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Lisa Abdilova

San Francisco, CA 8 posts

entrepreneurship, balance, relationships

The Unsung Heroes of Entrepreneurship

Lisa Abdilova: Hey Alex, [Hi Lisa!] thanks for taking the time to share what Well Connected Now's journey has been like for you. You've been such a big part of this for me, so much so that, if Well Connected Now was a book, I would dedicate it to you. From the day we met standing in line for Microsoft's Company Meeting, I loved that Alex supported mental health advocacy and enjoyed discussing psychology. Alex's grandma is a retired psychotherapist and his brother is a psychologist in training. Also a software engineer and the love of my life, Alex offers

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therapists, millennials, life satisfaction, relationships

9 Tips for Dating & New Relationships

Whether you met through a friend or an app, relationships are still challenging. Sure, you can easily get a new date tomorrow. Does swiping on bring you closer to real love? How does this endless stream of potential new dates influence our willingness to work through each other's imperfections? Therapist/Matchmaker/Relationship Coach, Lauren Korshak, shares 9 tips for navigating dating and new relationships with Well Connected Now's community, based on her and her clients' experiences dating in techie areas like San Francisco and Southern California. Lauren helps clients cultivate intimacy, trust, vulnerability, and self-expression both inside the therapy room

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therapists, life satisfaction, mental health, #FightTheStigma, stress management

How Therapy Actually Works

It's time to let go of this outdated, stigmatized perception of therapy. Personally, I am convinced therapy works, because I've read the outcomes research and studied the healing effects of therapeutic alliances. I've also heard countless stories from professionals and therapists all over the world about the transformative powers of their supporters. Maybe you're not so sure about therapy yet though, and that's okay. If the stigma wasn't so strong, maybe more of these stories could reach you too. Imagine your friends posting "Therapy worked for me!" on your Facebook feed. Till then, hear Jay Reid, data scientist & psychotherapist

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entrepreneurship, coaches, balance, stress management

5 Ways Business Owners Shake Off Stress

For all you dreamers, doers, and business owners, check out WCN Coach Mary Vallarta's tips on how you can shake off some unnecessary stress. Learn 5 surprising things business owners do that induce stress. Whether you're an entrepreneur, growing your therapy/coaching practice, or strategizing your future company, remember that you can align your time with your goals and promises. After years as a buyer for Macy's, BCBG, and Metropark, WCN Coach Mary Vallarta co-founded FAB Counsel to provide new entrepreneurs insights, tools and resources that empower them to create fulfilling, sustainable and mindful fashion businesses. Plus, meet one of

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balance, passions, mentors, life satisfaction

Balance your Passions in Work & Life

Andrea Slobodien leads product at 8tracks, a music streaming startup in SF, and studied Science, Technology, and Society at Stanford. When she’s not building products or encouraging friends to try Well Connected Now as one of WCN's greatest evangelists, Andrea writes songs and shares her music with others. Andrea's story represents a rising attitude shift towards balance, one that we're also noticing across our mentoring, coaching, and therapy clients. How can you balance your passions with your career/family dreams? As one perfect example, Andrea's gorgeous singing voice, artistic talents, witty songwriting, and coding skills came together in this

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mentors, coaches, therapists, career advancement

Mentors, Career Coaches, and Therapists: Which One's Best to Get You Out of Your Rut?

So, you’re having a problem navigating a tricky situation at the office and you know you need help figuring it out. That much is clear. What’s not so clear is who you should ask for help: a mentor, a career coach, or maybe even a therapist? Trust me, you’re not the first person to struggle with this conundrum. After studying Psychology & Science, Technology & Society at Stanford, coaching Microsoft's Academy of College Hires, and marketing consumer apps around the world as a Tech Evangelist, I saw too many friends, co-workers, and mentees struggle with unsupportive managers

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mental health, success, millennials, #FightTheStigma

Successfully Struggling #FightTheStigma

“Since we’re still functioning successfully, we can’t be defective,” we tell ourselves. Accomplishment levels don’t correlate with personal health. Nearly half (49%) of entrepreneurs struggle with at least one mental health challenge, such as depression, anxiety, addiction, or low self-esteem, and still run successful teams and companies, according to research by the University of California . JK Rowling struggled with depression and wrote Harry Potter books. Michael Phelps managed his ADHD and became one of the most decorated Olympians of all time. Research on the relationship between health and college students’ grades also found that “overall wellness had

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startups, entrepreneurship

Remember Me? I Left Microsoft To Start A Company

Special thanks to University of Washington’s Foster School of Business Technology Management MBA program, more specifically: Colleen O’Brien, Samuel Affolter, Debmalya Chandra, Parker Keegan, and Rahul Tulsyan for your powerful summary of our Jan 2016 entrepreneurship interview. "We recently interviewed Lisa Abdilova, Colleen’s friend and former colleague, and the founder of Well Connected now (WCN). WCN ( is a service that personally matches professionals to mentors, coaches, and therapists. Lisa has been working on the venture for about year and a half now, and spoke candidly to us about everything from the hunt for her co-founder,

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