MEET OUR FOUNDER/CEO
GWENDOLYN L. YOUNG
Hi! I'm Gwendolyn, Business Operations Expert, who gets super excited when it comes to all things in the backend of your business and I'm so glad you're here!
In 2013, I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus and had to retire from my corporate job. It was during recovery that I said "Lord, what am I supposed to do? How can I take care of myself, do something I love and still contribute to my family financially?"
I heard his response clearly, "it's in your hands." So I started thinking about all the admin and operations work I did in the corporate world for nearly 15 years and began researching if that was possible to do in the virtual space, and found there was an entire industry online doing what I was good at.
I had no plans or desire to become an entrepreneur, but I had a choice to make. Go back to Corporate America and deal with the bureaucracy when it came to needing time off, doctor's visits, etc., continue fighting the social security administration to prove I needed support, OR create a business that had the potential to replace my corporate income, give me the freedom and flexibility I needed to take care of myself, and work with amazing people across the globe. I chose #3.
And since then, my team and I have helped dozens of professional service providers, coaches and consultants with everything from calendar management, client onboarding, speaker management, social media management, systems implementation, billing & invoicing, and the list goes on. Operations is our jam!
I've done some other cool stuff too like:
Studied at some of the top private institutions in Illinois.
Earned a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from Lewis University.
Earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Information Systems from DeVry University.
Been recognized as one of the most influential women in business by the Daily Herald Business Ledger in partnership with the National Association of Women Business Owners – Chicago Chapter and the Women’s Innovation Network.
Received the Elizabeth Timpton’s Girls Mentoring Award for my work in the community by Passages Alternative Living, Inc.
And was one of twenty emerging leaders in the US selected as the receipient of the 2012 Judith O’Connor Scholar Award for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders by BoardSource.
Whew, I know right, a mouth full.
MY MODUS OPERANDI
Kolbe- A: 8-6-3-3
My Rocket Fuel: Being an Integrator
10 THINGS YOU DIDN'T REALIZE YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT ME UNTIL JUST NOW!
I wish lions were pets. I'm just saying they are gorgeous creatures.
I've been married 27 years. I know, I know, I don't look like I'm old enough to be married that long.
My five-year old grandson is my favorite person ever. Yes, he will make a guest appearance on a zoom meeting every now and then.
I didn't go back to college until I was 30 years old. See it's never too late to get started.
I love wine. I do believe it should be required at every dinner meal.
I really want to learn how to ride a motorcycle. But my husband and my mother said no lol.
I've been running a nonprofit with my mom for the last 14 years. It's the best thing ever. We get to mentor underserved teenage girls in after school programs, group homes, high schools, and churches.
I'm a mom of 3 young adults and a bonus mom of 4. Now you understand why I love wine right?
I really want to drive a race car. Women who drive race cars are sexy don't you think?
I'm the oldest of 7. Yeah I been bossing people around for a long time now lol. See why I'm good at operations?