About Ali Brown
Named the “Entrepreneurial Guru for Women” by Business News Daily, Ali Brown provides business coaching and advice to over 250,000 followers via AliBrown.com, her social media channels, and her Glambition® Radio show.
During the past five years, Ali has received the honor of being:
- Ranked on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies
- Named one of the Enterprising Women of the Year by Enterprising Women Magazine
- Included in the Ernst & Young Class of Entrepreneurial Winning Women
- A winner of the Stevie® Award for Women Helping Women
- A recipient of the Commitment to Philanthropy award from the Step Up Women’s Network
- Named “The Entrepreneurial Guru for Women” by Business News Daily
- Dubbed one of Forbes’ Women to Watch
- Featured on the season finale of ABC’s Secret Millionaire show
- Spokesperson and panelist for Chase’s Mission Main Street Grants program for small business
- Named by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the Top 10 Twitter Accounts Every Entrepreneur Should Be Following
- an Entrepreneur Delegate for the United Nations Foundation Global Accelerator
In addition, her Glambition Radio show was recently named by Inc. Magazine as one of the “9 Podcasts Every Female Entrepreneur Should Listen To”
“I had no idea I wanted to be an entrepreneur…”
Ali’s entrepreneurial plans were hatched while working at a small New York City ad agency. She found herself frustrated at not being able to change and improve things, and her ideas fell on deaf ears. Then, in 1998 Ali made the decision that changed her life forever. “I finally realized that I should be an entrepreneur! I was working in a tiny company and was doing everything from talking to clients, to servicing accounts, to getting coffee for my boss, to fixing the fax machine. That was when I realized that I had the skills I needed to do this on my own.”
She quit her job. Without a mentor or coach to guide her, Ali immersed herself in books on marketing and success. Using a second-hand computer gifted by her younger brother, she discovered how to use online marketing to build her business. It appealed to her because it was low-cost, had a broad reach, and she could work from her kitchen table at home.
Hitting Bottom and Bouncing Back…
Although happy at being free from a traditional job, this was a difficult period for the budding entrepreneur. She had trouble finding clients, didn’t know how to market herself, and was flat broke. “I remember one night going to the ATM,” she says. “I was meeting some friends for drinks, and I couldn’t even take out a $20 bill. My balance was $18.56. I will never forget that number. I had to call them and cancel and go home. I had maxed out my credit cards. I had been putting all I had into my little start-up business.”
Ali hung in there. The thought of giving up her independence was too painful to bear, and her perseverance today illustrates how to find success if you really want it. “I trusted myself. This was my path. I listened to my heart and knew that this was what I was supposed to do. Soon enough I figured it out, one day at a time.” And that’s when her business started to move in the right direction.
Ali’s proficiency at marketing her business via e-mail newsletters or “e-zines” landed her projects with prestigious clients such as New York Times Digital, Adweek Magazines, Scholastic Books, and Dun & Bradstreet. She built up her marketing communications business to six-figures and beyond. But the best was yet to come.
From Nowhere…to Self-Made Millionaire…to Entrepreneur Mentor
The moment when Ali realized her risks would really be rewarded was when other women she met asked her about her business success with questions like, “How do you market yourself? How do you get clients? How do you use the internet? How do you keep going when you feel like giving up?”
Ali’s a-ha moment was to create her first e-book. She posted it online and sent an offer to the small e-mail list she had nurtured at the time. Scared stiff, she feared her clients might reject her because she was selling to them. So she took some time out and went to the gym. On her return she saw her inbox full of orders and was stunned. “I’ll never forget that feeling,” she says. “There were dozens of orders that had come in. And I realized, I’m not working right now! I had done the work, and income was coming in. I thought, I want to learn more about this and teach it to others.” Ali then fast became a respected industry leader in driving sales and marketing via email publishing.
Ali’s following gained, and her expertise grew well past online promotion into marketing, business, and success strategies for entrepreneurs. Her offerings expanded into courses, programs, seminars, events, and mentoring. She reached her goal to become a millionaire by age 35, and since then has devoted her entire venture to help other women business owners take their business to scale.
Ali’s business-building insights and warm spirit are big draws on the international stage. She hosts entrepreneurial events that change lives, and her workshops are unlike any other out there, combining her innovative business success strategies with advice for leadership and personal growth.
A Natural Media Maven—From Online to Print to TV
Ali and her businesses have been featured on CNN.com, Forbes.com, Inc.com, Entrepreneur.com, More.com, Business News Daily, The Huffington Post, Smart Business Los Angeles, Kiplinger.com, Yahoo.com and more.
