Are You Creating Memorable Moments in Los Angeles?


During the last twelve months, I have been working on a project to do We Said Go Travel before I turned 50. I honestly never could have imagined the things that would happen. I went on the Olympic Bobsled, I jumped out a plane and I went mountain biking at Northstar California Resort. I have never been so terrified but I never gave up and now I know that I can reach beyond what I think are my limitations. In Chip Heath and Dan Health’s book, The Power of Moments,” they write: ”

“Learning who we are and what we want, and what we’re capable of—it’s a lifelong process…Self-understanding comes slowly.”

I have been building We Said Go Travel and there have been challenges. I recently learned about amazing resources here in Los Angeles and wanted to share them with you.

Are You Creating Memorable Moments in Los Angeles?
Lisa Niver at Los Angeles City Hall “Grow With”

I have been accepted to be part of the Bixel Exchange Startup LAunch. What is it? “Bixel Exchange is Los Angeles’ Center for Innovation and Technology. We are hosted at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. We cultivate talent and empower entrepreneurs with the goal of creating a more prosperous Los Angeles. We do this through our two core programs: Tech Ed Partnerships & Startup LAunch.” I have been to two co-working days and had my first meeting with my mentor. Get ready for big changes at We Said Go Travel as we grow.

Through Bixel Exchange, I learned about a program at City Hall through the Office of Finance, “Grow With.” Over 300 women gathered in the Council Chamber to network and listen to the success stories of female entrepreneurs including Sky Kelley, founder and CEO of Avisare, who was also in the Bixel Exchange program. You can hear her speak about some Los Angeles resources in this video clip:

VIDEO: “Grow With” Los Angeles

Are You Creating Memorable Moments in Los Angeles?It was a wonderful night and I left feeling very inspired! In The Power of Moments, they also remark that:

“Courage is contagious…[Courage] is easier if you’ve practiced, and when you stand up, others will join you…[Remember,] your moment of courage might be a defining moment for someone else.”

Thank you Claire Bartels, Mayor Garcetti, Ana Guerrero and everyone who created this event. I loved when Guerrero said, “We want you to feel supported by the resources the City of LA has to offer.” She also told us that for the first time in the history of the city of Los Angeles there are no all male commissions and half of all deputy mayors are female. The funding to girls sports programs was 20% and is now 38% and increasing. I am ready to “Grow With” the city of Los Angeles.

Thank you to the panel on Vision, Wisdom and Resources for sharing their stories: Ramona Wright, Lea Endres, Sky Kelley and Bethany Yellowtail.

Bethany Yellowtail said: “There is not one way to do anything. I can build a business and brand my way.”

It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a community to start a company,” Sky Kelley told us!

Don’t let then name your value. Name it yourself and believe in yourself.” from Lea Endres

Be able to say I need help and reach out!” moderator Ramona Wright.

Look for more news about the next chapter of We Said Go Travel coming soon! I am reaching for the stars and I am grateful for these women and these resources to help me get there. Lisa Niver

Are You Creating Memorable Moments in Los Angeles?


Lisa Ellen Niver

After exploring 99 countries and sailing for seven years on the high seas, Lisa Niver is ready for more active adventures! Find her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.25 million views on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and YouTube. Her stories include Dutch designer villas for Luxury Magazine, interviewing Fabien Cousteau for Delta Sky, skiing with the blind for Sierra and WWII for Saturday Evening Post and Smithsonian. She is verified on both Twitter and Facebook and is the Adventure Correspondent for The Jet Set TV. Her latest projects are 50 new things before she is 50 and Facebook Live for USA Today 10best. She has run 13 Travel Writing Awards publishing nearly 2000 writers from 75 countries and this summer is the first We Said Go Travel Photo Competition. She was a winner in the 59th annual 2016 Southern California Journalism Awards for her print column in The Jewish Journal. She was invited to the United Nations as a Champions of Humanity ambassador, to the red carpet at the Oscars with United Airlines and to New Orleans with American Express and Starwood Hotels. She also contributes to USA Today, Wharton Business Magazine, the Jewish Journal and was a 2012 nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, a 2014 nominee for the Charles Bronfman Prize and a finalist in two categories for the 59th annual Southern California Journalism Awards.

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