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Meredith  Fineman

Meredith Fineman

CEO and Founder of FinePoint, Author of Brag Better™ & Host of "It Never Gets Old" Podcast

Biography

Meredith Fineman is a best-selling author, host, speaker, writer, and entrepreneur. Fineman is the author of Brag Better: Master the Art of Fearless Self-Promotion (Portfolio Penguin Randomhouse, 2020). Brag Better is based on her ten years of building a framework for strategic self-promotion grounded in public relations, strategic communications, and leadership professional development. The book is for The Qualified Quiet - those that have done the work but don’t know how to talk about it. This audience term is one that Fineman owns and created. The book has been published domestically and in China, Korea, Hungary, and Taiwan. Read More >

Fineman’s core venture is the Brag Better Bootcamp: a four-week e-learning series based around the principles of her findings with strategic self-promotion. She leads Bootcamps for individuals quarterly, as well as versions for brands, companies, and corporations with specialties in addressing issues around cultivating an environment of healthy pride, a diversity of voices, championing employee work, and bragging on behalf of yourself and others. Her individual clients range from entrepreneurs to corporate leadership, new members of the workforce to middle management looking to kickstart careers. Her corporate and brand clients range from Fortune 500 companies to household tech brands.

A freelance writer of 17 years, Fineman has held columns and bylines in outlets from Harvard Business Review, to FastCompany, Forbes, Inc, Elle, Shondaland, Cosmopolitan, and more. She writes about entrepreneurship, business, women’s issues, and fashion. She also consults on the publishing industry and collaborated on a best-selling book, Microtrends Squared, which came out in 2018. She is the founder of Women Write Washington, an event series celebrating women-identifying authors.

Fineman is a frequent speaker on stages domestically and globally. She has spoken to brands like Levi’s, to conferences like the 3% conference, and to universities like Stanford. She is represented exclusively by American Program Bureau. Her topics range from her core Brag Better philosophy to Bragging Better and visibility for women, to corporate culture and a diversity of voices. She is available for custom keynotes and training.

With an interest in sustainable fashion, Fineman launched a podcast in 2018 called It Never Gets Old, to examine the world of resale and consignment, a multi-billion-dollar industry with implications for climate, spending, and labor reform. She is an expert in this area - both speaking and writing on the future of fashion. In 2015 she launched Hillary Scrunchies with her best friend, a US-based scrunchie brand in the lead up to the 2016 election. It was covered in Time Magazine, Refinery29, and others.

Fineman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, Magna Cum Laude with a double major in communications and Hispanic studies. She is “lifer” of the Sidwell Friends School. Fineman resides in Washington, DC with her pink-tailed dog Bean. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Introduction

The Meaning Behind Brag Better

Brag Better™: What the Qualified Quiet™ Needs to Know

Brag Better | Politics and Prose

The Fear of Bragging

The Qualified Quiet and the Lackluster Loud

Speech Topics

Bragging Better in a New World

The pandemic has been (and continues to be) an incredibly trying time. But that doesn't mean your work stops - and the work you, your employees, and your managers have to do to showcase their accomplishments and foster an environment of healthy pride. From understanding how to promote yourself online, to the transition back to work, Fineman will take you through what the future of communicating your wins looks like. Whether it's the new mixture of Bragging Better online and in-person, to doing work fully remote, to interacting with colleagues who you might not have met before - Fineman will provide thoughtful, actionable tactics for you and your company.

Bragging Better from Home & Online

Because of coronavirus, the business world was turned on its head overnight. We are now behind screens and have to promote our work in new ways that work without being able to drop by your boss's office. Using tactics from her new book Brag Better: Master the Art of Fearless Self Promotion (Penguin Randomhouse) as well as an extra chapter she wrote in quarantine, Meredith Fineman will teach you how to adapt during these treacherous times. Whether it's how you're speaking or writing about your work, feeling confident to share on social media, or crafting a strong narrative that can exist in a precarious work environment, you will learn how to talk positively about professional accomplishment in unprecedented times.

Brag Better™: What the Qualified Quiet™ Needs to Know

Fineman has spent a decade training and championing The Qualified Quiet™ -those that have done the work but don’t know how to promote it. It’s a misnomer that your work will speak for itself, and through her tried and true Brag Better™ training and work, and new book on self-promotion and its power, Brag Better™: Master the Art of Fearless Self-Promotion, out May 19, 2020 with Penguin Randomhouse, explains why we don’t brag and why we are missing out if we don’t.

Women & Bragging: The Invisible Tightrope of Visibility

In this talk, Fineman goes into one of her specialties, around women and a lack of feeling comfortable with self-promotion. From history of women in public, dealing with perception and scrutiny, Fineman is a winner in women-centric audiences. By using Brag Better™ tactics, women can too learn to tout their work and get the recognition, money, and time they deserve.

The Future of Fashion Is Nothing New™

Fineman is a thought leader in sustainable fashion, by way of the world of secondhand, which will be a 23-billion-dollar industry by 2022. Fineman breaks down where fashion is headed, but why one of the keys is in clothing that has been worn by someone else. She is the creator and host of the popular podcast It Never Gets Old: A First-Hand Account of All Things Secondhand (and Sustainable).

Creating a Culture of Healthy Pride at Work (Whether Or Not You're in-Person)

Brag Better author and leadership trainer of the Brag Better Bootcamp Meredith Fineman knows that the word "brag" might be a bad one. But in her ten years of building a framework for strategic self-promotion, she argues that it's necessary for companies to create, foster, and endorse a culture of healthy pride and a diversity of voices at the office (even if that office is virtual). In her session, she runs through the importance of encouraging employees to speak about their accomplishments, highlights those of their colleagues, and elevates the voices of those that need to be heard for a more inclusive work future. She runs through roadblocks that the Qualified Quiet - those that have done the work but don't know how to tout it - run into at work and how to make sure that leadership listens to and promotes the work that matters.

Bragging as a Woman in STEM

We all know of the inequalities of being a woman in STEM. Brag Better author and leadership trainer Meredith Fineman breaks down how to advocate for your voice, find allyship among other women in your organization, feel heard, and do it all without burning out. In her talk, she highlights tactics that The Qualified Quiet, those that have done the work but don't know how to tout it, can authentically share their voices when it feels like nobody is listening. She also breaks down the ins and outs. of a"soft skill" like strategic self-promotion to play ball in a difficult world. Plus, how to care for yourself and your work when you feel like you're not being heard.