If we had to sum up our cocktail event last month with Lainey Lui in three words, they would be: inspiring, insightful, and candid. The successful founder of LaineyGossip.com held nothing back as she gave a rare, behind-the-curtain look at a day in her life. Although celebrities like Brad and Angelina were name-checked at the event, it was the gossip maven’s reflections on building a successful, female-driven business that took centre stage.
Find our three top leadership takeaways from Lainey Lui below, along with the event’s signature drink recipe and a ticket giveaway for our next Speaker Series.
- Passion Is Key
It would be an understatement to say Lainey Lui has a lot on the go, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. The Co-host of CTV’s The Social, Senior Correspondent for eTalk, and founder and scribe of LaineyGossip.comembraces her jam-packed schedule because she truly enjoys what she is doing. Her dedication and passion for her work is infectious. “I have the luxury and the privilege of doing several jobs that I love.” – Lainey Lui
- Pay It Forward
In addition to her hard work and passion, Lainey credits her success to female mentors who guided and supported her. As a result, she has made it her mission to help other women rise to the top and reach their career goals. “There are many women who have given me opportunities, so I take it very seriously to give opportunities to other women. LaineyGossip.com features nine female voices, these voices are diverse and through a number of different backgrounds.” – Lainey Lui
- Be Vulnerable and Seek Allies
Lainey speaks openly about the struggles she has overcome and relatable challenges that she continues to face as a female entrepreneur. Even with millions of views per month, she shares that some still question the value of her gossip site (we direct those that have this view to Lainey’s fascinating Ted Talk about gossip’s role in society) and fail to take her seriously as a business owner. To work through these challenges, Lainey wants women to start having more serious discussions about their work struggles and lean on each other for solutions, encouragement, and community. “As many challenges that I may have or you may have, I hope that we all have some allies and that these allies are woman.” – Lainey Lui
Peachy Sangria Recipe + Speaker Series Ticket Giveaway
The signature cocktail at our Lainey Lui event was a refreshing, “Peachy Sangria” made with fresh peaches and blueberries. Enjoy the recipe below from our event host 2nd Floor Events. What’s your favourite summer drink? Tweet us at @WXN with your answer for the chance to WIN two free tickets to our next Cocktail Speaker Series event!
Ingredients (per glass)
4 oz. Dry White Wine
1 oz. Peach Schnapps
0.5 oz. Cherry Brandy
1 oz. Soda
In a large bowl, put fresh peaches and oranges together with Peach Schnapps and Cherry Brandy. Leave this covered in the fridge overnight to allow liquors to soak into fruit. Fill wine glass with ice and soaked fruit (2-3 pieces of fruit per glass). Pour in wine and liquors, and top with soda. Garnish glasses with fresh raspberries and blueberries for colour and enjoy!