Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to travel to Eden, UT for a gathering with the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC). In addition to enjoying the breathtaking mountain views, I got to meet some amazing high growth entrepreneurs, who inspired and energized me. I’m excited to share their stories with you along with some of their thoughts on leadership.
Lindsay Tanne, LogicPrep
“I was once told that ‘the high road is never the wrong road.’ I try to remember that in all my interactions with my clients and team members — and instill this in the culture of our organization.”
LogicPrep specializes in preparing high school students for college. Combining individualized instruction with software designed to enhance the process, LogicPrep’s innovative approach to test preparation and academic advising helps students maximize their study time and develop the skills that will help them succeed in college and beyond.
Jennifer Mellon, Trustify
“The best leadership advice I have ever received came from my first boss at the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. She shared that if I do everything in life with diligence and excellence I will accomplish everything I set out to do. That mindset leads every decision I make and those are the qualities I value most in my team.”
Trustify is the first technology platform to connect clients and businesses to the only nationwide network of licensed, highly-vetted private investigators. The platform provides affordable, confidential, on-demand access to experienced professionals – without the typical large retainer charged by most traditional private investigation agencies.
Laura Land, Marketplace Valet
“I once heard Jack Brown of Stater Bros. speak and he said he employed a management technique called ‘MBWA’ or Management By Walking Around. I find this to be an extremely effective way of getting to know your employees and letting them interact with you in a non-threatening atmosphere.”
Marketplace Valet simplifies the process of selling your products on multiple online marketplaces. They can take over the entire process for you from A to Z. They can handle everything from product imaging to fulfillment to customer service. Their services let you focus on either product development or sourcing while they focus on getting your products listed and sold.
Rebecca Devaney, Hunter Creative Labs
“A great leader creates psychological safety for those around them to thrive.”
Hunter Creative Labs is a Boston-based Health and Wellness Foundry, dedicated to making the world a better place through skillful digital and physical product development. They are also a tech company that is chartered to be 50% women at the board, c-suite and team level.
Hunter currently has four products, but the only one that is officially on the market (others under negotiation), is dogatowels.com. The world’s best towel! For real. Spent a year iterating it with textile engineers.
(All of Rebecca’s publications and patents are there.)
Laura Mignott, Digital Flash
“Take your medicine first – do all the annoying things you need to do first, so you can get to the good stuff.”
DigitalFlash is a New York-based, WBE certified, seven year old brand experience agency, working with leading brands like Bose, VC firms and startups. In December 2016, Laura launched, the Reset Podcast, where she brings on an influential friend from business, marketing, government and more and they talk about the way their industry needs to be reset.
Daisy Jing, Banish
“Remind yourself that you are a leader because people are following you and you are leading the team in the right direction. You can’t be THE LEADER who CHOOSES his team members. Instead, be the leader who is followed by EVERYONE.”
Banish gets to the root of acne problems, and doesn’t just cover them up temporarily. They use fresh natural ingredients, sourced from the West Coast of the United States. At Banish, they work to get your skin back to its natural state by emphasizing the use of fresh ingredients from nature. They do not promise you perfect skin, but they’re here to give you back your confidence and help you love the skin you’re in.
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Beck Bamberger, BAM Communications
“Because she competes with no one, no one can compete with her.” -Lao Tzu
BAM Communications is a full service PR agency with a specialization in fast growing enterprise and consumer tech brands. The firm’s superhero squad of 20 “rescues” innovative brands from anonymity every day.
Betsy McHugh, Hurdl
“The strongest leaders know there is no way for one person to know everything. Instead, a true leader is strong enough to surround themselves with the best in their field, to listen closely, and then to make decisions that factor in two things: the advice of their trusted experts and their gut. Always trust your team and your gut!”
Hurdl revolutionizes entertainment marketing and the live event space by creating direct relationships with fans. Its PIXL LED wearable turns audiences into an interactive lightshow while its patented software allows clients and their brand partners a new 1:1 communication network with all attendees for direct, real time engagement. The result: interactive experiences that drive increased revenue — Hurdl: Your Audience, Illuminated.
Sumi Krishnan, K4 Solutions Leadership Advisory
“Always measure your success by your own internal metrics — not what appears to be happening on the outside. What is coming cannot be seen.”
Sumi Krishnan runs K4 Solutions’ leadership advisory to help other women leaders live their highest potential. She coaches individually and runs retreats and group programs to maximize individual learnings. She is on a mission to transform leadership at the top of all fields to include a value system that reflects the natural strengths of women.
Kate Hancock, OC Facial Care Center
“The best leadership advice I have received came from an old boss: Get to know your employee(s) on a personal level. We sometimes become so numbers driven, we forget the human aspect. People will do anything for you if you get to know them and connect on a personal level.”
OC Facial Care Center is a luxury day spa and boutique in Orange County, California. We offer the best facial and body treatments using the latest technology and products.
Melinda Nicci, Baby2Body
“Focus on your strengths, and stay confident in them. Recognize your weaknesses, and hire people around you that can address them.”
Baby2Body empowers new and expecting moms to live better, by giving them the information and inspiration they need, exactly when they need it. We provide relevant, daily insights into each woman’s wellbeing, fitness, nutrition and beauty needs through pregnancy and beyond, so she can stay strong, sexy, and stress-free. Why are we making this experience all about the woman? Because together we can create a generation of healthier babies and happy, empowered women.
About the Interviewer: Elisa Miller-Out is COO of Women 2.0, Co-Founder of PollQ, a polling bot and Managing Partner at Chloe Capital, an early stage investment fund with a focus on women tech entrepreneurs.