Diversity Woman Magazine

SPR 2018

Leadership and Executive Development for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds

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d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m S p r i n g 2 0 1 8 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 19 We Mean Business > Unsure of her next career step, Lisa Skeete Tatum realized that many women felt the same way—so she founded Landit, to help them navigate their career path she found that she still didn't know what she wanted to be when she grew up. at realization led to a Eureka moment—if I don't know what I want to do with my career at different phases in my life, there must be millions of women who feel the same way. So, with Sheila Marcelo, whom she met at Harvard, Skeete Tatum launched Landit, a company that guides women who are looking to transition to a new job or an entirely new career, and women who are seeking to reengage in the work- force after taking time off. Diversity Woman: You founded Landit when you were at an inflection point in your career. Tell us what was going on in your life and career, and how it led to your idea for Landit. Lisa Skeete Tatum: I founded Landit as a result of my own personal experience. I was at an inflection point after over a decade as a venture capitalist, and found the process of trying to figure out what's next to be really challenging. I knew what I didn't want to do, but it wasn't clear how I was going to marry my pas- sion, interests, and experience with my next step. Everyone, including myself, expected me to have all the answers and it was really uncomfortable. e more I talked to women in all aspects of my life—from colleagues to fellow alumnae to women at my sons' school—I realized that I was not alone in feeling a bit stuck about where to start and how to figure out this next chapter. ere are over 40 million women who will find themselves at an inflection point, whether they are looking to excel in their current role or company, looking for a new opportunity and feeling stuck, or looking to reengage in the formal workplace. ey all face the same question: Where do I start? During this time, I was accepted as a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Insti- tute. As part of the program, you have LISA SKEETE TATUM Cultivate Your Career By Lindsay Gutierrez A s a child, Lisa Skeete Tatum dreamed of being the first woman astronaut in space. Her life went in a different direction, but as cofounder and CEO of Landit, she just may help launch the next woman astronaut headed to Mars. Skeete Tatum, who grew up in Newark, New Jer- sey, was always interested in math and science. She graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor's de- gree in chemical engineering and landed at Procter & Gamble. She soon realized that she was an entrepreneur at heart and went to Harvard Business School with the intention of becoming a venture capitalist. After a stint as a general partner at Cardinal Partners, a venture capital firm, CEO Woman

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