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Genevieve Thiers

speaker location icon Chicago, USA

Disruptive entrepreneur and investor

Founder, Sittercity.com (2001)

Campaigner for greater diversity in technology

Genevieve Thiers is a disruptor, entrepreneur, speaker and investor. Her first company, Sittercity.com, took America’s caregiving services online. Sittercity.com now has millions of users in the US and is growing quickly in global locations, including the UK and Canada.

Genevieve has mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs throughout her career. She is on the board of the CEC, which created 1871 – a co-working space in Chicago where Genevieve frequently mentors and teaches classes. She is also an investor in TechStars and the Firestarter fund, and in several new female-run tech start-ups that target women and lesser-known industries.

She is the author of the book “Love at First Sit” (2007), and regularly writes for NBC.com, the Huffington Post, as well as various tech publications in the Chicago area.

Genevieve was recognised by President Bush at the White House as the Small Business Administration Young Entrepreneur Champion of the Year for 2006, and her companies have won over 18 major awards, including the CEC Momentum Award, the WBDC Rising Start Award, a CNN Young Heroes feature, the UPS Out of the Box Award, the INC 500 list, and more.

Genevieve has been featured thousands of times in the press for her work, by the TODAY show, Ellen, the View, MSNBC, the CBS Early Show, CNN, Live & Style, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Redbook, Parents, Parenting, Marie Clare, TIME, Better Homes and Gardens, Working Mother and more. She has lectured or spoken at the TED Global, Cusp, Amex, Groupon, Enova, Inland, the CEO Conference, the Heartland Conference, Microsoft, Harvard Business School, Kellogg, Columbia, Babson, Boston College, U Chicago and for hundreds of other entrepreneurial groups around the country.

Our Comment

"Genevieve is a visionary businesswoman, successful entrepreneur and dynamic leader, who shares creative insights into starting and growing a successful business. She speaks regularly on how to encourage more women into technology. Genevieve is also an established opera-singer, whose most recent work includes solo performances at the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in NYC."

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