A Peek Inside My Village: Meredith Fineman

Meredith Fineman is a writer, an entrepreneur, and a media expert. She's also a staunch believer in women supporting women and has the track record to prove it.

She hosted an incredible #droptheball book event for me in DC last year, and it was clear that the room was packed because she's one of those powerhouses who everyone shows up for (Susan McPherson, who introduced us, is one of those, too!). Meredith runs FinePoint, a communications and leadership company that leverages public relations tactics to empower professionals. Her speciality? Teaching women how to brag and self-promote.

When I asked Meredith what she's had to #droptheball on in order to become a master at empowering other women to toot their own horns, I learned that she had to take a dose of her own medicine. She had to drop her nagging inner critic and become kinder to herself. "Now, I work very hard to counter any negative thoughts I have about myself when I'm being unnecessarily tough - from work to personal life. It's a total work in progress."

Clearly, the work is paying off. Last month she released her first book, Microtrends Squared: The New Small Forces Driving Today's Big Disruptions. I can't wait to see what Meredith does next to crush the status quo.