Holly Lichtenfeld – Founder, Girlpreneur, Author & Speaker
I’m a girlpreneur. I think I have always been one. I remember when I was around 8 standing in my front yard with a sign selling canoe shaped leaves. (I thought they were so cool and apparently a few other people did as well – or they were just being nice). I sold 7 leaves and earned $1.75. I was hooked. My parents owned a wholesale business and as a kid in addition to working for them here and there, I would pick items from their catalogs that I could also sell. There was a set of Scooby Doo magnets that were a hot seller for me for a while. And there was also the backyard carnival I created to raise money for an animal shelter. As an adult I developed my business skills at Fortune 500 companies including Morgan Stanley, Dun & Bradstreet and Levi Strauss & Co. I’ve also run my own successful marketing company, co-founded CleanWell Company and worked with and for a variety of start-ups. I’ve volunteered as a mentor for teen girls and as a judge at FIRST Lego League (FLL) competitions.
I started Bright Girls to make business fun for girls, using characters, stories, and activities that girls love. The mission of Bright Girls is to have girls envision themselves as business leaders, entrepreneurs and CEOs. I want to help girls to be agents of positive change for their lives and the greater community.
Whether girls want to be scientists, chefs, engineers, artists, programmers, doctors, or whatever they can dream up, understanding business will help them to be successful and change their world.
There’s a gender gap when it comes to business ownership and entrepreneurialism. Let’s close the gap together!