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Ellen Leikind is the founder of POKERprimaDIVAS™ and author of “Poker Woman: How To Win at Love, Life, and Business Using the Principles of Poker.”
Ellen took a hiatus from the Fortune 500 and rediscovered poker, a game she had learned as a teenager. The more she played, the more she saw how poker and business mirrored one another. Poker encourages initiative and assertiveness and rewards calculated risk-taking. It is also an exceptionally good way to learn to read non-verbal cues. The psychological aspect of poker is as important as the technicalities of the game. In many ways, you play the people as much as you play the cards. Ellen saw how women were being excluded from this new networking activity and wanted to give them a forum to get into the game. Poker had become the new golf and for women to be in the game, they had to be at the poker tables as a player, not just an observer.