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Genevieve ThiersFounder, Sittercity.com, ContactKarma.com, & OperaModa.com

Biography

Genevieve Thiers is an entrepreneur in the Chicago area. Her first company, Sittercity.com, is America's first company to take caregiving services online. Sittercity.com now has millions of users nationwide, and serves clients like the U.S. Department of Defense, Avon, Mastercard, Monster WW, and many others. With new locations in the UK and Canada, it is an international success. 

Genevieve was recognized by President Bush at the White House as the Small Business Administration Young Entrepreneur Champion of the Year for 2006, 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, 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 CEO Conference, Microsoft, Harvard business school, Kellogg, Columbia, Babson, Boston College, U Chicago, and for hundreds of other entrepreneurial groups around the country. She is the author of the book Love at First Sit, and frequently writes for Crain’s Chicago, NBC.com, and the Huffington Post.

Genevieve has mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs throughout her career. She is on the board of the CEC, which has created 1871, a co-working space in Chicago. Genevieve teaches classes at 1871, is on the acceptance committee, and is a frequent mentor within the space. She is also an investor in TechStars and the Firestarter fund. When not mentoring, she can be found singing opera in the Chicago area, or playing with her two-year-old twins.

Classes Taught

Growing and Monetizing Your Fanbase

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