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Fran Hauser          

Media Executive, Startup Investor & Best-Selling Author of "The Myth of the Nice Girl"

Fran Hauser is an author, keynote speaker and investor at the intersection of women’s empowerment, career fulfillment, and collective wellbeing. As a long time media executive, Fran has always championed the power of content in shaping culture, educating the public, and driving awareness of important issues.

She is the best-selling author of The Myth of the Nice Girl: Achieving a Career You Love Without Becoming a Person You Hate which has been translated into six languages and was named “Best Business Book of the Year, 2018” by Audible. She regularly speaks at conferences and organizations to pioneer the notion that one does not have to choose between kindness and strength, and that the most effective leaders lead with both.

Hauser has invested in over 20 female-founded companies across CPG, media, future of work, and wellness, including iFundWomen, Hello Giggles, and Mogul. She also serves as an LP in the Female Founders Fund. Her writing, speaking and investing is informed by 15 years spent in media, from startups where she played an integral role in the $525mm sale of Moviefone to AOL, to ultimately rising the ranks at Time Inc. to President of Digital where she led innovation, acquisitions and digital expansion for powerhouse media brands People, InStyle, Entertainment Weekly, Essence, and People en Espanol.

She has been the recipient of the Fairy Godmother Award from Girl Be Heard, the W Award from the YWCA of the City of New York and has been included in lists from Business Insider's "30 Women In VC to Watch" to Refinery29’s “Six Most Powerful Women in New York City's Tech Scene”. She has been featured on TODAY, CNBC, Fortune, TIME, Fast Company, Forbes, Vogue.com, Ad Age, Oprah.com and more.

In 2020 she channeled her lifelong love of books into an Instagram platform @FransBookshelf focused on the joy of reading -- both the escapism and the celebration of diverse ideas that can change the world. Fran serves on the board of directors of the Foundation for Bedford Central Schools and is an advisor to Helpusadopt.org.

Fran is a summa cum laude graduate of Pace University. She resides just outside of NYC with her husband and two sons.

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The Myth of the Nice Girl, Fran Hauser

Have you ever wondered how to ask for what you want without feeling like a jerk? Become a boss who’s respected, not feared? Lead with both kindness and strength? We are thrilled to host Fran Hauser, long-time media executive, startup investor and celebrated champion of women and girls, in a discussion of her best-selling book THE MYTH OF THE NICE GIRL: Achieving a Career You Love Without Becoming a Person You Hate.

Join us as Fran deconstructs the negative perception of "niceness" that many women struggle with in the business world and offers real advice to help smart, professional women take their career to the next level.

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