We had the good fortune of connecting with Hillary Gadsby and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hillary, how does your business help the community?
Our mission is to increase the economic footprint of women globally. Less than 18% of women entrepreneurs make six-figures in revenue in their business and even more harrowing is that only 2% get to seven-figures in revenue. Boss Talks is here to change that by building communities of women in cities across the globe. We currently have communities in Los Angeles, Austin, Dallas, NYC, Miami, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, Toronto and Vancouver-Whistler in Canada. We not only offer communities, we connect women to opportunity, mentors and business and social connections. Women know what women need and we don’t have to do it alone.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Our business is all about connections. Connections to opportunities, people, mentors and education. I believe that connections and the right mentorship leads to success. If you surround yourself with the right people, magic happens. Boss Talks was created on the foundation of women connecting with other women and the successful women who have been in our shoes before. This is the foundation that my mother instilled in me when I was 15 years old when she introduced me to Steve Wynn. I was able to parlay that connection into a job with Ralph Lauren when I was 19 in Paris France. From then on, I built my career out of leveraging connections for myself and others. We built Boss Talks to increase the global footprint of women globally. We do that through access to connections, mentors and a community of supportive women.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I have actually done this many times before and created culinary crawls in neighborhoods in LA. LA has so much to offer, so here is a peak at what I might do. I would first take her to Malibu to go to Geoffrey’s for brunch on the ocean so she could soak up the beautiful ocean air. After lunch I would take her to The Getty Villa to get in some culture. For dinner, I might take her to Baltaire in Brentwood to listen to live music, eat great food and cocktails. The next day, I would take her to a Platefit class in Brentwood then a healthy lunch at Votre Sante and then a hike later in the day at Paseo Miramar in the Palisades. The evening we would venture to Hollywood to take in a burlesque show, speak easy cocktails and dancing at No Reservations. The following day would be Brentwood or Larchmont Farmers Market to get some fresh veggies and fruit. We might grab a crab roll from Cousins Main Lobster Truck or potentially to downtown Los Angeles for Smorgasburg LA and visit the shops at The Row.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to first give a shout out to the women entrepreneurs who took a chance on us and became speakers and mentors in a community that started in LA in 2014. They gave up their time and expertise to the next generation of female entrepreneurs and business leaders. The first being Toni Ko, founder of NYX Cosmetics and Lizanne Falsetto, founder of Think Thin. I also want to give a shout out to my cofounder and COO Wendi Boyden. I would not be here if she didn’t invest, roll up her sleeves and help all the ideas come to fruition. She is the best partner anyone could ever ask for.
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