Name: Eileen Carey
Title: Co-Founder & CEO of Glassbreakers
Eileen Carey is the CEO and founder of Glassbreakers, a peer-mentorship community for professional women seeking a mentor, as well as an enterprise solution for companies seeking to attract and retain a diverse workforce. Prior to starting this SF-based technology startup, Eileen was on track for a long and successful corporate communications career, having held roles at both Thomson Reuters and Citigroup. And yes, true to her startup's mission, Eileen is an active mentor of young women in tech.
Me: Why are you an entrepreneur?
Eileen: Because I can't live with how the world is today and as an entrepreneur I can work on solving the problems that matter to me the most.
Me: What problem would you like solved?
Eileen: Gender and racial inequality in the workforce ie shattering the glass ceiling.
Me: Advice you’d wished you’d had or had followed?
Eileen: When I first started the company another entrepreneur told me I should e-mail everyone I loved with a letter explaining that for the next few years I was not going to be able to maintain and give attention to my personal relationships. I should have listened to her and sent that e-mail but I was too busy to do it. Many of my friends expected me to be there for their life events like weddings or trips but with zero money as a startup founder and zero time off as we got the company off the ground, I couldn't be the old friend they wanted and my absence led to hurt feelings.
Me: What does success look like for you?
Eileen: Getting to that stage in my career where I can become a social impact investor.
Me: Who are your heroes?
Eileen: My co-founder Lauren Mosenthal for being brilliant and patient with me as she taught me about building the product, my parents for raising me to be myself and fight for what I believe in and Gloria Steinem for being my rolemodel.
Me: What is your best discovery?
Eileen: When I discovered how to not take things personally I realized how much time I was saving by not caring about rejection, what people thought or second guessing myself.
Me: What would the title of your biography be?
Eileen: Wu-Tang Forever!
Me: What is your biggest regret?
Eileen: Not starting our company sooner.
Me: Anything else we should know about?
Eileen: Glassbreakers recently joined the third cohort of Acceleprise - a SaaS focused accelerator - http://acceleprise.vc/san-francisco/ . We'll be working on location with their team and the other awesome enterprise software companies in the batch at wework golden gate in SF till November (pop by and say hi!). We can't speak more highly of the mentorship we're receiving and how it's helped our company scale so quickly in such a short time. Would highly recommend this program for any SaaS founder.
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