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When Geri Stengel’s corporate bosses nixed her suggestions, she decided to share her good ideas with small business owners instead, and make a handsome living doing it. And today corporations like CNBC and Dell hire her for her research and expertise as well. On this week’s episode of Glambition Radio, Geri tells the story of how she struck out on her own, became an expert in women’s entrepreneurship, and why she never stops reaching for the brass ring.
Geri had it all planned. Her dream while in school was literally to go “work in a large corporation, live in Manhattan, and wear fancy clothes”. She got what she wanted, including a job with Dow Jones, but abandoned it all when she lost her taste for the corporate world’s slow pace and lack of innovation. On the show, she tells the story on how she made the leap and left to become a freelance consultant, helping small businesses write their business plans and develop strategies to raise money. Geri has since become an author, speaker, teacher and advisor, a regular contributor to Forbes, and was named a 2012 and 2013 Small Business Influencer for her expertise on the success factors of women entrepreneurs.
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Geri is the president of Ventureneer, a digital marketing and market research company, with a focus on thought leadership. Her work with women in all stages of entrepreneurship led to her book, Forget the Glass Ceiling: Build Your Business Without One, where she profiled 10 awe-inspiring women, several of whom have grown their businesses past the $100 million mark. (You’ll recognize a few who have also been guests on our show, such as Kara Goldin from Hint water.) The book provides inspiring stories and practical advice to overcome unique barriers.
During our conversation, Geri and I discovered we overcame some of the same personal and professional obstacles (including self-doubt and the search for good female role models), and we bonded in the pride we share for creating our business success without ever having taken a business class. 😉
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