The Women Driving Chicago's Digital Renaissance: Mana Ionescu

December 2, 2012

In this monthly series, Built In Chicago highlights 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.

mana ionescu

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WHAT DO YOU DO?
I run Lightspan Digital, a Digital Marketing Company. We build online connections between brands and audiences through compelling storytelling.

HOW DID YOU BECOME AN ENTREPRENEUR?
I like to build things. I came to the U.S. with $200 and I had no choice but to build. I built a career and then I had a vision and built Lightspan.

THE BEST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED?
Make decisions from inspiration not from fear.

YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE ON A DAILY BASIS?
Sitting down for a proper meal. Somehow there's never enough time for mindful eating.

YOUR SECRET WEAPON?
I see potential and possibilities everywhere - in people, in success and in failures. I test, learn and keep pushing forward. No excuses.

YOUR ADVICE FOR YOUNGER WOMEN?
Go for it. Code something. Solve a problem. Challenge assumptions. Don’t wait for permission to “enter” the tech world. Just own it! And then brag a little so we all know you did it!
 
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Nominate your favorite woman for future installments of The Women Driving Chicago's Digital Renaissance by emailing Amina Elahi ([email protected]). Include her name, title, organization and a 140-character description of why she deserves to be featured.

 

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