Wednesday, 6 July 2016
I no longer blog here so thought I'd end at the beginning - below is the first blog post i ever wrote (edited for 2016).
Ok, so by way of introduction, some bits and pieces about me:
1. I can't spell. I used to rationalize to myself that there were many really smart people who also can't spell. I tried to find them in Google but apparently they don't exist.
2. I bought a CD player about 2 years after everyone else I knew had one. I was hoping that digital tapes would win.
3. I write fiction. I am still in the middle of writing my first novel, ‘Lessons in Breathing Underwater’. I am on page 77. (update - this is now a screenplay and completed)
4. I have a really smart and beautiful daughter who i'll call CeeCee. She finished her first novel at sixteen. She is now twenty, second year at U of T, a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, does Krav Maga and starred in this music video Keys n Krate.
5. I was the first employee of a company called ‘Telepersonals’ where my brother did the original computer programming. It's now called Lavalife.
6. I get really really mad about customer service issues. I once got about fifty of my friends to email Jeff Bezos when Amazon refused refund me $10 for a digital download that was broken. I got my money back.
7. Legend has it that my cousin Victor, an aerospace engineer, invented the process for turning urine into water in space. I know right?
8. My brother Jeffrey who lived in Phnom Pen was a Cambodian national golf champion. However, he was not allowed to regain his title the next year because they made a law that foreigners couldn’t enter. He retired as champion. He helped me play my first game in Jan 2016. It was way more fun than i thought it would be.
9. My sister Susan was on the Nation Team of Canada for Rhythmic Gymnastics (which I thought was a silly sport myself but still) and ended up on a date with a famous Prince.
10. I was in the North York Mirror next to our illustrious mayor at the time, Mel Lastman (the non-crack smoking Mayor), as part of the North York Aquatic Clubs big yearly fundraiser (green with envy aren’t ya?).
11. I helped my Dad (who was an OB/GYN and died about four years ago) write a blog about urinary incontinence The Bladder Control Blog . Some great reading in there so please, enjoy and don't forget to share on social.
12. I was named 4th on a list of the top 100 women entrepreneurs. While an honour, all that really happened is I had to explain to everyone who knows me, why my press photo had an expression on my face that apparently never existed before or after that exact moment.
Friday, 12 April 2013
I've been blogging off and on here since 2006. I've loved the discipline of the writing process but the truth is these days, I put all of my business writing acumen into Gravity and my personal writing into my various unfinished fiction projects. What this means is that there isn't a lot of time left over for here. So I've decided to take a break from blog writing, at least for now.
For now, I'll leave everyone with my two slideshares that probably best summarize the way that I see the world when it comes to network communications.
Posted by Leigh at 22:45
Friday, 21 September 2012
As many of you know, I've been part of creating and supporting an Ovarian Cancer Awareness initiative called It's Time To Shout.
At the time when i had reached out to Elana & Mark (Waldman) I hadn't really been touched by cancer. But since that time, my uncle died of esophageal cancer and my father died of Pancreatic cancer.
Most importantly, we found out that my family has what is sometimes known as the "Jewish Cancer Gene" BRCA . (note: There is an increased rate of BRCA in the Ashkenazi Jewish community of 1 in 40, vs. 1 in 250 in the general Caucasian population)
It's funny. I worked on It's Time To Shout for over a year. I have hours of video of Elana and a hundred conversations talking about her diagnosis, BRCA in her family etc. and it never occurred to me even for a second that BRCA ran in my family. So when my sister mentioned to me a study of Jewish women in Toronto where we would be tested, I thought, well, sure, it will give the study more data, probably a good thing to do but again, NEVER OCCURRED TO ME FOR A SECOND THAT WE HAD IT.
And then the results phone call.
Genetics Councellor: " Just calling to tell you that you DO NOT have BRCA."
Me: " Ok great. thanks" (i mean exactly what i expected right?)
Genetics Councellor: "Have you talked to your sister yet?"
Me: "No. Why? Why would i need to talk to my sister?" (me...panic)
So i did end up talking to her -- and I (unfortunately) burst into tears when she told me she had BRCA II. Everyone in my family has now been given the choice to be tested (or not) with results that they choose to keep private and I won't discuss here.
When I told Elana she said to me,
"Sometimes you don't choose things, they choose you"
And clearly It's Time To Shout chose me.
I tell this story (with my sister's permission) to ask everyone to help bring attention to Ovarian Cancer awareness in any and all forms. From our site to this infographic to of course Elana's own powerful story.
And that's what I'm going to leave everyone with.
Spread the word and maybe, save a life.
Sunday, 13 May 2012
Posted by Leigh at 07:33
Thursday, 5 April 2012
Saturday, 31 March 2012
Always innovating is a tough game. RIM more then anyone has had a tough go of it recently. Jon Evans has a piece in Techcrunch today that I really relate to. If you are from Canada, it's hard not to want to see RIM turn themselves around. There are a tonne of smart people at that company and they simply transformed the technology market place here at home.