In 2014, Ali was featured in the documentary film, Rise of the Entrepreneur: The Search for a Better Way alongside world-renowned economist Harry S. Dent Jr., original Shark Tank shark Kevin Harrington, and wealth-building experts such as Robert Kiyosaki. She’s been highlighted in the books Million Dollar Consulting, 5th edition (2016, MgGraw Hill), Flight Club (2016, Hera Hub), Walk Through Fire (2014, Cadence), Your Network is Your Net Worth (2013, Atria), The Prosperity Plan (2011, Tarcher), Smarter, Faster, Cheaper (2010, Wiley), Coach Yourself to a New Career (2010, McGraw Hill), Small Businesses Give Big (2009, Alma Publishing), Birthing the Elephant: A Woman’s Go-for-It Guide to Starting and Growing a Successful Business (2008, Ten Speed Press), Mastering Online Marketing (2007, Entrepreneur Press), and The Official Get Rich Guide to Information Marketing (2007, Entrepreneur Press), among others.
She has been interviewed on the Fox Business Network, E!, ABC News Now, the Style Network, and on ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, NBC, and Sirius XM news and morning shows around the country. (She’s even been spoofed on Jimmy Kimmel Live.) And her philanthropic efforts were featured in the spring 2011 season finale of ABC’s hit primetime TV series, Secret Millionaire.
Ali has also been featured in numerous print publications in the U.S., U.K., and Australia, including Inc. magazine, Success magazine, Self-Made magazine, the New York Post, the Sydney Morning Herald, and Investor’s Business Daily.
Helping Women Thrive as Entrepreneurs
Over the last 10 years, Ali has advised and helped nurture the businesses of many of the online thought leaders you see thriving today. She has helped her clients increase revenues from the tens of thousands of dollars into the millions, birth new brands, monetize their messages, create lucrative programs and trainings, host moneymaking seminars and events, reposition themselves on a higher-end of the spectrum, connect with high level people in their industry, gain media appearances, and more. (Learn more about coaching and consulting with Ali here.)
Ali has run large training programs with over 1,000 members (including her current program Elevate) and hosted events with as many as 500 in attendance, coming in from all over the world. However today, Ali most enjoys working with a select number of high-level entrepreneurs on a private basis.
Ali’s coaching is so influential that CNN.com featured her in their article “How Mentors Make Superstars”.
Although Ali’s career has been full of many outstanding triumphs, she shares what fills her with the most pride is the achievements of her clients: “Nothing makes me more proud or excited, sometimes to the point of tears, as when I see a client have a big breakthrough, share a success story that changed her life, or multiplied her income in ways she could only have imagined.”
For years, Ali’s annual live event SHINE inspired entrepreneurs to think creatively about marketing, and to take the smart risks that allow their businesses to thrive no matter what state the economy is in. Ali provided hands-on exercises and personal coaching at each event, where she interviewed numerous inspiring women including real estate mogul and star of ABC’s Shark Tank, Barbara Corcoran, Baby Einstein founder Julie Clark, Academy Award® winning actress Marlee Matlin, maternity-wear design maven Liz Lange, and Dermalogica Founder Jane Wurwand.
And by popular demand, Ali is regularly invited to speak on stages around the world, delivering powerful messages and practical action steps to groups ranging from entrepreneurs to corporate professionals to nonprofits and women’s groups.
Transforming Her Life Into a Legacy
Ali’s philanthropy has been recognized via awards, media, and exclusive opportunities. Ali is a recipient of the Stevie® Award for Women Helping Women, the Commitment to Philanthropy award from the Step Up Women’s Network, and she gave away $100,000 to inspiring active members of her community on the spring 2011 ABC primetime TV show, Secret Millionaire.
Ali was also one of a handful of entrepreneurs invited to attend Virgin-brand mogul Sir Richard Branson’s “New Frontiers in Philanthropy” summit on his private island in BVI, where 20 philanthropists and entrepreneurs joined together to create new approaches for scaling change in the social sector.
In 2014 Ali was invited to be an official entrepreneur delegate of the United Nations Foundation’s first ever Global Accelerator conference, bringing together 100 international business leaders to work on solving world issues at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. And in 2015 she was asked to be on the Advisory Board of the initiative for Empowering a Billion Women by 2020 (EBW2020) led by Ingrid Vanderveldt. Ali is also an angel investor with a special interest in women-led ventures.
A native of Monroe, Connecticut, Ali has lived in Boston, New York City, and Los Angeles. After 13 years in the LA area, Ali relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona, where she lives with her husband, Brett, and their twins, Maddison and Jordan.