Jan 30, 2019
This week on Lean the F*ck Out,
we talked with Lesly Simmons about how she went from running her
own business to taking a gig back in corporate. Lesly talks about
the difference between working for herself and working at a
corporation, and how she has been able to utilize her
entrepreneurial mindset in her new role.
- Bonuses for Lesly of moving back to work for a
company: Going in to an office day-to-day and not having to pay
- It is
important to remember that your goals and dreams can change over
- If an
opportunity presents itself you do not have to decline it because
it doesn’t live up to other people’s or even your own
- Security – whether you are running your
own business or in a corporate environment – comes from within
and honoring your own abilities.
- Bringing entrepreneurial mindset into a
- allows you to look at things from different
you a chance to connect the dots between the many different
organizations/companies you worked with while
- bringing your grit into the workplace can give
you a leg up.
are better at time management.
are likely more resourceful.
you a chance to recognize when to ask for help and see the grand
scale of what she needs to execute a project.
- Started directing work to small business owners
and consultants in the industry, while keeping some of her team
when she transitioned to a full time job.
- #speakingopps lists a diverse set of speakers
tips for budding fempreneurs: Go for it. Trust your instincts. Get
a great squad around you.
- Dabble in a side hustle and feel your way
through it if you feel unsure before launching a full time
Lesly Simmons is a content and
conference producer in San Francisco. She specializes in working
with speakers and brands to develop talks that leave audiences
buzzing. Lesly works with companies including Google, Amtrak,
Oculus, Airbnb and others to develop and execute incredible
conferences, and recently joined Twitter to develop live
Before Simmons Creative, Lesly
managed disaster and diversity communications for the American Red
Cross in Washington DC, and worked as a reporter for the Washington
Post and the Bureau of National Affairs. She has a master's degree
in ethics and philosophy from Georgetown University. In 2018 Lesly
launched Backstage Box, an event planner emergency kit now in use
at conferences, concerts and awards shows across the