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300: How to Network Like a Boss + Creating a 'Portfolio Life' - Christina Wallace

On Air with Ella - podcast episode 300

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We are continuing our conversation about second half career pivots, personal or professional transitions, how to redefine yourself (it is NEVER too late!), and how to build a high quality network at any point in your career. Harvard Business School educator Christina Wallace is sharing a new framework for building the life you want NOW, no matter what your starting point.

The 'Portfolio Life' is built on three tenets...

3 tenets of a Portfolio Life:

  1. You are more than any one role or opportunity.

  2. Diversification will help you navigate change and mitigate uncertainty.

  3. When (not if ) your needs change, you can and should rebalance.

Portfolio Life Venn diagram

In this episode:

Navigating second-half career transitions and networking like a boss!
  • Work/life balance is a misnomer, let's look at our entire 'portfolio'

  • What is a human Venn diagram? (it's a great exercise - see mine above :-) )

  • What is a Life Audit and how does it work?

  • How to network like a boss

  • What is the "orthogonal network"?

  • The Coffee Chat strategy

  • Christine's 3 questions to garner feedback:

1. When have you seen me happiest?

2. What do you come to me for?

3. Where do I stand out against my peers?

  • Forget mentors, seek directors

  • Redefining failure AND success

Get the full episode transcript here.

"When your needs change, when your season of life changes, you rebalance your portfolio just like you would your financial portfolio. This isn't you being flaky, this isn't you flip-flopping. It's growing. It's saying I need something different, I want something different, so let's design something different."

The Portfolio Life book


A self-described "human Venn diagram," Christina Wallace has crafted a career at the intersection of business, technology, and the arts. After a decade as a serial entrepreneur, she joined the faculty of Harvard Business School where she is the course head of the first-year entrepreneurship class and runs the HBS Startup Bootcamp. Her latest book is The Portfolio Life: How to Future-Proof Your Career, Avoid Burnout, and Build A Life Bigger Than Your Business Card.

An enthusiastic-if-mediocre marathoner and erstwhile mezzo soprano, Christina lives in Cambridge with her husband and two children.

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