Sheila Marcelo, Founder, CEO, and Chairwoman of Care.com
"My parents were entrepreneurs; they owned a variety of businesses. I learned so much from observing them. They were incredible role models and taught me quality, work ethic, drive, and commitment at a young age. I was encouraged to be a lawyer. But, even after law school and business school, I knew I wanted to become an entrepreneur. I wanted that lifestyle: the risk taking, building things, making things happen. It’s a dream come true to be doing what I’m doing today."
"My initial challenge was my own mental barrier. I was worried about how I would be perceived and judged for the business I was founding. A friend of mine from business school confirmed that worry; she said, 'You’re going to start a babysitting company?’"
"So much of it is what I call the three p’s. First: perception. Don’t worry about how you’re being perceived, especially as a woman entrepreneur with a female-centric business. I learned I had to play by my own terms and be authentic to who I am. Don’t worry about fitting in to the molds of business stereotypes. Second: perfection. As women, we feel like we have to be perfect in order to deserve things—a raise, a promotion. We hold ourselves back. Men don’t have that problem. So take the risks; you can figure it out as you go. Third: pleasing. As women, as caregivers, we prioritize everyone else and put ourselves at the bottom of the list. To grow in leadership, you have to be a narcissist; focus on yourself, understand yourself, take time for yourself. It will make you a better leader."
Babson, Photograph via Twitter