More than 200 people turned out Thursday morning to hear 11 women CEOs share their experiences and tips for success during a GSA Business Report Power Event.
Common themes during the mini keynotes included taking care of yourself, surrounding yourself with the right people and not being afraid to delegate.
“You have to be able to delegate. You have to find other service providers who can help you,” said Toni Wells, owner of Bespoke Marketing in Greenville.
Speaking about the lessons she learned in her transition to entrepreneurship, Wells said having structured support also is important.
“You need to build a group of people who are your champions and who will help you solve problems. That’s so important,” she said.
Anna Locke, owner of A.T. Locke accounting company in Greenville, compared the importance of taking care of yourself to the safety guidelines given on airplanes.
“One of the most important things you are told is to put on your own oxygen mask before helping others,” she said. “Take care of yourself first. If I let go of taking care of myself, that is when I get hurt the most in business deals.”
CEOs participating in the event included:
- Pam Christopher, CEO, Anderson Chamber of Commerce
- Delisa English, president and CEO, The Blood Connection
- Jennifer Evins, CEO, Chapman Cultural Center
- Julie Godshall Brown, owner, Godshall Professional Staffing
- Tammy Johnson, CEO, High Spirits Hospitality
- Anna Locke, owner, A.T. Locke
- Sue Schneider, CEO, Spartanburg Water
- Kat Snizaski, CEO, Interactive Business Training
- Jennifer Sutton, owner, Bright and Co.
- Toni Wells, owner, Bespoke Marketing
- Nika White, owner, Nika White Consulting