Q&A With Danielle Leeke, Event Planner + Entrepreneur + Master Career Juggler

Q&A With Danielle Leeke, Event Planner + Entrepreneur + Master Career Juggler

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If you’ve ever wondered how to balance two careers and have a pretty amazing life all at once, look no further than Danielle Leeke. This influential juggler of careers owns San Francisco event planning and production company, On The Run Events, and is part-owner of The Brick Yard, an SF-based sports bar. Ink & Well has been lucky to call this lady a client, a friend, sometimes keeper of secrets, and ALWAYS an inspiration. This Q&A will motivate you to go for what you want. Even if what you want is everything.

Job Title(s): Owner, On The Run Events, event planning, and production company, and Operating Owner of The Brick Yard.

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5 Blogs You Should Be Reading Right Now

5 Blogs You Should Be Reading Right Now

Staying inspired is a constant challenge for any parent, professional, student, and human. Whether you’re freelancing from your couch or coding in a cubicle, it’s imperative to find ways to keep you focused on the bigger picture, be it professionally or personally.

Reading blogs is one of the best vehicles I’ve found for maintaining perspective—from following the headlines of my industry or finding something refreshing to carry me to the weekend.

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How Simplicity Makes Room For Life

How Simplicity Makes Room For Life

Once a year, I willingly spend one week stranded on an island with my entire family. No phone. No Internet. No electricity. No running water. Just me, my husband, our daughter, my in-laws, and for a few days, my mom and sister join too. Yes, it sounds completely insane, and maybe it is, but this week in isolation with the people I love gives me a rare chance to take a breath and actually experience the life I work so hard for.  

IMG_3427Nestled in the heart of Lake George in Upstate New York, Fork Island is like an oasis. Jimi’s family has been camping there for generations. My in-laws prep flawlessly, toting burners, and tents, and zero gravity chairs all the way from their home in New Jersey. It makes our tiny slice of heaven feel like an extension of home. Our days are simple in the most wonderful way. We wake with the sun, feed ducks while we eat pound cake and drink coffee. Then we settle into our seats at the picnic table for a huge breakfast of bacon, eggs, pancakes, and potatoes. We then swim, fish and talk the day away. We relish in the fact that we’re all able to be together for such a long stretch and spend hours talking about everything and nothing all at once, and sometimes someone peels off from the group to nap or read alone. We then head out on the boat to fish as the sun sets, and return to our seats at the picnic table for a candlelit dinner. We then retire around the fire, sleepy-eyed and tipsy on happiness to eat s’mores and laugh. No frills, no distractions, just us being us and focusing on that.

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6 Reminders for Twenty-Something Professionals

6 Reminders for Twenty-Something Professionals

Being a twenty-something in corporate America has never felt less glamorous. Snapchat selfies taken under fluorescent lighting, curated workspace pictures set against the backdrop of a chartreuse-colored cubicle wall, sad desk lunches consisting of instant oatmeal and fruit snacks: these are all unavoidable elements of my day-to-day life. And these are all things that can make me feel painfully “less-than” as a millennial living in a social media-dominated culture.

While it seems like everyone in my news feed is traipsing around Iceland, curating immaculate Instagram accounts, or drinking craft brews to pass the time, I’m busy meal planning so I can start eating aforementioned #saddesklunch less often… say, once a month instead of once a week.

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Bartending Was My Business School

Bartending Was My Business School

10502491_10100221669140191_600640308533495499_nJessie Pray is one of those people who makes you smile without even trying. She’s funny, she’s honest, she’s also endlessly encouraging to those around her. She is a recovering former farm girl, Bostonian and bartender. She’s currently enjoying working with her husband and awesome team at Partnered in San Francisco. In her spare time, she cuddles her deaf rescue pit mix, needlepoints poorly and spends plenty of time sitting on the other side of the bar. Ink & Well is incredibly lucky to share with you some words of wisdom from this beautiful woman and all the incredible things she gained personally and professionally from her work in hospitality. 

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Podcasts I’m Loving Right Now

Podcasts I’m Loving Right Now

I’ve already written about podcasts once, but every day I listen to something new that changes me a little bit. If you’re not on the podcast train yet, please get on at the next stop. Listening to the brilliant, moving, FREE content that’s out there promises to enrich your life during your otherwise stagnant time. You can learn about leadership while unloading the dishwasher, hear about a legal case with a crazy twist while you drive to a meeting, or lose yourself a great story while you exercise. However you choose to listen, making time for this content will add depth to your conversations and make you feel like you’re still learning, even though, for most of us, our school days are in the rear-view mirror.

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Top 5 Marketing Conferences To Hit Up In 2016

Top 5 Marketing Conferences To Hit Up In 2016

The world of marketing is ever-changing. With so many new ways to reach people, the last thing you want to do as a marketer is to only stick to what’s worked for you in the past. The key is to continue brainstorming new ways  to reach your target market and boldly give them a try. Some ideas will work better than others, but the most successful marketers continue to experiment.

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The Amazing Benefits Of Working For Free

The Amazing Benefits Of Working For Free

When I was in college, I often referred to myself as a “professional intern.” Whether I was handing out fliers for movie screenings, coordinating mailings for a publishing house, or running through the streets of New York City with beta tapes in-hand, I was always doing some kind of free labor in my spare time. And I was always performing those tasks in three-inch heels because you have to dress for the job you want, not the job you have. #duh

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