Lori Bongiorno | The 2019 MAKERS Conference
Lori Bongiorno, General Manager, Yahoo Entertainment, Lifestyle & MAKERS, kicks off day two of the 2019 #MAKERSConference at Monarch Beach Resort.
[MUSIC PLAYING] LORI BONGIORNO: Hello, Makers Conference. Welcome to day two. As I mentioned last night, I am thrilled to be here as the new general manager of Makers, leading the initiative to accelerate the media brand that exists to accelerate the women's movement, not just in the US, but globally, as well. But over the next two days, we are focusing on all of us in this room, showing up for ourselves and for each other. So in the interest of that, Dylan asked me to share a life hack. And the first thing that came to mind was this Google Doc that I use that streamlines communications with my direct reports. And when I really thought about it, I realized it's not just about these practical time savers. We're all running at 150 miles an hour, and staying grounded for me, at least, can be a real struggle. So what I wanted to share today is something that I actually learned from Abby Wambach at a leadership initiative last fall. She asked us to all compile a bunch of photos that made us happy and put them in an album on our phones. And the next day, she asked us to look through them. And I have to say, it made me really happy to see a family of my-- no, to see a photo of my family in a random field in Oregon watching the solar eclipse or to see 33 of my nearest and dearest when we rented out Di Fara for an impromptu pizza party. In 30 seconds through this album, I could be transported to a completely different mindset, no matter where I am. My most recent addition particularly brings a smile to my face. It's from a recent trip I took to Costa Rica where I learned to surf. [CHEERING] OK. I can't believe I let myself put that picture up there. But surfing for me is definitely a work in progress. But when I look at this photo, I can almost hear my very patient surf instructor, Jefferson, saying to me, Lori, be aggressive, and look where you're going. [LAUGHTER] And I think that's advice that could benefit all of us, right? Be aggressive. Look where you're going. Spend a few minutes to make an album that connects you to the larger picture, or find some other small thing that's your saving grace. To help each other, I think we should all collect these life hacks to share. Abby's idea made a really big impact on my life, and I'm sure others would, too. So if you guys could please tweet your hacks to Makers Conference, that would be amazing. And with that, let's get started on day two. [CHEERING] [MUSIC PLAYING]