Fran Hauser is passionate about leveling the playing field for women. She does this through her investing, writing, and speaking. Fran has invested in over 30 female-founded companies across consumer tech, CPG, media & publishing, and wellness. She is the best-selling author of The Myth of the Nice Girl: Achieving a Career You Love Without Becoming a Person You Hate which pioneered the notion that one does not have to choose between kindness and strength, and that the most effective leaders lead with both. The book has been translated into six languages and was named “Best Business Book of the Year, 2018” by Audible. Fran’s new book, Embrace the Work, Love Your Career is quickly becoming the go-to for women seeking more joy and fulfillment in their career. Fran regularly speaks at conferences and organizations to empower women to build careers they love while staying true to themselves. She has done over 200 talks and her clients include Meta, Uber, Mastercard, Unilever, Blackrock, Google, NPR, and The Conferences for Women. In 2022 Fran was named one of AAE's top 20 keynote speakers. Much of her current work is informed by 15 years spent in media, where she rose through the ranks at Time Inc. to President of Digital. She lives outside of NYC with her husband and two sons.