CEO | Author | Entrepreneur
Randi's accomplishments run aplenty — yet every day is tackled methodically, and to her own tune (preferably a show tune). This is how Randi Zuckerberg, author, Tony Award-winner, founder of Zuckerberg Institute, plus her latest project Broadway Beta Ventures — the list, we promise you, does not end there — dances through life. She understands the unrealistic expectations of “having it all,” and has forged her own path to become the best version of herself every day. Up ahead, you’ll see why we were taking avid notes throughout our interview, and why we left wishing our chat wouldn’t end. Because Zuckerberg isn’t just a fiercely accomplished female, she’s proof that hard work, and being the truest, most authentic version of yourself, is what really pays off in the end.
TAJ: What's your favorite F word?
Randi: “Funding is a word many entrepreneurs are afraid of: How to raise it, where to get it; it stops a lot of aspiring businesspeople from achieving their goals.”
TAJ: What rules need to be broken next for women to reach their full potential?
Randi: “Rule 1 is to stop competing against each other and help one another instead. There’s plenty to go around. Unfortunately, a lot of times it doesn’t feel this way so I like to help women learn how to network and meet like-minded ladies who can inspire, encourage and offer mentorship as I do with Zuckerberg Institute. You never know who has an opportunity waiting.”
TAJ: As a woman in business you're always meeting new people across all backgrounds and industries, how does getting dressed play a part in your day-to-day?
Randi: “Anyone who’s ever scrolled through my Instagram feed knows that I thematically show up to every occasion. Whether it’s wearing a science-y outfit to a launch of our family-friendly, STEM-themed pop-up restaurant, Sue’s Tech Kitchen, or bringing an actual playable piano purse to a Broadway musical, fashion is my favorite way to break the ice and meet new people.”
TAJ: What's the best way for a woman to own her individuality?
Randi: “In every one of my keynote speeches I go hard on the importance of personal branding. Who you are is your brand. I emphasize that fact by living it as an example. For instance, I sing during my speeches and fully embrace my inner and outer musical nerd dorkiness, so my personal brand is “awkward”—and it works! "