Sharing the Dream: Grace Belangia

No one sprints like Grace Belangia, or flexes through so many roles so—well, gracefully. A founding member of theClubhou.se (a fast-and-far-reaching tech incubator), a TEDx organizer and lead curator for TEDxAugusta, an innovator for SHEFund (a hacker/maker venture capital firm), and an...

 

 

Today’s breakfast?

Starbucks grande chai latte with soy milk. I take a lot of lunch and dinner meetings, so I have to be careful what I eat in the morning.

What’s your workout?

Running after my kids! No, but seriously, I walk daily, bike weekly, and occasionally participate in sprint triathlons if the time and weather permits.

Your phone’s home screen? Snag a pic and show us!

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Love being an entrepreneur because?

Every day is different, so I wake up every day excited to experience something new yet challenging. Sometimes I am the business partner, sometimes I am the marketing director, and sometimes I just make sure there is coffee and ice in the kitchen.

What motivated you to start your company, Grace Belangia?

I wanted to be self-sustaining and create wealth on my terms, based on my strengths and talents. My company helps other entrepreneurs and startups succeed and I find that very rewarding and meaningful.

What’s your “entrepreneurial superpower”—your go-to strength?

I have the ability to bring and organize talent and purpose in creative and innovative ways. I can be very focused on the task at hand without being distracted by minutia.

Entrepreneur you admire most right now?

I have seen Mellody Hobson speak, first at TED and then SXSW. She is a successful businesswoman who has navigated her career to become very successful and is also equally committed to her community.

Why Mellody?

I really admire her accomplishments and her commitment to financial literacy. It is a topic that needs to be addressed for the next generation, as well as for female investors and entrepreneurs.

Best thing about being an entrepreneur who’s female?

I am also a mom, and the best thing is being a role model to my children. They see the hard work it takes to execute an idea and they also know about all the setbacks and the need for perseverance. They can relate, since both of them have started their own mini start-ups.

Okay, so the worst thing?

It’s also tied to my role as a mom. I could work on my company 24/7, but I also want to be attentive to the fun things that I get to do with my kids, before they head to college. I return emails during halftime at a lot of soccer games. I also plan most of my speaking engagements around their school schedule.

If male entrepreneurs differ from female entrepreneurs, what’s the difference?

I have worked with plenty of male entrepreneurs, and the main difference I see is in communication behavior. Men are much more up front about something that bothers them professionally and women tend to coddle any bad news.

What the best advice you ever got, and from whom?

“It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.” Erma Bombeck said that. Every time I have shared my dreams with someone who believed in me, I have succeeded beyond my imagination.

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