Alicia Navarro is the entrepreneurial founder and President of Skimlinks, an innovative platform helping publishers such as Buzzfeed, Conde Nast, Gizmodo, and Aol monetize their commerce-related content. Alicia started the company in her living room in Sydney, Australia, and over 10 years as CEO of the business she grew it to a $50m/year business based in London with operations in San Francisco and New York. In 2018 she stepped down as CEO to focus on building her next venture, working as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at firstminute and Breega Capital, coaching CEOs, and speaking at events. She’s won the EveryWoman in Technology Entrepreneur of the Year, a Finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, and the WCIT’s Female Entrepreneur of the Year, along with countless other awards for her leadership and Skimlinks’ innovation, growth, and culture. She has donated much of her time to mentor and speak to young founders and students, encouraging them to take careers in technology and startups.
Prior to founding Skimlinks, Alicia worked in product management and business development for both corporates such as IBM, Vodafone and Fairfax Media, as well as startups. She has a computer science degree from University of Technology, Sydney, where she graduated at the top of her class. Alicia is now on the Board of Trustees of the charity Young Enterprise, helping young people build their confidence and enterprising skills while starting their own businesses at school.
#1 – Disrupt your thinking like an entrepreneur
Alicia dissects the instinctive ways entrepreneurs react to challenging situations, and teaches how even non-entrepreneurs can adopt that type of thinking, empowering the audience to be bolder, braver, more creative, in their own business. She shares tales of how this type of thinking helped her build Skimlinks to be a global business, and how she survived even the most dire moments during her entrepreneurial journey with this mindset.
#2. How stories and storytelling can make you a better leader and human
Alicia draws inspiration from her background and experience to discuss the skills key to leading with compassion, humanity, and magnetism. In her speech, she brings these skills to life with references to literature and popular culture making them relatable to all audiences. She tells stories of her own entrepreneurial journey building Skimlinks, and how storytelling became a skill that helped hire great talent, win lucrative clients, and attract positive media coverage. Audience members will walk away with newfound understanding on how to draw lessons from the stories around them, and how to wield storytelling as a tool in their own business and personal lives.
#3 – The ultimate superpower in business: empathy
Alicia talks about her experiences in building Skimlinks into an international success, and how empathy was at the heart of it all. Nurturing a healthy team culture, developing innovative products, and building a compelling brand, are all achieved through tapping into deep empathy. Audience members will walk away with ideas and lessons that can help them weave empathy into the way they build products, manage teams, and sell to customers.