That’s my girl Lucille on the right.
Go Mighty’s 31 Days of Inspiring Women, #17: Laura Gluhanich
Meet Laura, a woman who knows community. She loves building relationships between startups and their users, and has built, managed and cared for communities for companies including Ning, Rypple, and About.me. She advises a number of startups including Planwise, Boxes and Seesaw. Most recently, she founded her own consultancy, Signal Camp, with co-founder Fiona Tang.
Laura’s favorite things, in no particular order: her dog - Lucille Three, Nopa’s pork chop, Italian reds, Milo Greene, her niece and nephew, shows at The Independent, Mission Cliffs, Berlin, Phosphorescent, Austin, Scrabble, pie, The Mill, Franny and Zooey, working with startups, James Blake, and Chris Bathgate.
Learn more about Laura’s story and Life List below.
So, Laura, what’s your story?
Michigan born and bred, I’ve been a San Franciscan since 2006. Currently for work I run Signal Camp with community outreach extraordinaire, Fiona Tang. We help companies build valuable relationships with their users and grow their community.
I love live music so as often as possible, you’ll find me at a concert venue, likely The Independent.
You’ve managed communities for some really impressive companies, and now you’re making the jump into starting your own business. How did you get where you are today? Where do you want to go from here?
My path to where I am today has been circuitous, with plenty of stops, starts and sidesteps. But it’s helped me discover that what I truly care about professionally is people having fantastic interactions, whether with products, brands or experiences. Sounds cheesy, but it’s true!
Personally, I’ve determined the things I love: friends, climbing, live music, good food and wine, my dog. It’s easy to want to participate in every hobby or event but usually I’ll end up wishing I was somewhere else, with my dog and a great glass of wine. So from here? More of those things I love!
Tell us a bit more about these ten goals from your life list. What’s the inspiration behind the goals you chose?
I never thought I’d be the kind of woman with a Life List! Seriously, I’ve always stayed away from Goals and Plans and What Am I Going To Be In Five Years. Early attempts left me as someone who kept one goal in mind: Aim for Happiness. But the reality is, there are tangible things that I know will lead to happiness, which is what I focus my Life List on.
Any advice for others on how to stay motivated/focused on achieving their goals?
Huge goals intimidate me, so I like to keep mine accessible. I want to stretch myself but keep it fun and focused on achievable things. So I’d recommend including some goals you can check off to keep going. I’d also recommend keeping your goals a bit open ended. Life happens regardless of your list, so it’s good to stay flexible!
Follow Laura’s journey through completing her Life List here.
Want to make a Life List of your own? Easy—join the Go Mighty community here.
(Photo courtesy of Laura Gluhanich)
Oh hey! As someone who normally shies away from both goals AND lists, here’s me talking about how I approach both on GoMighty.
Good lord April! What an amazing month of music. From live shows to new releases, it was the best in recent memory. For lots of the bands in this mix, it was tough to pick just one track from their albums. So take a listen & explore beyond what’s here. As always, let me know if any tracks stand out for you!
This is a bit outside the normal scope of my blog, but it’s an excellent talk on sexual tropes, narratives, and reality. I absolutely recommend.
A great way to learn about your country is to leave it.