Brave your fear.

#30 Cate Luzio - The Adapter

Mar 03, 2021

Cate Luzio.
New York City.
I am driven.
I am relentless.
I am here.

Badass Quotes:
🔺 “I didn't pivot. We adapted. We just took our model and said, 'Okay, What's good about it, what's working, and let's adapt it to the environment we're in.'"
🔺 “Find where you are super relevant, and capitalize on it.”
🔺 “What I do have is something that is real and true and impactful.” 
🔺 “Know when things aren't working and move on. You can change lanes. You can adapt.”
🔺 “No one is batting 1000. I don't care who you are. You make mistakes and you learn from them. That makes you better.”
🔺 “I am not an individual competitor. I am a team sport woman. I want to be part of a team. I want to win together. I want to lose together. I want to drown our sorrows together and I want to get better.”  
🔺 “You will likely have 5 different careers in your lifetime so don’t plan out your next 20 years.” 
🔺 “Men don’t think so much about everything. They just do.” 
🔺 “Your professors are a jackpot.”
🔺 “Do the work and keep your head up.” 
🔺 “We are at the lowest level of women in employment or searching for employment since 1988.”

Podcast Intro:
Cate Luzio is the Founder and CEO of Luminary, a collaboration hub for women who are passionate about professional development and expanding their networks. Cate is a long-time advocate for empowering women and girls. Right now, she focuses Luminary’s impact toward women in the workforce, in entrepreneurship, and in transition. For 20 years before all of this great and necessary work, Cate was in financial services, her last post as the Executive Vice President and Global Head of Multinational Corporate Banking for HSBC. No big deal. There, she managed $2 billion in revenue and teams in 72 countries. Whaaattt. Also, side note: She has visited more than 114 countries. She was named to Inc.'s 2019 Female Founders 100 List and has also been featured in the Financial Times, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Fast Company, Bloomberg, USA Today, and many more. Cate Luzio is a force for women, a consummate team player, a role model for impact, and a trailblazer looking for more trails.

Big Takeaways: 
▪️ Importance of business plan
▪️ Difference between pivoting and adapting
▪️ How to put yourself out there re: professional development and networking
▪️ Critical virtual networking ideas
▪️ How Cate manages stress 
▪️ Vanishing employment gains since the start of the pandemic 
▪️ Recognizing the whole women
▪️ How successful companies use empathy to build strong company culture

Major Conversation Highlights: 
🔺 What Luminary accomplished from March 2020-February 2021
- Tripled the number of in person events and workshops (200 in 2019, 700 in 2021)
- Quadrupled the number of women they were able to touch and impact
- Tripled the number of corporate partnerships
- Acquired Declare, another premier women's leadership platform 
- Launched a Fellowship
- Honed focus on women in workforce, in entrepreneurship, and in transition
- Transcended NYC IRL space, creating room for deep, brave, and safe conversations to occur not nationally, but globally

🔺 Advice for college women entering the workforce: 
- Put yourself out there in any situation
- Do not try and plan out your next 20 years right now 
- Start building your network now – you need it for new jobs, mentoring, sponsorship, new ideas, etc. 
- Pick up the PHONE and start talking to people 
- Go to the career center at your college and make connections within your field of study 
- Continue to talk to professors and inquire about their successful students who are in touch 
- Be out there, be assertive, raise your hand, and do NOT keep your head down 

Social Media​​
Cate - @cateluzio

Luminary - @bealuminary

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