What is your name, age, and location?
My name is Porter Gale. I’m 47 (but feel 30!) and I live in San Francisco.
What is your profession?
Writer, marketing consultant, public speaker, documentary filmmaker and mom.
What did you study in school and what degrees do you have?
What was your first job?
My first job was interning for an advertising agency, called Martin/Williams, in Minneapolis.
Who or what inspired you to break into your current line of work?
I’m currently the author of Your Network Is Your Net Worth. I wrote the book so I could share my stories and the lessons of others with a broader audience. My hope is that the book will show and teach others the importance of networking in today’s digital world.
Name/describe what has been your most rewarding project so far?
I’ve been fortunate that I’ve worn many hats over doing my career. I loved being the VP of Marketing at Virgin America when the airline launched and I have many fond memories of being a documentary filmmaker and commercial director. Now, I can add author to my list of job titles. There is nothing better than receiving an email from a reader that is inspired to make positive change because of my book.
Name/describe one incident when being a woman has helped your career?
I don’t think about gender that often in the workplace. I’ve been very focused at working hard and being the best I can be in every role. There is research that states that women are more likely to understand emotional cues in meetings and during interviews. Because of that, I would say being a woman has helped me be a filmmaker and an author as I’m constantly talking to and interview new people.
Name/describe one incident when being a woman has hindered your career?
Well, I do recall early in my career working on an installation team that brought signage systems into banks. I was on a crew that traveled from bank-to-bank in Colorado, in Ryder trucks. The job was about 25% detail-work and 75% manual labor. My guess is lugging the boxes and gear around the banks would have been easier if I had stronger forearms. Regardless, I see every opportunity as a challenge and liked working on that team.
Who is your role model or mentor (alive or dead)?
Well, I think Hillary Clinton is quite remarkable. I’d love to interview her at some point in my career. I also am in awe of Oprah.
If you could give one piece of advice to a woman starting out in your field, what would it be?
Raise the bar, don’t hold back and go for your dreams.
Porter’s book Your Network is Your Net Worth
Follow Porter on Twitter: @portergale
– Interview by Elena Rossini
– Special thanks to Kelly Hoey for the introduction!
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