avatar Anna Gannon Editorial Lead at Expectful

Is it possible to balance motherhood and a high-end career?

Vanessa Liu believes so, and is living proof that it’s possible.

Vanessa is a start-up COO, Digital Media Entrepreneur and a mother of two. Along with the support of her husband, Vanessa has found a way to manage her time as a working mom and is here to shed some light on how you can too.

On today’s episodes we’re learning about Vanessa’s personal journey to motherhood, the life-hacks she uses to save time, and why she’s so passionate about equal gender opportunity in and outside of the work place.

About Vanessa Liu


Vanessa is the Chief Operating Officer at Trigger Media Group, a $22MM digital media incubator. In her role, she has co-founded, incubated and oversees business operations and strategic initiatives of Trigger’s portfolio companies: InsideHook (the essential digital lifestyle guide for adventurous and discerning men) and Fevo (SaaS technology bringing friends and networks together for group experiences at live events).

Vanessa currently serves on the board of directors of InsideHook and is a board observer of Fevo. She is an advisor or investor in start-ups including Bounce Exchange, Grata Data, GroundSignal, Savoteur (formerly Daily Secret), and Knotel. She mentors female founders through the Dreamers // Doers network, Monarq Incubator, and Parity Partners Parity Program.

Previously, Vanessa was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company’s Media and Entertainment Practice, based in Amsterdam, London and New York. In this role,

Vanessa was responsible for serving clients in a variety of media and high tech sectors including online advertising, magazine and newspaper publishing, television, video content production, and information services, particularly on issues of digital media strategy, emerging market strategy, growth and innovation.

Vanessa graduated magna cum laude with an AB in psychology from Harvard University and cum laude with a JD from Harvard Law School. She was a Fulbright Scholar at Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands where she conducted independent research on the International War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the International Court of Justice. She serves as Vice President, College Alumni Affairs, of the Harvard Alumni Association; Board Member of the Stuyvesant High School Alumni Association; and an Advisory Board member of BUILD.org NY.