We had the good fortune of connecting with Lindsay Thomason and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lindsay, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
After pursuing an unfulfilling career in the entertainment industry, I became a live-in nanny for an affluent family in Los Angeles. I saw the need for nannies with my similar skillset and what a viable, rewarding career being a nanny was first-hand. I came up with the idea to start The Nanny League after dropping off the little girl I nannied for at school. While passing the UCLA campus on my drive back to Holmby Hills, a light bulb went off, or my “Oprah A-ha! moment’ as I like to call it: I was going to start a nanny agency made up of college-educated nannies for affluent families. I pulled over and grabbed a piece of napkin from my nanny bag, and wrote down a rough copy of my treatment plan & mission statement: we were going to not only help service families, and help impact the lives of children in a positive way, I was going to provide jobs, and perhaps even a new job market, for college-educated professionals.
Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community? How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Nothing in life worth anything, I think, is easy. I think I have a leg up on our competition having worked in both the entertainment industry myself and as a full-time, live-in nanny to a high-profile family. It’s a weird feeling when you can sit back and see how most of the puzzle pieces of your life really start to add up and give you that full perspective of purpose: I understand perhaps why I went through all of my trials & tribulations, successes and failures both professionally and personally, to get me to where I am today. And I wouldn’t change a thing. I have always been resilient, based on the trauma I endured early on in life as a child, so falling and getting back up is a part of the game; if you are no longer learning, what’s the point of even doing it anymore? I believe that when hardships come, there will always be a silver lining. Trusting your instincts and doing the internal work so that you are able to do so, is of utmost importance in one’s overall success. Hard work and determination can’t stop anyone from achieving their dreams. Since starting The Nanny League ten years ago, we have expanded outside of California to serving families nationally, and more recently internationally. We have helped place thousands of candidates (professional nannies, household & personal assistants, baby nurses and tutors) in the jobs of their dreams. We have also partnered with exceptional brands & companies worldwide and have raised awareness and thousands of dollars for our philanthropy, Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc. (Stop the Silence®). Stop the Silence is a non-profit, charitable 501(c) 3 organization that works to expose and stop child sexual abuse and help survivors heal worldwide. They work to address the relationships between child sexual abuse and the broader issues of overall family and community violence, and violence within and between communities. Although we have established so much over the years, and I am so proud of what we have built, I truly believe we are just getting started!
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As soon as I had my big idea, I started my research. Did other agencies like this exist? The answer was no, there were no other agencies geared towards or that required a college degree from their nannies. Did I have any idea how to start a business? The answer, also no. So, I hopped online and found that UCLA offered business & entrepreneurship classes through their Extension Program and so I quickly enrolled. Frank Kohler’s Entrepreneurship class was indeed the gateway to my success. He had successful entrepreneurs come in and speak to us, and share their journey; there is nothing more valuable then hearing from and picking the brains of fellow entrepreneurs– to hear how they did it, to hear their successes and failures. I am so grateful for Frank and to his class, and for him believing in me since day one. Of course, my family and friends, and especially my husband for being my unfailing cheerleader(s) over the past ten years. I am where I am today for their unconditional love & support. Motherhood is much like entrepreneurship and building a business… it takes a village!
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