In this monthly series, Built In Chicago will highlight some of the most important players in our digital ecosystem: the women. From entrepreneurs to technologists, investors to academic leaders, and corporate innovators to developers, women play important and diverse roles in dozens of local organizations. Every month, we'll introduce you to five women worth knowing. Through these exclusive interviews, get to know these women through their likes, experiences, and maybe even their secrets. Here's one of them.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
Founder/President/CEO of Instant Technology, a nationally-recognized, full-service IT talent management firm; entrepreneur and community leader; mom to three.
HOW DID YOU BECOME AN ENTREPRENEUR?
Armed with a $100K loan and a passion for understanding what my clients and consultants were seeking, I started from the basement of my home with my bulldog Henry.
THE BEST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED?
Surround yourself with a strong advisory group and support. Mentorship is invaluable. Having dynamic people around you will help you succeed.
THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU FACE ON A DAILY BASIS?
I’m always thinking of ways to build the company, but I’m grateful for having a driven, motivated team whom I can trust and depend on.
YOUR SECRET WEAPON?
My drive. When you’re passionate about something, no challenge seems insurmountable.
YOUR FAVORITE INDULGENCE?
Going to the spa. It’s important to be good to yourself.
YOUR ADVICE FOR YOUNGER WOMEN?
Stay true to your passion and your focus will drive you towards your success.
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