Stacy is an educator turned CEO of two successful startups with expertise in education, youth development and achievement, and female leadership and empowerment. She brings over 12 years of experience in the academic world as a high school math teacher and has earned Masters in both Administration and Counseling. Since leaving education, Stacy has spoken locally and nationally, including being the Keynote Speaker for the Rockwood School District’s Presidents’ Forum Leadership Conference.
Stacy founded her first company, Girls Dreaming Big (GDB), in 2013 and a year later won a $25,000 grant from the Social Enterprise and Innovation Competition (SEIC) sponsored by YouthBridge and Washington University’s Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in St. Louis.
Since the competition, Stacy has not only grown the company, but also interviewed hundreds of smart, strong, successful women who are looking to make an impact on teenage girls lives. These women inspired Stacy to start her second company, RISE Collaborative Workspace – a female-focused coworking space.