Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in leadership development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Victoria Pelletier, Unstoppable Dynamic Executive, based in Miami Beach, FL, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Unstoppable You - a business for my public speaking and media appearances, as well as a central location for my writing/articles.
Tell us about yourself
I have been a corporate executive since I was 24 (COO of a BPO company), became President at 35 and CEO at age 41. I have been public speaking for close to 20 years and started doing it professionally about 10 years ago - I moved to more personal storytelling to assist others in overcoming adversity, growing personally and professionally, and also speaking about Diversity & Inclusion amongst others - speaking and engaging with audiences is a passion of mine and brings me great joy.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My business is a "side hustle" as I have a core "day job" as an executive at Accenture. I have many business accomplishments in the corporate world, from being known as the "turnaround Queen" to being a part of 18 mergers and acquisitions to leading some of the most highly productive, diverse, and engaged teams in the organizations I've worked for.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
I have spent a significant amount of time investing and coaching business owners, particularly female founders - one of the biggest challenges has been having the founders focus on their core business and the skills that they bring and learning to hire/outsource the functions/tasks that aren't core and/or aren't their areas of expertise.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Start with a product/service that not only has a market but, ideally, one that you, as the owner/founder, are passionate about.
- Next, focus on a strong corporate and personal brand - people do business with companies and people that are aligned to their passions and values and with people they like and trust.
- Last - culture is critical to any successful business - do NOT forget to focus on a winning corporate culture and human-centric leadership.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
TONS of info on my website/social feeds - great quotes, articles, etc. if you find any nuggets that you think are great for your audience.
Where can people find you and your business?
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