This is my very very first time recording myself on the piano! Super excited to share music with everyone! A wonderful lady gave me a brand new AMAZING keyboard piano for my birthday a few months ago. The great thing about this keyboard is that you can directly record music on it so I thought I’d take full advantage of that feature :)
The song I decided to play is called The Moon Represents My Heart. It’s a famous old Chinese classic that was originally sung by Teresa Teng. It’s a beautiful piece so I wanted to share it with everyone :) I will post the direct audio download here soon (I need to upgrade my WordPress account to do this.)
Youtube version of the recording:
Today, Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation officially announced its Youth Advisory Board! Along with 23 other young people on the board, I am thrilled to help the foundation accomplish its mission of Empowering Youth and Inspiring Bravery. I had the opportunity to spend 3 days with the 23 fellow youth board members at the foundation summit in Los Angeles earlier this month. The experiences they shared of their obstacles and how they fought through them or are still fighting were some of the most inspiring stories I’ve ever heard. Working with this youth board this year, I am confident we will accomplish major milestones in helping young people be kinder and braver.
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walking in Hollywood after a day’s work with fellow YAB members
Our meetings were held in Paramount Studios!
Welcome dinner with Cynthia, Lady Gaga’s mom and President of the Foundation
The BTWF YAB banner!
GOOD is one of my favorite magazines! I can’t believe Nanoly’s featured on their site! Our team is so thrilled! Here’s the link to the full article: http://www.good.is/post/nanotech-jackets-to-keep-vaccines-from-spoiling-off-grid/
Can’t believe our barely three-months old startup, Enplug, is already written about in Forbes!
Check it out here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/samanthasmith/2012/08/13/la-startup-goes-from-0-to-100mph-in-three-months/
One of the most incredible 3-weeks of my life, the Summer Social Innovation Lab brought together 19 social innovation entrepreneurs from 16 different countries. The lab was completely paid-for and sponsored by the Transformative Action Institute and Dell. We lived in a gorgeous, beach-front mansion in Boston, Massachusetts (we were so spoiled!!). With a camera crew that documented every step of our journey, I look forward to sharing the videos of our experience in a future post!
In these 3 weeks, I was so inspired by the work that the fellow lab fellows have already accomplished and are in the course to accomplish. From a South African who is developing a work-training program for low-income women to a Rhodes Scholar who built the largest student-run non-profit consulting group to a Nicaraguan building affordable housing, living with these leaders was fun-filled and exciting. The most important part of this summer lab was that I formed friendships that I know will last for the rest of my life.
We never had a day where we did the same thing…but, here are some typical things we did and some things I really loved:
- Waking up at 8am to prepare breakfast for one another
- Pitching to investors
- Attending workshops hosted by successful entrepreneurs, professors, and industry-leaders
- Playing on a Steinway Grand Piano
- Watching the Olympics
- Hosting and attending networking mixers in our house
- Playing air hockey and pool in the game rooms
- Lounging on the beach
- Traveling to New York
- Dance parties in the basement
- Learning design-thinking
- Having the time of our lives!
Taking a trip to New York! Here we are on the Brooklyn Bridge.
Our main hallway in our house with the fantastic Steinway grand piano that I would practice on every day!
The backyard that is just a short walk away from the ocean
Learning from acclaimed author David Bornstein (How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas)
Backyard party! One of our networking mixers at our house.
Singing together with famous jazz musician Gemma Bulos
Totally spoiled: Driven to the airport in a limo bus.
Our gorgeous house and backyard!