key to success. When the COVID-19 pandemic first began, there was a lot of uncertainty on whether our clients in the hospitality industry would ever bounce back. However, we remained resilient and positioned Ivy, our AI-enabled text messaging platform, as a must-have contactless communication tool in hotels. The ability to embrace change and find opportunities for success is the most important lesson I’ve learned. Read more>>

Hila Plitmann | Vocalist, Actress & Song writer

One of the most beautiful things I’ve learned to foster through this creative journey is an internal quality of consistent patience, with myself and with the world. And the main insight for me throughout the years has been that when I arrive from a place of wishing to bring joy and uplift to other, then I in turn am filled with gratitude. Read more>>

Kate Register | Abstract Expressionist Painter

Persistance. As an abstract expressionist artist my philosophy is to not let anything trample on my passion. Your passion, what you love to do; always reveals your truth. I’ve been a painter most of my life, but also a single mother, raising my two children.When they were first born I painted their portraits.Friends and other family members would see my paintings, and eventually I had a website of children’s portraits. It was a few years later that I started a series of horizon paintings. Using my love of nature to inspire me, I made abstract landscapes; sea and land meets sky. Over a few years that series naturally morphed into abstract expressionism. I didn’t stop persisting and enjoying the changes.My kids are now 17 and 20 and I have a new studio in West Adams, Los Angeles. Read more>>

Brandy Haze | Artist & Songwriter

It’s so important to invest in yourself and your ideas. No one will see your vision like you! Once you put your plan in action, people will start to understand what you’re trying to achieve and want to help. Investing in yourself is the first step to starting your business/career. You can’t wait or depend on someone to do things for you! Read more>>